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Review: First Impressions of the Xperia X1

We finally got real hands on the Xperia X1 (we're done putting “Xperia” in caps, btw). Let us tell you - the hardware is simply top notch. It's a decent weight, not too heavy, and feels remarkably thin for all the power they've got under the hood. Sony Ericsson also made a good decision by making this phone not feel too “wide”, it's less wide than a BlackJack II, in fact. Overall this might be the best hardware I've ever seen on a Windows Mobile device.

...and those thoughts are just the start of it. After the break, our first impressions of the Xperia X1's hardware, details on the development and innards of the X1 from our chat with Martin Winkler, Director of Global Marketing for Sony Ericsson, and full gallery of hands-on photos.

Also, we put your questions to him, and we'll put his answers to you.

What are you waiting for? Read on!

Hardware

The X1 has a “curved slide” that angles the screen up, banana-style, when you slide out the keyboard. The hinge feels very sturdy without being difficult to use (go hinge nerds!), and overall the brushed metal to be found throughout the device is just beautiful. Moving around the device, the peripheral buttons are decent enough and there's no floppy rubber doors over ports or the MicroSD card slot to ruin the feel of the device. That feel, in case I haven't made it clear yet, is great.

The physical keyboard is pretty good, though perhaps not quite up to HTC's standard on the Mogul or the Tilt. There is more horizontal separation between keys, which helps reduce incorrect key presses. That's great if you're a fan of two-handed use, but it basically guarantees that if you want to use this one-handed, you'll use it with the slider closed.

The main buttons have this “X” theme to them, 4 laid out on either side of the way in an inverted diamond shape that I'm not particularly fond of, but it works. The 5 way is a great combination of a touch-mouse (like the Samsung SCH-i780) and a typical D-Pad surrounding it (where the i780 falls on its face). The touch mouse is really great for scrolling quickly, the 5 way lets you do more discrete movements.

The screen. Good god, the screen is really beautiful. Flush, bright, and very high resolution.

So yes, the hardware delivers. The software is Windows Mobile 6.1, so there's not much to say there (we'll get to these “Panels” in just a minute). If you like horizontal sliders, you will covet this device. If you don't like them, you might well covet it anyway.

Under the Hood

Here are the specs, in case you're wondering:

  • HSDPA/HSUPA (Quad Band, too)
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • aGPS
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
  • 145 grams
  • 1500 mAH Battery
  • Qualcomm's MSM7200A CPU, 528Mhz (confirmed)
  • 800x480 resolution Touchscreen (flush)
  • MicroSD for expansion
  • MiniUSB for data and chargin
  • 3.5mm headset jack for music

They are, in short, nothing less than top of the line.

According to the folks at Sony Ericsson, the battery life is supposed to be stupendous (think over 6 hours of talk time or browsing time), though of course that's not finalized yet. As far as Windows Mobile's performance goes, it's as snappy as I've seen. Screen switching isn't instantaneous, but it is a sight faster than on the Tilt. That's likely because the X1 does utilize quite a bit of hardware acceleration, according to Winkler they are taking full advantage of the necessary drivers to do hardware acceleration.

Excepting the new panels interface (seriously, more on that below), the built-in software looks pretty standard. Of course, it's not finalized, but I don't expect that Sony has any plans to include Opera as the default browser.

The Panels

Winkler (who we interviewed about the X1) spent quite a bit of time talking to us and answering our questions about the infamous panels. The panel interface is actually the thing that kept me from giving you a hands-on video -- it's still a little buggy and in “debug mode” and so nowhere near as fast and snappy as it ought to be or (hopefully) will be at release.

The main purpose of the panels seems to be threefold:

  1. Give consumers ways to customize their device
  2. Integrate disparate functions of the smartphone onto a single screen
  3. Make Sony Ericsson some money.

We're pretty much just assuming the third part, by the way, but it's a safe assumption that Sony would 'get a piece' if AT&T made a music store panel. You can scroll through panels (and download new ones) fairly easily. Some examples of panels they showed me:

  1. A Google search page
  2. A clock that showed time, appointments, weather (they said they were thinking of adding GPS coordinates)
  3. A “mini aquarium” where you could feed the fish and pester them. Even better - the different fish reflected the state of the phone. One fish changed colors if you had voicemail, another if you had email, and yet another told you whether or not the phone was on silent or vibrate or LOUD or whatnot. This panel was super fun.

As far as developing panels, Winkler said that it's relatively easy though not identical to developing a Windows Mobile app. Programmers can use stuff as simple as XML (to make a web-like panel) to C++. Sony will be vetting all the panels they'll offer through their panel update interface, though they don't have plans to try to “lock out” people from creating and loading their own panels that aren't “Sony approved.”

Ok ok. Panels are neat. You can choose from lots of different panels. Some of them are innovative and clever. There's a business case to panels. All of this we sort of knew. What we didn't know though, was this: What the hell are they? Do they sit on top of Windows Mobile? Is it a completely new OS? What?

Panels are Today Screen Replacements. That's it. You choose a panel and it replaces your today screen. That's why SE said that “one of the panels is Windows Mobile.” What they meant was one of the “panels” is just the default WinMo today screen. The rest of them replace it.

On Sony Getting Into the Windows Mobile Game

A couple of details that I learned from talking to various people at the Sony Ericsson booth that might be of interest:

They took care to emphasize that HTC didn't have a large hand in developing the hardware. “We designed it, HTC is just the ODM” was a phrase I heard twice. SE is (rightfully) very proud of this hardware and though they're utilizing HTC to do the manufacturing, they really want to make sure that they get the credit.

As for using HTC to manufacture it, my personal opinion is still mixed. HTC is very good at making great hardware and clearly has much more experience at this sort of thing than Sony Ericsson. Likely that's why SE made the decision to go with them. It's still surprising to me, however, as SE makes all sorts of phones and consumer devices and thus they likely had a lot of options. If nothing else, I see it as a testament to HTC's incredibly ability to crank out Windows Mobile devices as a manufacturer that they could beat out the other ODMs that Sony uses for their other products.

The other interesting bit is that SE developed the X1 as a “North American Device.” Most of the design and development work was done in San Diego and has a “North American mindset.” If there was any doubt that Sony Ericsson is aiming this device primarily at the US market, that doubt can now be laid to rest. SE has traditionally done much better in the Asian and European markets with their high-end phones, the Xperia X1 is clearly intended to reverse that trend.

Answers to your Questions

You asked us questions, let's provide you with answers!

From surur:

Is flash lite pre-installed - can you ask them to go to YouTube and play a vid?

Flash lite will be pre-installed, but the unit I used wasn't connected to the net so I couldn't test YouTube.

Would they consider shipping with Opera Mobile instead of PIE.

They will consider it, but don't expect it. Software not finalized yet.

Would they consider arrow keys on the keyboard?

Nope. They're pretty happy with the tradeoff of leaving 5-way keys off the full keyboard. Winkler pointed out that there are three parts of the X1's design means that it's not cumbersome to reach up to the regular 5-way:

  • The device isn't as wide as other sliders, so it's not as far to reach
  • The curved nature of the slide means that it's also closer vertically to your right thumb
  • The touch mouse offers really convenient scrolling of web pages (you can just swipe down on it to scroll), so you may not have to leave your thumb up there the whole time.

Does it actually have a d-pad in addition to the optical joystick?

Yes, thank the gods of all that is technical.

Any T-Mobile 3G support?

I assume you aren't talking about T-Mobile USA. ;) They naturally can't talk about carriers yet, so your guess is as good as mine. My guess is “No.”

Main question - when is it shipping and to which countries.

They can't and won't say. Ditto price.

From Palm_forlackofchoice

will it ever see CDMA?

They're not going to rule it out, but signs point to no.

From adamz

I second the T-Mobile US 3G and arrow keys on the keyboard questions. Not having those arrow keys is pretty dumb.

Shrug, if it were me I would have done the same thing wrt the arrow keys. They have to make choices about where to put the buttons on the keyboard and having 5 extra (redundant) buttons would cause other buttons to be cramped or eliminated.

I definitely wouldn't want Opera Mobile preinstalled to replace PIE though.

I would, but to each his own, that's the story of, that's the glory of ...Windows Mobile.

From pdaluver

How about bringing that sweet gadget back home with you and shipping it to me? LOL, just kidding!

If I had managed to steal one, you'd have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

How do you like the keyboard? It looks really nice from the pics I've seen.

I like it about as well as I like any slider keyboard. It is remarkably wide (since the X1 is such a tall device to accommodate 800 pixels of height on the screen), which I'm not fond of. Key travel and feel was decent, though I do wonder if people might have to develop callouses to type on metal keys all day.

How smoothly does that arc slider move back and forth?

Like butter.

Did you get to watch any videos on it? I read that it's supposed to have DVD quality video. Thanks!

Sadly, no. However the high resolution and graphical acceleration gives me hope.

From cmajewsk

It's too beautiful, too powerful, too functional - it will NEVER see that light that is CDMA...

Hey now, with the latest ROM update I officially, here and now, bestowing the WMExperts Best Damn Windows Mobile Pro Device Available Today title onto the Mogul, a CDMA device.

From Hollywould

Will it ship with WM6.1, how good is the camera with photos and videos, is it finger friendly when using the Windows Mobile Part of the device.

Yes. I'm sorry, I don't know, but it's 3.2 megapixels. Meh. The touch mouse is cool, but the device would really benefit from TouchFLO-style scrolling.

From Malatesta

What type of chipset--its rumored to be MSM-7xxx(a), which is a 63nm variant.

Qualcomm's MSM7200A CPU, 528Mhz (confirmed and utilizing graphic acceleration drivers)

From Snowman

My main thing is how much do they think its going to cost (full retail price).

They ain't saying.

From rasti

I want to know if it have Video performance issues, like his twin brother, the Toshiba G900 or his father, the HTC TYTNII (At&tTilt)

It doesn't appear to. Now the Panels interface, as I mentioned, was still Beta and therefore slow. Windows Mobile 6.1 was very snappy, though.

So there you have it, the X1 looks to be an incredible device, though the Panels interface does leave me a little worried that we're looking at yet another target for developers to have to think about wrt Windows Mobile. I wish they would have let us do video and I wish I could have spent a bit more time with the device, but you takes what you can get and Sony Ericsson gave as much as they were able by giving me face time with the man in charge of marketing the Xperia brand and the X1 worldwide.

On to the Gallery!

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63 Comments
  • woo! nice write up!
    Looks like Sony has a winner and they thought of everything...well, except for CDMA, lol.
    And good for them on the msm-7200a + drivers chipset. With that smaller chip size, they increased speed, got the device down smaller and all appear to have nice vid acceleration.
  • Not sure which is more immaculate. ... The phone, or Dieter's nails!
    This might just be sweet enough to replace the Drucker in my dreams.
    Time will tell ...
  • @phil750: :blush:
  • Yeah and after getting to touch that device the real question is: Is he going to wash them?
  • Dieter, you lucky dog you! I'm glad you got to play with such an amazing device! Excellent write up!!! Thanks for answering all our questions and for the great gallery of pics to drool over. And I DO mean drool! ;-)
    Mmmm, I'd love to have the Xperia included in a future Round Robin! Maybe by then I'll be lucky enough to even own one. I MUST have that device!
  • Awesome article Dieter, I'm 100% digging this bad boy....though I've really nervous about the price.
  • i've heard almost i need to know excpt:
    i want confirmation that the non-USA records video at VGA (640*480) @30fps.
    none of this 320*240@15fps crap that 99% mobiles have been restricted to for years (some of the devices had the hardware to do it but "suspiciously" not the software).
  • that is the usa version is restricted in some video formats to 15fps, but the rest of the sane world gets full capabilities to record video in 3 formats @30fps.
    it's probably because of the qualcomm law suit with broadcomm.
  • Thank you very much for the answer to my question.
    I think this kind of interactive review is very interesting.
  • Has anyone realized the acronym for this device? SE Experia1. Hmmm . . . SEX1 anyone? This has to be intentional. SEX1. Or better yet, SEX.
  • Questions about the screen, I've looked at a lot of videos but no one seems to have commented on the screen itself except for how beautiful it looks. All the Windows Mobile devices I've used aren't the greatest when it comes to interacting with it using ones fingers. ie, sometimes you press and it doesn't detect the press so you press again ect.
    All the videos I've seen seem to indicate that it's very responsive though it looks like the reps are pressing the screen very hard to make sure it responds in demos. Can you comment on that compared to other Windows Mobile devices?
    Also I'm assuming the screen technology and feel to it is the same as all other Windows Mobile devices (no glass....) is this correct?
    It's an awesome device, seems like all the other devices are always missing one key feature. ie. everything except VGA, VGA but no bluetooth, everything except 128 Megs ram. With the 800x400 display, the completely exceeded my expectations in specs. I'm really looking forward to this device and taking advantage of the 800x400 through web browsing, terminal servers ect. Just wish I didn't have to wait :)
  • I'm one of those waiting for a i-mate 9502. Which should be in about 2 weeks. But then this Sony came about. I have a few questions.
    1) Does it have the annoying touch lag that my Tilt has? Where you try to press a button or screen tap and it won't register it unless I hold down the button or screen tap for like 2 seconds?
    2) Will I be able to run a 3rd pary app like TomTom and have it recognize the program? And if so, will it use the larger screen?
    3) While hi-res, I remember how bad windows mobile was when introducing a new resolution like 640x480 before. The 800x400 isnt 320x240, but it isn't 640x480. Is windows mobile 6.1 good at handling the new resolution?
    4) How good is the aGPS? Is it better than the Tilt? Siirf III (whatever it's called)
    5) Did the camera have a flash and is it autofocus? I like to mainly use the camera on the pdas to take shots things to remember like a price tag or something while shopping.
    6) How loud is the speakerphone and how well does the vibration work?
    thank you!
  • Update to my comment. It seems there was an error in the review that said it was 800x400. Its really 800x480. OK, so.. 640x480 apps COULD work if they stretched (I think that would make it look bad), actually used the extra space(which I doubt unless they redo the programs), or just simply display BLACK or some other "gadget: in the lost 160x480 pixle area. Which if all else fails, I hope they do, just to make programs more compatable with this unit.
  • Hi,
    Just want to ask where is the microsd slot? Is it required to remove the battery in order to take it?
    Cheers.
  • What about a flash drive? Nobody even cares about adding a flash drive in X1?
    For me, I'd like to see at least 16GB flash in the unit. Does SE have any plan to do that?
  • I am late to the party...
    Anyway, YRG, it has a MicroSD port which is SDHC compatible. SDHC cards can go up to 32GB these days. I am not sure if the phone supports cards that big but that should cover your needs I think. :)
    If Sony really, really got hardware acceleration, 2D & 3D, working on this phone I can kiss my Kaiser goodbye (& good riddance).
  • Most Windows Mobile devices can not record 2 way conversations. Sony Erikson has ALWAYS had this feature on it's phones. Anyone know if this will be available?
  • My questions are about how the phone feels: is it bulky? is it comfortable in your pocket? How would it work with a protective covering with the arc-slider? how does it compare to size with the iphone?
  • i have a few questions
    does the X1 use Micro SD or an M2 card cause i have heard both, and if it is micro sd why? cause an M2 is sony after all.
    and is the power button on the top of the phone?
  • I have a nokia n95, can someone tell me if the GPS pickup is any better in the song XPERIA, as the n95 takes ages to pickup, thanks
  • Does anyone know if this phone will work with verizon? I really hope so, according to http://www.Xperia-X1.org this will only work with AT&T and T-Mobile, I hope it's not true. :(
  • Does the Xperia X1 support "Alternate Line Service"?
  • Is it true that X1 does not support Timer/Stopwatch/SoundRecordern and the camera does not have a flash?
  • Does x1 has stereo speakers and how is its speaker volume. Is it comparable with the nokia n95?
  • Any expert who can tell me whether I can sync 25000 contacts with the Xperia X1? My HTC Touch Cruise (several months old) gives an insufficient mobile device memory message whenever I try to sync with my desktop. It has also refused to allow me to insert any more new contacts.I do not want to make another costly mistake of buying a device to only find out that I cannot use it to store all my contacts. Best Rgds.Alex.
  • What comments do you have when compare this X1 with Nokia E71? Which would you think is worth every penny?
  • The two are very different, and not just because they have different operating systems. the E71 is cool, but it's best at being a messaging device. The Xperia is really a do-everything device, but it's bigger and a two-hander.
  • Just got the phone a few days ago and was playing with it for a while and one thing I got to say..."WOW"! I compare it to my Iphone 3g, Nokia E90,Nokia N95 and lastly a the G1 and God Dang none of those phone can compare to the XPERIA X1 Experience. Next test is gonna be a test between the X1 and the N97
  • I just got the phone and love it nothing more to say, but one thing I got it FREE hahaha but love it everyone will love it.
  • So I am considering buying- I am a samsung blackjack/ epix user who is looking for more. I used to think that I wanted a simple face with buttons only device since I like to text and get to contacts and make calls fast but xperia excites me. I used to have a Psion years ago and always wanted it as a phone- this seems to remind me a bit of the feel of that. Is xperia going to be quick to pull up contacts and make calls, text etc, say like in the car safely or will I have to slide it down and use the keyboard all the time? Have any of you recent users had annoying issues- I have read some poor reviews on cnet, etc. I will have ATT which sounds like the best way to go... thoughts
  • Hi pips, I was so confuse want to buy a new phone, i just lost my iphone 3g. I'm planning to get a new one but not iphone coz still hurts just lost it 2days ago... want you can recommend for me??? help...
  • hey , i am laura and i really like this phone , i haven't brought it yet but i really want to (i am saving up right now), the only problem with it is the price as it is very expensive , but besides it i loove this phone , at my school no-one has got it and i would love to be the first one to have it ...... sooooo if the person who is selling this phone is reading this the can they lower the price pleaaaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. x thanks much.....
    Laura .S.
    ................
  • I have a very big cuestion... if the screen is of 65,536 color touchscreen, it's possible to watch good the images? please help me 'cause I want to buy it but I want good images!!!
  • Hi Laura, About your questions,yes the screen is touchscreen, and the videos they play like dvd quality, I just bought mine 3 weeks ago and its really good!
  • can i read ebook and hear audiobooks using xperia?
  • How would you comapre and contrast xperia, Iphone 3G and HTC Diamond ? Price no bar Ajit
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  • I bought the X1 -- UK Version -- on the 29th of June (about 6-8 weeks after seeing it with a friend who got one) & I have to say that it was a great investment for a while but it's quickly beginning to feel like the biggest waste of 100,000 Naira (approx US$750). I had intended to get the Nokia E90, having used the Nokia 9500 from 2004-2006 but opted for this to avoid cross-platform compatibilities (Symbian-Windows), software availability, etc & I was looking for a business enhancement tool which would reduce my having to lug a laptop around all the time. The first omen was that I had to change my primary network from Glo to MTN because the X1 would work with my Glo SIM card for only about 2 minutes then it would unregister from the network & fail to reconnect. I spent the first 16 hrs thinking the network had gone down. I then tried swapping SIMs (with my other phone) & realized that it works with SIM cards of all other GSM networks in Nigeria. Peculiar.
    Now, I have to admit that the phone was impressive for the first few months. I'm an IT Consultant & Web Designer so I invested so much on this phone because I needed to be able to do things like access my hosting servers on the go. I have successfully uploaded entire websites via the phone as well as carried out domain name registrations, website administration and online bank transfers. I don't quite have the problem of keyboard feedback & so on that reviewers keep talking about (I'm ok with its design) but what I experienced was the extremely annoying problem where characters were duplicated with single keypresses, forcing me to do a lot of backspacing, etc. (This I heard has been fixed in an update.) & some keys are just a pain to use, such as the shift and Fn (blue) keys. They either register double presses or sometimes just refuse to acknowledge that they have been presed.
    Anyway, about 10 days ago, my screen stopped responding to touch for no reason. The phone did not suffer a fall or get wet. (I have in fact handled this phone even more delicately than my laptop.) It started as intermittent unresponsiveness till it went totally unresponsive less than 24 hrs later. I executed a hard reset, thinking it might be a software issue. Only to be met with the touchscreen calliberation screen! The first thing you have to do when powering the device for the first time! After several attempts at rebooting and trying to bypass the process, the touchscreen came alive just long enough to carry out the calliberation (Thank God!) & gain access to the device. Screen's been dead since. This meant that all screen related activity now needed to be carried out via the keyboard; i.e. more sliding. Now considering that the entire UI was optimised for touch entry with keyboard being secondary, it's clear that approximately 50% of the usability of the phone went down the toilet with that development. The Joker? Opera Mobile was not designed for anything other than touch entry. So the only way I can use it is open it and type into the google search box (where the cursor defaults to) & try to "TAB" through the results & click with the Optical Joystick.
    About a week after this, the screen stopped coming on when the keyboard was slid out. (Bye-bye Opera.) Being that I use the security lock feature, it means I couldn't even enter my security code for hours, considering the stupid character repetition problem. After some blind guesses, I succeded & had to disable security so I can use the phone interface (softkeys, Answer/End, X-Panel, Ok & Optical Joystick) once I wake it up. So now I have a 100,000 Naira call pickup machine that will only let me dial from contacts because I cannot use the keyboard to enter digits. I can't send SMS messages & can only read them & get some level functionality just because of the X-Panels.
    So I spent a hudred grand to buy a phone that:
    1. Doesn't last 24hrs on a full charge when you actually use some of the many wonderful features it's equiped with to enhance your work performance. (Don't even think entertainment.)
    2. Has annoying keyboard problems right out of the box.
    3. Has a 3.2 Megapixel camera that is not really worthy of the name Sony. (I would have expected 100k would get me a Cybershot(TM), which this phone does not have!)
    4. Has a mono speaker placed where the heel of your hand has to cover it in normal holding position & does no justice to the SonyEricson "Walkman" reputation.
    5. Has an annoying, ill-conceived, disfunctional positioning of the X-Panel/Call Pick Up & End/ Ok buttons. (You are trying to answer that important business call then the phone goes into Panel Selection Mode!)
    6. A phone app that is poorly written & missing a lot of actual phone functionality. (It's supposed to be a phone that does amazing things not a computer that "also" makes calls. The phone app functions like a hurriedly written afterthought).
    7. A very low life expectancy for something so expensive. I had been planning to upgrade to a later Xperia model but my experience with this one is almost putting me off SonyEricson altogether. (Years of loyalty down the toilet.) Considering that I probably have to export this phone to the UK for service (No SE service center in my country & probably the entire freaking continent), I think I'll sell it as soon as it's back and I can eke some second-hand value out of it. If it doesn't last six months brand new, what can I expect when it's been tampered with? My advice to SE: Make your own damn products. I've used them before & can vouch for you. HTC I don't know.
    (No offence HTC; I've heard only good things about your products that carry your "own" name.) My advice to anyone wanting to get an X1, especially if you actually intend to use it: DON'T. At the very least, wait for a newer revision like the X10.
  • This is a cell phone just bought than ever before that only works right out of the box without a thousand questions. Connected and on the Internet, I found a new panels, download MP3 files of my diverse and compile all my music and video files. It is like having a real computer in a cellular phone.
  • Questions about the screen, I've looked at a lot of videos but no one seems to have commented on the screen itself except for how beautiful it looks. All the Windows Mobile devices I've used aren't the greatest when it comes to interacting with it using ones fingers. ie, sometimes you press and it doesn't detect the press so you press again ect. All the videos I've seen seem to indicate that it's very responsive though it looks like the reps are pressing the screen very hard to make sure it responds in demos. Can you comment on that compared to other Windows Mobile devices?
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    Also I'm assuming the screen technology and feel to it is the same as all other Windows Mobile devices (no glass....) is this correct?
  • I used to think that I wanted a simple face with buttons only device since I like to text and get to contacts and make calls fast but xperia excites me.I used to have a Psion years ago and always wanted it as a phone- this seems to remind me a bit of the feel of that.
  • I've looked at a lot of videos but no one seems to have commented on the screen itself except for how beautiful it looks. All the Windows Mobile devices I've used aren't the greatest when it comes to interacting with it using ones fingers. ie, sometimes you press and it doesn't detect the press so you press again etc.
  • All the Windows Mobile devices I've used aren't the greatest when it comes to interacting with it using ones fingers. ie, sometimes you press and it doesn't detect the press so you press again ect.
  • If we talk about its hardware section, then its physical keyboard is pretty good as i have seen. There is more horizontal separation between keys, which helps reduce incorrect key presses. That's great if you're a fan of two-handed use, but it basically guarantees that if you want to use this one-handed, you'll use it with the slider closed.
  • Great vidioes I've seen seem to indicate that it's very responsive though it looks like the reps are pressing the screen very hard to make sure it responds in demos.
  • I like to text and get to contacts and make calls fast but xperia excites me. I used to have a Psion years ago and always wanted it as a phone- this seems to remind me a bit of the feel of that.
  • WOW!!!!!!!!
    Its really awesome phone..
  • All the videos i saw seems to indicate that it's very responsive though it looks like the reps are pressing the screen very hard to make sure it responds in demos.
  • hey...!! WOW!!!!!!!!
    Its really awesome phone.. something different in it..
  • I compare it to my Iphone 3g, Nokia E90,Nokia N95 and lastly a the G1 and God Dang none of those phone can compare to the XPERIA X1 Experience. Next test is gonna be a test between the X1 and the N97
  • I had been planning to upgrade to a later Xperia model but my experience with this one is almost putting me off SonyEricson altogether. (Years of loyalty down the toilet.) Considering that I probably have to export this phone to the UK for service (No SE service center in my country & probably the entire freaking continent), I think I'll sell it as soon as it's back and I can eke some second-hand value out of it. If it doesn't last six months brand new, what can I expect when it's been tampered with? scrub m65 My advice to SE: Make your own damn products. I've used them before & can vouch for you. HTC I don't know.
    (No offence HTC; I've heard only good things about your products that carry your "own" name.)
  • The XPERIA X1 is surely the most eagerly anticipated device in the world of Windows Mobile. The XPERIA X1 is one of the best-equipped Windows Mobile devices to ever set foot on the market. But hey, is it not the most elaborate and charismatic PocketPC too? As to skills, the high-res 3" screen and the full QWERTY keyboard seem the most important parts of its magnificent ammo though its processing power is not to be neglected either.
  • Wow, little late for that comment, isn't it?
    Yes, it's been a pretty nice device for that time, at least regarding the hardware. But the bad 3D drivers s*cked, and Panels were too slow and complicated to be actually usefull. Sadly, all the updates that somehow made it to XDA-Devs never made it to an official ROM update. Nowadays, with WM6.x being a dying system and devices with 1GHz and really fast 3D accellerators, who needs an X1?
  • it is really very fantastic mobile i love its features thanx for providing valuable information regarding this any other mobile i dont think will stand infront of this one its a unique
  • It is the best hardware I've ever seen on a Windows Mobile device.
  • Xtremely nice phone. I would had really love to buy it..
  • I'm assuming the screen technology and feel to it is the same as all other Windows Mobile devices (no glass....) is this correct?
  • What a lovely gallery,I decided to but my next cell phone Xperia X1....
  • It's too beautiful, too powerful, too functional.. I am going to have it soon..
  • Windows Mobile devices I've used aren't the greatest when it comes to interacting with it using ones fingers. ie, sometimes you press and it doesn't detect the press so you press again. I'm fitting designer radiators at the moment.