18 February 2010

A Review Of The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

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Sony Ericsson have announced their long awaited arrival into the android phone market with the forthcoming release of their new Xperia X10 handset. And at first glance it seems that not only have they joined the race, but they look to be setting the pace.

The Xperia X10 measure in at 119 x 63 x 13mm and weighs 130 grammes, so far pretty standard for an Android based device. The handset incorporates a 4" TFT screen with an impressive 480 x 854 resolution. The screen is a capacitive touchscreen with the handy addition of having a scratch resistant surface, a feature which has long been desired on the new breed of large screened devices. Auto rotate functions are possible due to the built in accelorometer chip.

Sony Ericsson have introduced a new interface on this model. Named the UX, short for User Experience, it is aimed to make the day to day use of the phone, easy and fun. It groups all media, social networks and contacts neatly together making each file or app easy to find and navigate to and from. For example, if you call up a name on your contacts list, you can then expand this tile and further information will be displayed about that person. This information includes the display of photos they're tagged in, history of text messages and updates on their social networking accounts. It is a neat feature and I can see it becoming widely used in many future handset models. The 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor the Xperia 10 houses is quick, not only for loading apps but also for browsing and general multimedia use.

The multimedia facilities are neatly grouped together. Perhaps the most standout feature of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is its hugely impressive camera facility. Boasting a huge resolution of 8.1 mega pixels, the resulting images not only suffice when viewing on the device but also look clear and detailed when enlarged on a PC or printed. An auto focus help keep the pictures sharp and other features include an LED flash, face recognition and smile detection. Video capture is also supported complete with a quite rare video light for darker scenes. Anybody hoping for a physical qwerty keypad will be disappointed, in an effort to maintain the slim profile Sony Ericsson have incorporated the keypad into the touch screen. 1GB of internal memory is incorporated in the Xperia X10, and an 8GB micro SD card is included, but for those who require more can purchase up to an additional 16GB.

Sony Ericsson have given us a lot to look forward too with the Xperia X10. The stylish, slim design coupled with Google's Android platform and a revolutionary user interface make this THE phone to watch for the first part of 2010. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the Palm Pixi are coming soon.

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