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Xperia X8 – Unboxing and First Impressions

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

I have been trying out the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 for a couple days now, and thought I’d share my first impressions and some un-boxing photos. The X8 is larger than the Xperia X10 mini and mini pro, but much smaller than the full-size Xperia X10. While it has some features in common with the minis, it is a unique device.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 1.6 (with additional UI features)
  • 3″ Capacative Touch Screen
  • 128MB onboard memory
  • MicroSD support, up to 16GB
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • Bluetooth with A2DP Stereo
  • Megabase
  • TrackID Music Recognition
  • FM Radio with RDS (requires headphones for antenna)
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Micro USB
  • Wi-Fi support
  • aGPS
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Infinite Button
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • Media Player

This phone was designed to be affordable, but as you can see it packs a lot of features. It has the same 4-corner shortcut layout as the X10 mini and mini pro, which makes one-handed operation easier. It shares the wider, more stylish USB cover featured on the full-size X10, which adds to the sleek look of the phone. I found it is a little stiff and harder to open than on my X10, but it is likely that will ease with use.

Check out photos from the un-boxing below.

Comparing it to the X10 mini, it is actually quite similar. The screen is larger, 3″ instead of the 2.6″ on the mini. The X10 mini also features a camera light, while the X8 doesn’t. Both feature Timescape, which is now my favorite way to use Facebook. I really like the deck of cards display for Facebook updates.

The speaker quality on the music player is really good. It almost seems stronger than the X10. I am going to do some side-by-side testing to see how well they track for my full review. As with the X10 mini, I am mis-typing a lot. This is why I preferred the X10 mini pro with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard over the regular X10 mini. It gets better in landscape mode, but is still usable in portrait. I just have to take my time.

So far the phone is testing really well. I am happy overall. My wife thinks my X10 is way too big, and confirmed that this phone feels more natural in her hand. She pointed out that the slick back is a little hard to hold on to, being used to the rubberized back on the HTC Aria and on the case she added to the Aria. She also said that if she had to choose between the Aria and the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson would win hands-down.

I am going to keep testing the Xperia X8. I’ll be posting a full review soon. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the device.