this phone is just a beautiful junk.sound volume is too low.there is only one sound output in left side of phone that often is covered with your hand so you will just hear some noise.on screen keyboard keys are too little in order to be pressed by fingers easily.camera quality is bad.images volume don't exceed 350 kb.camera button heavy push for activating camera.It is too slow.message management is not good.it's display quality has good resolution but just support 65k colors and it is not good.when the phone ring often you won't hear the ring and vibration is not as good as it could be.I can say it is toooooooooooooooooooooooo weak in multimedia abilities and will disappoint you surly.it is just a beautiful phone with good specification just in texts not in practice.I strongly recommand don't buy.it don't worth for these prices.
bobby, 22 Apr 2009Hi i just buy yesterday. its extremely bad phone i ever saw. i will sold it tommorrow. and get... moreI agree!
One day with X1 is just about enough :)))
And the guy who wants to get it in June :)))
do you mean 2009??? or you planning ahead :))))
X1 is already outdated!
planning to get it ahead is not to smart :)))
WinMo is horrible. +all the bugs, reception problems etc. just make this phone a lemon.
Love this phone...
Getting it June.
Thanks Sony Ericsson for these great phones!!!
hw to create power point slides on x1. i opened power point on it but i think its just viewer we cant make new files like word n excel.or i mwrong?
hii guys.. i am planning to buy dis phone from a long time.. but am so confused reading all dese reviewes..
can some1 plz tell me excately about the performance of dis phone.. is it worth its cost..
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Aleks, 22 Apr 2009Hello boys/girls sry for my BAD english but wish get you advice i wish change my n82 with one ... moreI have xperia x1 for a month and i tell u there is mothing like this phone
u will love it
Aleks, 22 Apr 2009Hello boys/girls sry for my BAD english but wish get you advice i wish change my n82 with one ... moreHi i just buy yesterday. its extremely bad phone i ever saw. i will sold it tommorrow. and get rideout of it.
Aleks, 22 Apr 2009Hello boys/girls sry for my BAD english but wish get you advice i wish change my n82 with one ... moreWinMo sucks big time.
That's why SE is turning to symbian.
Nokia 5800 wins, hands down,
Hello boys/girls sry for my BAD english but wish get you advice i wish change my n82 with one this new phones xperia or 5800ME or HTC Touch HD pla what you advace me.
P.S again sry for my bad english
Hmm... how many of you actually own or have used the X1 for an extended period of time? Right. Talk is cheap. Everybody can debate over paper specs and parrot other reviews...
Say you need a real keyboard, not a virtual one. How many phones do you have left? Now let's say you've seen an iPhone and you want one of those bloody big screens, so that means you need a slider. Now how big is your list? A real short list. So like it or not, if you want a "smartphone" with a real keyboard and a "real" screen, right now there are not a lot of choices.
I have to say, I'm not in love with my X1 (yet? ;-) which is unusual for a new phone that I get. Most of the complaints are due to the horrible Windows Mobile. Mind you, it's not just the X1, 2 friends have HTC Touch and Touch Pro and they're not that amused with their phones either.
The X1 panels are actually a good idea and the SE panel is a damn good try once you get it customized. I'm not sure why people are so enthused about the SpB shell. If you have used an iPhone, the SpB shell is not as efficient. You want ALL the icons & info you use regularly on one page, no clicking through. The SE panel enables you to do this (customize!).
I'm happier with the real keyboard than the iPhone virtual keyboard. But I also tried the virtual X1 keyboard. It is NOT as good as the iPhone, but given the buttons are about 1/4 the size of the iPhone, I am very surprised at its accuracy. If you just "trust" it and hit the keys, I seem to get a similar hit rate as the iPhone. But with a real keyboard, no reason to use this much...
The Opera browser it comes with works well, similar to Safari, lacking only the "pinch" zoom. Drag scrolling works okay, the double-click default zoom is handy and so is the volume/zoom. I'm happy with that.
Surprisingly, I don't find the lack of accelerometer that annoying. The only time I need to rotate the screen (typing or movies), it rotates automatically anyways. Though I don't understand why they didn't include one, those things are very small and very cheap.
Lack of Flash (i.e. Youtube) is a bummer, but one thing iPhone can't match: Live streaming TV channels from Japan (via KeyHoleTV).
After more extensive usage, I'm discovering the lag when launching apps/activities from the SE panel isn't so bad 95% of the time. In fact, it's on par with iPhone. The other 5% of the time though....
Imagine this phone with Symbian. Windows Mobile sucks so much.
I can not download new firmware for my experia! I have download software from SE site and nothing happened it stack I try too many times to download and every time is the same im afraid to do that again because there are some warnings about disconnecting before every thing is finished. pls help tnx
Yes, X1 is the current flagship of SE - but you still have to check for cracks.
BTW. it is widely reported that cracks develope as you start using the unit. It is not visible for weeks.
As far as speed:
IT IS STILL SLOW!!!!!!!
SE X1 was selected and published as:
˝X1 is one of the biggest flop of 2008!˝
˝It may have been the most eagerly awaited telephone of the year... and it may well have been the most disappointing telephone of the year, too. Introduced in February with (almost) operational prototypes, the phone has only just become available in stores. Its “revolutionary” Windows Mobile interface was not only slow, but it also wasn’t any more functional than other operating systems from HTC, Samsung or Asus. And since there’s only one Windows Mobile model from Sony Ericsson, developments for the proprietary interface, quite naturally, are scarce. What was supposed to be the ultimate smartphone is at best only passable, and at worst a total failure.˝
Robert, 21 Apr 2009Can someone please tell me: What is meant by "SMS (threaded view)" as opposed to just "SMS"??u can see the all those messages (sent and received) from the person in just one single message thread.
Robert, 21 Apr 2009Can someone please tell me: What is meant by "SMS (threaded view)" as opposed to just "SMS"??SMS threaded view - it basically keeps all your texts in conversation format, so for example - if send a dozen messages to one person, each response comes through in the same text. whereas your standard phone would show each individual text, this phone will keep all the texts from a single contact altogether, even if its not part of the same conversation.
Robert, 21 Apr 2009Can someone please tell me: What is meant by "SMS (threaded view)" as opposed to just "SMS"??It means it shows the sms as a conversation like in the iPhone where lets say you receive a sms it will show you all the sms that you sent and recieved for that contact, just like email when you use the reply option.
American black man, 17 Apr 2009Yes.you point out very correctly. These are major issues with it...its a sexy phone
Can someone please tell me:
What is meant by "SMS (threaded view)" as opposed to just "SMS"??
Anonymous, 20 Apr 2009How long SE have been in making cellphone products? To long to remember. How about Apple? 2... moreI phone gud, but not affordable to everyone !....and doesnt have 5mp -n95/ 12mp SE IDOU....camera !
Got in an X1 a while ago. At hand to compare, an iPhone and an older W800i. The reason for the X1 is that while the iPhone virtual keyboard is pretty slick, it doesn't really work for me. Considered a Blackberry, but the consensus seemed to be that if I'm not using RIM's push e-mail (and I don't), there's not a lot of reason to use the Blackberry.
The good bits:
Not much to fault on the hardware. It looks great, it feels great. There is nothing to indicate that it is not top-quality and well-built. The iPhone still feels better in hand though. What is amazing is that it is only marginally larger than the much older W800i and it is "pocketable", which can't be said with the iPhone.
The screen is fantastic. In day-to-day phone use, the superior resolution is not obvious compared to iPhone. Where it does stand-out is when on the Web or reading PDF's. In bright sunlight, the X1 is at least as good as the iPhone, if not better. If you crank up the brightness on the X1 in a normal room, it is uncomfortably bright.
The touch screen is not as "slick" as the iPhone's, but that is due to the use of the resistive touch screen. Some may fault SE for that choice, but since WinMo is not meant so much for fingers, a pen is almost mandatory and that pretty much dictates the use of a resistive screen. That being said, it works pretty well (and I actually do this stuff for a living, so I know how hard it is to get it right on a resistive screen).
Camera is okay. For me, camera is just a bonus feature on the phone, just for "emergencies", not to replace a real camera. I wish it had an "instant-on" lens cover/switch like the W800i, I also wish it wasn't so laggy when I press the shutter button. Sure the iPhone responds better, but that camera is, uhh...well, not good.
The keyboard took some getting used to, but I got the hang of it. It's not a laptop keyboard, but I can type reasonably fast with it now and I do prefer it to the iPhone.
Battery life has not blown me away, but it is acceptable. Partly that is my fault, since the phone is capable of so much more, I'm actually using it for a lot more activities compared to the W800i. Still feels like I get at least 2-3 days usage between charges (on 24/7) so no complaints.
The bad bits:
The software. After years of other OS from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia, etc. this is my first Windows Mobile. And it sucks. Sucks big time. It's like having a Ferrari hobbled with used tires from a truck.
It's true that there are occasional "lags" when I tap a button or icon. Most of the time the response is okay though. The iPhone blows it away with its consistent, reliable performance.
The panels are actually a great idea. Starting with the default SE panel, it took me a while to fiddle with it so that it works as easily as the iPhone interface and for the large part, shields me from that piece of garbage called Windows Mobile. That makes me feel a lot better. The SE Media panel is good too, I just question why it sometimes whips up the Windows Media player for some stuff...
Has lots of useful software, my opinion better than the iPhone in this regard. One thing is clear, unlike the iPhone, WinMobile is NOT made for fingers! That being said, I'm pleasantly surprised but how infrequently I've had to pull out the pen.
Calling, as expected is fine. Note that I've never had an issue with the coverage even with my X1 or the W800i even though I'm in North America.
Summary: Great hardware hobbled by mediocre software. It's a fine phone, the only 2 questions are:
1) Does your usage model fits this phone? This is for you if you need to have a real keyboard and "smartphone" features. Otherwise, go with a cheaper numberpad phone, there are many non-Windows options that are much better.
2) How much is the phone worth? I would suggest not the $799USD offered at SonyStyle. (Luckily not what I paid for it). I would suggest it would be worth picking up at around the $500-600 mark.
Is it better than the iPhone? In some regards yes. In terms of the quality & design of software and physical design, I would say iPhone has the edge. In terms of features (both hardware and software), I would give the X1 the nod. If you do not need the features, I would say go with the iPhone if you can handle the virtual keyboard.