Hey Folks. No a pleasant experience with any of the SE phones I had (including the K850i).
Despite my previous sad experience with the SE, I was looking forward to see the Xperia launched on the South African marked. Unfortunately, I had it for 2 days only and RETURNED BACK to the supplier. From day one, refused to accept any e-mail settings (apparently it is a common software problems). Although is a Windows Mobile program, I perssonally found it far to be professiona in what concern the "user friendly" facilities. The camera is 3.2 pixels (did not try it), the general looks are great (fully brushed stainless steel), the slide mechanism is absolutely great and firm but TOO MANY ditches and faults : the actual keyboard is silver and the characters are black and blue - very hard to see / use. The display / colours an absolute disappointment - I had to get out of the sunlight to see the display. Everytime the phone is switched off, when is turned on the default screen comes on instead the personalised one (had to always go and change it manually). I personally found it very uncomfortable.
However, Good Luck to anyone who got the X1.
I have taken instead the BoSSS - Nokia E90 which is an absolute delight and user friendly at the first touch.
Pleeeeease people, how do I get the motion sensor working on the X1? My old N95's was working just fine and so did the iPhone's :(
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 was the most awaited smartphone of 2008 and now finally we have the chance to review it. It is one of the most stylish smartphones and ushers in a new era of supersleek and stylish smartphones. When it was announced, it was undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone there was, but then many competitors came out with equally powerful offerings. Despite the delay in the final launch of the Xperia X1, it is a superb product which competes with the likes of the Apple iPhone, the HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch HD etc. It is almost identical to the HTC Touch Pro with slightly less better hardware specs. It is one of the few Windows Mobile phones which But it is much more stylish and good looking. It is any geek’s dream and has become quite popular in a short period of time. Nokia has announced the new Nokia N97 primarily to compete with the Xperia X1. In this review, we check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and try to see what makes it click.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Specs:
Dimensions: 110.5 x 52.6 x 17 mm
Weight: 145 gms
Display: 3.0 inch TFT touchscreen, 65K colors, 800 x 480 pixels
Memory: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Processor: Qualcomm MSM7200 528 MHz Processor
Connectivity: GPRS Class 10, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Camera: 3.15 MP Camera, 2048 x 1536 pixels with autofocus, flash, Video recording VGA at 30 FPS, Secondary videocall camera
Battery: Standard Li-Po battery, 1500 mAh (BST-41), 10 hrs rated talktime
Other Features: Built in GPS with A-GPS, Java MIDP 2.0, FM Radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack, Pocket Office, Opera 9.5 Mobile
Design and Build Quality:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is one of the best looking Windows Mobile phones ever. It sports a very stylish design and has superb build quality. The slider action is very smooth. It has dimensions of about 110.5 x 52.6 x 17 mm and weighs just about 145 gms, which is relatively more compared to other phones, but if you consider the features it offers, the weight is well within limits. It is composed mostly of metal and plastic and feels very sturdy and portable.
The front face is occupied mostly by the 3 inch TFT touchscreen display with the standard control keys and a D Pad in a stylish X just below it. On the top of the display, you find the earpiece, the ambient light sensor and the secondary videocall camera. The Xperia X1 has a arc slider design to accomodate the QWERTY keypad. The slider action is very smooth. On the right you find the volume rocker and the camera shutter key. On the left, you find the Mini USB port. On the top of the phone, you find the power button, the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the stylus slot. On the back of the phone, the 3.15 MP camera is located on the top with the Flash and below it is the battery cover which houses the huge battery.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 sports a huge 3.0 inch TFT touchscreen supporting 65K colors and a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The display quality is superb and the brightness and contrast levels are also great. The high resolution makes it a treat to watch movies and videos on the Xperia X1. It is one of the biggest displays in high end Windows Mobile phones after the HTC Touch HD. It supports 65k colors just like other Windows Mobile phones. It has decent sunlight legibility.
Interface and OS:
The Xperia X1 is powered by the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS. While it has all the power this wonderful OS offers, the Xperia X1 has a different layered UI powered by Panels. You can use any of the many available panels to customise your UI. While it is great, I would still prefer HTC’s TouchFLO 3D UI over it. You can download new Panels from the official Sony Ericsson website. It has the standard WM image gallery as well as the Media Xperience Panel.
Multimedia and Camera:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has nice multimedia capabilities which you dont usually expect from Windows Mobile phones. The sound quality is simply awesome though the speakers don’t have much volume. The frequency response and other attributes are almost perfect. Though if you are a serious music enthusiast, you shouldn’t rely on the speakers much, just use your own standard earbuds / headphones. The Media Xperience interface is really cool. You can also use the default Windows Media player. It supports most major codecs like DivX and XviD natively. The video playback is smooth even at higher FPS videos with very minimal skipping of frames. Overall in the multimedia segment, it plainly kicks ass of all other Windows Mobile phones.
The Xperia X1 sports a 3.15 MP Camera which can shoot images at a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It comes with autofocus and flash as well. It does video recording at a VGA resolution at 30 FPS which is very sweet. The camera image quality is decent, just what you would expect from a 3.15 MP standard camera. The camera interface is nice and easy to use and offers a variety of customisable options and modes. It should suffice for some casual photography.
The Xperia X1 features a host of connectivity options like GPRS Class 10, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with nice reception and good speeds. The call reception quality is very good. It supports expandable memory by way of Micro SD cards. It comes bundled with the new Opera 9.5 Mobile and Quick Office. You can install any of the scores of Windows Mobile applications available on the internet. The huge display is a great asset to the document reading and web browsing capabilities of the Xperia X1.
The Xperia X1 is powered by a powerful 1500 mAh Li Po battery which has a rated standby time of around 800 hrs and a talktime of 10 hrs. It should easily last 2 days with moderate usage.
Great Sound Quality and Video playback
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is one of the best Windows Mobile phones available currently. The HTC Touch HD and the Touch Pro are its closest competitors with almost similar features especially the Touch Pro.
Our Rating: 4 / 5.
Yes, I totally agree that the Winmo interface is not as simple as that of an S60/UIQ phone. Some people find the interface of Winmo too intimidating, and that's why they prefer S60. Nothing wrong with that. I had the SE P1i (running UIQ) for over a year, it was a great phone. And my wife's got a Nokia N82 now, which is an excellent phone too esp because of it's camera and xenon flash. She takes pics with that often, and uses the phone to listen to FM (using her own good-quality headphones 'coz the phone has a 3.5mm jack). So the N82 suits her fine - it's a good phone for her. She finds my phone too complicated to use, even to search for a contact. Talking about contacts, if she has "Sean Paul" and "Paula Abdul" in the contact list on her N82, and search for "Paul", she would only get "Paula Abdul" whereas on my X1 running Winmo 6.1, it gets both the contacts - I find this very useful.
I quite like the analogy of Ford Mondeo v/s Jag and Accurist v/s Rolex with the N97 v/s X1. I personally don’t like Rolex watches, too old-fashioned for my style, would prefer an Omega or Tag :-) But yes, the X1 is a superb phone, and quite like a Jag. In fact I wont hesitate saying it's the Bugatti Veyron of all mobile phones in the market today. With the fastest processor and highest capacity battery of any phone today, huge RAM, excellent screen resolution, 3.5mm audio jack and great hardware keyboard, the X1 is like a supercharged phone and very very potent, just needs the right hands to drive and control it. Of course in the hands of a grandma, the Veyron is a complete waste, and perhaps too risky. She definitely would prefer a Ford Fiesta (let along a Mondeo) over the Veyron, something she can control better. Just the same with X1 too. It may not suit everyone. I also won’t say N97 is like a Mondeo - the specs on it look very promising too.
Anyway, my point is that… Symbian OS (S60 or UIQ) are definitely simple to use, but there is nothing wrong with Winmo. If someone feels Winmo is crap, trust me it's not. It's just that you're not techie enough to use it, that's all. And that's fine. Get a Nokia with S60. But people, stop saying that X1 with Winmo is bad 'coz it's CERTAINLY NOT.
Vivek, 09 Feb 2009Hey guys, need to know abt XPERIA's performance.. Actually i am planning to switch over from m... morex1 is all around gadjet from web,multimedia,office mobile,audio/video,navigator,and quick responce touch,optical joystick,800x480 display is supeeb,,this phone is great believe me
Hey guys, need to know abt XPERIA's performance.. Actually i am planning to switch over from my E66 to a higher end phone and i am completely confused over whether to go for N97, HTC Dream which are yet to be launched or shall i go for XPERIA which looks pretty descent in performance.. Hey could guys suggest me something...
what makes u say xperia is crap?n97 is for media lover.but xperia is for professionals.
This phone is soooo outdated by today standards. And Htc refuses to make another phone for SORRYEricsson :-) This is the first and last WM cell for SE ! You better stick to it, after all you have no choice. The N97 is coming and is coming fast ! In video recording and camera department, even my old N95 is better! And how do you switch on the motion sensor in your Xcaria X1?
You shouldn't compare s60 symbians with WM devices. People's preferences differ hence why we have simple java phones, halfway house symbian mobiles then the powerful flexible linux and Windows mobile devices.
To my friend who thinks nokia n97 is way more advance, & is ready to use once stepped out of the shop, my dear chilll, i guess than u better go purchase some phones use them & than comment here. Most of the firmware updates are released by Nokia, people call it user friendly cause people like u don’t know to use other hi-tech devices so stick to some silly user friendly scrap. Grow up & try to be practical next time! X1 rocks.
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2009You people are 'out of your mind' to call this phone 'the best WM device HTc ever made'. Do yo... morehow sad are you...
you just compared x1 of 2008 with a nokia phone of 2009...i understand what you mean that no nokia phone of 2008 which is better than X1 so you try to compare x1 with N97.
SE X2 will kill N97
wait and see!!!
unomissu, 08 Feb 2009can anyone tell me whats diffrence between RAM and ROM ? in nokia devices never mention about ... moreThe ROM is the firmware. To the other chap...obviously a n97 or any Nseries will sell more but this does not mean it is better.A Ford Mondeo is very popular and produces higher sales figures than Jaguar, Accurist's sales dwarf that of Rolex but I'd rather have the JAG,Rolex and of coarse the Xperia X1.....I presume your type would be more inclined to be seen with a Ford Mondeo,Accurist and N97 :-P
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2009You people are 'out of your mind' to call this phone 'the best WM device HTc ever made'. Do yo... moreYou my friend have issues. have you actually been using the phones that are based on the windows mobile OS?? Please don't judge phones on the types of OS unless you have actually used them all..... And next time please think before posting such **** (please excuse the foul language). BTW its not HTC its SE.....
This phone totally pwns tha crap out of any thing the 65k color screen pwns n95/96 iphone etc etc IT PWNS THEM ALL! want to know why? well the resolution is way way way way more higher 480x800 vs nokia 320x240 / Iphone 320x480 and that makes the 65k colors nice
You people are 'out of your mind' to call this phone 'the best WM device HTc ever made'. Do yourself a favor a look at the latest HTC devices out there and come back to reality. And the SorryEricsson branding doesn't do any good either. Just wait for the N97 in a few months. I predict not only is waaaays more advanced but it will outsell the P1 in the first 90 days of its release - if not sooner. S60v3/v5 is ways more user friendly then WM. For a change you don't have to be a computer freak to use it and it works as you walk out of the shop. No need for FW upgrades ! There is a reason Nokia is where it is and Sorryericsson is where it is :-)
Do you install TouchFlow3D in x1 ? does it work as well as its owner HTC ?