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Pros: Good looking, Nice feature (it's a Windows phone)
Cons: Bulky size, Slow Processor, Not a very good battery
Ok, so this is among the worst phones I ever owned. Not sure how it works out for others, but I don't like this phone.
First, the phone is a little bulky, you can tell that people have this phone buy looking at their pants pocket from about 50 feet away. Bulky size always comes with heavy weight, needless to say more.
Second, Windows would have been nice, but the phone seems not to have enough resource for it. Often time I found my phone stopped working and no response, I had to restart the phone (turn it off and turn it back on again). Many times, when I was using word (Yep, I use my phone heavily for other tasks too) and tried to save, the phone would hang and lost my stuff. Even when I wanted to move down the menu (by dragging my finger upward), it would takes at least 2 to 3 seconds for me to see the next part of the menu.
Third, voice quality is a mix feeling. Often times, the phone display full signal (I live in downtown Seattle, WA) and the voice quality still very buzzing, sometimes it even dropped my call when other people don't have any problem. But other times, the voice quality is pretty good, clear and no noise.
Conclusion, I have seen Sony Ericsson made a very attractive ad about this phone all over the world, but they didn't put much effort into making this phone. Everyone knows Windows Mobile would take up a lot of resources, and a 528MHz processor is obviously not enough. Moreover, who would buy a Windows Mobile phone to just call and text ? Sony Ericsson would have take more time to consider about this. At least, in my opinion, they should have equip this with a 720 MHz and 512 RAM.
I have owned and used this phone for just under two years and am extremely disappointed with it. I grew to like the Sony Ericsson brand since owning the w850i a few years ago and despite looking at the iPhone at the time, opted for an extremely poor, but equally expensive alternative.
Aside from a slide out QWERTY keyboard, which is excellent, there is nothing I like about the phone. The Windows mobile software feels antiquated in comparison to the available alternatives, the system is incredibly slow and the touchscreen has become unresponsive after around 6 months. The relative difficulty of installing, managing and using applications in comparison to Apple or Android systems is staggering.
While the phone looked good the moment it came out of the box, it very quickly became evident that this would not last. Having produced a number of the external parts out of cheap matericals, Sony Ericsson ensured that the phone looks like it's been on a few tours of Afghanistan after only a few months. The metal back panel in particular loses its colour and stands out from the rest of the phone. It is surprising that a respectable manufacturer and producer of some iconic phones in the past has come out with such a poor model although it could perhaps have been expected from their first attempt at producing a Windows Mobile device.
The battery would initially last for two days with minimal usage, but towards the end of the phone's tenure would not last a day if you actually used the phone for phone calls/internet/anything else.
When i first got this phone i was seriously excited. I thought i would have the first major competitor to the Iphone. It wasnt long however until i realised that it most definitely was not. Firstly the windows mobile is one of the least user friendly interfaces i have ever encountered. Having the onscreen buttons about 2 mm wide making it almost impossible to select what you intended with your thumb. However there were some ups: The keyboard was generally good making typing very easy as it is a hard keyboard. However it did start to deteriorate with time and by the end of my contract was not entering spaces and would give many double letters. As a email and internet system i thought it did pretty well, the email service was easy to set up and reliable while the browser was pretty quick and got the job done. So all in all i think it had good potential but they tried to cram too much into it and it was all a bit too early for the market.
This is my current phone and I would like to let you all know some good and bad features.
The SONY ERICSSON XPERIA X1 is a very average phone. It runs on Windows Mobile which even is past experience can be slightly annoying. It tries to over complicate things, and not even with things that are useful on a phone. For instance "Microsoft Office Mobile" - I don't understand how this is useful on a phone with a screen of this size, if I needed to use Microsoft Office I would simply take my Netbook or Laptop with me.
My second point that I would like to complain about is the awful camera that the phone has. Instead of pressing the capture button and the photo taking you can press the capture button and wait 10 seconds for the photo to capture or move the camera slightly and produce a weak, blurred photo.
And my final major point I would like to express my annoyance for is the lag that occurs when trying to multi task. Even sending a text becomes difficult as you find yourself waiting for a window to open telling you that your message has sent before continuing using the phone, for fear that if you press a button when this message does appear that it may freeze. This also happens if you lock the phone before this message appears.
I do however enjoy surfing the internet on this phone; I find the QWERTY keyboard and the touch screen very useful for sites like Facebook or Google searches etc.
I will point out some of the better features of this phone before
To all that would consider buying this phone I would advise that you didn't. There may be some good features about the phone (more than I listed) but it is certainly out weighed by the annoying features of the phone.
Upon your first sight of this machine you will be intrigued, the xperia x1 looks like something from the future. Sliding out a keyboard with keys so tiny you need to use a stylus just to type properly kind of defeats the purpose of having a touch screen and a keyboard. Also isn't it the principal of a touch screen that you reduce the number of buttons, not hide dozens more behind the touch screen. The phone is heavy too, like a brick, its not like your old cheap phone, ironic isn't it that the cheap ones are indestructible and your 3g smart phone costing you hundreds will smash to a million shards of you drop it half an inch onto soft carpet. This phone is not even capable, for a smart phone it isnt very smart, its slow, confusing even to itself and the windows lives up to every slow stereotype of it.
I had the choice of an Iphone 3G or the SE Experia X1 18 months ago. Not wanting to get what everyone else had and liking the sleek sophisticated styling of the Xperia X1, I opted for that.
In hindsight, I wish I had gone for the Iphone! That is not to say this is a bad phone but just that there are better alternatives out there. Unless you are a die hard Windows Mobile or Xperia fan, you will agree.
The phone itself is stylish and draws complimentes (if that is important to you). It also picks up something much easier and unfortunately it isn't women, scratches and scuff marks on the chasis especially on the battery cover. Unless you have a case, it will get well scratched and the battery covers are not easy to come by.
One of the biggest appeals to me of this phone was the keyboard, after about 9 months use, the keyboard becacame very difficult to use. The keys would stick so one press of a key would result it appearing several times on the screen or not at all. This didn't happen on my Xda Mini S. Although it looks quite nice and is decent to type on the keyboard isn't the most reliable in my experience anyway.
Another plus point was the ability to edit office documents on the go but in reality that feature although nice and useful was not really used by me since buying a netbook. A good feature to have nontheless.
Everything works well, the screen is sharp, the radio is great, wifi is good etc so where does it let it's self down? The answer to that is Windows mobile! This OS on the phone is so frustrating! Regular freezes, not thumbable and very slow! The start takes ages and if you have a pin then do not just expect to pick up the phone and make a call it will still be starting up. Once on, it's fine but the startup is so slow and if you want to make a quick call you need to be patient.
Another negative point is that this phone doesn't have an accelaromator. While the screen is sharp, if it was bigger or the operating system different then it would've been thumbable but as it is a stylus is necessary for some actions.
A great phone with plenty of features let down by the OS. If considering this amongst an Iphone then get an Iphone.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA x1, what can i say, my first impressions on it where very good with its sleek design and rather large screen presented along with a fantastic colour touch screen. impressive to say the least! not to mention it has the latest slide up QUERTY keyboard in a nice metallic silver, i just had to have it.
The Xperia has alot of cool functions such as the new panel feature which you can customise in a vary of differents ways to suit your personal needs and have it set as your main screen with the touch of your finger which kept me amused for a good while.
The camera on the xperia is ok (3.2 megapixels) but nothing overly special compared to the other competing handsets out on the market now, which i think was intended as its a windows mobile which has to cram a lot of memory and host of different programs within it. In my opinion from personal use the xperia seems to take a bit long to take the snapshot alot of times resulting in a frustrating smudged picture.
The Querty keyboard on the Xperia is rather nice i think with the metallic finish, very professional touch and also very easy to use and feels really intact and sturdy which is always a bonus! In the dark its just as good with its highly illuminated letters. Accessing the keyboard is very smooth to slide up compared to other mobiles ive seen and used recently which i liked alot.
The optical pad on the Xperia is somewhat to my disliking, its just a bit to sensitive and you'll find that sooner rather than later you will resort to using the buttons or touch screen instead.
As this is a windows mobile its packed with the likes of office word, excel and powerpoint which are particularly useful for business needs which you can then upload onto your PC and printout or save on your hard drive.
Sony have went with the whole customizable option when creating this mobile, there's just so much you can do from changing the start screen menu to the panels etc. and even to downloading software from the web making certain features more enhanced or easier to use which is very useful.
The battery life seemed rather good at the start but then after a while it slowly drained more regularly to the point where I'm lucky if i get a full days worth of use.
I have mixed feelings about the touch screen panel, on the plus side some of the panels selected incorporate larger buttons which are easily pressed with fingers but i find with most of the panels and general layout its not at all finger friendly and is more aimed at using the stylus which i find quite annoying as after a while you get used to the fact that using the stylus isn't the quickest way to get about the phone whether it be writing text messages or locating documents and files.
The sound quality on the Xperia is decent and i cant really complain but at the same time i dont like the fact that they've placed the speakers at the bottom sides of the mobile where most people would cover while holding in they're hand reducing the volume significantly.
Recently while using my Xperia i started noticing that it seems to freeze for a few seconds sometimes more when sending messages or readjusting itself from horizontal to vertical viewing which would easily frustrate the average user especially if they were looking to get a particular task done quickly. i researched it and found that other people had the same problem, i guess its something in the software.
The Xperia has Wi-fi which im a big fan of and im sure anyone with a wireless connection at home will be too. fairly easy to get connected and works well.
The Xperia X1
Well what can i say a brilliant device all round, the panel interface is great for when you get sick of looking at the same screen but this may not be an issue if people regularly change their wallpapers on the device.
The Xperia come with around 7 panels which include a psp style multimedia panel where you can scroll through your music, videos, images.
There is also a FM radio panel for listening to your favourite radio stations.
There is also and SPB panel which is basically where all your stuff is in one place, it has your favourite applications, weather details. favorite contacts e.c.t.
You can also download many other panels such as the famous Facebook panel which allows you to access facebook easily from your phone.
The 3g connection is really good on my contract i get free internet and it is very useful as this phone shows pc style web pages.
Only downside to this phone is it does tend to slow down the more stuff you have on it. also the 3.2MP camera can be a bit tricky and blurry if you do not have a steady hand.
This is a windows mobile device with a full size QWERTY Keyboard large screen with an amazing resolution and built in wifi. what more could you want from a device?
Overall i give this phone 4.5 / 5 as it has everything i need and can change the way it looks if i get sick of looking at the same thing with the panel interfaces. A nice solid build with a metal body.
The Xperia is a good looking phone with a decent camera, nice keyboard and great battery life. The camera has a variety of settings, making it easy to take photos in poor light, up close and of active scenes. For moderate use, the battery life is great, lasting about 3 days and from heavy use about 2.
The phone is very stylish looking, although a bit heavy and clunky feeling in the hand and pocket. The build quality is okay, but there is a bit of movement between the keyboard and top half. The keyboard is really nice and easy to use, making it much easier to type than a touch keyboard.
The software is good with a nice media player, radio and GPS. The standard Windows Mobile interface is not the best to use though, it feels rather outdated and complex, especially in comparison to something like Android or the iPhone.
Overall, after using the Xperia for several months, it is an average Smart Phone. Great for the camera and keyboard, but Windows Mobile makes using it a bit of a chore at times.
I have had the X1 since its release date in the UK via a contract with O2.
The phone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 with a customised 'Panels' interface.
The X1 comes jammed with many default programs such as Microsoft Office, MSN Messenger and other applications oyu would expect to see on the phone. There are also a wide range of other programs that are either free or you can pay for. Some fo the free applications are things like Facebook and Google Maps, however I regularly use TomTom satnav on my phone.
The touchscreen is fairly responsive but the use of the qwerty keyboard is a bonus with this phone as it makes replying to messages so much quicker.
Having never used Windows Mobile before it did take me a while to get used to the phone and all the setting available but once you understand how it works you realise its very simliar to Windows for your PC.
Once problem I have had with the phone is it is not very rugged. I dropped the phone from a small height and the plastic has cracked, however O2 quickly sent me a new one. Since then the phone has had a bit of a beating like all phones do and unfortunatly the X1 hasn't taken too well to it. Various number of scratches and cracks have appeared on the phone, but since my contract is nearly up and they are not affecting the phone in anyway I cannot see the point of returning it.
This phone is one of the "always on" for internet phones so its best to get the unlimited internet package. I have mine setup to recieve emails, gets tweets from twitter, download the latest weather etc.
The screen is fairly large however it has a very good resolution. As long as you are in a 3G area or have the phones Wifi turned on then the internet browsing is fast and you can stream from YouTube without a problem.
As with all my phones I like to make them different so I have flashed a custom firmware package to the phone from xda-devs so my X1 is now running the same software that is on the new HTC HD2.
I brought the Xperia X1 on a monthly contract March 2009. For the first few weeks found it difficult to use, but gradually found it easier in time.
This is an ideal business phone to sync contacts and emails with outlook and email sites. Its nearly a year old and when i slide out the querty keyboard the screen goes blank. There seems to be a lose connection which isnt ideal.
I have also experienced the windows mobile operating system running very slow, and that it would of been better with around 2gb in there.
The camera is pretty good with various different functions.
In all im glad i got the phone as i found it very helpful and there wasnt a phone on the market like this, and didnt want to follow everyone else and get the I Phone. The Xperia X2 is now out and this could be my next phone. Will have to wait and see.
I was due an upgrde in February of this year, and after doing my research I opted for the Sony Erricson Xperia. This was "THE" phone available at that particular time, and to be completely honest, I wish I wouldn't have bothered and gone with the i phone instead. Orignally, I had free unlimted internet access, but just found the internet impossible and annoying to use. The screen is too small to display the pages correctly and found I was always having to use the pen to scroll the screen. My phone has had to be replaced once and mended twice after the screen just went completely blank for no reason at all. It's bulky, not at all easy to use, the camera is rubbish and hard to use, and what was my lovely shiny grey phone now looks all scratched. Just annoyed I am stuck with it now for well over another year. Wish I would have gone with another model to be honest.
I have had the X1 since January 2009. I chose silver because I thought the scratches wouldn't show up as much as the black one, and i'm glad i did.
You can download anything on the phone which is great, has word, excel, powerpoint all very handy for me.
The keyboard i find is really easy to use and the touchscreen works brilliantly and smooth.
It did take me a while to get used to the phone as it is very different to a normal phone with all the extra functions.
The problem I have with the phone is one day is august it turned itself off and wouldnt start up again. I charged it for a whole day but still didnt work. so i sent it back to carphone warehouse. They tried to fix it but I had a replacement. so my word of warning if you get this phone is to keep everything backed up. I lost all my phone numbers and a few photos and all of my appointments with no warning it was going to break down on me.
The buttons on the screen can be very small so using the stylus is the most appropriate method of using the touchscreen. You can download a program called XperiaTweak and that makes the phone more personalised and user friendly.
I have heard that the phone needs updating every so often but I have never done it (or understood how to do it) and everything works well for me.
The internet can turn itself on if your not careful so I deleted all my internet settings so this wouldnt happen. The wifi is good and fast and easy to use.
The screen is big so watching videos, looking at pictures, using you tube or iplayer is great.
I ordered pizza online on mine once which was a conversation starter.
I always have reception, does what i want it to so all round a good phone.
I would have given reliability 5 if it didnt switch off on me that one time
Oh, the hype for the Sony X1! I didn't think anything would face the hype of an Iphone, but Xperia did it - all the geeks and phone lovers were waiting for this baby for a long time.
And it came, glistening in full metal case, beautiful large wide screen, touch scrolling, and slide out qwerty keypad, 3.2mp camera, Windows mobile.
BUt was it worth all the hype? I think the biggest let down for me was being introduced to Windows Mobile. 500Mhz of X1 could not run Windows Mobile smooth enough - how disappointing. WM is the hardest OS to use, everything is fiddly, buggy and slow. Only thing that separates is the Xpanel, which isn't very fast either - though it looks sleek. Once you realise that you can't get used to the OS, and that it's slow and potentially it won't improve, you can't use the phone.
That is exactly what happened - I half-wished X1 had Symbian instead, at least then things would be quick with its 500Mhz processor. X1 was a let down for me big time, especially with its hype and looks, and its price of hefty 500pounds.
I bought this phone as I was looking for a new Windows Mobile device that wasn't too big, but had a VGA screen and also a slide out qwerty keyboard. I'd already had the HTC Diamond so didn't want to get the HTC Pro so this was naturally my phone of choice.
The screen on this phone is excellent as is the whole look of the phone. THe phone is not too heavy but feels very solid in the hand and of good quality.
The processor on this phone is very fast, and lots of RAM too meaning opening multiple programs is no problem
I used my phone with TomTom gps sat nav software in my car and it was great, however the Google Maps software it comes with is great for navigating on foot as long as you have an inclusive data plan as it uses the internet to download the maps on demand.
The interface provided by Sony ericsson is a slightimprovement over the basic windows mobile interface and allows user to navigate more easily and i especially like the panels feature.