Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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A SMART PHONE !
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Member Name: dawnymarie
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Date: 21/12/10, updated on 19/10/11 (240 review reads)
Advantages: Very responsive phone and easy to use
Disadvantages: No flash for camera
After seeing how easy it is to compose a text message using a touch screen qwerty phone ( my daughter has one ) I was tempted to look into and research a new phone for myself. I had previously owned a Sony Ericsson that I had used without any problems for approximately 3 years and particularly liked the quality and ease of use of this brand so I included the Sony models in my quest.
The main features that I wanted were :
Decent size screen
Wifi for occasional internet usage
Camera that takes a half decent photograph - flash not essential
I narrowed my search down quite quickly to the Samsung Marvel that my daughter has and the Sony Xperia X8. The thing that put me of the Marvel, apart from being difficult to get hold of anymore, was the fact that I couldn't get the hang of the touchscreen very well. The Sony X8 was so very easy to use as it is more responsive to touch and I could use it immediately when trying one out in store.
I had been searching for a good deal on the Sony Xperia X8 - as I had made my mind up that this was the phone for me - and online the best price that I found was £129. With a stroke of luck I happened to be out shopping and noticed that O2 had the model on offer for one week only at £99! I now have the phone and have been using the features for approximately a month - this is what I make of it so far:
Well the experience of buying the phone from the O2 store was excellent. The guy in store was more than helpful and wasn't too pushy with any sales stuff, the service was good and after sales seems good too. Also as I was already an O2 Pay as you go customer I didn't need to purchase any top up so that saved me a change of number and £10 extra to pay.
Up to now I am happy, I get home and retrieve the box from the bag and investigate further - the packaging is compact and secure, nicely designed with features listed clearly and a high standard.
On getting the phone out I am very happy, this is the first white model that I have owned and another thing that attracted me to this model, it is attractive and the screen at 3" is a good size for me as I want a clear image and ease of use when texting. The phone is pretty light at 3.7 oz and fits snuggly into my hand - it feels like a good quality piece of kit and I like the fact that the screen is scratch resistant too.
I was relieved to find a quick start guide as I really don't like to have to read through reams of literature before I can get the battery into a phone - I like information available if needed at a later date and this is available online at the Sony Ericsson website where you simply input your model into the search facility and then a wealth of information is available for you. I have had no need to access this for help so far as it is really easy to use the phone. So with the sim card inserted and battery installed I reconnect the phone casing - also really simple to do - and charge the unit. The charge was complete in a relatively short time and I was ready to go.
The phone fits into my hand like a glove and i find it ergonomically well designed as I can easily use functions that I want to with one hand - of course when texting via qwerty then I turn the phone sideways and it automatically shifts to a panoramic wide view and I then use both hands to input text. The unit has the Sony Ericsson logo at the top and and small round hole which lights up green when a text has arrived, there is an indicator feature along the top that is orange when the battery is charging and green when charged. At the bottom of the phone are three silver buttons which are long and slim and look really nice. They are a back button, home button and unlock facility. There are small icons above the buttons to show what the buttons are for. Along the side of the phone there is a volume control and camera button. The camera is a 3.2 megapixel which takes a really clear and quality photo and is easy to find and use - there is no flash which may or may not bother me, at this time it is not a priority so I am fine with that. On the back is the camera lens which is nicely set into the unit. On top of the phone is the charger point which is covered by a small flap - this is easy to undo and replace once charged - the charger fits in easily. There is an on and off button at the top too which doubles as a phone lock facility too. The headphone port is also on the top of the phone which is a good place for it to be for ease of use, the headphones that come with the phone are good quality.
So far so good! I really like the look of the phone, the weight is just right for me and it feels nice to use.
Navigating this Smartphone with the capacitive touchscreen is easy - it must be if I took to it so easily. The home screen can been personalised and there are a number of preset screens to choose from, the clarity of these pictures is crystal clear! Very impressive! The time is displayed in the centre of screen along with the date. Press the unlock button bottom left and away you go, text messaging, music, phone book and phone buttons are displayed in each corner, you can change these to other widgets if you want to. Tap onto any widget icon and the phone will take you to the function eg text messaging you will get to the screen for texting and it is very easy to navigate your way to the recipient and qwery keyboard. You can use qwerty portrait or landscape - I find landscape better as you have more space for you fingers to touch the keys. Once you have composed the message it is pretty self explanatory - tap 'send' and of it goes! simples!
From the home screen you can access three pages by sliding the responsive screen upwards and then sideways to the pages; and you will be able to access wifi, games, camera, gps, settings, android market, radio, notes, album, timescape, facebook, youtube, crazy penguin and many more! Because this is an Android smartphone you can visit the market place to customize and add applications. The version of Android that the X8 has installed can be updated soon to the latest version via accessing the Sony ericsson website. Personally up to now I have no reason to update as the phone is fast enough for everything for me and my needs at this time but it is good to know that if needed I can update to the newer faster version.
Sound quality via the earphones and out of the speakers was a very impressive quality, I was amazed!
The memory capacity can be increased to up to 16gb with a Micro SD card, my phone came with a free 2gb Micro SD card which I was pleased with.
The phone comes in white and has a choice of two back covers, one is white and the other is white and blue - this is a good choice. I have purchased a case for the phone from Amazon in purple which protects the screen when it is in my bag, other than that I leave it uncovered as I like the design.
When you connect to Wifi you can go via Wifi or 3G - I just use Wifi up to now and that is fine. When setting up the Wifi you need to have your router information and pass code to hand, the process is easy and straightforward.
Well that is it for now, I am extremely happy with this little Smartphone by Sony - it lives up to the Sony standards that I have experienced to date and can be updated for further applications for speed and ease of use! The only niggle is that it has no flash for the camera but photos that are taken during the day are crystal clear and no evidence of camera shake so I can forgive that. This is a 'Smart Phone' and I like it!
Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: A Smart Phone!
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