Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Possibly the Nicest WinMobile Phone

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  1. Om, have you seen the HTC Fuze yet? I think it’s being released by AT&T today and it looks sweet. My only problem with the Xperia X1 is that the screen appears to be too skinny. I’m glad to see you’re finally impressed by a WinMo phone though!

  2. My company insists that I need a Windows Mobile phone. Getting them to pay for it, however…

    I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

    Thanks for the review, Mr. Malik.

  3. In Europe at least I believe that the HTC Touch HD has the edge. The X1 keyboard is pretty darn lousy, a good on-screen keyboard can rival it assuming the screen is large enough – and the Touch HD with its 800×480 and 3.8 inches should do the job admirably.

    800×480 on a screen this small is skating along the edges of usability for me. Meanwhile, iPhone-sized 800×480 and TouchFlo should trump Panels, a comparatively tiny screen and a really poor keyboard.

    Personally I’d even take the HTC Touch Pro (Fuze is a mildly altered one of those) over the Xperia. I’d lament the lost 200 pixels width, but rejoice over the MUCH better keyboard – and personally prefer TouchFlo anyway for touch-centric use of the phone. However, since I don’t really need the keyboard that badly (and when I do need one I’d hook up a foldable Bluetooth keyboard) I think the HTC Touch HD is probably the best WinMo device out there. That screen is just… quite something. Makes the iPhone screen look grainy and low tech by comparison even.

  4. I have seen a prototype recently…this phone is awesome….

    but the bad part is that the moment you use it for a while…you tend to realize the OS underneath sucks big time. No offense to Sony…but they could have opted for a faster mobile OS. Although the processor is relatively fast, if you have multiple apps running (say more than 5)….at the time you would really feel like hating it.

    http://www.livbit.com (livbit.com)

  5. “the bad part is that the moment you use it for a while…you tend to realize the OS underneath sucks big time”

    It’s not so much the OS as the application-layer crap that traditionally sits on top of it. If you use Kinoma Play (or FreePlay) on the X1, you’ll see that iPhone-slick software is not only possible but pleasurable on a Windows Mobile device.

    Of course, Apple would never let Kinoma Play be in the iTunes app store because it puts the iPhone’s media capabilities to shame, but that’s another story. (Happily, the Wall Street Journal article about Kinoma Play notes that it is apparently coming for Symbian as well.)

  6. X1 Is The Best PDA I ever had :o) And sony made it that way so it looks and ACTS like a real phone :o) Just try to make and receive calls with a ‘ brick ‘ sized pda and then try the x1 . BIG DIFFERENCE . Reception and quality is GREAT unlike any other pda i ever had which making / receiving a call was a NIGHTMARE. It’s a great phone and by dissasembling it i figured out that many parts of the phone could be customized in the near future . The whole body of the phone can be detattached which means that in the near future many cool skins will be out for this phone.Have fun :o) And for those who like facebook , x1 has a facebook panel which you can use

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