Sony was more than glad to send us at TekGoblin.com a product to review. They sent us the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to review. Included is a video of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 unboxing. The first thing I noticed with Sony’s tweaked Android OS was what Sony called Timescape.
Timescape allows you to bring information from your social networks, email, text messages, photos, ect. into one application. Timescape brings you your information to you in what Sony calls Splines. This feature is similar to the social networking features in the Windows Phone 7 OS and MOTOBLUR but it is more streamline. What this does is it helps you do is it brings you all of you social information with one application rather than having to go to each application separately. This in the long run can save you time in wanting to know quick information.
This is application is where you can access all of your available multimedia files. At the top of the application you can view your recently opened files. At the bottom it shows options for audio, video, pictures, etc. The picture gallery is also integrated with Picasa and Facebook.
The 8.1MP camera includes a LED flash taking photos at a resolution of 72dpi at 3264X2448 in a JPEG format. The camera includes video that is recorded in MPEG4 format with the resolutions of: WVGA at 800X480 with 15FPS, VGA at 640X480 with 16FPS, QVGA at 320X240 with 16FPS. A feature that I have not yet seen on a phone yet is the facial recognition and Smile Detection features. This phone includes both. The Smile Detection feature is a feature of the camera. If you set the capture method to a smile it will automatically take a picture when someone smiles.
I have seen problems with low in call sound volume. This phone had great in call sound volume. A very large downside is that it currently runs android 1.6. Sony representatives state that by the end of Q4 they will release an updated Android 2.1 OS. But it might come as early and November 1st. You might be mad at Sony for taking this long and then mad at them for nut going to Android 2.2. The reason for this is that Froyo (Android 2.2) has some bugs related to it and Sony did not want to accept an OS with bugs so they decided to wait a bit. Also they do not use just the basic Andrioid OS like in the Droid family. Sony tweaks their OS a lot to bring amazing features their customers. This phone has superb call quality. You are able to hear the person on the other end of your call more than fine and they can hear you great. The phone had a built in media hub for photos, videos, and music. Included in the photos is a comparison chart to other smart phones.
- LED Flash
- 8.1MP Camera
- Facial recognition
- Smile detection
- Android 1.6
- Slight glitch with unlock slide
- Slight glitch with opening Timescape
- Included in Android 2.2 update:
- HD 720P Video recording at 1280X720 with 30FPS
- Updated Timescape
- Faster loading
- Smother scrolling
- Automatic scrolling of long messages
- Social Phonebook
- Continuous Auto-Focus
- More Home screen capabilities
The hardware included in this phone is suburb. The phone needs an update because the software of the phone is slowing the phones full capabilities. With an update, I would defiantly recommend this phone to any person, especially someone who uses social networks a lot. Without an update the phone cannot compete well with other smart phones. I give this phone 7 out of 10 with Android 1.6 but a potential for 4.5 out of 5 with the android 2.2 update.
4.0 out of 5