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Tech Review: Sony XPERIA X1 Mobile Phone

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Posted January 20, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

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Incorporating the power of Windows Mobile, a 3" touch display, QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-fi connections, the new XPERIA X1 smartphone from Ericsson just may be a good pickup. However, is the $700 price tag a bit too high? Today's tech review will be telling.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • It's only a few tenths of an inch thicker than the G1 or iPhone with about the same dimensions, so it's not too big or bulky
  • Its smooth steel finish and industrial design gives it a sturdy feel
  • The 3” screen looks good with a sharp 800 x 480 resolution
  • The screen slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, which is also very solid
  • The touch screen is extremely hit or miss
  • We know by now that Windows Mobile just doesn't work well with a touch screen, and when you drill down into the menus, it becomes almost impossible to use
  • On the other hand, the touch screen works well with Sony Ericsson’s X-Panel; it's sort of like an app store where you add different panels like Facebook, Google, Windows Live, etc.
  • There aren't many right now, but what they have shows promise for the future
  • The keyboard is pretty easy to type on with widely spaced keys and intuitive placement
  • Overall, navigation can be downright confusing
  • The stylus is practically useless, but they do include an optical joystick in case you want to give up on the touch screen entirely
  • Internet explorer works okay and scrolling is good, but tapping links is rough
  • It has a media player that plays a ton of formats and FM radio
  • The phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera with video, tap focus, and face detection and it has good image quality too
  • It also includes Office Mobile like Word, Excel, etc.
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, and stereo Bluetooth
  • It only has about 400 MB of storage, so you'll need a Micro SD card
  • It's not a bad phone by any means, but there are too many little things wrong with it

 

Price

  • The phone has no contracts and is $700 unlocked
  • The iPhone or T-Mobile G1 would be better and cheaper

 

Overall Rating

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