The Ultimate Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia Review

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When the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia was first previewed at Mobile World Congress at the beginning of this year, it really got attention from people for being so different from anything released from Sony Ericsson in the past. This phone is based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System which means it has a full suite of applications to offer to the user. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is promoted by the company as offering a convergence of communication features and entertainment features; this convergence is exactly what people are seeking from a smartphone in today’s highly mobile world and allows this new lineup of phones to compete in the global marketplace

Overview of Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia

What is really impressive about the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is the fact that this phone excels in so many different areas. Some phones really do well only as a niche phone (for example, the new LG Renoir is a really great phone specifically for people interested in a phone that doubles as an amazing camera) but very few phones really meet all of the diverse needs of a single user. The Sony Ericsson X1 manages to achieve this rarely-met goal. It has great Internet and communication services as well as a plethora of entertainment options. It has a built-in camera and other great standard features expected of today’s advanced phones. And it really stands out in the area of design. Combined together, these features make this mobile phone a truly well-rounded cutting-edge phone intended for the smartphone fan who wants to have it all.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Series

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is the very first smartphone in the brand’s new Xperia series which is the first series by the brand to feature Windows Mobile. This phone will set the stage for the rest of the series which is likely to build upon the phone’s success in merging the business applications and entertainment applications of a smartphone into one product.

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Windows Mobile 6.1 Business Features of Sony Ericsson X1

The most interesting feature of the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is the fact that it operates on the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS which means that there are a wide variety of professional business features available to users of this phone. Some of the professional features that the user may seek to take advantage of include:

- Internet Explorer. Some people don’t particularly like this browser but having it on the phone does mean that you are going to have access to full web browsing when using the Sony Ericsson X1 which is something that mobile phone users today are increasingly demanding.
- Push email. This is rapidly becoming a “must” for anyone who has a smartphone so of course it’s featured on this phone. The phone uses Windows Outlook Mobile which means that you’ll be able to access your contacts and email information through Outlook. It also offers Exchange Active Sync which means that you can access email and other information from the office computer on your mobile phone.
- RSS feed aggregator. You can read all of your favorite blog posts and news feeds by subscribing to their RSS feed and having them aggregated on the phone so that they can be read while you’re on the go. It’s smartphones with features like this that really allow the professional to get things done anywhere that they may be located when they have a little bit of downtime.
- Handwriting recognition. This isn’t a “must” for everyone who is using a smartphone today but it’s a nice added benefit for professionals who want to use the phone to take notes.
- Document editors and document readers. People who are using a smartphone for business are probably people who have to read and edit documents on a regular basis. That’s a lot easier to do if you’ve got features like those available with this phone to make document reading easy from a mobile device. The phone offers Windows Office Mobile which means you will be able to use common Windows programs like Excel, Word and Powerpoint from this device.
- Additional organizational features. The phone has a wide range of features designed to keep you as organized as possible including calendar and task features.
- Additional utility features. To supplement the organizational features of the phone, there are also some terrific utility features on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 like the calculator feature and the ability to search for files on the phone.

Multimedia Features of Sony Ericsson X1

The phone may serve the purpose of meeting the needs of the professional smartphone user but the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 really aims to also offer a number of different entertainment features to the people who opt to use the phone. This is in keeping with the current needs of smartphone users in today’s market. Some of the entertainment and multimedia features of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 include:

- Windows Media Player. People who are familiar with this service from their PC use of Windows will find that they get a lot of function from it when utilizing it on a mobile device as a means of turning the phone into an entertainment tool.
- FM Radio with RDS and track recognition. People who are interested in listening to the radio and then purchasing music after learning what it is that they are listening to are going to be able to easily do so by taking advantage of this feature.
- Play Now 5.0 access for music downloads. It is also possible to get music downloads straight to the phone so that you can use the phone as an mp3 player by accessing those downloads through connectivity to Play Now 5.0.
- Video streaming and video viewing. People who are interested in using their mobile devices for entertainment today can not be satisfied with a phone that lacks video capabilities. Luckily for them, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has full video capabilities both in terms of watching videos that you have on your device as well as watching streaming videos on the Internet.
- 3D gaming features. Mobile phone gaming has just gotten better!
- Headphone jack. Reportedly all of the sound on the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is decent (although not outstanding). A headphone jack enhances that sound.
- Bluetooth stereo. This adds another sound feature to the entertainment side of the device.

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Other Important Features of Sony Ericsson X1

Additional features of the phone that a potential buyer would want to know about include:

- Connectivity options. The Sony Ericsson X1 really has a wealth of options for connectivity. The connectivity starts off with quad-band GSM, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA and HSCSD connectivity but also includes EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1, wireless LAN 802.11b/g and a mini-USB. In other words, it’s going to be hard not to be connected if you’ve got this phone in hand!
- Notification lights. This is a really cool feature of the phone for those people who don’t want to have to go through the entire phone to see who has been calling or what’s been going on. Each corner of the phone has a light which will light up with notifications based on what you set them to be (so you can easily glance at the front of the phone and see if you have a text message, for example).
- Camera and video camera. The Sony Ericsson X1 is capable of functioning as a camera phone with a 3.2 megapixel camera. It takes photos at a resolution of 2048 x 1526 pixels and includes an autofocus feature and a photo light. Although this isn’t a camera sufficient to replace the standard digital camera for most people, it is good enough to capture images for blogging and social networking from the phone. The Sony Ericsson X1 is also capable of video camera features at 30 fps.
- Video conferencing. In addition to the camera that is used for taking photos and videos, the Sony Ericsson X1 has a secondary front-facing camera that allows the phone to be used for video conferencing. This is an advanced feature of the smartphone and considered great for both professional and personal purposes.
- Memory. This phone has an internal memory of 400 MB. Additionally, it has the ability to utilize memory from microSD cards which bring the total memory possible up to 32 GB.
- Battery. The Sony Ericsson X1 has an amazing battery – a Lithium-Polymer 1500 mAh battery which is one of the largest batteries currently available for any 3G phone. This allows the Sony Ericsso X1 to offer up to ten hours of talk time and over 800 hours of standby time which is great for the on-the-go user who doesn’t want to have to always worry about charging the phone.
- A-GPS. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has A-GPS features incorporated into it so that the user can take advantage of location-based information.

Design of Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia

People purchase a phone for the features that it offers to them but they are also sold in part by the design of the handset itself. The Sony Ericsson X1 succeeds in capturing the attention of buyers based on design alone because of the unique features that it incorporates into the design and the fact that these features are executed on the device in such a stylish manner.

The first thing that is going to attract someone’s attention in regards to the design of the Sony Ericsson X1 is the touchscreen on the phone. This screen is a three-inch screen with an impressive 65,536-color TFT WVGA display and a resolution of 800×480 pixels. There is a “touch autofocus” feature on the screen which allows the user to tap a part of the screen for better focus and to really take advantage of the big screen size on the phone. The home screen of this phone is a nine-panel tile-based screen which the user can customize based on personal preference and which utilizes 3D effects to make the phone not only functional but also fun.

The screen overlays a QWERTY keyboard that you see when you move the touchscreen upwards. This isn’t a feature unique to this phone but it’s a fairly rare feature and one that many people find to be really stylish. What is unique to this phone is the arc shape of the keyboard that sets it apart from other similar handsets and makes it look even more futuristic in design.

In addition to the touchscreen and the QWERTY keyboard, there are two additional design features which allow for navigation on the phone. The first is a four-directional navigation key. The second is an “optical joystick”. Any of these features may be used to navigate around the phone. You might think that these features along with the large screen size of the device all mean that the phone is bulky to carry around. While it’s certainly not the smallest of phones, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is well-built with lightweight materials and serves the user well as a phone that is easy to take with you. When released, the phone will be available in two colors – black and silver.

Release Date and Details for Sony Ericsson X1

The Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia first turned heads when it was previewed earlier this year at Mobile World Congress 2008. It hasn’t yet hit the market but it is slated for a release date in the fourth quarter of this year which means that it’s going to be on those shelves soon. The exact date has varied with reports ranging from early October to late December. However, the most recent reports from the industry indicate that this phone is likely to hit the shelves in October after all.

Summary of Sony Ericsson X1

The Sony Ericsson X1 really bodes well for the new line of Xperia phones that can be expected from the brand over the next few years. It successfully merges the professional features that people are seeking from a smartphone with the fun features of a mobile entertainment device. It does this while retaining some of the basic things people want from a phone (like a camera) and adding some advanced features (like video conferencing). And it does it all while looking really hot with a stylish design that comes straight from the future of mobile handset devices.

21 thoughts on “The Ultimate Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia Review

  1. ive always previously been a fan of the old Nokia business phone (think it was 6150).Then I switched to the Sony Ericson P910i. I missed the Nokia feacture which at the touch of the on/off button allows to switch volume control to VERY LOAD or very soft. My P910i’s ring/text tone isn’t load enough. Has this been improved since the P910i?
    Also some phone have a feacture which prompts u until u acknowledge a text or call ie an alarm beep at every 10mins (optional would be good). I would like to see this on Ericson phones.
    How does the phone memory on the new X1 compare against the P910i as I store a hell of a lot of old texts and photos?
    Many Thanks

  2. i have always had nokia’s but since the sony ericsson p800 and p910i have never looked back i love that the sony has accepted callers,so when am working anyone can ring me but when am not at work i swich it to my own personal callers list and anyone who is not on that list the phone will just send it to my voicemail,its great i just hope this x1 has this feature because have been waitng for this phone for over a year but am now concerned because the operating system is not symbiam and i have another pda phone which runs windows that not have any type of this facility.

  3. I’d really rather buy the iPhone for the great interface, but… iPhone’s camera is junk, no video, no copy and paste, no keyboard, non-replacable battery, no SD card slot, and finally, Steve Jobs’ ugly thumb on which apps I can buy and which I can’t.

    In comparison to the Nokia N95, the iPhone seems to be a phone made by creative people for uncreative people, who just consume things, but don’t create anything… The N95 has an excellent camera, excellent video recording, blog functions that let you post text, images and video straight to your blog and such… even a video editing tool.

    Sure, its not as nice as having a real computer with a big screen, but the N95 can do it with a lil bit of extra effort…

    So, it seems impossible to justify buying an iPhone, unless you want to fill all your pockets with additional devices like cameras, recorders and such.

    Finally, I’d really really like to know if the camera optics on the Xperia will be any good, or if it gets the same junk you find in HTC’s other phones?

  4. This isn’t really a review is it? Its all based on speculation and its quite apparent that the writer has never really used a windows mobile phone very much as much of what is said has been available for ages on other phones.

  5. @ Comment 2 (daniel)

    Do you really, really think you will get a subjective review, not based on hype or any other upsells, from a MOBILE PHONE SHOP? The shop is here to sell you the phone, not put you off. Look for independant reviews if you want to know the real phone.

  6. Nice overview, but still not a proper review. I am torn between the iphone 3g and the x1. I don`t want to buy the x1 when it comes out based on rave previews and then discover its buggy, interface is slow and it crashes frequently (like my p990i). All too often a new phone is given rave reviews when it first comes out, but then after a few months, the reviews are not so great, but by then you have already bought the phone and discovered the problems for yourself.
    The iphone`s interface is brilliant and there are loads of apps you can download. If the X1 can match that as well as all the extra features it has then i`m sold.

  7. I agree but we do need a accurate review that goes beyond the hype…I know of a certain other “touch” wm 6.1 device which suffers from memory leaks, sluggish UI and low battery life which in this case meant a hardware reset after a week! I have held out for the X1 but we all do need some idea of any downsides and if Sony, HTC, XDA-Developers or whoever are going to apply those tweaks…..

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