Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 review: A new experience

GSMArena team, 23 December 2008.
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There's a lot to fall for in Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Possibly the hottest looker of a PocketPC is also heavy on skill. Heavy enough to not just scratch out a living as a one-hit-wonder but aim for the WinMo top.

The extra solid metal looks, gorgeous screen and the right pinch of novelty called XPERIA panels look to us as good enough reasons for the X1 to be hyped and romanticized. By the way, romance or not, Sony Ericsson and HTC have hit their perfect shape with that one.

The XPERIA X1 is surely the most eagerly anticipated device in the world of Windows Mobile. Getting our review out was surely quite a wait too, we know. Better late than ever, as some folks say. We'll still have our say 'cause for the XPERIA it's a load of high expectations to live up to.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 official photos

Key features:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support plus HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • 3-inch 65K-color WVGA touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM7200 528 Mhz CPU and 256 MB DDR SDRAM
  • 3.15 MP auto focus camera with VGA video recording
  • Four-row full QWERTY slide-out keyboard
  • Wi-Fi and built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS
  • X-Panels interface
  • Optical trackpad
  • Exquisite and solid metallic body
  • Standard miniUSB port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • microSD memory expansion
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5mm standard audio jack
  • MS Office Mobile document editor
  • Opera 9.5 web browser
  • Excellent video playback performance
  • Superb audio quality

Main disadvantages:

  • Body is a bit on the bulky side
  • User interface is hardly thumb-optimized
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No built-in accelerometer
  • Poor display sunlight legibility
  • Records low quality VGA@30fps video in 3GP format
  • No TV-out port
  • No full Flash support for the browser (hence no full-featured YouTube)

The XPERIA X1 is one of the best-equipped Windows Mobile devices to ever set foot on the market. But hey, is it not the most elaborate and charismatic PocketPC too? As to skills, the high-res 3" screen and the full QWERTY keyboard seem the most important parts of its magnificent ammo though its processing power is not to be neglected either.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 in our office

Many devices find their identity in standing up to a rival. The XPERIA though is fatefully bound to always have one foot on alien ground. The haunting name for the X1 is HTC - manufacturer and main competitor.

As you probably guessed by yourselves the main alternative to the XPERIA X1 is HTC Touch Pro. It has a smaller screen than the XPERIA X1 and features a slightly lower resolution. In addition it is heavier and, if we were to be asked, not nearly as hot as the XPERIA.

However, the QWERTY keyboard of the Touch Pro is well ahead of what the X1 has to offer. The Touch Pro accelerometer and active magnetic stylus are small but nice touches that add to its allure. There are other advantages too, but we'll try to list them in the dedicated chapter of this review.

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HTC Touch Pro

Furthermore, the Touch Pro had a nice two-month advantage since it hit the shelves back in August and this could be quite decisive for the sales. After all two months is quite a long time in the world of mobile phones, isn't it?

Let's not waste any more time now and get rolling with the actual review of Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Unboxing is this little jump ahead.

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