|XPERIA X1 lets you enjoy the convergence of communication and entertainment. Choose an experience by simply touching the XPERIA panel interface. The QWERTY keyboard makes writing fast and easy.With Windows Mobile inside, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. XPERIA X1 is a premium mobile experience.Arc slider design, 3 inch Wide VGA display and premium metal body: with its sophisticated and distinctive design, XPERIA X1 redefines premiumness.|
|Family Line||Sony Ericsson XPERIA|
|Storage Capacity||400 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 features an interactive panel interface that lets you customize the smartphone to your wants and needs. The Windows Mobile device also has an attractive design and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Without U.S.-carrier backing, the Xperia X1 has an exorbitant price tag. The navigation controls are difficult to use, and the Web browsing experience wasn't the greatest.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a well-designed and fully stocked smartphone that offers great customization through the interactive panel interface. However, with its high price tag, the X1 will be a hard sell for most customers and will be a purely luxury item.
Average review score based on 34 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This device is really nice. It's so simple to use and customize. It is very solid in construction, the metal housing makes this a very sturdy and reliable device. it handles all the bumps and drops life can throw at it. It has a sleek and sexy design that is both attractive and functional. The keyboard is a full 4 line qwerty keyboard with excellent keystroke response and great feel. Typing on it is a snap even for someone with large clumsy fingers. When the keyboard is slid out the screen angles nicely so the view is excellent with no glare at all and it also looks cool that way.
The touch screen is great, very responsive, again very big finger friendly. I suggest a screen protector for any touch screen to avoid any scratches but this is just a thought in general. the screen is easy to read even in the highest light levels, it's quite large at 3.5 inches and has good resolution.
the camera is pretty good and boasts a 3.2mp resolution. you can upgrade the stock camera to add auto flash function and also geo tagging which are 2 really nice features. it takes great still photos but the videos arent all that good.
The windows mobile platform is user friendly and customizable with the proper software. adding programs from the web or marketplace is a snap. there are thousands of programs out there for free and for sale. The sync function is just ok, getting the email and contacts set up can be tricky but this can be attributed mostly to windows live. I had a major problem with the new live deleting all my email contacts when I checked the box merge duplicates, all 300 or so. this was a set back but again not the fault of the phone. Some mail settings need to be done manually but msn/hotmail works pretty good. Sympatico took some manual changes for it to download and sync. if you use word, powerpoint or any other office programs you will enjoy the full suite on the mobile device. Typing up a document or making last minute changes to that spreadsheet have never been easier. forget the laptop or reach for the only handheld you'll ever need.
Facebook, Youtube, twitter, whatever you're in to, with the highspeed browser or the wifi connection staying in touch has never been easier. Try out the you tube or facebook panel and set your facebook profile as your homescreen. The panel manager is filled with useful panels to help access these things as well as a media panel, a google search screen and many more available to download.
This phone is simply awesome. Its not the best phone on the market but it is well worth checking out. Its benefits far out weigh any other phone in its class. You can easily upgrade the OS on this device so that you can have windows mobile 6.5 in hundreds of designs. You cant go wrong with this phone. add it to your mobile workforce and stay in touch and at work on the go.
There's a lot to fall for in Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Possibly the hottest looker of a PocketPC is also heavy on skill. Heavy enough to not just scratch out a living as a one-hit-wonder but aim for the WinMo top.
The extra solid metal looks, gorgeous screen and the right pinch of novelty called XPERIA panels look to us as good enough reasons for the X1 to be hyped and romanticized. By the way, romance or not, Sony Ericsson and HTC have hit their perfect shape with that one.
* Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support plus HSDPA 7.2Mbps
* 3-inch 65K-color WVGA touchscreen
* Qualcomm MSM7200 528 Mhz CPU and 256 MB DDR SDRAM
* 3.15 MP auto focus camera with VGA video recording
* Four-row full QWERTY slide-out keyboard
* Wi-Fi and built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS
* X-Panels interface
* Optical trackpad
* Exquisite and solid metallic body
* Standard miniUSB port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
* microSD memory expansion
* FM radio with RDS
* 3.5mm standard audio jack
* MS Office Mobile document editor
* Opera 9.5 web browser
* Excellent video playback performance
* Superb audio quality
* Body is a bit on the bulky side
* User interface is hardly thumb-optimized
* Mediocre camera performance
* No built-in accelerometer
* Poor display sunlight legibility
* Records low quality VGA@30fps video in 3GP format
* No TV-out port
* No full Flash support for the browser (hence no full-featured YouTube)
The XPERIA X1 is one of the best-equipped Windows Mobile devices to ever set foot on the market. But hey, is it not the most elaborate and charismatic PocketPC too? As to skills, the high-res 3" screen and the full QWERTY keyboard seem the most important parts of its magnificent ammo though its processing power is not to be neglected either.
As you probably guessed by yourselves the main alternative to the XPERIA X1 is HTC Touch Pro. It has a smaller screen than the XPERIA X1 and features a slightly lower resolution. In addition it is heavier and, if we were to be asked, not nearly as hot as the XPERIA.
However, the QWERTY keyboard of the Touch Pro is well ahead of what the X1 has to offer. The Touch Pro accelerometer and active magnetic stylus are small but nice touches that add to its allure. Since the QWERTY keyboard is one of the key selling point and the Touch Pro has such great advantage there the choice between the two is really hard.
Still the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is a really good device, the purchase of which you are unlikely to regret. It is unable to solve all the usability issues of the underlying Windows OS but if modding and tweaking is your thing, you can achieve quite good results.
And the thumb-optimized X-Panels are quite a treat adding the essential fun element to the XPERIA user experience. We wouldn't by any means strongly recommend the X1 to non-Windows fans but they might still check it out.
The Xperia X1 is one of the most anticipated smart phone of 2008. It came to the market very late, but it's never too late to play with it and publish our findings.
Let's provide some context:
The Xperia X1 is Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile smart phone and is the leading model in an "Xperia" family that will grow overtime. Among its numerous qualities, two set it apart from the Windows Mobile crowd: metal construction and panel-based interface.
As smart as a phone might be, it needs to perform basic phone tasks well, simply because the killer app for phones is... voice. The Xperia X1 virtual dial pad works very well. From the homepage, click the dial button once and the numeric pad shows up. It can be used one handed and works great. To find a contact in mobile outlook, just slide the keyboard out and start typing. If you wonder, sliding the keyboard in and out does not terminate a conversation, so it's OK to use it during a call. Overall, the dialing function work very well. That might sound like a "duh", but Windows Mobile phones aren't all created equal in that respect.
The physical design of the Xperia X1 is top notch. The aluminum body look and feels good, just like nearly everything that the eye can see. Metal is everywhere, even the QWERTY keys have a metallic feel, although I can't say for sure if they are made of aluminum or not. The keyboard sliding mechanism feels very solid and the slight upwards tilt of the display is a very nice touch that improves usability a little (as compared with the HTC Touch Pro). I personally think that there's a bit too much branding on the front (the "Sony Ericsson" name and the "Xperia" logo). At the bottom, there's a "mouse" that is comparable to the optical mouse in the Samsung OMNIA. It can be very useful in situations where you have to scroll up and down or go down a list - mainly because the drag and scroll doesn't work very well in Windows Mobile. A Blackberry-type trackball would be a much better alternative.
The downside of this design is that it is a little thick and heavy - you can definitely feel it in the pocket. For comparison: Blackberry Curve (111g), iPhone (135g), Xperia (145g). I guess that it's the price to pay for a nice metallic design.
The 800x480 touch display is wonderful and it is certainly the focus point of the phone. We also noticed that it was easier to hit the corner buttons (start, close) on this one compared on other phones (HTC Touch Pro, Samsung OMNIA). It is actually the first one that doesn't annoy us to death when trying to click the "close" button on the upper-right. Now, the real issue is Windows Mobile 6.1 itself and the fact that it is not designed for a touch-only use. Fortunately, there's a keyboard and the optical mouse.
The Windows Mobile 6 Main Menu is roomy and has plenty of screen real estate to show emails, appointments. When you want to launch an application, you will have to click once to get to the panel and once again to launch the app. It takes about 2 seconds to launch any applications present in the panel's first screen. From the panel
The virtual keyboard is cute, but it is way too small to be used with fingers. But I think that Sony Ericsson could have done much better in this instance. Yes, there is a physical keyboard, but still, sometimes, it's nice to not have to slide it out to type “Yup!” or when using the phone with only one hand.
Phone is great, but it gets really hot while charging, I think this may lead to electrical problems with the phone. I gotta say the camera sucks. I had a Sony K790 with the same 3.1MPX on it and it would take beautiful pictures. Sony has made a great keyboard for small fingers. In the photos it looks like it would be good for larger hands but my blackberry 8900 had a better keypad. The stylus location and ease of use with it is nice. The top of the stylus does however have a tendency to press hard into my hand causing it to hurt later on in the day. Touch screen is beautiful, and works well but the light does flicker around the edges. Overall its nice, but I was expecting more than I got, and am not selling it on ebay.
Like many tech fanatics, I eagerly looked forward to the release of this phone over a year ago when it was first announced. But after all that wait, I must say that I am a little disappointed with the final product. Sony definitely delivered a great looking and solidly built cellphone. However, the choice of using Windows Mobile on the Xperia X1 is the real failure of this phone.
If you have used the iPhone (OS X) or the HTC G1 (Android) and then you used a Windows Mobile phone such as the Xperia X1, you will be blown away by how poor an operating system Windows Mobile is. It is slow, buggy (even after its been out for ages), prone to crashes and restarts and not designed for finger touch.
The panel interface does little to mask the ugliness and user unfriendliness of Windows Mobile. With the exception of the sbp panel and the Sony designed media player panel, most of the other panels that are available at this writing are nothing to write home about. At the end of the day, the panels are just eye candy and are not enough to improve the user experience significantly.
That said, the phone is well appointed with GPS, a beautiful screen (800x480) resolution, nice keyboard, FM radio and a very handsome design. The screen clarity will impress you. I was able to watch a Divx encoded movie on the Xperia X1 and I was thoroughly impress with its clarity.
In my opinion, this phone would be better served if it ran Android (Google OS) instead of the crappy windows mobile operating system.
1. Great design.
2. Very stylish and will grab positive attention.
3. Excellent screen. High resolution (800x480) Crystal clear, excellent for movies.
4. GPS, WIFI (802.11b/g), bluetooth.
5. Very good battery life.
Cons: (all the negatives are due to windows mobile)
1. Sometimes slow and buggy.
2. Archaic user interface.
3. Poor finger touch implementation (forces you to use stylus).