Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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The Xperia Experience.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Member Name: trayrope
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Advantages: User friendly, Clear screen. good sound.
Disadvantages: Rubbish camera, to many pre-loaded apps that cant be deleted.
In a bid to cheer myself up I brought a screen protector and a rubber case for it off the market and headed home to get to know my new companion for the next two years.
The X8 comes packaged in a relatively small box; in the box were the phone, and a charger and some instruction manuals. I assembled my new phone by inserting my contract sim, my micro SD memory card into the back; I then connected the battery and clipped on the back. Next to assemble was the charger, this came in three parts that clicked together easily. The X8 comes with the standard mini USB port for charging, the lead on the plug can be removed and used to connect your X8 to the computer via the USB.
I connected my phone to the charger and patiently waited for it to be fully charged while I read the instruction manuals, Ha, if only that was true. As soon as the X8 showed a spark of life I started messing around with it.
In all honesty I do not use my phone to its fullest capacity; I use it for calls, texting and occasionally browsing the internet. So this review will cover all aspects of my use and experience with the phone after owning it for 15 months.
The phone is very light weighing in at only 104 grams, the exterior of the phone is a glossy black with sparkly flecks through it. The rear of the phone is slightly curved for more comfortable holding and has the Sony Ericsson branding on and a lens for the rather disappointing 3 mega pixel camera. At the top of the phone there is the on/off button, a port for headphones and the mini USB port. On the right side of the phone are a volume control and the button for taking photographs. The front of the phone has a nice looking 3 inch TFT touch screen that is supposedly scratch resistant, And the menu button, home button and the back button.
Using the phone is quite simple once you get used to the touch screen technology, the screen is very responsive, even with a screen protector on it need only the lightest touch.
Everything in the phone can be customised to your own tastes. The home screen has an icon in each corner, mine are messaging, note pad, key pad and address book, but these can all be customised easily by long pressing icons in the menus and switching them with the ones in the corners.
The X8 comes preloaded with many apps, most of which I have never even started up, there is Foursquare, Spotify, Latitude, Facebook, OfficeSuite, Geotags and Google Maps to name but a few. There is also Apps Market where you can easily download as many free or paid for Apps as your heart desires, the only issue can be lack of memory and the actual processor speed of the phone.
Now onto the texting, this is very simple you short press the messaging symbol on your phone, this then opens up your messages, and from here you can choose to compose a new message or open up an already running conversation. What I really like about the X8 is that it displays texts as conversations, so you can easily see what you have been sending and receiving to each person. The keyboard on the phone does take a bit of getting used to as it is QWERTY, and the buttons are tiny, it does help to have predictive text on though as this can usually make sense of what you are trying to write, but you should always read your message through before you send it just in case it makes no sense. I have tried using other types of keyboard that I have downloaded from the Apps market, they have been relatively easy to install and use but I have always come back to the default input as that seems the quickest and easiest.
Making calls on the phone can sometimes be a bit tricky, you can select a name from the address book and then press the number to make a call or you can manually type the numbers in using the keypad. While the sound quality during a call is good quality I do find that occasionally I can mute a call with my cheek while talking. Ending a call can sometimes be a bit awkward as I sometimes put people on hold rather than end the call, and I still don't know how I do it. Answering a call is quite easy, you simple swipe your finger left to right across the screen, or right to left to reject the call.
I do occasionally use the phone to take photographs, and I find that most of the time I am disappointed, there is no flash and no zoom. To get a closer picture I have to move my arm closer to the subject. The quality of the pictures is not very good; I only take pictures to send as messages or just to keep for personal use or sources of reference. The phone also has the option for taking videos, I have never used.
Internet browsing on the phone is relatively simple providing your network allows it. The pages load up quite quickly, but due to the size of the screen they are quite hard to view and you need to zoom in. I mostly use the browsing for checking my contract allowances and keeping an eye on eBay.
As I previously mentioned you can download Apps and games. I have downloaded a few games such as angry birds and Tetris, but I have deleted them after a short while as the processor speed of the phone is really not fast enough to play games without the game staggering.
I have also used the Google Maps App, and it does work very well. It has been used as a back up to the Tom Tom when old Tom seems a bit confused about where he is going. You can link the Google Maps to the contacts in your Gmail and if the people in your contacts also make use of Google Maps on there mobile phone you can locate them via the GPS on there phone. You do need to activate this before you can use it and activate GPS on your phone, I have activated this on my kids phones and they know to turn there GPS on if they ever get lost so I can easily locate them, it is accurate to within 30 meters, provided it has access to satellites.
Each contact in the phone is customisable; you can add a picture and individual ring tone for each contact. The phone supports MP3 ring tones, and plays them very clearly.
The phone does have a very good music player in it that can be used to play MP3's these are easily loaded on to the phone by plugging the memory card into a PC and dragging and dropping tracks onto it, I use the MP3's as ring tones as my ears just don't get on well with headphones.
The phone has the ability to do so much more than what I use it for and a full list of its specifications can be found at www.gsmarena.com.
After using the phone for over a year I feel that the exterior is wearing well, it is scratch free as I have always kept it in a gel case of some kind, the screen only has a very small mark on it, unfortunately it is in the centre of the screen, but this does not hamper with my use of the screen and I now have a screen protector on it constantly.
I have a few issues with the phone one is that the battery life is terrible, when I have WiFi or the 3G turned on the phone is lucky if it sees out a full 24 hours, if I am out for the day I make sure I have fully charged the phone or I have access to a charger. The second is that the speed of the phone is very disappointing, it can not comfortably run games like Angry Birds, and if the phone is storing a lot of text messages it can get very laggy and seems to take an age to open conversations. I regularly use a task killer and a history eraser in the hope of keeping my phone speedy. My final problem with the phone is that it is getting very selective over charging, sometimes it won't register the charger and I have to keep plugging and unplugging it till it notices it and it won't charger up fully to 100% any more.
Overall the X8 has been a good phone for me as I feel something like a HTC Desire or a Samsung Galaxy would be lost on me, I do not use the phone to its full potential but it is nice to know that it is all there just in case I suddenly have the urge to Tweet or communicate my every possible thought with the world.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: The X8 is a good alrounder, but if you want something faster its not for you.
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