Posts Tagged ‘Xperia’

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.

Sony Ericsson to Introduce Android 3 PSP Phone?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Sony Ericsson

Engadget is on a roll tonight. In another breaking story, Engadget reports that Sony Ericsson will be releasing the fabled PSP phone soon. It is rumored to feature Android 3.0, and will feature a brand new gaming division of the Android Market.

Photo Credit: Engadget

Engadget is saying this will technically be an Xperia phone, but will feature PSP branding. If this is true, it will make up for a lot of the negative publicity Sony Ericsson has received regarding the Android 1.6 offering on the Xperia X10. Google is reportedly holding a press conference tomorrow, so the timing of this report is intriguing. If Google is discussing Gingerbread tomorrow, this could lend even more credence to Engadget’s story. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going on. As I learn more, so will you. Stay tuned.

Video: Xperia X10 Mini Pro Review

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I got a chance to test out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro. Check out the video below:

While I liked the Xperia X10 mini, I preferred the pro. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard was really useful. I was able to type anything quickly with the keyboard. It was a lot harder to type using the touchscreen alone.

After spending a week or so with this phone, it was hard to give it up. I could definitely use this phone for day-to-day activity. I personally prefer the larger screen of the full-size Xperia X10, but if this was the only phone AT&T picks up I would be happy with the mini pro.

One of the problems I found is the Wi-Fi kept disconnecting. This ended up causing me to burn through the data plan on the GoPhone SIM card simply through a background connection to Gmail. Once I plugged in my own SIM card with unlimited data I was able to breath easier, knowing that it wouldn’t be a problem if 3G took over.

A minor issue I had was with the rotation. It seemed to stall a bit as it processed. Once it processed the shift, it worked fine. Going from portrait to landscape and back takes a couple seconds. I found a fast way to get it to switch was to slide out the keyboard. This forced it into landscape mode pretty quickly.

Those issues aside, this is a really good phone. The user interface is attractive, and the phone is easy to use. The call quality is pretty good. I really like the Timescape feature. It made it easy to see Facebook at a glance, without having to go to the site.

As I said earlier, I could be happy using this phone exclusively. While it is currently available in some other countries, it has yet to make its way to the United States. Let’s hope it makes it here soon.