The Sony-Ericsson Xperia X1 has been creating hype in the industry for quite some time now. Being Sony-Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile phone, the X1 needs a little more than luck to compete in this ultra competitive market.
This review unit is solid black in color and Sony-Ericsson offers a silver version as well. Unlike mobile devices these days, the X1 is heavy, weighing at 158 grams. This is mainly because of its steel construction, which is evident as even the battery cover is made out of metal. The hefty weight didn’t put me down. In fact, I prefer that it weighs this much because it gives me a better grip as well as feeling that it is sturdily built.
The competitive advantage of the X1 is its Arc slider design, where the screen slides upwards, revealing the QWERT keypad and angling the screen for a better view point, as well as the Xperia Panel Interface, simply called the X Panel.
The X Panel has a dedicated button below the screen. When the button is pressed, the X1 brings up a grid like interface where the “panels” are displayed. More panels can be downloaded from Sony Ericsson’s website, giving its user freedom in what they want in their phone.
There is a 3.2 megapixel camera at the back of the X1 with a single white LED to serve as flash light. The camera performed rather well and color representation was good even with flash on.
The QWERTY keypad is great as the key are quite far apart and tactical feedback is good. However, it’s a bit “flat” which mean your thumbs will have hard time “feelings” the keys.
Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200A processor clocked at 528MHz, 512MB RAM and 256MB ROM. The device performed really fast and is one of the fastest Windows Mobile devices in the market.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is one of the fastest Windows Mobile devices I’ve used and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. The QWERTY keypad is a little flat and with a price tag of US$650, it will break the bank for some of us.