Last update: Review by Pocket-Lint (06 February’09)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 runs on Windows Mobile 6 operating system featuring full arc-sliding QWERTY, 3-inch wide VGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, 3.2MP camera, quad-band GSM/EDGE compatible, WiFi, microSD card and A2DP Bluetooth.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Reviews
MobileBurn reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“Xperia X1 comes across as a niche product. It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier. The X1 is not a real speed demon, though it is acceptably quick for most tasks.”
GSMArena reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“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..”
Tech2 reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“The Keyboard is the absolute highlight of the handset as well as the overall design, but i was not particularly happy with the performance.”
Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“The good: Screen quality, Panels, build quality, good headphones, 3.5mm jack, HSDPA, Wi-Fi. The bad: Keyboard not the best, Windows Mobile UI suffers against BlackBerry and iPhone. Verdict: If you are happy with a Windows Mobile operating system, then the Xperia is certainly one to consider”
LaptopMag reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“Call quality on the X1 was excellent. While standing in a crowded building lobby, we could hear our caller perfectly without any static or missed words. We didn’t experience any dropped calls during our testing, either. ”
EngadgetMobile reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“The battery life is stellar, the browsing in Opera is delightful, the VGA resolution is drool-worthy and the integrated camera isn’t too shabby, either.”
Mobile88 reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“The hardware is nice, but for the price, Sony Ericsson really needs to look at where HTC is now with its latest Touch handhelds and really bring the X1 up to speed both in terms of performance and cost. ”
CNET reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“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.”
MobileArsenal reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“I don’t know what to say… Xperia has been a huge disappointment for me. I think a reason is that I have been highly anticipating it because it has been over-hyped in the press”
MobileChoice reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“An eye-catching smartphone phone with impressive specifications that is let down by a poor user experience..”
InfoSync reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“Pros: Great screen. Fast networking. Excellent multimedia experience, from the menus to the players. Great traveling companion, even abroad. Cons: Panels interface leaves us wanting much, much more. Lacks robust messaging options. Hardware design lacking. ”
CNET Australia reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“Under the bonnet is all the major modes of popular mobile connectivity including HSPA (uplink and downlink), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth including the A2DP stereo protocol. Unlike many Sony Ericsson handsets the X1 supports MicroSD memory expansion, rather than the Sony patented Memory Stick Duo readers we usually find. ”
Mobileburn hands on reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“I can also report that the keyboard performed OK. The keys could certainly do with a more domed shape, but overall I found them decent to type on. They are well spaced out and easy enough to find by feel alone. The ‘A’ and ‘L’ keys even have raised corners on them that help further. ”
Infosyncworld hands on reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and writes;
“Instead of Windows Mobile, we’d prefer to focus on the WVGA screen (800 by 480 pixels), the optical “joystick” and the 3.2-megapixel camera with touch auto focus. Oh, and did we mention that it has 3G radio bands for North American networks? Windows who? Release: August 2008…Pros: WVGA screen, high-end camera features, optical joystick, cool arc slide design, panels interface.Cons: Beneath it all lurks Windows Mobile, with Internet Explorer Mobile. ”
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Brighthand first thoughts reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 by Kevin O’Brien and writes;
“his smartphone will have the best screen out of any other Windows Mobile device to date, and without a doubt coming close to being equal with the Apple iPhone display. The touch surface is extremely responsive, having no lag when waving your finger across the screen. Image quality and backlight levels are top notch, which should help this phone compete with other media playing devices. ”
Video of Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 hands-on by Mobileburn;
Video of Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 first look by Brighthand;
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 PRESS RELEASE
Sony Ericsson marks the launch of its new brand XPERIA™ with the unveiling of the XPERIA™ X1
The world of our consumers and customers is changing. To meet the growing need for mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment, Sony Ericsson introduces XPERIA™. With this new brand Sony Ericsson will position itself at the forefront of mobile convergence.
Barcelona, Spain – 10th February 2008 –Today marked the launch of XPERIA™ and a new era in mobile communications with the announcement of the XPERIA™ X1, a stand-out, arc slider phone from Sony Ericsson designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.
The XPERIA™ X1 combines a 3-inch clear wide VGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard within a quality metal-finish body. With Windows Mobile® inside, the XPERIA™ X1 lets you choose from a dynamic range of activities at anytime and anywhere; from enjoying your favourite entertainment content to working efficiently on-the-move. Access a world of experiences simply by touching the XPERIA™ panel on the screen.
“XPERIA™ represents the first brand that is truly borne from within Sony Ericsson. It represents our vision for a premium, energised communication experience,” said Dee Dutta, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson. “This launch, and the announcement of the X1, further strengthens the overall Sony Ericsson brand and places us at the forefront of mobile convergence.”
“Our vision for the XPERIA™ X1 is to deliver a seamless blend of mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment within a distinctive design,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, Head of Portfolio and Propositions, Sony Ericsson. “XPERIA™ is our promise to think foremost of user experience and to deliver the premium experience – anytime, anywhere, anything, with anyone.”
Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – energised communication, the premium experience.
* Convergence of multimedia entertainment and mobile Web communication
* Unique arc slider with wide pitch easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard
* XPERIA™ panels – arrange as you want for easy access
* Enjoy multimedia entertainment on bright wide VGA display
* Windows Mobile® capabilities
XPERIA™ panel interface – experiences just the way you want them
Enjoy access to different experiences – Web, multimedia, applications – from your desktop. Navigate with the tip of your finger. Configure and have your XPERIA™ panels just the way you want them.
Multiple navigation – the choice is yours
XPERIA™ X1 lets you interact with your phone in different ways. Touch, full QWERTY keyboard, 4-way key and optical joystick navigation. Switch seamlessly between operation modes.
Arc slider design – makes it stand out
The arc design gives a distinct and unique feel. Slide the screen upwards to reveal the wide pitch QWERTY keyboard. Ample distance between keys makes writing fast and easy.
Ultimate mobile experience – performance on the move
With Windows Mobile®, the highest data transfer rate (HSDPA/HSUPA) and WiFi™ support, you can enjoy your favourite entertainment and work efficiently on the move. Mobile access to everything that is important to you. aGPS gives you the freedom to explore the world. XPERIA™ X1 is a premium mobile experience.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X1 will be available in selected markets from the second half of 2008.
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant.
2) Talk and standby times are affected by network preferences; type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. games. Kit contents and color options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.
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Sony Ericsson XPERIATM X1 – At a Glance
* Auto focus
* 3.2 megapixel camera
* Photo light
* Video recording
* Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
* Media player
* Music tones
* Windows Media Player Mobile
* 3D games
* FM radio
* Video streaming
* Video viewing
* Internet Explorer® Mobile
* RSS feeds
Communication and Messaging
* Polyphonic ringtones
* Vibrating alert
* Video calling
* Picture messaging (MMS)
* Predictive text input
* Text messaging (SMS)
* XPERIA™ panels
* Optical joystick navigation
* Navigation key
* Picture wallpaper
* Touch navigation
* Alarm clock
* Document editors
* Document readers
* Flight mode
* Handwriting recognition
* Phone book
* Bluetooth™ technology
* USB support
Windows® Mobile® Operating System
* Microsoft® Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks
* Microsoft® Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
* Internet Explorer® Mobile
* Windows Media™ Player Mobile
* Windows Live™
* Exchange ActiveSync®
* Voice control
* Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes
Facts and Figures
* Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
* Weight: 145 grams
* Main screen: 65,536 color TFT
* Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels
* Size: 3 inches
* Phone memory: up to 400 MB
* microSD™ memory card support
Availability and versions
* GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
* UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
* UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz