Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

Summary: I have way too many phones as it is now, but one device that keeps drawing me closer is the Sony XPERIA X1 and a couple of new reviews aren't helping to keep it out of my hands. Lisa Gade posted an excellent and detailed review (aren't they always great?) on MobileTechReview and Joel Evans chimed in with some initial impressions on Geek.com. Both of these mobile phone enthusiasts are quite pleased with the device and agree that it may be the best current Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) device on the market.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouseI have way too many phones as it is now, but one device that keeps drawing me closer is the Sony XPERIA X1 and a couple of new reviews aren't helping to keep it out of my hands. Lisa Gade posted an excellent and detailed review (aren't they always great?) on MobileTechReview and Joel Evans chimed in with some initial impressions on Geek.com. Both of these mobile phone enthusiasts are quite pleased with the device and agree that it may be the best current Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) device on the market.

This version of the X1 supports the 3G 850 MHz band in the U.S. for high speed data access on AT&T. If you end up buying one of these (only available through US importers right now) make sure you pay attention to which UMTS/HSDPA bands it supports because there is an international version and a North American version. Other specs include a 3 inch 800x480 pixel display, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 radios, integrated GPS receiver, integrated FM radio, and microSD card slot.

The interesting SE panels make the device unique compared to other Windows Mobile devices and they have some customized panels and a developer kit for you to create your own too. The Facebook panel looks cool and when I meet Joel on Monday I plan to check out the device and see if I am still tempted to fork over US$800 or so for one of my own.

There is also a full QWERTY keyboard that is under the display and experiences I have read state the HTC Fuze one may be better because of the keyboard travel and feedback. I like that SE uses a standard 3.5mm headset jack too and that is one aspect I am thinking may become a basic requirement for me shortly. The 3.2 megapixel camera looks pretty good, but the 10 frames per second video capture is weak.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Impressive yes but...

    if i have to buy a Windows mobile phone,i would rather to see what what HTC will be able to do with Windows 6.5,assuming this O.S is significantly more reactive than Windows mobile 6.1.
    In the mean time, i think that the N97 will be a more interesting device than the Xperia, even though Nokia could have designed a significantly better device.
    timiteh
  • Looks very nice

    I hope Windows Mobile 6.5 will be able to credibly compete against the iPhone. MS is slipping back quickly in the perception war in the area of smartphones.

    A significant reason why the XPERIA looks so good, is because of its screen's high resolution. Maybe MS should mandate a sufficiently high resolution for screens of devices that use Windows Mobile 6.5 and up.
    P. Douglas
  • I'd rather wait

    for nVidia's Tegra.
    General C#
  • RE: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

    No video out? No thanks, rather have the FUZE with a TV out. That is if I didn't think that $500 is too much for the device.
    pllamonica@...
  • RE: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 entirely SUCKS...
    I cannot blame the reviewers as they look at the phone for a limited time and move on. BUT, I am one of the few people who bought the phone from the Sony Style store on day one. I was eager reading all the reviews and wanted to replace my current SE P910.
    It has been 15 days since I have been using the phone and IT TOTALLY SUCKS.
    It has all the bells and whistles but when it comes to ease of USABILITY and handling as a phone (receiving & making calls) it is crap. It is because of Windows Mobile 6 and lack of thought on SE side. One has to go to so many screen taps and button presses to be able to get the Phone application. All the time the Phone hides the on screen number KEYPAD. Hence when you need to check you voice mails and delete them, you just struggle.
    The Contacts list is messed up and not thought thoroughly.
    The screen is small and the ICONS on the screen are so tiny that you always need stylus. Even for me who has small thin fingers I cannot pinpoint an icon to push.
    The PANELS are a nice at first impression, but once you get using them on daily basis, they are all the same and lack functionality. So far I have 7 panels and other than the Facebook etc panels, all the panels have same buttons and icons. So, they essentially are useless. I change the panel but see the same s*#t in a different color and background.
    I miss the Symbian/UIQ apps and usability from the previous SE phones.
    On top of all this the SONY return policy is return only within 14 days and 15% re-stocking fee. So, you essentially lose everywhere.
    Unless someone comes with a good re-constructed apps like the iPhone, i see that people will get away from this phone. And I will make sure to make them aware of these facts.
    crohit
    • Thanks for the warning . . . about the XPERIA X1

      After reading ALL of the current reviews for MS Smartphones, I lean toward the iPhone, even though I have a HTC 3125 that is all I need in a PHONE - if I want to surf the web, I'll find a computer to use. Occasional traffic checks are OK on ATT Edge network - but not enough usable bandwidth available to consider using all the bells and whistles packed into these devices. The cost of data plans is also too high, as well.

      I fear that there is NO reasonably priced replacement for the HTC 3125 that offers 2GB of memory, holds upwards of 1000 contacts, syncs with Outlook, favorites and bookmarks, runs Media player for MP3's and audio books - that runs on Windows Mobile - all for less than $200.

      Oh, just maybe, now that the iPhone syncs with Outlook . . . the new 4GB version for $99 might be the ticket . . .

      Thanks Apple, I always loved my Mac Mini more than my PC!
      iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, are all so well integrated and smooth . . . and GarageBand lets me rip my old cassettes, etc.
      acad2kman