Explore the new features included in the software upgrade and Android 2.1 in your Xperia™ X10
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
This clip breifly describes the experience of Timescape, Social Phonebook and the dialler in the updated software of the Sony Ericsson X10 fall of 2010 update.
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Oct 20, 2010
A short description of what the home screen looks like in the 2010 fall update of the XPERIA X10 from Sony Ericsson.
Oct 19, 2010
Sony Ericsson X8 review: XPERIA in the middle - Final words
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 has just made it to the market but parts of it still seem stuck in last year. At the same time though it is more than decently equipped for its 170 euro price tag. It has its downsides and those are easy to notice but there are a bunch of plusses too, especially if you are new to Android.
The Timescape app is one of the good things about the XPERIA X8. Another one is the four-corner touch UI which is user-friendly and makes good use of the screen estate. There is a great set of connectivity options too and, last but not least, the X8 screen is standard-issue 320 x 480 pixels. If you’ve been paying attention you’d know we’re not too fond of QVGA droids. The XPERIA X10 minis have a legitimate excuse.
And while we’re at it: the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro have a 2.55” QVGA display each. That’s small and low-res but we’re talking some of the smallest smartphones ever. The important point is whether and how the X8 benefits from the added size and pixel density.
The X8 gives the user interface a lot more room to work with and handling is more user-friendly. Standard resolution lets the phone make better use of the Android market. On the bigger screen web browsing is now a different story.
On the other hand, there’s still no multi-touch and banding is perhaps more annoying than on the minis. In the end though, the X8 makes more sense for routine everyday tasks. The X10 minis are in a different league. They’re so small they’re special. And obviously still more expensive – both cost over 200 euro each.
Another option is the LG GT540 Optimus (priced at less than 150 euro) or maybe its recently announced successor, the upcoming Optimus One P500. The Optimus comes with a resistive touchscreen and the same limited storage for apps but its camera has autofocus and its Android 2.1 update has already been released. But while the Optimus One seems like a more viable alternative, it’s expected to cost around 235 euro.
Last but not least, there’s the HTC Wildfire. With a multi-touch-enabled 3.2” screen, a 5MP autofocus snapper, HTC Sense and premium finish, it is all but ready to blow the X8 apart. However, the QVGA touchscreen ruins it all – it’s just too low to let the Wildfire deliver a proper Android user experience. The HTC Wildfire costs around 30 euro more than the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 but we won’t fuss it.
If we have to name one phone that we’ll choose over the X8 any day, no questions asked, it would be the HTC Aria (or its just announced twin, the HTC Gratia). But – and it’s a big one – the price tag is a big part of the equation. The X8 is hard to beat really if budget is your first concern.
Let’s face it: the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 misses the wow factor. It has something else instead – a fair price and a well balanced set of features. Can’t be so bad now, can it? Unfortunately, it can. And while the competition isn’t too hard at least for a while, Sony Ericsson are damaging their own prospects by taking too long with the Android upgrades.
Oct 18, 2010
Sony Ericsson President Bert Nordberg spent his first six months on the job slashing costs and paring projects to get the handset maker out of the red. The payoff came Friday: a first-quarter profit of $28.4 million that ended nearly two years of losses.
Nordberg, who previously headed Silicon Valley research and development efforts for Sony Ericsson parent Ericsson ( ERIC - news - people ), isn't resting yet. In the coming months Sony Ericsson will launch smartphones with U.S. carriers, introduce a handset based on Microsoft's ( MSFT - news - people ) new Windows Phone 7 software and tie its phones to parent company Sony's TVs and computers, Nordberg told Forbes during a meeting in New York. Sony Ericsson is also considering developing non-phone devices and collaborating with Google ( GOOG - news - people ) on a Google-designed phone that would be sold online, Nordberg said.