Whenever a new handset is announced it starts a flood of comparisons against a cell phone that it will be competing with. The latest announcement from Nokia is the newest N-Series phone, the N97. So what phone will the N97 be competing with, well that would be the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1.
Both phones are very similar in design, apart from the fact that the N97 has much rounder edges, I really like the design of these two phones. So let us look at the features of each phone to see how they match up.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 3.15 inch touchscreen, Full QWERTY keyboard, 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and video camera. Other features include GSM, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Built-in GPS receiver, up to 833 hours standby and up to 10 hours talktime.
Image thanks to GSM Arena
Nokia N97 features include, 3.5 touchscreen, Full QWERTY keyboard, A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, 32GB storage with a further 16GB microSD available, giving the phone up to 48GB storage. Other features include, 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, G, Wi-Fi and much more.
It is hard to choose between the two, as both phones look sexy, but the specs on the Nokia N97 kicks sony by 1 billion miles n97 rules.ok
and you telling me that I am a nokia fan :)
by the way, 5 inch screen - get your fact straight and go to the nokia forum before.... :)
kish, 10 Jan 2009syttq.com is spam site, they are cheaters
just like nesto1.com and much morethanx very much kish !!!
i apprec.. it!!!
u should see how many others i guess fom the site said its legal n' trustworthy huh ...
this phone is so nice and inteligent..good job sony ericsson
Anonymous, 13 Jan 2009Stop posting negative comments of x1 because you dont have,you cannot afford of this luxury ph... moreSo because you do not have any problem with your phone (if it id true at all) than nobody else ca not have any?
So you sample one phone and you make a valid assessment. That is vary scientific.
The fact is that I sample size was much grater than yours and I came to a different conclusion.
But, I still do no tell people to disregard their own experience.
If they like it, like you do, enjoy it!
X1 is not expensive anymore. It is offered FREE with a cheap and reasonable contract!
X1 has some advantages and disadvantages - you obviously happy with the performance, the reliability, the reception etc.
I do not argue with you! Enjoy it! (and ignore my opinion)
But, because you are so happy with the X1 please do not force us to be happy with it - since we experienced totally different.
I am sure we could find a product that you do not like and others just crazy about. :)
So 3 weeks, what took so long?
How many you plan to buy? Do not stop now, once you found an excellent product you should get at least a few more!
Good luck with your X1 ;)
Anonymous, 13 Jan 2009P.S.: I did not want to go into the imagination area, but ... I guess projector in the phone ... moreStop posting negative comments of x1 because you dont have,you cannot afford of this luxury phone,i bought 3 weeks ago,this phone is great,hav no problem at all
Since SE EXPERIA X1 created in this world, a lot of people, particularly NOKIA fanboys specially one guy who posted his dislike with XPERIA, truly insecured because of its supremacy both WinMo and Symbian OS. I can't image this gentleman is even more envious when the next XPERIA will be developed because for sure the next XPERIA will be the most sophisticated mobile phone ever produced (to think that the first SE WinMo is a big hit). Thank you SE for making a such wonderful mobile for such a wonderful people like SE phone users specially XPERIA X1 users. Unlike NOKIA, cheap unit for cheap person like this gentleman that I am referring to.
I did not want to go into the imagination area, but ... I guess projector in the phone is here already :)
Read Watch this GSMArena news - cool presentation in a lightened conference room.
I hope SE will keep up with this and other developments.
m7svk, 13 Jan 2009I am using x1 nearly one month, my first was send back after 3 days, was faulty unit, but like... more ˝its give you you style and everything you can imagine˝
Funny! I do not have to push myself to imagine:
3mp camera - 5 or 8MP
56K screen - 16M color
less than 1GB - 16GB or more
WinMo 6.0 - something (OS) that works
broken case - metal case
lousy reception - good reception
weak flash - xenon flash or something decent
unreliable battery, overheating - good battery
ALL these are already available today - no imagination required! :)
I am using x1 nearly one month, my first was send back after 3 days, was faulty unit, but like any mobile phones, you still have faulty units, second is much much better, I install voice command 1.6, spb shell 2.1.4 no one freeze, sygis mcguider maps 2009 whole europe - 45 countries - works perfect very accurate - like my garmin 760, skype 2.5 and much more applications all without any trouble ( excluding touchflow this was bad - freeze so often, I will wait for new upgrade, I must say I was using nokia, blackberry, and much more, but xperia is different, its give you you style and everything you can imagine what you can have in your pocket, and plus battery is the best, after few tweaks I am on 3-4days of normal use, easy on 2 days if I am using really hard, if people looking just for nice phone buy something different, x1 is machine for people who using it for much more as just for green and red button for phone calls....
Anonymous, 12 Jan 2009bye bye xperia reign. A3100 is better rated now than xperia (:Why bye bye to X1 instead of A3100 Motorola without a beautiful slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.
Anonymous, 13 Jan 2009I agree! It is free! with the contract and still not popular. Just think about it, how m... moreNot many people use X1 because is expensive and hi-tech. For those phone you always saw people used in market due to the cost is lower and easy to get.
Anonymous, 13 Jan 2009yeah right xperia is crap,it turns itself of coz it cant handle BLOATED windows crap os i had ... moreI agree!
It is free! with the contract and still not popular.
Just think about it, how many you have seen at coffe shops, restaurants, etc. Do you see people use X1 - probably never.
Iphone, Blackberry, Omnia, HTC HD etc. can be spotted but X1?
I have tried to use X1 several times, and my experience is that X1 has more software problems than any other WinMo smartphone.
There are a few reps here, they may able to give a solution for all the problems.
But, even then, the reception is just so lousy that for me it is a deal breaker even for a free phone.
I will not carry 2 phones just because the X1 may not have enough signal strength.
These are the main issues, but do not forget the battery problem as well.
Once the reps or SE fixes these I am more than happy to change the subject.
I know there are some happy X1 owner, hard to say who :) obviously there are some PR here ;)
but anyway, for those: Enjoy your phone and do not worry about my posts!
As far as the reps - just skip my post ( opinion )! :)
Smartphones with slide-out keyboards tend to be large and bulky, but this isn't the case with the Xperia X1. Measuring 52.6mm wide by 110.5mm deep by 17mm high and weighing 158g, the X1 is compact and has a nice, solid construction. The phone is available in two colours: silver or black. We reviewed the silver model, which has an attractive steel finish and feels cool in the hand. The X1 definitely has 'wow' factor and Sony Ericsson has done a nice job on the hardware.
For a device that has a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is quite a compact handset.
The Xperia X1 features a 3in. touch-screen that displays 65,536 colours at 800-by-480-pixel resolution. With such a sharp resolution, it's no surprise that images and text look crisp and colours are vibrant. However, the highlight of the X1 is its interactive panel interface, which Sony Ericsson created to give users one-touch access to their required features and the ability to customise the device.
You can choose from nine panels and, depending on whether you're at work or at play, you can pick whichever one fits your needs and make that your Today screen for the day. Seven panels come preloaded: Microsoft Today, Sony Ericsson (two variations), Google, 3D Fish, Xperia Radio and Media Xperience. Most are self-explanatory, but if you're curious about the 3D Fish, it's all spelled out in the quick guides — but good luck remembering what everything means. You can also customise what type of information is displayed on the Today screen and add widgets to the Sony Ericsson panel, including web feeds, plus clocks and weathers for different cities.
The Xperia X1 allows you to customise your smartphone with nine interactive panels.
In addition to the standard seven panels, you'll be able to download more panels from other developers via Sony Ericsson's download site. While the X1 panel interface is a cool concept and we love the customisation, in reality, we only used about three of the panels. It's rare that we wanted multimedia or the radio to be at the forefront. Of course, this is a personal choice, and we do appreciate the customisation option.
Below the display, there is a navigation array that consists of two soft keys, Talk and End buttons, an X1 panel key, an OK button and an optical joystick/directional keypad with a centre select button. We're not huge fans of any of these controls, as they're small and stiff to press — particularly the two sliver-like soft keys. We missed having a Home key. The optical joystick operates in a similar way to the optical mouse on the Samsung Omnia, but as with Samsung's device, the trackpad is somewhat small, limiting how much you can move around on a page. Alternatively, you can press the outer edges of the trackpad (up, down, left, right), so it acts more like a traditional navigation toggle.
Below the touch screen you'll find a navigation array, which includes the X1 panel key, but we found these buttons small and stiff to press.
To access the keyboard, you just slide the screen to the right. The sliding mechanism is smooth and feels strong enough to endure multiple openings and closings. In its open state, you'll notice there's a slight arc to the phone. Sony Ericsson did this to provide a better ergonomic experience when using the keyboard, and we think it succeeds. The slight curve makes it comfortable to hold the phone when typing messages, and it also props the screen at a nice angle for better viewing. The screen orientation will also automatically switch from portrait to landscape mode when you open the phone. The keyboard itself is pretty good: the buttons are slightly on the small side, but there's enough spacing between them so it shouldn't give most people problems. We were able to compose messages and enter text without too many errors, although the number keys are a bit hard to find at first.
The X1's full QWERTY keyboard is spacious and easy to use.
On the left spine, you'll find a mini-USB port, while the right side holds a volume rocker and a camera activation/capture button. The latter two controls are rather tiny, so they're not the easiest to press; the volume rocker was particularly tricky, as it was hard to accurately press up or down while on a phone call. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack and a power button on top of the handset. The camera is located on the back, and there is a microSD expansion slot, but you have to remove the back cover to access it, which is an inconvenience. Also, a minor issue but worth mentioning: there's no release button or switch for the battery cover; you only get two little indentations on either side of the device where you can pull it off with your fingernail, which wasn't always the easiest thing to do.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 comes with an AC adapter, a USB cable, a 2GB microSD card, a wired headset, a software CD and reference material.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 with windows mobile voice command 1.6
The original Vodafone firmware was awful, hence poor wifi and other small niggles. A generic xperia has the best wi-fi range of any mobile phone (as reported in tracy & matts blog.) Peeling paint? that's news to me!
xperia is a nice phone... nice wifi just install a 3rd party app (forgot the name)
lots of useful apps
bad thing about xperia is the external speakers. and paint wears off fast.