I bought this phone from Sony direct, and got it right before Thanksgiving. I'm a US, T-Mobile customer and I put up a site/blog expressing my experiences using this device, please visit me at http://www.inputfreak.com .
Does anyone find the leftside of the slider screen SHARP? The plastic part of the sliding screen, the ones where the lights are placed seems a bit sunken causing the edges of the metallic finish cover exposed and really SHARP like a knife.
Some people are going to stupid lengths...
The X1 is a great device that has many comparisons to the TP. There exist differences that would appeal to all sorts.
At the end of the day, it's a question of choice. But no way is one better in every sense.
After the SE PR letś see some independent reviews :)
˝Summary: I don’t know what to say… Xperia has been a huge disappointment for me.˝
˝The most disappointing about X1 is its speed. The handset is slow, it’s very slow. We have to wait a couple of seconds for the programs to launch, screen switches aren’t fast either,.....˝
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.
Moving on to the camera, we have to say that this is the one area where the X1 disappoints us. A phone this big and this expensive needs the best camera available, but the X1 doesn't have it. Instead of the 5 megapixel monster we hoped for, it has a 3.2 megapixel camera instead. Instead of a xenon flash, the flash is a weaker LED one. The camera does have autofocus and a digital zoom and will take decent snaps in good lighting, but it won't replace a digital camera. This is probably the only fault that we can find with the phone. As well as taking stills, the camera is capable of recording video clips.
The X1 uses a Microsoft product as its media player: Windows Media Player. Not only is this a fully featured and user-friendly media player, but it also integrates seamlessly with Windows Media Player on a PC, so you can manage and synchronise your media libraries without having to mess about with third-party software. The media player handles most common file formats: both audio and video. A very welcome addition is the 3.5mm headphone jack which means that you can plug in third-party headphones (thanks to Paul for pointing this out to us!) You can listen via an optional stereo Bluetooth headset.
One of the features that's now pretty standard amongst high-end smartphones is aGPS, and the X1 doesn't miss out. With GPS you can find your way either using Google Maps, or with the Wayfinder Navigator software that gives turn-by-turn instructions, suitable for use when driving. Unfortunately only a trial version of Wayfinder Navigator is included, with a limited license duration. In any case, a dedicated satnav device like a TomTom will provide a more polished experience for serious satnav use when driving.
As well as the Windows Mobile software and applications that we've already mentioned, there's also a well equipped personal organiser application that includes an alarm clock, a calendar, a calculator, notes and tasks. A benefit of the Windows Mobile platform is that there's also a wealth of third-party apps available for download.
The X1 has a built-in memory of 400 MB, which is sufficient, but not as much as some rivals. Fortunately it can also accept microSD cards - a welcome change from the expensive Memory Stick Micro cards that Sony normally require.
Being a 3G phone equipped with HSDPA, a fast internet connection is possible (when signal strength is good). Combined with the large touchscreen and the optical joystick, this provides a very good environment for the mobile web. In addition, the X1 supports a range of connectivity options - USB, Bluetooth and WLAN - so you can browse the web using a free and fast WiFi connection, provided that you are in a WiFi hotspot or have a WLAN network in your home or office.
The battery life that Sony Ericsson quote for the X1 is exceptionally high - 6 hours talktime and 20 days standby! And it does have a big battery, so this is theoretically possible. However, the large display eats battery power, and when you start using apps, you'll use more power than on standby. So whilst the talktime and standby figures suggest exceptionally good battery life, the real world of clicking, browsing and chatting will reduce performance. Having said that, there's plenty of juice in the battery and you should be able to use it for a few days between charges, unless you live your life on the phone.
We are very impressed with the Xperia X1. We love the huge high resolution touchscreen and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. We love the Windows Mobile environment and applications. We love the WiFi. We quite like the memory and the GPS. We're less keen on the size and weight. And we're disappointed by the camera. But on balance, this is a 5 star phone, packed with features galore in a system that seems to be well designed and well tested. In other words, a smartphone that seems to be genuinely smart. We can recommend this one with confidence.
Alternatives include the Apple iPhone 3G (rubbish camera and various other niggles), the BlackBerry Storm (no WiFi), the Nokia N96 (too many problems) or the Samsung Omnia (smaller screen, but better camera and more memory.) Looks like you're spoilt for choice - both the Samsung Omnia and the Sony Ericsson X1 are outstanding phones, and interestingly they're both Windows Mobile devices.
Anonymous, 29 Nov 2008Someone suggested a few days ago that any vote below 5 is discarded - obviously, people who ha... moreFirst of all, if you don't care about voting results, why did you bring it up? 2nd of all, almost any phone can be obtained free of charge with a contract if you're willing to pay enough line rental. 3rd, Low sales? What...?!?!
Someone suggested a few days ago that any vote below 5 is discarded - obviously, people who had problems with the X1 - many - voted less than 5. During the first few weeks after release the net was flooded with complaint.
SE also has a very powerful PR department - do you think they might vote? :))))
The most telling to me:
1: low sales figures
2: X1 is given away for free!!!!! FREE!!!
I do not care about voting results!
V, 29 Nov 2008Its the build quality which has helped to sway any idea that I might have had abt the X1. The ... moreYou can reverse modding with a hard reset.If you have flashed custom firmware then you would need to re-apply the original ROM
i think xperia x1 is made by.."""""GSM ARENA""""".
plz, look at the 'Voting Results'.
this is not fair.
you realy think that xperia x1 deserve this "BIGPOINT".
I dont think so, because i belive in present not
in dream............think again
Anonymous, 29 Nov 2008I agree HTC is not known for its high quality of manufacturing - SE still contracted HTC for t... moreIts the build quality which has helped to sway any idea that I might have had abt the X1. The metal finish looks like my P1 and I love it. But I'd hate to find a crack after having modded the phone and having difficulties to return it. Or worse, after the warranty has ended.
The X1 has some good features though.
I agree HTC is not known for its high quality of manufacturing - SE still contracted HTC for the X1.
What strange is that HD is much more reliable than X1.
SE should have made special requirements about QA protocols.
SE is the most overrated phone on the market - by the fans
There are some widely reported problems with the X1:
(yes, some of you may got a perfect unit , but not every body - please understand that ;)
1: Reception problems
2: Wifi problems
3: battery weak (probably due to RAM leakage)
4: case cracks
Manufacturing error /lack of QA
5:Software crash / needed hard reset
6: incompatibility with application
due to screen resolution
7: unit gets hot
8: low speaker volume
Not all units have all of these but one or two of these is enough to get the user dissatisfied with the X1.
But, if you are who do not care, or happened to have a perfect unit ;)
- this post is not for you!
Do not get worked-up :))))
parth, 29 Nov 2008is it true...xda says that x1 has dedicated video ram...that means it should be a good graphic... moreOk I think I made my mind up. I would hate to have such an expensive handset develop a crack as has been widely reported. O2 would kick a major fuss, and try to get out of it. So Touch Pro it is.
See the previous link which reports that Xperia has dedicated video ram.
parth, 29 Nov 2008is it true...xda says that x1 has dedicated video ram...that means it should be a good graphic... moreX1, definately. But then I'm utterly intrigued by the panels. I'm currently trying to get my X1 ordered but the damned phone company is giving me nothing but grief (mobiles.co.uk). Currently the only other handset that may sway me away from the X1 is the HTC Touch HD. The X1 is a much nicer looking handset though, and it has the QWERTY keyboard and the navigation widget (handy in case there are ever issues with the touchscreen). That, and I've had nothing but good experiences with SE, and I've heard a few horror stories about HTC handsets...