Following a disappointing 2009 for Sony Ericsson, with the kind of the Satio failing to live as much as its flagship billing, the Swedish-Japanese alliance is back using its first Android proposition - the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. It's all the makings of a true classic - an astonishing 4-inch screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and it is rocking Android with a cool overlay.
In a nutshell, since we first heard about it in the tail end of 2009, we've been excited to see if it may be the handset to return Sony Ericsson towards the sharp end of the mobile telephone game.
It's odd, but given the massive screen about the phone, the first thing you notice when taking a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is not the actual screen - on our black review model what is important is simply how shiny it is actually.
The good: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 includes a user-friendly design with a brilliant show. The feature set is generous, the interior performance is fast, and call high quality is satisfactory.
The bad: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10's information performance was spotty. The Timescape software has its faults, you must make use of a third-party app for Outlook calendar syncing, and also the landscape keyboard doesn't work in the actual messaging app.
The bottom line: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 provides a slick, user-friendly design with a strong feature set and good call high quality. Data performance was uneven, however, and also the Timescape application and keyboard miss a few details
nother change with Android 2. 1 is the lock screen - it's no more an arc, but a simple iPhone-like swipe rather. It suffers badly when the telephone is woken from sleep mode though - the juddering could be terrible and you'll often miss the actual swipe.
But on a more good note, the large capacitive screen is bright and responsive typically, working quickly when registering a finger input and letting you scroll through things like Timescape effortlessly.
What's more curious is that in spite of packing a 1GHz processor, the Xperia X10 doesn't seem to be able to use that raw energy.
For instance, the menu issue – it requires ages to load it up after which when scrolling through it there's jumping and lagging and a variety of ugly things that we hoped we would never see again on a phone with this sort of power.
It's very much a small issue, we must stress – more often than not the Xperia X10 whips through just about all functions as we'd expect it in order to, it's just the times it falls the ball that niggles us.
Furthermore annoying is the update hasn't healed the inbuilt lag when waking through standby though, which we presume is brought on by background updating; after about an hr, the phone will begin to decelerate and only shutting down programs as well as background syncing will cure it.
Nevertheless, as Android 2. 1 doesn't include an in-built task manager we'd still counsel you get one until Android 2. 2 arrives (where constantly shutting things down can in fact be a negative for this edition).
Another massive point: the X10 continues to be running a pretty outdated version from the OS considering the HTC Desire, Tale and Samsung Galaxy S, which all started on older versions of Android but are already rocking the latest two. 2 version.
Android 2. 2 provides new battery improvements, which the X10 sorely requirements, and not only that: we'll end up being seeing Android 2. 3 any day time now, so once again the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will probably be two steps behind the competition.
- 4-inch touchscreen (480×854 pixels)
- Good efficiency
- Innovative Timescape and Mediascape interface
- Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G assistanceCons:
- No multi-touch (not really with an OS upgrade! )#)
- Absolutely no Flash support
- Voice quality might be better
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is Sony Ericsson's best cell phone to date, though not the best Android-based phone available on the market. If Internet communication (especially social network) and multimedia capabilities are features you primarily search for in a mobile phone, you could be more than satisfied. However, if you would like other functions like multi-touch, look somewhere else. Overall, its speed, and notably it's screen, will likely satisfy many customers.