Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Xperia X1, the first handset of the manufacturer to run the operating system of Microsoft. With its elegant look, compact size, powerful hardware and ingenious panel interface, the X1 managed to become a daydream of quite a few high-tech buffs. The market release of its successor, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 had been delayed on several occasions, but the newcomer finally arrived at the beginning of this month. Before we get down to what it´s capable of, however, let´s take a quick look at its specifications. This is the second WM phone of the manufacturer - it utilizes the latest version 6.5 of the operating system and comes with improvements to the panel interface that should be able to deliver richer functionality and meet the whims of any customer group. The overall design has also been altered, the display has grown and the flimsy camera has been replaced by a heavyweight player, because the pixel count of the sensor has been increased from 3.2 to 8 megapixels. The hardware, however, remains virtually the same – the handset is equipped with 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, with the only difference being the lack of FM Radio in the Xperia X2.
What´s in the box of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2:
• The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2
• Stereo headset – the Sony Ericsson MH500
• microUSB cable
• Wall charger
• 4GB microSD card
• TV-out cable
• User guide
Just like the Xperia X1, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is a truly dainty-looking device. Its design has had a facelift, although the generic style of the X1 has been retained, as well as the utmost build quality. The overall size and weight are similar and the X2 is almost as compact a device as its forefather – it seems to have put on just 0.35 oz (10 grams). As a whole, the cell phone feels equally and really comfortable to operate in both portrait or landscape modes.
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We have already mentioned the screen size has grown. The display now measures the healthy 3.2 inches (used to be 3´´ with the X1), but its characteristics are virtually the same – native resolution of 480x800 pixels and 65k color support (restricted by the software). The image quality is remarkable once again and everything looks great indoors. Well, there are some reflections in the sunlight, but still, the screen remains totally useable. Just like its counterpart integrated into the X1, the display utilizes resistive technology, but its overall sensitivity is lower, which is by no means a commendable feature for any high-end handset, not to mention even mainstream devices like the LG Cookie KP500 and Samsung Star S5230 are equipped with resistive screens with better sensitivity.
One of the features of the X1 that Sony Ericsson vaunts of is the arch that forms when you open the slider. The QWERTY keyboard has gained four extra buttons aimed at better navigation. The upper part of the keys is slightly raised, which allows for enough room in between, so pressing several buttons at the same time is something that happens quite rarely. Their travel is not great, although the action is clearly felt, which enables you to type away fast and with almost no mistakes. Similarly to the X1, the numeric keys are on the right hand side and arranged in four rows, not in a single one at the top as it is with most sliders equipped with full QWERTY keyboards, say the HTC Touch Pro2, Motorola DROID (MILESTONE), Nokia N900 etc. You will get used to this in time and eventually, you are bound to find out the layout actually allows you to enter digits more easily, simply because you don’t have to stretch your fingers to reach the uppermost row of buttons. All told, we are truly pleased at the keyboard of the Xperia X2.
There are noticeable changes in the outer shell of the Sony Ericsson X2 and more precisely, on either side of the handset. The miniUSB has been replaced with microUSB port located on the left hand side, along with a switch that locks the back panel into place. The volume rocker and camera shutter are on the opposite side once again, while the power on/off button, 3.5mm jack and stylus compartment are on the top. Aside from them, the handset sports LED indicators on the top and bottom sides that blink in a pretty nicely looking pattern and varying colors, depending on the type of the missed event (call, message, meeting), the current battery status etc.
The stereo loudspeakers on the back of the X2 hint at proper audio capabilities, but we will tell you how they stack up against the competition a bit later. As a whole, the design of the back side of the Xperia X2 has been changed somewhat, alongside of the X1´s – there are rounded, curvy surfaces and the panel itself is not flat, but sunk inwards. Aside from lending color to the overall look, the novelties make the QWERTY keyboard of the Sony Ericsson X2 more comfortable to type away with and on the overall, operating the phone in landscape has become much handier.