Some are poiting to one review or another, but i found the best thing is to just read peoples expšeriance on xda forum, where only pro's are, not peopple who cant use the phone. Here is a thread talking abaut speed. everyone says it is instant, except for panel chage abaut 2 sec.
As for thumb optimized. You can do all with finger, while it is phon calling, browsing, email reading, writing, messenger, simple settings, most applications, as application thumb friendliness is same on every phonne it does not depend on phone. So you actualy need stylus for setting or for applications that are written to be with stylus.
I just can't imagine Windows Remote withount stylus...
How well does the phone work as an MP3 Player / FM radio compared to say a Walkman phone. I use my MP3 player (a walkman) quite a bit. Is XPERIA comparable or is a 'jack of all trades'. Thanks
U, 22 Jan 2009Hi ray, i have gone through ur 14 jan post, its really a helpful feedback on x1. if u dont min... moreOh sorry mate, I forgot to reply to that question of yours - whether the X1 is thumb optimised.
Well, my simple answer to that is "No". I tried a friend's iPhone 3G and a working unit of Samsung Omnia at a store before I bought my X1. Those, you could say, are thumb optimized - basically because they have large application icons and large on-screen keyboard. But coming from P1i, I really dint enjoy composing messages using the virtual keyboard, it was too slow and error prone. And I do a fair bit of messaging/emails. So having a good keyboard was most crucial in any phone I get. X1's full qwerty keyboard is certainly nice (though I'm still not as fast as I was with the P1i. Maybe it'll just take some time.)
Anyway, coming back to your question again - the X1's screen has a pretty high resolution for it's size, so you get really tiny icons/filename/appnames sometimes. And the virtual keyboard is also the standard Winmo keyboard which is kinda hard to use with fingers - you definitely need the stylus for that. I do find myself using the stylus more with the X1 than with my P1 (It could partly be because it's my new toy and I just like to play with it too much!) I have heard someone mention that you can install a bigger virtual keyboard that comes on some HTC touchscreen phones. I haven't tried that though.
Some bits are fine - like the SPB Mobile Shell panel is very touch optimized with large icons - so is its own Contacts viewing app. The standard phone dialer screen that opens when you press the left phone key is also fine.
Don’t know if what I said will help you much to make a decision, but I would anytime choose this phone over the Omnia or iPhone. Nothing against them, it's just my preference.
Anonymous, 22 Jan 2009I guess expectations are different for some people.
Some people happy with the X1 and some ... more-Reception fixed with new radio=you have to hack it
-craks only apperent on models manufatured in the last 2 weeks in nov or smt like that
-battery fixed with optimizations,new ROM=you have to hack it
-as for being slow, i saw Xperia running Toutch Flo 3D as fast as Diamond, and that is instantanious, how is instant slow?
So to summon it up. Windows MOible at current development is suitable only to those who will flash it several times and hack it.
So perfect for me. unfortuanly for Sony most people are not geeks and they want out of the boy workingmachine, well w8 for Windows Mobile 7 for that.
Dan, 22 Jan 2009I'm not that crazy about SE Xperia X1. I have owned and used 3 Symbian smartphones, 2 WinMo de... moreYou say Nokia E90 is responsive?!? I will switch it for X1 in abaut a mont and will report, but if you used google you would notice, that Xperia is more responsive than E90. Sure nokia is instant as far as phone calling goes, but opening gmail and applications is just slow...
Don't even mention the Symbianweb browser, it loads 3 times slower than opera + it First loads that white screen, than renders again.... Just painful to browse with it. Otherwise Messenger and stuff it rocks, just so many errors for programs like messenger.
Hardly w8 for X1, which has all that stuff intergrated and much better supported.
I will miss the glorious 4" screen and Qwerty on E90 though. No phone on the market, that can match it. But i gues better 3" on X1, while being a lot less bulky.
Anonymous, 22 Jan 2009I guess expectations are different for some people. Some people happy with the X1 and some ... more.........and I can show you just as many reviews that love the phone. It just a matter of opinion, and if you like it or not.
I'm not that crazy about SE Xperia X1. I have owned and used 3 Symbian smartphones, 2 WinMo devices, and a Palm.
The xperia is an eye candy but
(1) the reaction time is just too slow. Remember the 1st gen HTC Touch? Xperia's responsiveness trumps it by a small fraction.
(2) The display is gorgeous but small. Period.
(3) The QWERTY keypad is sub-par to most QWERTY enabled devices. I would have to agree with most reviews.
If you're not too crazy with WinMo pro. I advice a WinMo classic device or better yet, go for a Symbian.
The Nokia E90 v300 is really very responsive.
˝Windows Mobile 6.5 leaks and skeptics' predictions come true˝
I guess we just need to wait for WinMo 7.0 - 2011?
I guess expectations are different for some people.
Some people happy with the X1 and some are very disappointed. I guess the reference also important.
If someone did not have a good phone since 1999 :) well that case X1 may be a fantastic phone :)
- reception problems (GSM and WiFi!)
- battery: poor performance, overheating
- cracked case
- low ring volume
- lousy speaker
- poor camera
You type in cracked case X' into a search and you will see...
- slow performance
- hang ups
and some even go further:
˝˝ The Biggest High-Tech Flops Of 2008 ˝˝
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
˝˝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.˝˝
Ray UK, 22 Jan 2009The questions in my post of 14Jan2009 still remain unanswered. Someone did point me to the xda... moreRay,
Your questions just so much not in an average ownerś mind and that is the reason you do not answer.
Probably you should contact SE customer service..
SILV3RF0X, 22 Jan 2009Yes mate ure service provider will continue to honor the unlimited data usage on this handset ... moreRay UK is correct.
E-mail is considered data, and I don't get charged for that. I also can use the Yahoo messenger, and my email programs at no extra charge. It is when they 'KNOW' that you have a smart phone is when you get charged extra, for example, when you buy one from the service provider. I understand that smart phones may use more data while surfing the net, than a regular phone. I plan to use my Wi-Fi at home, and the internet from my provider, while out and about, if this is how they can tell you have a smart phone. Or, does the phone transmit something for the service provider to find out? I mean it is unlocked, not branded, so could they tell what kind of phone you are using?
If they had the phone I would not mind so much, but if I have to pay full price, and already have unlimited internet, and for personal use, what's the point?
Ray UK, 22 Jan 2009Hi U, glad you found my post helpful.
Regarding your query - what are my impressions of the... moreHi ray, i have gone through ur 14 jan post, its really a helpful feedback on x1. if u dont mind can u pls confirm me whether its fully thumb optimized r not.because some reviews say its not fully thumb optimized, and so need to use stylus a lot...is that true?
once again thanks for the feedback...
I am in South Africa and the X1 does not down load mail here. (pop3) Our local Sonyericsson office say that they know of the problem. So; here I have an office phone that can not download mail. I gave it back for a refund.
The rest of the phone is pretty cool.
The questions in my post of 14Jan2009 still remain unanswered. Someone did point me to the xda-developer site, but I couldn't find what I was looking (probably need to dig more) But yes, I'd really appreciate if someone could give me some simple responses to my queries:
1. Is there a way to backup the complete phone including all applications - like it is possible to do for the P1i using the Sony Ericsson Phone Suite? I remember I could do that for my old HP iPaq running Windows PocketPC using ActiveSync. The "backup/restore" feature seems to have been removed in the recent version of ActiveSync (i.e v4.5).
2. Can someone tell me what happens if the battery on the Xperia dies completely? On my iPaq, if that happened, and if the internal backup battery is also dead, the PDA would loose all data and get reset to factory default. (That's why I needed to run backups regularly for that).
3. Can we show the date/time for RSS feeds? And identify if an article has been read or still unread? My P1i had these features for the builtin RSS reader. Didn't find these on the X1.
4. Also, is there anyone using a good app to monitor stocks? (Free?) The one on TouchFlo was great, but I removed TF3D 'coz it made my X1 very unstable.
U, 22 Jan 2009hi there ur post has been realy useful,thanks for that.u said that u have been using x1 from p... moreHi U, glad you found my post helpful.
Regarding your query - what are my impressions of the X1 after a few days of use... I'd ask you to have a look at my posting on 14Jan2009. It's fairly detailed.
Hope it helps too. Cheers!
SILV3RF0X, 22 Jan 2009Yes mate ure service provider will continue to honor the unlimited data usage on this handset ... moreWhy would Direwolf get charged separately for emails? I think he wont. All he has to do is configure his gmail or any other imap/pop email onto his new X1. And the data downloaded because of this email is just that - "data"! And that's all free on his package.
Ya, if there's something smarter involved, like Blackberry Connect, he might get changed. I have never used Blackberry so dont know.
Can we download Real Player application in XPERIA X1? Downloaded video clip from YouTube on PC is supported by Real Playe, or any equivalent player.
Direwolf_65, 22 Jan 2009I have an 'off the wall' question, my service provider charges extra for the use of internet s... moreYes mate ure service provider will continue to honor the unlimited data usage on this handset also.
The only thing u may get charged for is e-mails as this normally requires a further subscription.