Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 (Android 2.1) review: Eclairs for dinner

GSMArena team, 15 November 2010.
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Introduction

With a large high-res screen, a Snapdragon CPU and ample amount of RAM the XPERIA X10 is nothing short of the top-end Android smartphones currently on the market. However its outdated Android version was holding it back and it found it hard to compete in the top tier.

Android 1.6 Donut wasnít terribly bad for its time but itís no match for either the functionality or the performance of Eclair and Froyo. Thatís why we felt that the recent Eclair update it received was significant enough to justify a new article, rather than just update the old review.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 official photos

Of course we arenít going to repeat everything and we are going to focus on the new stuff only. If you feel like reading about the hardware we suggest you check out our original review.

Now letís start with the XPERIA X10 update changelog so you know what to expect here.

  • 720p HD video recording
  • Continuous auto focus in video recording
  • 5 homescreens
  • Live wallpapers
  • HTML5 support in web browser
  • Backup and restore app
  • New lock screen

Now these are only the big ones Ė the ones you notice straight after powering the phone on. There are also a few dozens of minor tweaks including new system fonts, a thicker notification bar, etc.

There are also a couple of notable absentees from the list. Multi-touch and 16M color support are still a no-go on the XPERIA X10, even after the Eclair update, which got Sony Ericsson quite a lot of critics already.

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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is back at the office

Now those two arenít deal-breakers in isolation, but they certainly matter and give the X10 somewhat of an uneven start. They have basically reduced the XPERIA X10 error margin to a minimum so letís hope all the rest of it works as promised.

The testing starts right after the break.

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