Koby, 06 Feb 2009i got this phone for about 2 weeks now.
i am not happy with battery life. i need to charge ... moreKoby, I dont quite understand you. You think this phone is feature rich, you think it's got a nice keyboard and good quality screen. But you still say "all in all, i dont like this phone".
Well, I know battery life is just as important as some other features. And as far as I can see, it's got a pretty decent battery life. Not many phones come with a 1500mAH battery. In fact, I checked a few recent phones - Touch HD, Touch Diamond, Omnia, Renoir, Google G1, iPhone and the recently annowed HTC Dream - not one has a battery life more than the X1's. And if you think N96 is better, check the specs out for yourself.
Not only the battery capacity is higher than any other phone in the market today (at least I couldn't find one, so lemme know if anyone does), the ambient light sensor is a great idea. The way that works is...
In bright light/outdoors, it'll brighten up the screen, but the backlight on the hardware keys are switched off. Indoors, or in darker conditions, it'll switches on the keyboard backlight, but at the same time reduces the screen brightness to conserve power. I think it's a brilliant idea.
Of course, you need to have the right settings on your phone. If you have your settings to turn of the screen backlight after 5 mins of your last use, no doubt you'll drain your battery pretty fast.
Also, switching off your wifi/bluetooth/data connection when you dont need it will help conserve yr battery.
Lastly, these lithium batteries take a few charge cycles to come to their full potential. It should've been fine for you by now, but give it another couple of weeks.
PS: BTW, can you tell us what your average daily usage is? Like how many minute/hours of calls, radio/mp3, videos, internet surfing?
i got this phone for about 2 weeks now.
i am not happy with battery life. i need to charge it twice a day.
i never liked Windows phones and this one is not an exception. it is feature rich but is also a symbian phone or previous Sony Ericsson P990 and P910 and beforehand.
Design of the phone is nice. the sliding keyboard is nice and keys are good and tactile.
screen is nice too, good resolution and good quality screen is very important in these type of computer/phones.
all in all, i dont like this phone. it is going back..
yoooooooo a wana get dis phone wats it lyk on facebook and youtube and internet please tel me a wana get dis phone it luks gud
i have had actually had intercourse with this phone it is such a turn on
thanks for that opinion dave or should i say tim by the way hows ur n96 tim is it easy to text on
this phone is amazing i have had one for two months and i can only say that we are now really close we have taken our relationship to the next level i love this phone
nick, 04 Feb 2009Can anyone tell me can you install skype on this phone?Yes,
but what is interesting, you need to conect your X1 to your laptop, and need to launch the install of the skype mobile (pocketpc version) on your laptop.
It worked for on this way perfectly.
Anonymous, 06 Feb 2009Its software has defects and lags. Why don't you write about its bugs? $800 is too much for su... moreI have not encountered any softwaredefects apart from the ´normal´ WinMo peculiarities. Love the X1 and love the support on various sites.
Anonymous, 05 Feb 2009The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 was the most awaited smartphone of 2008 and now finally we have th... moreIts software has defects and lags. Why don't you write about its bugs? $800 is too much for such "quality".
yes nick you can install skype on X1...use this link http://financemanila.net/2008/11/xperia-tips-and-tricks-and-faq-and-download-apps-and-games/
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.
Is GPS service itself on this phone free? (not mentioning internet charges for downloading maps).
Anonymous, 05 Feb 2009Yes I agree! Slow interface! Poor reception! Lousy battery life!x1 has very fast interface,i had one
SSX, 05 Feb 2009Great phone but it is hard to justify the $800 price tag. Bought and used for 2 weeks. Sold af... moreWell sry that you are out of the box user, there are plenty of cooked ROMs on xda-developers that make X1 menus instantanious, as for panels i think there are supposed to be used like 5 times a day, when you go somwhere where ou like another home screen, so slowness of panels is not to be considerd. You can remove than altogether.
It's a very good cellphone and it woun't break easy. but ofcoarse don't use it as a hammer ;-)
Great phone but it is hard to justify the $800 price tag. Bought and used for 2 weeks. Sold after for $700. I will just make it plain and simple.
Nice build, nice keyboard, nice screen.
slow interface, mediocre reception, random battery life.
I would only get this phone if you have the money to spend. I think the value will drop considerably in the near future. The X1i version of the phone CANNOT get 850mhz contrary to what some may believe. Okay phone but I never used the internet features for more than a hour a week if that. Just used it for Mp3 plus camera. Served me well but it's gone now. Nice try SE but lower price tag and get a better xpanel interface.
6/10 for the phone itself. 9/10 when I first tried it though
i have had a real hands on experience with this phone if you get my drift. this is lovely to touch and i have had full intercourse. it has been much better than p1 or p990 i used to sleep with