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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a review

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 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


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Mobile Syrup

I love the design of the X1 – it has somewhat of a classic Sony Ericsson feel to it but with a increased amount of elegance.

- Ian Hardy, Mobile Syrup


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Sony released the Ericsson Xperia X1a on November 3, 2008.



Sony backs up the Ericsson Xperia X1a with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3"

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a'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 is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
400 MB

Internal memory is 400 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) 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 21 days standby time, 600 minutes.

Ericsson Xperia X1a Specs

Overview
Release date November 3, 2008
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 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 400 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.55 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 Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 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 158 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
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
Navigation Type D-pad
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 A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, 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 (up to 16 GB)
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
3x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
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
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 No
Stocks No
Maps No
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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Mobile Syrup

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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is now officially available in Canada, something that we’ve been waiting to experience for a very long time. This is Sony Ericsson’s first venture into the Smartphone market and they’ve had a little help from HTC to manufacture the device.

I love the design of the X1 – it has somewhat of a classic Sony Ericsson feel to it but with a increased amount of elegance. This could simply due to the all metal finish… which makes this comes in at a hefty 158 grams. As we said before in comparing to other devices this is a bit on the heavy side (the iPhone 3GS is 135 grams and the HTC Magic is 119 grams). Overall dimensions are 4.4 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches and feels great in your hand, I mean when you are holding this it feels like you’re getting what you pay for. The X1 has a 3.0-inch VGA touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480. For the size of the device I think they made great use of the screen space. You’ll see there are the usual call, end, OK and soft keys. These are again styled to fit the design of the device. What is new is the “Panels” button (more on this below). Other manufacturers are now putting into their devices what the X1 already has, this is the optical mouse and it makes scrolling through your applications, e-mails etc incredibly easier. You can also change the sensitivity of the mouse so it won’t go flying around your screen....

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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is now officially available in Canada, something that we’ve been waiting to experience for a very long time. This is Sony Ericsson’s first venture into the Smartphone market and they’ve had a little help from HTC to manufacture the device.

I love the design of the X1 – it has somewhat of a classic Sony Ericsson feel to it but with a increased amount of elegance. This could simply due to the all metal finish… which makes this comes in at a hefty 158 grams. As we said before in comparing to other devices this is a bit on the heavy side (the iPhone 3GS is 135 grams and the HTC Magic is 119 grams). Overall dimensions are 4.4 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches and feels great in your hand, I mean when you are holding this it feels like you’re getting what you pay for. The X1 has a 3.0-inch VGA touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480. For the size of the device I think they made great use of the screen space. You’ll see there are the usual call, end, OK and soft keys. These are again styled to fit the design of the device. What is new is the “Panels” button (more on this below). Other manufacturers are now putting into their devices what the X1 already has, this is the optical mouse and it makes scrolling through your applications, e-mails etc incredibly easier. You can also change the sensitivity of the mouse so it won’t go flying around your screen.

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Great Phone

The Xperia is a competitive hand set on all levels and the physical design is something to take note of. Very well done.

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