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Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

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The presence of an 8-megapixel camera makes the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 the only WM phone equipped with such a powerful sensor. Everybody knows, however, that when it comes to image quality, size doesn’t really matter. The camera interface offers quite a few options, including touch focus, but is certainly not the snappiest piece of software we have seen. It needs about 6 seconds to start up, not to mention focusing and saving a snapshot takes about that much time as well, meaning you will have to be really patient. The overall operational speed means you might have certain troubles capturing funny or memorable moments, especially if you need to react fast.

Fortunately, patience is a virtue and typically it gets rewarded and in this particular case - with proper results. Snapshots taken in bright lighting conditions have realistically represented colors, very good details (more often than not) and no noticeable distortion. The overall picture quality is lower in poor lighting conditions, which can be expected, but in this case you better try not to move much if you intend to capture a snapshot with proper quality. All told, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 performs slightly worse than the best cameraphones equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, but the difference is not significant. This, however, means the X2 is the WM phone with the best camera to date, a truly commendable achievement indeed.

Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review

Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2


Strong light - Indoor pictures with flash on - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Medium light - Indoor pictures with flash on - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Low light - Indoor pictures with flash on - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Darkness - Indoor pictures with flash on - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review

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Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor pictures with flash on



The situation with the video capture capabilities is slightly different though. The maximum resolution is high (800x480 pixels), but the frame rate (about 19) and the overall quality are mediocre. Clips are suitable for being published on YouTube and social networks... just don’t expect them to look great on a computer or TV screen (you can connect the Xperia X2 to a TV set via the TV-out port of the handset).

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution


Multimedia:

Multimedia playback is probably one of the overused functions of any cell phone these days. The Xperia X1 is a pretty capable performer, so its successor is expected to be even better. The video player of the X2 comes with a jazzed up interface that is simple and easy to use.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 plays MPEG4, DivX and Xvid files right out of the box, something that just a handful of handsets have to their credit. Everything looks great on paper, but in reality things are quite bad indeed. The smartphone is capable of playing files coded in the above-mentioned formats and resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. As the old saying goes, however, don´t hallow until you´re out of the wood, because the stuttering and hang-ups are excruciating. What´s worse, the same problem affects the playback of files with lower resolution as well and things normalize with content coded at a resolution of 480x360 pixels or lower, although images get rather pixelated in this case. What a shame really, you just cannot enjoy the full potential of the beautiful display. Using Media Player, the default application of the operating system, yields absolutely the same results.

CorePlayer handles files with resolution of 800x480 pixels and high bitrate much better really, but you will have to buy it, because the program is not free. Well, there is skipping of frames yet again, but as a whole, content plays smoothly and the playback is acceptable. The issues that plague the video functionality of the device reveal Sony Ericsson has done a slapdash optimization of the multimedia capabilities of the Xperia X2.

Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review

Video playback



The audio player comes with brand new clothes and its interface features contemporary look that we do like. Unfortunately, just like with the Satio, it delivers scarce number of options – you can filter content by several criteria, there are basic audio playback controls... and that´s pretty much all – no equalizer, no audio effects. We would have liked to see something like the rich functionality of Walkman Player 4.0 that is preinstalled onto the latest models of the music-oriented series of the manufacturer, but sadly, this is not the case.

The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review

The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2



The boxed headset, the Sony Ericsson MH500, packs some punch indeed and offers great sound quality. It delivers balanced sound, but its most powerful weapon is called rich and clear bass frequencies, a feature that many people who love proper bass reproduction would not be able to resist. The performance of the X2 and the boxed headset makes the handset one of the best WM phones for listening to music. The stereo loudspeakers aren’t bad really, but they lack enough power and appear to be rather quiet alongside of their counterparts integrated into the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Samsung OMNIA HD i8910.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display3.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (292 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
528 MHz
0.3 GB RAM
Size4.33 x 2.13 x 0.63 inches
(110 x 54 x 16 mm)
5.47 oz  (155 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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