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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review

4.9/10 AVG.
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4.9/10
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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 currently has an Informr score of 4.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
528 MHz
Screen Size
3"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Looking back at Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 we think there's one major question to answer. Now, no need to get defensive - the X1 sure is impressive. It goes even further to outperform its main rival - the HTC Touch Pro - in a number of areas and even offers slightly larger display and higher resolution...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
MobileBurn

It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Gizmodo

The Xperia X1 is kind of a mixed bag. For every good thing the phone does, there seems to be something detracting from it as well. From a hardware standpoint, this is a well built phone that feels extremely solid in the hand. But at the same time, it's not exactly the lightest or slimmest phone avai...

- Adrian Covert, Gizmodo
Engadget

No need to beat around the bush -- the very thing that caught everyone's attention when this beauty was originally unveiled was its magnificent body. From end to end, top to bottom, the XPERIA X1 is drop-dead gorgeous. Yeah, you could probably credit HTC for that, but either way, there's no denying...

- Darren Murph, Engadget
Wired

We've been waiting since CTIA to get our mitts on a fully baked X1. As the full-featured flagship of Sony Ericsson's multimedia phones we had high hopes for the device. The spec sheet reads like a recipe for excellence: multiple high speed data options, customizable menus, YouTube support, with musi...

- Terrence Russell, Wired


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Sony released the Ericsson Xperia X1 on February 10, 2008.



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Screen Size
3"

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1's screen size is 3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1500 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

Ericsson Xperia X1 Specs

Overview
Release date February 10, 2008
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

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Processor 528 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 512 MB
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.47 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 5.3 x 1.7 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Android 2.0.1 or Android 1.6 is available.
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

One of the best-equipped Windows Mobile devices to ever set foot on the market

Looking back at Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 we think there's one major question to answer. Now, no need to get defensive - the X1 sure is impressive. It goes even further to outperform its main rival - the HTC Touch Pro - in a number of areas and even offers slightly larger display and higher resolution...

More

Looking back at Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 we think there's one major question to answer. Now, no need to get defensive - the X1 sure is impressive. It goes even further to outperform its main rival - the HTC Touch Pro - in a number of areas and even offers slightly larger display and higher resolution.

However since the QWERTY keyboard is one of the key selling point and the Touch Pro has such great advantage there the choice between the two is really hard. And with the two month advantage that the HTC had we are quite confident that most users have already sealed a deal.

Still the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is a really good device, the purchase of which you are unlikely to regret. It is unable to solve all the usability issues of the underlying Windows OS but if modding and tweaking is your thing, you can achieve quite good results.

And the thumb-optimized X-Panels are quite a treat adding the essential fun element to the XPERIA user experience. We wouldn't by any means strongly recommend the X1 to non-Windows fans but they might still check it out - steps in the right direction are being taken.

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MobileBurn

It is a true road warrior device

from MobileBurn

In the end, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 comes across as a niche product. It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier. The X1 is not a real speed demon, though it is acceptably quick for most tasks.

When the hits and misses are tallied up, though, the Xperia X1 is still a good phone. It won't suit everyone, but it will suit some folks exceedingly well. It is a true road warrior device. Even though its highly touted panels system fails to impress us, we still give the X1 a solid "Recommended" rating....

More

In the end, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 comes across as a niche product. It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier. The X1 is not a real speed demon, though it is acceptably quick for most tasks.

When the hits and misses are tallied up, though, the Xperia X1 is still a good phone. It won't suit everyone, but it will suit some folks exceedingly well. It is a true road warrior device. Even though its highly touted panels system fails to impress us, we still give the X1 a solid "Recommended" rating.

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Gizmodo

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is the new flagship smartphone for the electronics giant

from Gizmodo

The Xperia X1 is kind of a mixed bag. For every good thing the phone does, there seems to be something detracting from it as well. From a hardware standpoint, this is a well built phone that feels extremely solid in the hand. But at the same time, it's not exactly the lightest or slimmest phone a...More

The Xperia X1 is kind of a mixed bag. For every good thing the phone does, there seems to be something detracting from it as well. From a hardware standpoint, this is a well built phone that feels extremely solid in the hand. But at the same time, it's not exactly the lightest or slimmest phone available (even for a slider). The 528MHz Processor and 256MB RAM also give the X1 enough horsepower to run smoothly...most of the time.

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Engadget

XPERIA X1 shines

from Engadget

No need to beat around the bush -- the very thing that caught everyone's attention when this beauty was originally unveiled was its magnificent body. From end to end, top to bottom, the XPERIA X1 is drop-dead gorgeous. Yeah, you could probably credit HTC for that, but either way, there's no denyi...More

No need to beat around the bush -- the very thing that caught everyone's attention when this beauty was originally unveiled was its magnificent body. From end to end, top to bottom, the XPERIA X1 is drop-dead gorgeous. Yeah, you could probably credit HTC for that, but either way, there's no denying just how striking this piece is in the hand. Sure, it's a bit bulkier than some of the fashionphones we've seen lately, but it's hardly "thick" for a WinMo powerhouse. In fact, we actually admired the heft and felt that it was just thick / heavy enough to feel "solid" without bleeding into the undesirable realm of "chunky."

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Wired

Full featured yet surprisingly sturdy

from Wired

We've been waiting since CTIA to get our mitts on a fully baked X1. As the full-featured flagship of Sony Ericsson's multimedia phones we had high hopes for the device. The spec sheet reads like a recipe for excellence: multiple high speed data options, customizable menus, YouTube support, with music and video apps bursting out the no-no place. But seven months later...

More

We've been waiting since CTIA to get our mitts on a fully baked X1. As the full-featured flagship of Sony Ericsson's multimedia phones we had high hopes for the device. The spec sheet reads like a recipe for excellence: multiple high speed data options, customizable menus, YouTube support, with music and video apps bursting out the no-no place. But seven months later?

Meh.

This powerful phone may have gown fat with goodies, but here's the skinny — even when the X1 swings at full speed, it never truly knocks one out of the park.

There's still a lot to be admired. At just over five ounces it has a dense yet satisfying heft, and its brushed aluminum chassis stylishly frames a bright 3-inch touchscreen. The exterior also houses two softkeys, an "optical joypad" (really, it looks like a nipple), a D-pad and two recessed banks of shortcut keys. Sliding the screen horizontally reveals a QWERTY keyboard and a recessed stylus hidden in the body of the phone. There are two input modes available — we chose a touchscreen/QWERTY/D-pad combo — but at the very least the whole package is elegantly appointed.

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Dial-a-Phone

What is really impressive about the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is the fact that this phone excels in so many different areas

from Dial-a-Phone

When the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia was first previewed at Mobile World Congress at the beginning of this year, it really got attention from people for being so different from anything released from Sony Ericsson in the past. This phone is based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System which means...More

When the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia was first previewed at Mobile World Congress at the beginning of this year, it really got attention from people for being so different from anything released from Sony Ericsson in the past. This phone is based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System which means it has a full suite of applications to offer to the user. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is promoted by the company as offering a convergence of communication features and entertainment features; this convergence is exactly what people are seeking from a smartphone in today’s highly mobile world and allows this new lineup of phones to compete in the global marketplace

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User Reviews


Rogers Sony Xperia X1 Big Disappointment

No wonder X1 was rapidly thrown out of the market. I would like to be very fair so you can judge it. Before you start reading it: Do not buy it or sign a contract for it. $0 is expensive 1. The touch screen is not as resonsive as other devices. Even though is manufactured by HTC. I guess Sony or Ericss...More
No wonder X1 was rapidly thrown out of the market. I would like to be very fair so you can judge it. Before you start reading it: Do not buy it or sign a contract for it. $0 is expensive 1. The touch screen is not as resonsive as other devices. Even though is manufactured by HTC. I guess Sony or Ericsson asked for the wrong specs. It is 1/3 of BB Storm II 2. Screen is not flashed with the frame. Therefore, it is difficult to operate the far right icons and bars on the touch screen. As a result you must use the stylus. 3. Keypad is badly designed. You will not be able to type properly. You will discover this within the first two minutes of use 4. Windows icons on trhe phone are extremely small. then use if stylus is a must which defeats the purpose of touch screen. 5. I like the Tri-band for data. 6. Telenav is not available. The "Wayfinder seems nice but not accurate or up todate" Less

Xperia X1 wrong design big failure

Last year, X1 was one of the most coveted devices in the market. the pictures in the Rogers website looked wonderful and the capabilities appeared to be awesome. It is a bubble like the US housing: 1. Screen - It is not flash so using your finger on the right/ left panels is very difficult. use of the...More
Last year, X1 was one of the most coveted devices in the market. the pictures in the Rogers website looked wonderful and the capabilities appeared to be awesome. It is a bubble like the US housing: 1. Screen - It is not flash so using your finger on the right/ left panels is very difficult. use of the stylus is a must and that takes away the appeal of a touch phone. - As it is a Windows Mobile device, the menus are very tiny. Hopefully, you have thin finger tips. - The screen is responsive though, in the places where you can touch it. - Screen becomes smaller than my HTC diamond. - Resolution is high but you have to press on the screen to bring it up. in normal mode, it appears as if one have not taken the protective plastic off. 2. Connectivity Wi-fi: It does not support N- routers. b/g only. you may not be able to use it at home. (Especially when browing stream media) Bluetooth: Cannot recognise Jawbone and others. Do not Buy. not even $0 for a dreaded three year contract Less

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