Anonymous, 16 Jan 2009the n96 is so crap.. i work at optus and we have had so many returns buddy. good luck with ur ... moreI have a question, is it possible to watch You Tube on the X1? I have heard that you can not. If not, can this be corrected with a download or such? And if so, Can you put a full flash player on the phone? For example, to get a 'true' web browsing feel? Or are you stuck with flash lite? Thank!
This phone is the best, any bad comment or review about this phone only from a Nokia lovers
i love SE. But why it can't produce a phone that features a class 32 GPRS? (very useful for areas w/o 3G connection)
The X1 is a touchscreen phone, and it's got one of the biggest and best screens ever seen on a mobile phone. At 3 inches across, it's almost as big as the iPhone 3G's 3.5 inch screen, but here's the thing: whereas the iPhone 3G has 480 x 320 pixels, the Xperia has a massive 800 x 480 pixel resolution: that's 2.5 times as many pixels. Big isn't always better, but when it comes to touchscreen phones, it definitely is. As well as providing a brilliant platform for the touch-operated user interface, the display also offers a superb environment for web browsing, video streaming, photo viewing, etc, etc.
A lot of thought has gone into the user interface design of the Xperia. As well as the finger-operated touchscreen, there's an optical joystick and a navigation key. To use the optical joystick you brush your finger over the touch-sensitive key to move the mouse pointer on the screen. The navigation key is a conventional 4-way key that can be pressed to select an option. Handwriting recognition with a stylus is available as an additional text-input method. But the X1 holds another secret within: a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the keyboard in position and the display in widescreen landscape mode, the phone resembles a mini-laptop and offers a lot of the functionality of a real laptop - but more of this later. For the moment, we'll just say that with all the different input options available, every user should be able to find a way of working that meets their needs. This is not a difficult phone to use, although its advanced options do present something of a learning curve.
The phone feels very solid too. It uses a premium metal body and feels like it could take some knocks. But the solidity and wealth of features leads to some bulk. It's a big phone, and quite thick too, at 17mm. And it certainly is heavy. In fact it's the heaviest smartphone currently in the shops by our reckoning. At 158g it weighs more than twice as much as the Sony Ericsson W890i for example. It's not a machine for wimps, but it manages to look very nice despite its porkiness. It's available in a choice of Black or Silver, both of which look nice and businesslike.
The user interface is designed around a "Panel interface". Each panel provides an environment customised to a specific activity, such as web browsing, messaging, playing music, etc. We don't think that this is quite as revolutionary as Sony Ericsson claim, but it looks nice, works well and we have no issues with it.
The X1 is a Windows Mobile smartphone. Windows Mobile has matured a lot since its early days and is now a robust and powerful OS. It's also used in the Samsung Omnia, which has proven itself to be a very stable and robust smartphone. Running Windows Mobile offers several advantages. As well as being stable and fast, it's a familiar environment for PC users, and brings a lot of familiar functionality from the desktop to the mobile. For instance, the X1 uses Outlook Mobile as its email application, and it uses Office Mobile to let you view and edit Office attachments. Business folk accessing their corporate mail via an Exchange mailserver can stay synchronised using Exchange ActiveSync. We hesitate to say that the X1 can match a BlackBerry for power and ease-of-use, but it's arguably true.
Drama, 17 Jan 2009Ray, I have had a look at the Handango site in regards to the Microsoft Voice Command, but ... moreYes Drama, MVC works fine on my X1. It's a cool software with a little memory requirement. The only thing I found that does not work on my X1 is the caller name announcement. Just read on Handango that this only works for Windows Mobile build prior to 15097.3.0.0. Hope this helps.
Anonymous, 18 Jan 2009shud i buy it ?? if nt wat shud i buy If I say yes would you buy it? If I said no buy the 1209 would you do that?
Why are you here asking people what phone you should buy? Like they will give you an honest unbiased answer?
Go and read about the phones features and see if you like them. If you do read reviews of that phone and see what that says. Or come here and read what people have to say about their experiences with the phone, that's what this thread is for.
Adie, 18 Jan 2009As I have time to waste the last few days I read through some posts. This is my observation.
... moreThank you for your informative and interesting post.
It's good to see quality reviews, without broken English, bad punctuation or bad grammar.
This comment allowed me obtain an intelligent and informed opinion.
xperia is crap get n95 8GB or n96 ther da best fonez out or if u need touch get 5800 or wait fr n97 n97 is fully stacked n uses symbian da best os
bigb, 17 Jan 2009im thinking of getting this phone but was concerned on how much you need to use the stylus pen... moreYes, using the fingers not the best way to get all you wanted :)
You can use a stylus to get somewhat better result.
But the best and most reliable and efficient is to use your other phone.
Remember, style is more important than functionality!
never ever give up on X1!!!
(but better to have an alternative...:)
Anonymous, 17 Jan 2009I had this phone for half day and I returned it: it is very difficult to use your fingers beca... moreDo not feel bad because you had to return your X1! I had the same problems.
I hope SE finally get a reliable model out soon!
Adie, 18 Jan 2009As I have time to waste the last few days I read through some posts. This is my observation.
... moreThanks for the evaluation :)
You think reading the posts here waist of time - then you write a long post. :)))
That is very .... :)
So, you are a happy camper - that is fine, enjoy your phone.
We all know some people just love their X1 :)
What could be informative is to let others know what are the problems. Some people can offer solutions or some just decide to live with it or not to get the phone at all.
I suggest that if someone very interested to try it.
I have tried a few and it was all disastrous.
I have found the software buggy and slow,
the reception unreliable,
the camera lousy,(and the flash)
the battery weak.
All these are very typical complaints of the X1.
No hated towards the X1 - :)
It is only a piece of plastic, with some metal and silicon.
BTW, the ring volume and the speakers are also horrible.
I guess expectations are different for everyone.
Good day! :)
Hi. i will be having this phone within the week.As a preparation, can you pls provide me with websites where i can get the downloads from? this will be much appreciated. and by the way, will the downloads be free? cause i dont have the luxury of buying them if they're for sale. thanks alot.
this phone is one of the best phone sony e have made the speed of the phone is great
Photo Contacts PRO v5.10
What's new in Photo Contacts PRO (Pocket PC) 5.10:
· NEW Support for Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, Verizon HTC Touch PRO, AT&T Fuze, Alltel HTC Diamond/Touch PRO, Treo 800w, Treo PRO, HTC Diamond, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch PRO, Sprint Diamond, Sprint Touch PRO, Samsung Omnia, Toshiba g900, HTC Touch 3G, Samsung Epix, Samsung Saga
· NEW Profile Picker button and on-screen touchable menus enable you to quickly switch phone profiles with your finger whether you use TouchFlo or the regular Windows Mobile Today screen. The profile picker button will also show you which phone profile is currently active.
· NEW Added full support for VGA (480x640), WVGA (480x800), Square QVGA (320x320) and WQVGA (240x400) resolutions
· Full support for Full Screen Photo Caller ID, SMS Tones and SMS Photo notifications on HTC Diamond, HTC Touch PRO, HTC Touch HD, Xperia X1
· Full support for Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and its 480x800 screen resolution
· Today Screen Plugin support for VGA, WVGA and square QVGA resolutions
· New setup procedure allowing you to pick a Theme, enable Home Screen Enhancements and Un-clutter the Today screen at startup
· Easy way to pick a pre-defined temporary timed profile with the Profile Picker (i.e. Silent for 2 hours, Loud for 30 minutes)
· Support for Profile Picker button and All Contacts button with TouchFlo
· Support for Profile Picker button on Xperia X1 and its Panel interface
· Updated Business Photo Caller ID - improved text visibility with shadows, increased button tappable area, increased picture size
· Photo Contacts PRO can now un-clutter the Windows Mobile Today Screen by removing un-necessary sections/plugins
· Ability to switch profiles with command line parameters
· New hi-resolution themes
· Fixed issue where Ignore/forwarding would not immediately send call to voicemail on some devices when a data connection is active
· Redesigned buttons for Today Screen plugin, hi-res support
· Samsung Omnia i900 vibration support for SMS tones
· Recipient name is added to sent SMS messages
· Enhancements for Automatic Profiles
· New program icons
· Enhanced category ringtone support
· Filter #777 in recent calls
· Many other minor enhancements
As I have time to waste the last few days I read through some posts. This is my observation.
Waste of time
Most of the posts here ( and on the other threads) are ABSOLUTELY BIASED. Some are even ridicules. This is probably adding to reduced productivity in the workplace.
Most posts here and in the other threads is either heaven or hell. I did compare this thread with the Nokia N96 and N97. Exactly the same trend.
My humble view.
I have been using Ericsson phones since mobiles became available. (Mostly top end phones) When I received the Xperia I were fairly disappointed with a lot of features. I took me 2 weeks to really accept the phone. It ultimately came down to the user interface and how things are done on a MinMo phone.
Because me and the kids tried everything on the phone it became harder to use as the 'desktop' were now so modified that I did not know where to look for what. This is Windows with all the pros and cons ;-(
I then reset the phone and loaded XperiaTweak to change a few defaults that I liked during our initial 2 weeks.
Comments relating to some messages in this and the other threads.
1. Battery. It seems as if all Li-Ion batteries get better with age. (found that in Nokia and other phones as well) I only charge my phones if the battery is close to flat. (old habit) The talk time is now up from 30 min to over 110 minutes.
2. Camera and connections. Wi-Fi worked out of the box on my protected network. Bluetooth worked. The camera is acceptable but not as good as expected.
3. Phone. The phone speaker is totally over amplified. The best quality is at 25% volume. Still loud enough. The signal strength is worse than my old P990 but better than my wife's Samsung. This seems to be only if the general signal is low. We also have two Nokias in the office and could not determine if the Xperia is worse than them.
4. Ease of use. A lot of users struggle to get to grips with the user interface (including me). I now seldom need the stylus. I love the fast and flexible lookup of contacts.
5. Build quality and other issues. For me the only design flaw is the silver buttons of the keyboard. If the keyboard backlight is on the letters is virtually unreadable under flourecent light at my desk. (Silver buttons with white letters) I must tilt the phone to see the letters on the keys. Cracked body. It is defenetly the weakest part of the phone if dropped. I had no software issues and find the general speed the same as other WinMo (and even Symbian) units.
Read the Nokia N96 (and other) threads and you will find the same trend. (Either heaven or hell) YOU CAN NOT MAKE A PURCHASE DESICION FROM THESE THREADS!!!! There will be production, design, usage issues in any high technology item.
Is the Xperia worth the money (I had to pay a premuim as I wanted one of the first in the country) For me yes.
Love it or hate it.
bigb, 17 Jan 2009im thinking of getting this phone but was concerned on how much you need to use the stylus pen... moreI had this phone for half day and I returned it: it is very difficult to use your fingers because the screen is based on a resistive technology (you have to press the plastic on surface and sometimes it takes the command sometimes not); the buttons painted on screen are too small to be matched by to finger even if you have thin fingers, little space between them; the software is not processing the command in a fluid way, it freezes and it is buggy (it doesn't refresh properly some areas of screen, for instance you press button 7 painted on screen and it disappears for half second then such behavior is not reproduce for the rest of buttons or or even for itself). In conclusion it is nice in pictures but buggy software. By the way, some parts like rims and physical buttons are from plastic covered by thin nickel; fewer metal parts than it looks and one expects.
Come on guys, lets have some serious comments.
Anyway I got xperia on Thursday... after tweaking the phone a bit, i must admit that this is a wonderful phone... Nice screen and keyboard, panels are a tad slow but the OS is very fast... Im using Touch Flo 3D on one of my panels... Impressive phone... Nice camera for a windows mobile and the touch focus too... Mp3 sound very good... People complaining are those who do not yet have the phone or it's their first time with WinMo os... Check on the net for tweaks to optimise your X1... Really a great device from SE...