Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Sony Ericson has produced an exceptional handsets over these past few years with certain gems like the W950 W300i and W580i that will catch your eyes and hearts of casual and hardcore mobile fanatics alike. An extra solid metal looks, gorgeous screen and the right pinch of novelty called XPERIA panels look as good enough reasons for the X1 to be hyped and romanticized. The Sony Ericson X1 is surely the most eagerly anticipated device in the world of Windows Mobile.

Key Features:

* Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support plus HSDPA 7.2Mbps

* 3-inch 65K-color WVGA touchscreen

* Qualcomm MSM7200 528 Mhz CPU and 256 MB DDR SDRAM

* 3.15 MP auto focus camera with VGA video recording

* Four-row full QWERTY slide-out keyboard

* Wi-Fi and built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS

* X-Panels interface

* Optical trackpad

* Exquisite and solid metallic body

* Standard miniUSB port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP

* microSD memory expansion

* FM radio with RDS

* 3.5mm standard audio jack

* MS Office Mobile document editor

* Opera 9.5 web browser

* Excellent video playback performance

* Superb audio quality

The front of the Sony Ericson XPERIA X1 is taken by the large 3” touch screen. The front frame and the battery cover are made from stainless steel and don’t attract finger prints at all. The body is made of solid plastic, chrome finish on the edges. The two dedicated call keys and a pair of soft keys and the D-pad with a confirming center that doubles as an optical trackpad. The last two controls here are the X-PANEL key and OK knob. Most of the controls offering pleasing ergonomics and functionality. The Up key on the D-pad is the least projecting bit of the 5 way key, a proper unpleasantly obstructed by the upper end of the black plastic panel. Its rigidity and low stroke are utterly inconsistent with the rest of the D-pad sides, which are ample and tactile.

The QWERTY keyboard is one of the most notable differences between the XPERIS and the Touch Pro. The giant space and the Enter Keys on the XPERIA may initially impress but it takes only a couple of minutes to conclude that the 5-rom QWERTY keypad on the Touch Pro is the most typing friendly solution. Still, the better viewing angle of the screen – when typing on the QWERTY keyboard – sure is an asset, which XPERIA owes to the arc slider form factor. Plus, the actual sliding action is smoother than the Touch Pro. Upon opening the keypad, the screen of course automatically rotates to landscape.

The volume rocker on the right side hosts the top and the shutter key all the way down. They are quite comfortable and well integrated with the overlap design. Though quite slim, the camera key is pleasingly responsive, with a distinct half press. The volume rocker doubles the zoom layer. The shutter key is replicated by a small recess on the left side which in shooting mode serves as a comfortable thumb rest. All the way up on that left up on that left side is the miniUSB port that is also used for charging the handset.

Sony Ericson XPERIA X1 features the power button, 3.5 mm standard audio jack and the stylus compartment. Unlike the HTC Touch Pro, there is no magnetic action with th XPERIA X1 which you should push or pull it out manually and the stylus isn’t active. There are four status LEDs along the sides of the handset, the upper pair twinkles in red for errors and empty battery while the purple blinks of the lower ones are triggered by a number of applications.

The rear cover of the XPERIA X1 lies and impressive 1500mAh Li-Ion battery that powers the Sony Ericson Pocket PC. Under the rear cover is th microSD. A 3.2 mega pixel snapper and the LED flash are at the top of the rear, placed within a black nest of hexagonal shape. The battery life is stellar, the browsing in Opera is delightful, the VGA resolution is drool-worthy and the integrated camera isn’t too shabby, either. This here truly is a case of matching up the pros and cons with your specific needs and determining which list outweighs the other.

Main Disadvantages:

* Body is a bit on the bulky side

* User interface is hardly thumb-optimized

* Mediocre camera performance

* No built-in accelerometer

* Poor display sunlight legibility

* Records low quality VGA@30fps video in 3GP format

* No TV-out port

* No full Flash support for the browser (hence no full-featured YouTube)

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