Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Not the best but not the worst
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Member Name: Nikkigb
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Advantages: Huge amount of apps, touchscreen, attractive, sturdy, easy to use
Disadvantages: Very thick, becomes slow, low quality camera, touchscreen keyboard too small, cheek can hang up call
For its capabilities and sleek touchscreen, this phone is, in my opinion and experience, great value. However, if you're looking for something to rival the top phones on the market it may disappoint.
The main positives I have found with this phone are:
- The ability to download near enough any app you could possibly want means there isn't much you're left unable to do with this phone
- The touchscreen is, mostly, a great bonus for me (having not had one before). Not only does it mean you can play Angry Birds, but it also makes navigating around the phone a lot easier, and I just love being able to swipe my phone to answer a call :)
- This is a pretty good looking phone. It's fairly compact length-wise (although the thickness is a bit much - more on that later) and with smooth, clean lines and curves, plus the previously mentioned touchscreen, (therefore a big lack of ugly buttons), you've got a pretty attractive phone here.
- I'm clumsy. So this is a great phone for me - I've dropped it LOTS but it still works (speaking of which, RIP Nokia 3210, Nokia 3310, Sony Ericsson W890i)! I sometimes find myself wondering if they've reinforced this baby with steel or some sort of invisible force-field, but I guess it's just a pretty sturdy phone that's designed to stand the test of time.
- It's pretty easy to navigate. There's no complexity to how it's set up - it's just a plain menu, which you can swipe along to the next menu of apps, then swipe again to the next one and so on. You can easily organise the apps to your preferred order, so the apps you access the most come up on the first menu. You can also add widgets (I find having Google up is very useful) and four main icons on your homescreen so you can instantly access whatever you prefer, be it SMS, phonebook, Facebook or the like.
The main negatives:
- As mentioned earlier, the phone is a little thick and chunky. Some might see this as a positive thing - I guess it's less easy to break - but personally I do prefer them a little thinner
- Once you've downloaded quite a lot of apps the phone does seem to become quite slow. I guess deleting the ones you don't really want or need might help that out, but on occasion it does freeze and sometimes turn itself off. Bear in mind this isn't a regular thing, but on the occasions it does happen it can be very annoying, especially if you're in the middle of leaving someone an answerphone and it decides not to let you hang up at the end!
- The camera, although reported to be high quality, is actually quite poor. You have to hold it dead still, and don't even think about taking pictures in low light or darker surroundings as you will be sorely disappointed!
- When texting the touchscreen keyboard is simply too small. I have small fingers and it is still wayyy too small for me, let alone a big butch man with big butch fingers. I would say if you text constantly and it would bother you if texting was affected by the phone, then this is NOT the phone for you. Fortunately I don't text that much so I can deal with it
- The typical problem of hanging up calls with your cheek. I guess this is a problem with most touchscreens but it is a little irritating sometimes!
Overall in my opinion the positives do outweigh the negatives, especially as I am on a very low cost contract, however if you are looking for more of an all rounder with a good camera and easy texting facilities I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
Summary: Great basic abilities but doesn't quite fall in line with higher quality phones