Friday, November 18, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Hardwear Review Part 2

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Hardwear Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
How about the camera? At 8. 1 megapixels, the Xperia X10 represents just about the highest-res cam you'll find on an Android phone these days. Yes, granted, it's a well-worn truism which megapixel count has little related to actual picture quality, but Sony Ericsson has historically taken lots of pride in producing cameraphones that actually hold their own, and we're pleased to report that the X10 isn't any exception. 

At the risk of talking a bit too much about software within the hardware section of this evaluation, we'll say that we're pleased both using the picture quality we could achieve (even in less-than-perfect lighting) as well as the camera's interface, which has been thoroughly and completely reworked in the stock Android UI -- this even whips the updated UI available on Eclair devices. 

You've got access to a number of autofocus modes including fixed infinity concentrate and smile detection, multiple metering as well as scene modes, white balance manage, a self-timer, and the list continues. Heck, the phone even enables you to adjust how big of a smile it will look for. If it's obtained a weak spot, it's macro -- we weren't in a position to get in as close as we've been able related to some other phones, but if you stay further than three or four inches out of your subject, you're golden.

So Cyber-shot is among Sony Ericsson's big co-branding strategies, but what's the other? Walkman, obviously. As a music player, the actual X10 fares pretty admirably; we'll touch on the software within the next section, but from a equipment perspective, both the jack placement and the caliber of the audio that the X10 creates are decent. 

The music was just a little less punchy on the bass side from the spectrum than we'd like -- despite our Shure SE530s and triple-flange ideas, both of which tend in order to accentuate low frequencies -- however the signal-to-noise ratio seemed superb all through our testing. We could barely detect the actual presence of any electrical noise at risk; in fact, when we very first plugged in, there was completely none. That's pretty rare for any phone.

Oh, and that light alongside the camera lens? Your first guess may be that it's an LED expensive, but Sony Ericsson has apparently didn't buy into the fallacy that the single white LED can ever be described as a "flash" in the true sense from the word -- instead, it's a "photo light" that may be toggled on and off. When it is on, it stays on for the whole time you're in the digital camera application, which helps you frame your shot and obtain the autofocus tuned. It's a pleasant (and honest) function, but we would've liked an icon within the viewfinder's HUD to toggle it instead of having to call up advanced settings with the menu button. 

Bottom line: the actual X10 will produce perfectly good impromptu shots. As usual, you aren't going to expect to replace your DSLR with this particular (or even your higher-end point-and-shoot), and you aren't going to want to print an 8-by-10 and frame this, but we'd feel much better about having this within our pocket for on-the-go shooting compared to, say, a Droid.

The low-noise trend continues to the earpiece while on phone calls. We were surprised at how the Xperia X10 could suppress line static without compromising volume; it was so great, in fact, that we had trouble sometimes figuring out whether we were still about the call when the person about the other end wasn't speaking. Similarly, the speakerphone is exceptional, both loud and clear enough to become useful for those impromptu conference calls all of us have to take every once in awhile (or for when we are driving and we're caught with no headset). Sony Ericsson smartly placed the loudspeaker port quietly of the phone, not the underside, so setting the phone down in a position has no ill impact on volume or usability.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Hardwear Review Part1


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