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