The good thing is the X8's touchscreen uses capacitive technologies, so it's immediately more usable than other entry-level Android phones such as the LG GT540 and Vodafone 845, designed to use the cheaper, less sensitive resistive technologies. And don't work.
The form factor from the Xperia X8 is identical to that from the X10 Mini – only bigger. Meaning a curved back with easily detachable cover, three silver buttons beneath the actual screen – Android-standard Menu, Home and Back – combined with the camera and speaker around the back again.
The top edge of the telephone features the micro-USB connector, which may be covered by a little plastic stopper to prevent it accumulating handbag dust. Also this is actually the power socket in the middle as well as 3. 5mm headphone jack.
Down the actual right-hand side sit the metallic-effect quantity rocker and physical camera button. Unfortunately, as with the Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro and several other new entry level Android cell phones, there's no optical or physical trackpad about the X8.
And that's your lot. The telephone itself feels solid and well-made, especially considering its £140 SIM-free selling price, with tough buttons and a strong screen.