Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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My life in my pocket sized phone!
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Member Name: beccalouise
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Advantages: good quality phone, good features, stylish, good for your money
Disadvantages: freezes and lags alot.
I purchased this product Christmas just gone, I had been hunting for a phone for a long time since my nokia broke so when I spotted this little pretty phone for a mere £100 pounds, I took it to the counter immediately and couldn't wait to get home and try it out.
The product came in a sealed small box which was small enough to just about fit in my bag. When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was the neatness and good organisation it had. Information Booklets were placed at the bottom of the box, wires were neatly tucked away at the bottom, and the phone was in a completely different section at the top of the box, displayed on its own and covered with cardboard neatly for protection purposes.
Size and weight- taken from the three website
Depth in Millimetres: 15.0
Length in Millimetres: 54.0
Width in Millimetres: 99.0
Weight in Grams: 104.0
The phone itself is quite stylish and the perfect size to hold in your hand, it slips perfectly in your pocket, or if you're taking a clutch bag out for the night, it's the perfect phone as its nice and small so can fit into whatever sized bag you desire. The back of the phone is plain black/white/dark blue (depending on which back you chose to place on), with 'sony Ericson' engraved in and experia in white writing next to it. It has a thin slit down the back of the phone to allow sound to amplify out. It also has a small hole for your camera. The back of the phone is very simple and a basic design. There are 7 buttons on the phone, 3 at the side, one for the camera, 2 for the up and down volume buttons. There are 3 at the front of the phone, the left one to get options up, the centre one to get onto the main menu, and the right one to click back. At the top of the phone is one button, which enables you to either lock the phone when clicked once or if you hold it, it enables you to activate silent mode, aeroplane mode or turn the phone off. The buttons are silver and stand out well on the black background; I find the buttons easy to use and very stylish. The front of the phone is mainly made up of the screen, with a small Sony Ericson sign at the top and buttons at the bottom. Overall I found the look of the phone very stylish and official and I'm certainly not embarrassed of pulling it out when I'm out and about.
Making and Receiving Calls
To make a call it's fairly basic, you either go to your contacts, click on your desired contact, hold the box where their number is shown and click complete action by using 'keypad' When your on your call or click on keypad and type your desired number in. There are 4 buttons around the name of the person, a button to mute the person, a button to put the person on loudspeaker, a button to put the phone down and a keypad button to write numbers in. This is the same when someone calls you. When receiving a call, things can become quite tricky, I'm not sure if anyone else has experienced this problem however, my phone seems to ring before the call coming up on the actual screen and I have had cases where I have missed calls due to not being able to answer it. To answer a call or decline a call, you slide an arrow across to the desired action. I Do not like this feature and find it quite annoying as it makes it a lot more effort to answer my phone.
Talk Time Minutes: 340
Standby Hours: 476
I find the battery life of this phone very poor, sometimes it doesn't even last a full day which can be quite annoying if I have a long day at college and need to get in touch with someone. I charge the phone every night when I go to sleep until I wake up and cross my fingers that it will last the day.
Memory Slot: MicroSD
The phone comes with a 2gb memory card, however I swapped this for the 4gb I had originally in my other phone as 2gb doesn't go very far especially if you download apps, I have already ran out of space on my 4gb and I only have a few apps, so I do recommend buying a memory card with a large amount of space
Phone Memory in Megabytes: 128.0
This will not get you far at all on this phone, and if you want to download any apps, you really do need to get a memory card as you will not have enough room for all your info(messages, calls ect) and apps.
Card Max Memory Size: 16.0
I found messaging very simple, there is a box saying 'write message then next to it, a box with a plus on it, where you can add a picture, take a photo, add a video, record a video or add a sound, at the top of the screen there is a box saying add recipient where you can choose a contact from your contacts or write the number in.
You can download many IM services through the app store, such as facebook messenger, Skype, live profile, windows messenger and many others.
AAC- The sound is good quality. It is also very loud so speakers aren't always necessary although I'm sure everyone would prefer to use speakers than any phone but you are able to plug speakers into the phone through the 3.5mm headphone jack
MP3 Ringtones- chose from your own sounds that you have downloaded or added to your phone through the computer.
MP3- downloads music onto the phone through various apps or plug your usb lead into the computer and transfer music through that.
Resolution in Megapixels: 3.2- technology is getting better and better every year and 3.2 is a decent megapixel for a camera. The camera is easy to use, simply by pressing the button on the side your camera is up and ready to go.
Features of the camera
You can swap from camera to video by simply pressing a button on the right of the screen; there are 4 different camera options- beach/snows, twilight, sports or auto. I tend to use twilight most of the time as it balances the light well. At the top of the screen is a small box with your last taken image in if you click on that it will take you to your gallery. When you take a photo there are 3 options on the screen, a delete button, a send button where you can send it straight to facebook or onto an email or through Bluetooth or messaging, if you have downloaded any apps, it may also give you options to send to some of these also. For example on my phone it gives me the option to send to facebook, Google mail, live profile, Picasa, road sync mail, bbc news, skype,and tumblr. And a button which enables you to use the picture as a contact picture or a wallpaper. When recording a video you have 2 options normal or for mms, to record a video, you simply click the side button then click it again to stop recording, the amount of time you can record for depends on the amount of memory on your phone.
I find 3G to be brilliant; it always has superb connection and loads WebPages quickly and properly. It works for all your apps as well as your normal browser and doesn't cost too much depending on your contract/deal.
Bluetooth- Bluetooth is fairly good on this phone and you can be quite far away from the person you're connecting to, the only downfall I would say is it drains your battery.
WLAN- I am a regular user of wlan, and I must say the wlan on this phone has turned out to be quite remarkable, it has good connectivity and connects to networks efficiently and easily.
FM Radio- Great quality connects easily.
GPS- Great quality, loads brilliantly, gets my location correct every time, can be used in co with other apps such as running programmes to map where you've been and set routes.
Java-never used it, found no use.
Loudspeaker- very loud and clear.
Music Player- The music player is great, you don't have to stay on the music gallery, and you're free to roam around your phone while listening to your tunes.
Video Player-The video player loads pretty quickly however sometimes it can cause the phone to freeze and not work again for a long time.
Voice Dial- I have only used this once as I find no use for it, it recognises your voice very well though and would be a great feature for someone who can find some use for it.
WAP Browser- quick loading browser. I find this browser very useful as it makes WebPages that do not have a mobile option smaller so you can see the whole of the webpage.
Problems I found
Taking the back of the phone is very difficult; you have to get your nail under it and pull it back which I often feel is going to make my nail come off if I'm not too careful.
Freezes a lot
When people are phoning me it takes a while to show up.
I think this is the perfect phone for a teen mainly for the amount of apps you can download from the market, teenagers love their apps and I think would find this phone efficient for playing games, face booking, storing exam dates in the calendar and much more.
Summary: the perfect pocket sized phone!