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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Posted: , by Ray S.



With such a large, high resolution screen we have high expectations for the X1’s media capabilities. For the most part it performed well, and videos did indeed look fantastic. It is listed as being able to play MPEG4, WMV, H.263, H.264 video files, and indeed it played our H.264 files just fine no matter the resolution or fps (including 720x306 pixels at 1500fps). One minor annoyance is that when you tap on the screen to bring up playback controls- a requirement to adjust the volume - it automatically pauses the video.

Video Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Video Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Video Player

As found on newer SE phone, the music player interface is clean and of a similar layout philosophy as an iPod; anyone who has used the PS3 or Sony TV menus will recognize it. With our own headphones Sony earbuds the sound was excellent; highs were crisp and the bass was rich. It recognized all of our ID3 tags just fine, though only one of the six albums properly displayed the art. The now playing screen has all the essential information, though is a bit crowded for our tastes. These are all minor gripes, however, and what really matters is that the player is easy to use and the audio sounded great.

Music Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Music Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Music Player

The 3.2 megapixel camera performed decently. Despite autofocus our indoor pictures turned out blurry, but outdoor shots were nice and crisp. Color representation was perhaps a bit on the dull side, but it was a dreary day when the pictures were taken and the camera captured it admirably. There was little to no noise, pixilation or distortion. The shutter speed was relatively quick, though it did vary based on lighting conditions. The interface is simple and options were good; the user can adjust the scene mode (night, portrait, etc,) focus, flash and shot mode. As the X1 isn’t marketed as a high end camera phone we were pleased with the results.

Camera Interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Camera Interface

Camera Samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Camera Samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Camera Samples


The X1 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 processor running at 528MHz. It has an ample 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM and microSDHC expansion. In general it ran very snappy, but there was some lag present especially as associated with loading panels. This is to be expected for Windows Mobile however, and all things considered it ran very smoothly. We’d put it just a rung below the Touch Diamond in terms of speed. GPS performance is lightning quick, aided by HTC's Quick GPS program which primes the GPS by downloading satellite data.

Included programs are rather sparse, but of course many third party programs are available. Sony did ship some essential programs like Google Maps and Opera Mobile, and interestingly enough Dashwire, which also has a panel available for download. As we mentioned earlier, many panels like Facebook are basically applications as well.

Confession time: the device is built by HTC. Unlike with the Treo Pro HTC has done its best to hide their fingerprints on the X1, but programs like their Comm Manager, Quick GPS and Streaming Media have made their way onto the device. Unfortunately their wonderful YouTube app did not. No shame in having the world’s best WinMo manufacturer help you break into the game, and the panel interface is said to be all Sony, so it’s not a complete white label effort by HTC.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Esa (unregistered)

And there you have it!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 08:59

2. Jyakotu (unregistered)

Far superior smartphone than either the Blackberry Storm or Apple iPhone.

posted on 09 Jan 2009, 09:30

21. Spaceman (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2009)

except that - for a quality phone, the signal reception is rubbish! I have an X1 on o2 and it's way worse than my HTC p3300 - and that wasn't good. Also, although it is very good in other respects, it is fiddly to use - definitely NOT finger friendly!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 12:44

3. (unregistered)

How is it compared to HTC Touch HD - definitely the two top phones today? Aside from the specs - not having an accelerometer, 3" vs 3.8" and 3MP vs. 5MP cam, and on the other hand - having a full QWERTY and a nicer build (imho), how is the overall actual quality? Has anyone had a chance to compare the two of them side by side?

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 14:39

4. (unregistered)

the guys xda have developed a TouhchFLO3F Panel for the X1. So you can have TouchFLO 3D graphics on the X1 now.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 18:22

5. vzw fanboy (unregistered)

when is it coming to vzw?

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 21:08

7. (unregistered)

ah, another "when is it coming to vzw?" guy... just stfu and get iphone...

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 07:51

11. (unregistered)

It will come to VZW in one word: "Never."

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 08:05

12. Jyakotu (unregistered)

Never. The phone will either stay a product that's sold unlocked or AT&T will probably carry it.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 18:12

19. (unregistered)

The Samsung Omnia is Verizons version of this phone. I doubt that it will be on verizons line up. However the Omnia is also a very sweet phone. Obviously lacking the keyboard but non the less a very powerful WM device. i have one & mine now has 24 gbs of memory & everything else this sony has.. but it has the other feature where it doesnt drop calls. oh yeah its called a way better network.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 20:48

6. (unregistered)

they gave this a 9 in beauty and gave the lg renoir a 5?!?! this thing is FAT and clunky!!!! my brother has this phone i know!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 23:28

8. (unregistered)

you do realize that they have several reviewers, right? if nothing else, the fact that half the reviews (like the renoir) are in broken english should be a dead give away. but if you actually read all their reviews there are distinct stylistic differences beyond broken and good english

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 05:31

9. (unregistered)

what? This one has 8 and renoir has 5 as well?!

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 05:31

10. (unregistered)

I mean renoir has 8, not 5 - i checked it now

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 14:54

13. jake (unregistered)

What about the battery cover? How do you remove the battery cover without damaging the device?

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 00:17

14. (unregistered)

what about the screen... how to throw it from the 5th floor without breaking it!

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 03:49

17. (unregistered)

well, if there is anybody catching it on the ground floor then the screen might be saved. Not sure about the hands though... LOL

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 14:07

15. (unregistered)

Nokia N97 all day

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 07:18

18. Bart (unregistered)

of course, because a device that no one has seen in real life or used yet easily beats all other devices.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 03:47

16. LW (unregistered)

Have played it a couple of times and have to say that this phone is really slow. When you switch panelsit shows a static picture of the panel first which makes you thinks it's fast but the actual panel takes some more seconds to render. Really don't like this delay. You have to have some patience when using it. It's fun to play with it in the begining, but the fun doesn't last more than a couple of hours. Just my 2 cents

posted on 14 Dec 2008, 12:50

20. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)

Finally, a comment posted worth reading. Thanks dude.

posted on 24 Mar 2009, 15:16 1

22. aks316 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)

i have it and its awesome.. love SE..

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (311 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
528 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.35 x 2.07 x 0.66 inches
(110.5 x 52.6 x 17 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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