We lucky people at Latemag got the opportunity to have some hands on experience with Sony Ericsson’s Xperia™ X10 family before their official UK release in Q1/Q2 this year. Now I’ve always been a Sony Ericsson chick (my last 5 contract phones have all been Sony Ericsson) due to their superior battery life and easy to use menu systems (not to mention their sleek and shiny looks), but did the latest addition to the Sony Ericsson family live up to expectations?
Well first off, let’s take a high-level look at the specs...
Gone are the days when a phone was just a phone, digital entertainment required separate technological trinkets, social networking was still a buzzword gestating in the brains of PR gurus and no, we didn’t have an app for that. Nowadays we want to stay connected to the world at all times, we want a singular device to entertain us when we’re on the move and yes, we want an app for everything. This is where the Xperia™ X10 family ticks all the boxes; it’s just a case of choosing which sibling is your perfect match.
Making up the bunch to pick from are the X10, the X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro. All three are Sony Ericsson’s first Android compatible handsets. Android is Google’s set of software for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and applications. This opens up a whole new world of 1000’s of apps for your X10 phone. Also present across the range is Sony Ericsson’s Timescape™. Timescape™ manages all your Facebook™, Twitter™, photos, calls, emails, and texts all in one place and in one view like a deck of cards. The larger of the handsets, the X10 also has Mediascape, the smart way to get all the music, photos, videos you want from your favorite artists in one place.
As all three phones have very similar specs, choosing which of the siblings to go for is really a case of 3 main criteria, imaging, user interface and aesthetics. If imaging is your bag then the X10 has an 8.1 megapixel camera and Mediascape whereas the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro have a 5 megapixel camera and no Mediascape. If you use your mobile to send emails on the go then you may do better with the X10 Mini Pro as this has a full pull out Qwerty keyboard, making longer texts and emails easier, as well as a touch screen interface (both the X10 and X10 Mini have just a touch screen interface).
All three models are great looking, sleek, thin and light although varying in size. The X10 is the bigger of the bunch with its 480 x 854 pixels WVGA 65,536-color TFT touch screen.
So after having a play around what did we think?
Well my personal favorite was the X10 Mini, just call me a sucker for small cute things (this little cutester is the smallest Android phone on the market weighing in at 88g and 83.0 x 50.0 x 16.0 mm in size).
I haven’t actually had a touch screen interface before but I found it to be intuitive and responsive and sausage fingers didn’t prove to be as problematic as I thought they’d be (all 3 models have a touch screen interface but the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro operate slightly differently to the X10 due to the smaller screen size and this has been well thought out). The Qwerty keyboard on the X10 Mini Pro was also a nice addition and with its raised keys and space bar in the correct place it was fast and easy to use without making typos. With some pull out phones they can feel a little fragile but the build quality on the X10 Mini Pro is great and I wouldn’t worry about breaking it.
The range of features and apps were also impressive (particularly watching the X10 Mini Pro scan an embroidered brand logo on the demonstrator’s shirt and proceed to scour the internet bringing back information and websites linked to the brand!).
Overall these are great looking phones that are feature rich and intuitive to use. I think Sony Ericsson have done well providing a choice of 3 models in the family allowing you to really choose a model that suits the way you want to use it. After having a play around I’m still a loyal Sony Ericsson fan but my only regret is I’ve still got a year to go until I’m eligible for an upgrade!!
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