Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The Xperia X10 doesn't disappoint, it has great features, boasts an attractive body and is intuitive to use

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 A handsome smartphone with plenty of functionality
By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  June 29, 2010

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Key Specs

Bluetooth: Y
Camera: 8.1-megapixel
Media player/capture: Y
Memory: 256MB RAM, 1GB onboard
OS: Android 1.6

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Google Android has made its way into many a smartphone these days, and it's this operating system that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 sports. So, it has a decent operating system (OS) but apart from that, this newly released touch screen phone also has slick aesthetic appeal with regards to its exterior.

We were handed the superb-looking Luster-white (black pictured) coloured model and from there we were immediately impressed with its attractive, touch screen interface. The buttons at the bottom of the smartphone are also quite intuitive as they clearly label how you can navigate your way through the phone's Android OS.

Beyond this, an obvious draw for this Sony Ericsson model for those looking for an alternative to the iPhone and BlackBerry is the fact that this phone is shipped without any region-lock.

However, its size might be a turn off for consumers. It measures in at 119mm long by 63mm wide by 13mm deep.This means the X10 is larger than Apple's famous iPhone. That said its design is quite ergonomic in so far as it has a curved back that sits nicely in one's hand and on one's table.

The touch screen is 4-inches in size and it sports a decent resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. As a result the graphics, photos, and colours look quite impressive, even in direct light. In addition, the touch interface is very responsive and works like a dream on this phone's large LCD size.

Another neat feature about this phone is the virtual keyboard. In landscape mode it takes advantage of the display's full size so you have plenty of room for typing. There are three rows of alphabetic/punctuation keys with separate keyboards for numbers and symbols and other punctuation. You also get a special pop-up keyboard above the alphabetic buttons that includes smileys and other symbols. That's particularly convenient since it puts oft-used characters, like a dollar sign and parentheses, right on the main screen. The space bar is conveniently located in the center of the bottom row.
Another interesting feature in terms of the phone is that the Xperia X10 recognises up to five faces in a photo and automatically stores them under your friends in your phone. The camera itself is a gem with a lofty 8.1-megapixel image sensor and 16x digital zoom. While the latter isn't too great the former was responsible for some great photographs. This is easily a camera that can be used in place of a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.

Overall, the large screen size and Android OS are a good combination on the Sony Ericsson phone and thanks to the X10's 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the handset is also quick off the mark. You don't wait for applications to open and it takes no time at all to pull up a main menu from the home screen.

For: Sleek user interface, great digital camera, decent memory.
Against: Somewhat expensive, bulky body.
Verdict: If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical iPhone or BlackBerry, then this phone is a good choice for you.

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