The X1 is a touchscreen phone, and it's got one of the biggest and best screens ever seen on a mobile phone. At 3 inches across, it's almost as big as the iPhone 3G's 3.5 inch screen, but here's the thing: whereas the iPhone 3G has 480 x 320 pixels, the Xperia has a massive 800 x 480 pixel resolution: that's 2.5 times as many pixels. Big isn't always better, but when it comes to touchscreen phones, it definitely is. As well as providing a brilliant platform for the touch-operated user interface, the display also offers a superb environment for web browsing, video streaming, photo viewing, etc, etc.
A lot of thought has gone into the user interface design of the Xperia. As well as the finger-operated touchscreen, there's an optical joystick and a navigation key. To use the optical joystick you brush your finger over the touch-sensitive key to move the mouse pointer on the screen. The navigation key is a conventional 4-way key that can be pressed to select an option. Handwriting recognition with a stylus is available as an additional text-input method. But the X1 holds another secret within: a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the keyboard in position and the display in widescreen landscape mode, the phone resembles a mini-laptop and offers a lot of the functionality of a real laptop - but more of this later. For the moment, we'll just say that with all the different input options available, every user should be able to find a way of working that meets their needs. This is not a difficult phone to use, although its advanced options do present something of a learning curve.
The phone feels very solid too. It uses a premium metal body and feels like it could take some knocks. But the solidity and wealth of features leads to some bulk. It's a big phone, and quite thick too, at 17mm. And it certainly is heavy. In fact it's the heaviest smartphone currently in the shops by our reckoning. At 158g it weighs more than twice as much as the Sony Ericsson W890i for example. It's not a machine for wimps, but it manages to look very nice despite its porkiness. It's available in a choice of Black or Silver, both of which look nice and businesslike.
The user interface is designed around a "Panel interface". Each panel provides an environment customised to a specific activity, such as web browsing, messaging, playing music, etc. We don't think that this is quite as revolutionary as Sony Ericsson claim, but it looks nice, works well and we have no issues with it.
The X1 is a Windows Mobile smartphone. Windows Mobile has matured a lot since its early days and is now a robust and powerful OS. It's also used in the Samsung Omnia, which has proven itself to be a very stable and robust smartphone. Running Windows Mobile offers several advantages. As well as being stable and fast, it's a familiar environment for PC users, and brings a lot of familiar functionality from the desktop to the mobile. For instance, the X1 uses Outlook Mobile as its email application, and it uses Office Mobile to let you view and edit Office attachments. Business folk accessing their corporate mail via an Exchange mailserver can stay synchronised using Exchange ActiveSync. We hesitate to say that the X1 can match a BlackBerry for power and ease-of-use, but it's arguably true.
furthermore why do you posts links to old reviews based on the prototype? What a strange person!
In a nutshell: The Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is a blockbuster mobile. It's a touchscreen phone with the highest resolution display available, plus an optical joystick and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It runs Windows Mobile, making it a powerful platform for all sorts of applications, especially email and web browsing. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, Windows Media Player, assisted-GPS, 400 MB memory plus a memory card slot, quadband GSM plus HSDPA and WiFi, it's got the lot when it comes to functionality. Not cheap, not small, but very, very powerful indeed.
Using reterict like 'pony toy' gives the game away.The Xperia X1 has a niche market, aimed primarily at power users who require a flexiible OS.
Mstl I don't have a problem with you preferring your Nokia N95. Each to their own
you are amusing too :))
I do recommend the X1 to everybody who likes the X1, get 2. 3 or more.
Are you paying attention? :)))
BTW you should read this:
This is a previous post:
The author forgot to use quotation mark!
˝(from an article!!!!)
Your beloved pony toy...
˝˝ 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.˝˝
The way user mstl posts just emphasizes how good the xperia X1 must be. I mean if the x1 was just another humdrum model he wouldn't be so enthusiastic in his bid to discredit the device. Quite amusing
Does the black model have a metal case like the silver one or is it made of plastic. Not sure which one to order.Any help would be great.
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970N97 is not out yet!
X1 looked good on paper and what we got?
So, I think it is not too wise to be overenthusiastic about something is not released yet.
Many people got a cold shower with the X1 release.
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2009It seems like people are finally making more sense about this phone.
No one can deny the f... moreYes, if we discuss thing relatively intelligently, no obscenity than we may even agree.
I agree, X1 just too buggy to get is to tweak to a good level.
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970What job? :)))
What do you do?
Give us your story! :)))
X1 is definitely not crap!
And I do not waist any money since it is free or it can be given back without restocking fee or other fees.
It seems like people are finally making more sense about this phone.
No one can deny the fact that this phone looks cool, but it is not really a touch phone.
You CANNOT use it right out of the box without the stylus. Period.
SE tried to get the touch UI and came up with big fat zero.
In a way it would have been better to have called it non touch and then surprise people with some the touch functionality.
OK, I can hear the crowd saying that you can tweak it, but come on people, this is an EXPENSIVE toy.
There is no reason to have to fish around the net for hacks to make it work half way decently.
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2009Hhhaahahaa very funny! You must be just over 8 years old and your IQ is just over 43 to say th... moreSo do you want to take the test also? :)))
It is not an official test :)
But it gives a good idea. I use it all the time.
But, if you fail do not feel bad.
I Q is not that important, being nice, good, honest, caring etc.
or being the opposite - depends what is your goal in your life.
Its not whether dio will buy the phone. Just dont call the phone c r a p because YOU wasted ur money
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2009I do not wonder :) After a few post it is pretty clear - but I have a 20second IQ test for ... moreHhhaahahaa very funny! You must be just over 8 years old and your IQ is just over 43 to say these thing to other people to make fun of them. I have an IQ test for you, only 20 seconds. How do you manage to type, generally use the computer since you are aged around 8 years old? Don't think about the 20 seconds, you may not know how to count
Dio, 14 Jan 2009Its always between Sony Ericssson Vs Nokia. I totally agree about what you said about the rate... moreI do not do Nokia vs SE!
For long time I avoided even type other company´s name.
I totally against posting long Nokia specs here - unedited.
What explanation you need.
Several people, not just me experiences poor reception (GSM and Wifi!!!!!!)
Battery also very unreliable. But some works fine - explanation?
I guess LI-PO battery manufacturing is not that great. Somebody suggested RAM leakage.
Cracked cases - you can see pictures posted all over. I guess HTC screwe..d it up or SE QA lousy.
WinMo 6.0 and other bugs.
SE waited about 8 months and 1-2 weeks before Winmo 6.1 released the phone.
Bugs: I guess the reason for the long delay.
We, users have difficulty to explain the shortcomings.
Some people got good unit and some just hardcore fans. That is all. not too complicated. :)))
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970I do not wonder :)
After a few post it is pretty clear - but I have a 20second IQ test for you :)
Do you want to take it?
But it is really only 20 second! You do not get more time. :))
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2009Top Ranking? 1: the ranking is totally unscientific - non representative. (take a stat cl... moreIts always between Sony Ericssson Vs Nokia. I totally agree about what you said about the rates. However the problem that remains is that nobody actually answers whether the phone is good or bad with explanations. You always read its not good, c r a p and it goes....
1: the ranking is totally unscientific - non representative.
(take a stat class if you do not understand)
2: somebody brought this up few weeks ago: votes below 5 do not count! Obviously the people who bother voting and had serious problems would vote below 5 - in that case their vote totally out of the result.
(I do not know the method and evaluation of the votes)
3: getting to the top is only matter of money - company reps can vote over and over again
4: non-owners, people who never seen the model can also vote - see Nokia N97 :)))
owners satisfaction can be measured but a much more complicated way!
Take STAT 101 class :)