Pros - Panel concept
- very good and responsive keyboard
- great screen (800x480)
- solid and firm design
- great Opera web browsing experience
- decent FM radio reception
Cons - terrible(!!!) loudspeaker. It would be a shame to find such a loudpeaker even on a cheap FM receiver!
- a cheap and plastic feeling of the front control buttons below the screen
- SW bugs
- unbelievably cheap and badly designed delivery box
Summary Compering to Nokia top models, for example Luna 8600, which is not their top model phone, this Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 phone delivery case seems rather cheap and badly designed. Like you didn't just bought the SE top smartphone model?! There is no etui nor screen cleaner delivered with it like they use to deliver with P900. No cradle. Just a USB cable aimed for charging and PC communication ... Dissapointed.And yes, the battery isn't so good as I've expected. It drains out after two days of rear use with very short several calls ... even the FM radio listening drains the battery out vary fast ...
The loadspeaker gives out a very thin and week sound! There is only one louspeaker installed on this phone and it is positioned on the lower left lateral side of the phone, so as a right handed person you can easily cover it and completely deafen the sound going out from this phone. I had a chance to hear the Nokia E71 phone ringing with it's default NokiaTune ringtone - it's fantastic!! That can be called a loadspeaker. And if I'm write, there were two of them on the phone. And the phone is half the price of the SE X1. Again - dissapointed.
The control buttons on the front side feel and look a bit cheap in reality. By pressing the five direction navigation button you can avoid loud plastic clicks.
There are a lot of SW bugs. I haven't played with the phone so much, but I've already found several bugs: you can't control the ringing sound volume with marked phone icon - you should do it with the earphone icon. But it's completely reverse when you are setting the ringtone! You can't see the video files from video player application. Instead, you have to start the video from file manager ...
As I've expected a lot from this top SE smartphone model with an extremely high price, I have to admit that I'm neither happy with nor completely dissapointed. Because of that I've insisted on it's bad sides in this review. Those are my first impressions after using this phone for first 15 days.
Updated on Mar 11, 2009
Pros Good design, Great Idea,
Cons lots of cons, first windows mobile, second lags even with processing power...to many cons to name...
Summary anyway i sent this email to sony, as expected did not receive a reply... read it and take it how you want.
Dear Sony Representative,
This is not really an inquiry but more of a statement as to why your company has gone down and keeps going down. People are tired of having to buy products that become outdated in no less then a year with nothing to hold but a useless expensive piece of hardware that just isn't useful anymore.
I'm talking about the Xperia x1, yes the formidable phone that was going to revolutionize the market with it's "panel" interface... I purchased this phone for full price, nearing the 1000 dollar mark, and i was one unhappy individual with the product not even after a month. The platform was slow, the interface was disgusting, not only because Sony didn't invest it's time and money working on making it user friendly but because it had windows as it's backing. I feel i have to send you guys an email to explain how utterly disappointing i am with both your sales department and even your marketing of your products. Why sell a phone for 1000, when not even a year later there is a release of x2, which in turn comes with windows 6.5, really does your support team just drop products after they are built? No update for the x1, what do we x1 customers do? We have to purchase another phone worth 1000 again?? Do you guys realize what your doing to your customer satisfaction, if your not rated the worst, you will soon be making your way there.
Apple makes one phone that kills all your market and you still try to rip people off, it's like saying please if your not wealthy enough for sony please go somewhere else. If you as a company have not lost a considerable amount of people such as myself who once thought sony was the best cellphone maker out there, well with this you just literally threw that out the window and ran over it considering your panel interface was not only run-over but hopelessly lost in limbo as there are officially maybe 6-10 panels... No investment was put into making that platform interesting, and now not only do you throw your customers under the bus with their 1 year old x1's you offer no update to 6.5. HTC as you may have noticed updated most, if not all their phone's to 6.5 and they also spent time and money on modifying the phone to make it appeal to the eye and satisfy the customer... Wake up Sony, before you toss yourself under a bus and get left behind, because as of recently i have not only stopped purchasing Sony products but have recommended others not to as well, you have one thing still going for you and that is all the Japanese who seem to live and die for your products... only product you guys ever made that still remains the top Sony product was the ps2.
Your probably just going to throw this email into the junk email's and then send me a thank you for my input, but that will be enough as that will only prove how unloyal you are to your customers. I wish you guys would wake up, especially with all these new X series phones, god stick to one platform and make it work, make something that people will love, that people will cherish and flaunt. Make something that will go supported for more then 1 year, something that can last a while. If apple can make it's first generation iPhone work with its new firmware why can't you guys make a firmware update for x1 that brings it close to the x2... yes i know why, and that's why Sony is destined to fail unless changed, because Sony cares only for it's pockets and nothing more.
Thank you for your time and patience,
P.S. If this means anything to you please send it to your supervisor or someone that this will actually affect thank you.
Pros Off the bat are the key board and the optical joystick and the Panels!
Typical Sony's Styling and Design makes this phone very attractive and worth the money. I know it is very expensive phone but comparing to the Son P900i, it is a bargain.
Cons The Cons in this phone is the short coming of the OS and nothing else.
1. Media Player lacks the EQ control.
2. Camera can't save images onto Storage Card directly!
Summary Here what I have to say;* With the upgraded Pocket Player I don't have a need to use my iPod any more, and the 3.5mm earphone plug is great!
1. Media Player is a joke. Lacks of EQs control !!! Had to buy others to have that function. iPhone got this department down and locked! What surprised me was that Sony didn't included its own Walkman Media Player along with this phone like in the W980. With this kind of performance and hype Sony just can't relied on MS to delivered all the goods. Oh well, may be an upgrade may change things.
2. Camera, only to be used in the case of emergency only. It is just slow and can't be propgramedt to save images onto the Storage Card! Images are saved automatically onto the internal memory, but can be transfers onto the Storage Card manually, but why? Image Quality is ok. Best to bring a real camera along :)
At the end, it is a typical of Sony's Styling and Design that made this phone very attractive and worth every peny. I know it is very expensive but comparing to Sony's first smart phone then the P900i; relatively, this phone is a bargain. It a combination of Sony engineering and details combined with powerful processor which mades the MS Mobile OS very liveable, and sometime you may forget that it is running on Windows OS.. I had a HTC Diamond prior the X1 and I can litterally felt that my blood pressure had gone down the moment I start toying with it. The Panels are very nice and I so far had used only 1 of the 7. To think of it, that is the only part of the software that is really Sony's! Battery life is excellent, and call quality is also very good.
Overall, it is a very solid product which is far better then the P's series. But I just wondering what would it be like to run on Symbians or Android? But as far as MS Mobile 6.1 Professional concerns, this phone is making the software looks good! Kudos to Sony Ericsson :)
Updated on Dec 26, 2008
Updated on Jan 15, 2009After a month of using it like a mad man (8,000 minutes), the phone is a solid Sony's product but the weak link it is still the OS. And user must download Spb Mobile Shell Panel, it is by far the most useful panel comparing to the rest, it has an iPhone feels to it and no need to use the MS pull down menu for anything! Battery life is very good, and reception is execellent, but the OS is too slow to accomodate this beautiful phone which is suck!
Pros Connectivity, large touchscreen, coming to America!
Cons If its supposed to be the ultimate user experience, why not put a bigger camera in it. SE has 5 and 8 MP cameras they could have used. No opitical zoom. I also read today that the american version drops the 30fps video to 24 fps, WHY?????
Summary All in all, a great phone.
Pros Screen Quality/Clarity, Slide out keyboad, arch slim design
Cons Price, and layout of buttons on the front
Summary AWSOME PHONE! I have had many of smart phones in the past such as the palm treo, AT&T tilt, and the t-mobile Dash. On this purchase I was planning on buying a HTC Diamond, but decided to buy and try Sony's new Xperia. Looking back @ my purchase, I definitely don?t regret it. The Xperia is bringing life into the world of dull phones and setting the new standard for Windows Mobile.