Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review
|Review: November 2008|
Last updated February 2009
In a nutshell: The Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia is a blockbuster Windows Mobile smartphone. It's a touchscreen phone with an optical joystick and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
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Sony Ericsson have been slow to bring out an iPhone basher, but here it is: the Sony Ericsson X1 or Xperia.
The X1 is a touchscreen phone, and it's got one of the biggest and best screens ever seen on a mobile phone. At 3 inches across, it's almost as big as the iPhone 3G's 3.5 inch screen, but here's the thing: whereas the iPhone 3G has 480 x 320 pixels, the Xperia has a massive 800 x 480 pixel resolution: that's 2.5 times as many pixels. Big isn't always better, but when it comes to touchscreen phones, it definitely is. As well as providing a brilliant platform for the touch-operated user interface, the display also offers a superb environment for web browsing, video streaming, photo viewing, etc, etc.
A lot of thought has gone into the user interface design of the Xperia. As well as the finger-operated touchscreen, there's an optical joystick and a navigation key. To use the optical joystick you brush your finger over the touch-sensitive key to move the mouse pointer on the screen. The navigation key is a conventional 4-way key that can be pressed to select an option. Handwriting recognition with a stylus is available as an additional text-input method. But the X1 holds another secret within: a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the keyboard in position and the display in widescreen landscape mode, the phone resembles a mini-laptop and offers a lot of the functionality of a real laptop - but more of this later. For the moment, we'll just say that with all the different input options available, every user should be able to find a way of working that meets their needs. This is not a difficult phone to use, although its advanced options do present something of a learning curve.
The phone feels very solid too. It uses a premium metal body and feels like it could take some knocks. But the solidity and wealth of features leads to some bulk. It's a big phone, and quite thick too, at 17mm. And it certainly is heavy. In fact it's the heaviest smartphone currently in the shops by our reckoning. At 158g it weighs more than twice as much as the Sony Ericsson W890i for example. It's not a machine for wimps, but it manages to look very nice despite its porkiness. It's available in a choice of Black or Silver, both of which look nice and businesslike.
The user interface is designed around a "Panel interface". Each panel provides an environment customised to a specific activity, such as web browsing, messaging, playing music, etc. We don't think that this is quite as revolutionary as Sony Ericsson claim, but it looks nice, works well and we have no issues with it.
The X1 is a Windows Mobile smartphone. Windows Mobile has matured a lot since its early days and is now a robust and powerful OS. It's also used in the Samsung Omnia, which has proven itself to be a very stable and robust smartphone. Running Windows Mobile offers several advantages. As well as being stable, it's a familiar environment for PC users, and brings a lot of familiar functionality from the desktop to the mobile. For instance, the X1 uses Outlook Mobile as its email application, and it uses Office Mobile to let you view and edit Office attachments. Business folk accessing their corporate mail via an Exchange mailserver can stay synchronised using Exchange ActiveSync. We hesitate to say that the X1 can match a BlackBerry for power and ease-of-use, but it's arguably true. Having said that, it isn't the fastest OS to respond, and can be too complicated for casual users.
Moving on to the camera, we have to say that this is the one area where the X1 disappoints us. A phone this big and this expensive needs the best camera available, but the X1 doesn't have it. Instead of the 5 megapixel monster we hoped for, it has a 3.2 megapixel camera instead. Instead of a xenon flash, the flash is a weaker LED one. The camera does have autofocus and a digital zoom and will take decent snaps in good lighting, but it won't replace a digital camera. This is probably the only fault that we can find with the phone. As well as taking stills, the camera is capable of recording video clips.
The X1 uses a Microsoft product as its media player: Windows Media Player. Not only is this a fully featured and user-friendly media player, but it also integrates seamlessly with Windows Media Player on a PC, so you can manage and synchronise your media libraries without having to mess about with third-party software. The media player handles most common file formats: both audio and video. A very welcome addition is the 3.5mm headphone jack which means that you can plug in third-party headphones (thanks to Paul for pointing this out to us!) You can listen via an optional stereo Bluetooth headset.
One of the features that's now pretty standard amongst high-end smartphones is aGPS, and the X1 doesn't miss out. With GPS you can find your way either using Google Maps, or with the Wayfinder Navigator software that gives turn-by-turn instructions, suitable for use when driving. Unfortunately only a trial version of Wayfinder Navigator is included, with a limited license duration. In any case, a dedicated satnav device like a TomTom will provide a more polished experience for serious satnav use when driving.
As well as the Windows Mobile software and applications that we've already mentioned, there's also a well equipped personal organiser application that includes an alarm clock, a calendar, a calculator, notes and tasks. A benefit of the Windows Mobile platform is that there's also a wealth of third-party apps available for download.
The X1 has a built-in memory of 400 MB, which is sufficient, but not as much as some rivals. Fortunately it can also accept microSD cards - a welcome change from the expensive Memory Stick Micro cards that Sony normally require.
Being a 3G phone equipped with HSDPA, a fast internet connection is possible (when signal strength is good). Combined with the large touchscreen and the optical joystick, this provides a very good environment for the mobile web. In addition, the X1 supports a range of connectivity options - USB, Bluetooth and WLAN - so you can browse the web using a free and fast WiFi connection, provided that you are in a WiFi hotspot or have a WLAN network in your home or office.
The battery life that Sony Ericsson quote for the X1 is exceptionally high - 6 hours talktime and 20 days standby! And it does have a big battery, so this is theoretically possible. However, the large display eats battery power, and when you start using apps, you'll use more power than on standby. So whilst the talktime and standby figures suggest exceptionally good battery life, the real world of clicking, browsing and chatting will reduce performance. Having said that, there's plenty of juice in the battery and you should be able to use it for a few days between charges, unless you live your life on the phone.
We are very impressed with the Xperia X1. We love the huge high resolution touchscreen and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. We love the Windows Mobile environment and applications (although some of our users are complaining that the phone is too slow.) We love the WiFi. We quite like the memory and the GPS. We're less keen on the size and weight. And we're disappointed by the camera. But on balance, this is a 4 star phone, packed with features galore in a system that seems to be well designed and well tested. In other words, a smartphone that seems to be genuinely smart. We can recommend this one with a fair degreee of confidence.
Alternatives include the Apple iPhone 3G (rubbish camera and various other niggles), the BlackBerry Storm (no WiFi), the Nokia N96 (too many problems) or the Samsung Omnia (smaller screen, but better camera and more memory.) Looks like you're spoilt for choice - both the Samsung Omnia and the Sony Ericsson X1 are great phones, and interestingly they're both Windows Mobile devices.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 features include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and 3x digital zoom
- Video camera plus video calling
- Touchscreen display: TFT, 65,536-colour, 800 x 480 pixels (3 inches)
- Media player
- FM radio
- MP3/AAC ringtones
- aGPS with Google Maps and Wayfinder Navigator (trial version)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- 3D Java games
- Picture wallpaper
- Windows Mobile OS with Microsoft Outlook Mobile, Exchange ActiveSync, Office Mobile
- Organiser: alarm clock, calculator, calendar, document editor, notes, tasks, phone book
- Memory: 400 Mbytes plus support for microSD memory card
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, WiFi, modem
- Internet: EDGE, 3G HSDPA, web browser, RSS feeds
- Flight mode
- Vibration alert
- Quadband plus Triband 3G HSDPA
- Size: 111 x 53 x 17 mm
- Weight: 158g
- Talktime: 6 hours (3G) - 10 hours (2G)
- Battery standby: 500 - 640 hours
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Average rating from 109 reviews:
Reviewed by maclenny
on 9th May 2015
my phone shows black on screen but u can see that its turned on
Reviewed by Arshad from Sri Lanka on 29th Dec
First i thought this fone was useless. But having it for some time and meddling with its features its turning out to be one of the better phones. Its keypad is small for fingers but works great. the sms features conversational style making it easy to see the replies and the mails we have sent. The push mail is fantastic, and it also contains a featured software if you want blackberry type mailings. The camera takes really good pictures in daytime. The nighttime is very pixelly photos. Only regret is not wifi connectivity is time consuming. Not being full touch maybe another draw back, but the stylus has its momments in making it look its class.
Reviewed by marc from ireland on 17th Dec 2011
mine set its keyboard to japanese, no idea how to switch it back, also i took the battery out and for some reason the calender reset to 1st january 1980, things been a pain ever since i got it, maybe iphones are the only choice
Reviewed by BONAVENTURE MUNJILE from ZAMBIA on
15th Dec 2011
ITS A GOOD PHONE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COME TO DURABILITY. I LOVE IT
Reviewed by jaskarnjit singh from india on 12th
perfect phone at the time.
Reviewed by Derrick
on 28th Dec 2010
This is a really useless piece of junk. After an hour I still can't make a phone call!!! It does not accept zero but gives a * instead! What is wrong with erricson. This phone goes back tomorrow.
Reviewed by Tega
on 27th Feb 2010
I hate dis phone wit passion.the keyboard doesn't respond very well and the onscreen keyboard is too small to use. If u buy dis phone u wil regret
Reviewed by Gem
on 2nd Feb 2010
This phone is awful. I use it for work, the interface is painfully slow, its tiny keypad is alomst useless, the reaction time from hitting a button to it responding is about 3 seconds (on a good day) it is not intuitive, the simple tasks like actually making a phone call are made difficult due to the lag and the tempremental touch screen. Steet well clear of this and get an iPhone. i have one of those and it beats this hands down.
Reviewed by c from canada on 30th Jan 2010
worst phone i've ever owned too many problems to name
Reviewed by Zuhdi Abdelkarim from United Arab Emirates
on 1st Jan 2010
- This is the review to read!!! - My Xperia is excellent. The screen is beautiful and very crisp. The touchscreen interface is very responsive as well as precise as you would expect it to be. I'm not a huge fan of Windows Mobile, In fact I'm not a huge fan of Windows at ALL! But I must say, WM 6.1 runs very smoothly on the X1. I've actually grown to like WM! There is a huge selection of applications for the phone. Applications run smoothy and fast with no bugs. The overall speed of the phone is great! Call quality is excellent, very audible. The slide out keyboard is PERFECT! It's the main reason I decided to buy the phone. I can practically type faster on the phone than I can on my MacBook. The X panel interface is very useful, and a smart idea. It runs smoothly as well. Battery life is OK, but not the greatest, lasts 1 full day at best. Now this may sound like a very bias review, but let it be known that I wasn't expecting the phone to be this great. I just needed a phone with a full qwerty keyboard, and so I got this. I was totally blown away by this phone. Just make sure you have the updated firmware as John mentioned below, and you're good to go.
Reviewed by John Danning from UK on 17th Dec 2009
Before anyone mentions the new firmware - I'm already using it as of October/November 2009. You don't even want to know what this phone was like before I got the new firmware. Slow just isn't the word. I struggle to come to terms with how this phone ever made it through any kind of testing/QA process. It has the most unresponsive UI in the world. It tries to let you do things way before it's actually ready to process what you're trying to do. Let me give you an example - I just turned my phone back on after it ran out of battery. It prompts me for my 4 digit pin code. I press the numbers... nothing.... quite a few seconds later, some little stars appear at the top indicating I've typed something. Then I press 'Enter', it boots to the 'Today' screen but then tries to draw another 'enter your pin' window over the top but because it's still not finished booting it just ends up looking like a minimalist painting - just empty boxes everywhere. After about 20 seconds, it displays the second screen where I enter my pin code so I can use my Exchange email. I type numbers... nothing happens... then suddenly about 6 stars appear because I've been pressing buttons getting bored waiting. Then, it crashes. I can't even turn it off. I have to take the battery out and reboot. The exact same process happens again. (i've already had a bad day at work so this really isn't helping). This time it seems to work OK and I get to the today screen. Then I accidentally touch the volume control. It takes quite a while to show the volume slider on the screen. Then about 3 seconds later, it makes the noise telling me I've changed the volume. (when you're in a call and you change the volume the delay is even worse, more like 5 seconds). I press a few buttons to see if I can make it respond. Then all of a sudden an opera window appears from nowhere! Then it locks up again, there's nothing I can do. At this point I've just thrown it at the chair and walked off. I've just come back to it and the volume control has dissapeared finally. Never mind about taking out insurance on this phone against accidental damage - you'll need cover for intentional damage due to how frustrating it is to use. The speed is only one issue, i could go on about how the Sony panels are totally non-intuative, the lack of 'back' buttons to get back to where you were a second ago, the fact that windows update doesn't work, the camera is soooooo slow (it's much better with the new firmware but if you want to take a quick snap in the moment, forget it. it'll be more like the olden days where you have to get everyone to stay dead still.) Since the firmware upgrade, the keyboard now repeats far too quickly so you end up with messages like "hhi, howww's it goinng", and the camera now takes really blurry photos, even in sports mode. If you want this phone so you can do cool stuff like remote into your works server or whatever, just don't. Get a basic phone which has a 3g connection and just hook it up to a laptop instead. If you are very sadistic and like torturing yourself and constantly being embarrased because you're trying to take a quick photo and you have to ask everyone to 'just hang on a sec... oh no hang on... nope it's crashed again', then get this phone - you'll love it.
Reviewed by Adrian from Las Vegas, NV, USA on
12th Dec 2009
I have my X1I (unlocked) for about a year now and still loving it. I feel sorry for the people who criticize the phone and complain about problems left and right - IT IS NOT THE PHONE - you are too dumb to read and follow the instructions. Instead of blaming the phone/device/manufacturer, would be easier to look in the mirror and there you will find the problem. I never had a problem with my phone. I travel frequently in the US (T-Mobile network) and Europe (Orange Network) and it works all the time (phone calls and applications). Or maybe who knows - they were selling "special" X1's in the US ... I used other Ericsson phone and I'm very satisfied with their products KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK - I can't wait for X2 to come out.
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 2nd Dec 2009
Looks great, but in truth this phone is the phone is the biggest heap of junk I have ever had the misfortune of using. The I can't make calls, I can't receive calls. The email service is sporadic and the dam thing keeps rebooting itself whenever it dam well pleases!! I have had enough of this phone and the poor excuses my network provider is giving me so as of today I am dropping both of them. Do yourself a massive favour, NEVER get one of these even if they pay you.
Reviewed by Dom from England on 14th Nov 2009
Give it a bit of time - you'll find that this phone really grows on you. Yesterday, for example, I managed to organise 7 or 8 meetings, send out all the invites via outlook, navigate to my meeting using tomtom, listen to my music on the way home, use the internet sharing feature as a tethered modem for my laptop during a customer demo, and do a bit of web browsing. It's not perfect - I still haven't figured out how to browse easily, and the clunky windows interface will never be a match in terms of usability, but it is really well built, and will let you do most of the things you would normally do on your laptop, if that is what you are after.
Reviewed by Razgriz from England on 21st Sep 2009
Ive owned the Xperia X-1 for about 10 weeks now, bought unlocked and currently using my contract Orange sim card (NO NETWORK ERRORS AT ALL) and listed below are several things I have discovered which will help you understand this device and really enjoy it as I do. 1)Treat it like its your first ever mobile phone and try to resist comparing to everything else straight away and appreciate it by the sum of its parts. 2)Give the battery a good charge for at least 4 hours every day for about 3 days. This allows the battery to hold charge properly and you will find it lasts on a single charge for 3-4 days with quite heavy use (I know, I use it an awful lot) 3)To make the virtual touch pad work more effectivly, go into Settings/System and select the option for 'Optical Joypad' and turn the sensetivity to low. This drastically improves the entire operation of the pad. 4)To identify when the phone is charging, two small lights will pulsate on the side of the device (even when swithced off) 5)DON'T INSTALL the Cab file for 'TouchFlo-3d' which is the HTC style menu system off their 'Hero' and 'Diamond' devices. It really is not designed for the X-1 and it causes the device to lock up alot and causes it to run very slow. Be warned I have tried it. Also if you do download it, it will replace the standard Xperia panel and cannot be removed in the 'Programs/File' menu (Even though it disappears when you delete it, as it reappears when you restart the phone again) The only way to remove it is to reset the entire device and start from scratch (Careful though as this removes everything you have stored on it) 6)Make sure you put it a case, because even though metal surrounds the device, it does scratch very easlily and If you copy me and manage to bounce it off a carpark floor, it will make an unsitely mess of the corners of the device. 7) DO DOWNLOAD the 'TouchResponse' program to give you that wonderful vibration tactile feedback when you touch the screen. If you maintain a little patience from the start and allow yourself to discover this phone, you will find most negative reviews about it are flawed. It simply is not as fast as just a basic mobile and never will be, partly due to the vast array of options and software available. But since Ive owned it, I have encountered difficulties, but these were due to rushing and not taking the time to understand how the phone really works correctly. In a nut shell this phone is just a different beast to everything else out there and Im glad of that. You will be too. Oh I forgot to mention a couple of things. 1) The camera is superb. Just make sure you use it properly and compose your shot first, half press down the shutter release and wait for the focus 'square' to bleep and go red, then press the shutter release all the way down to take the image. This will stop you getting blurred pictures. Alot of People below complain of blurred pictures, thats because they are simply not using it correctly and not allowing the autofocus to respond. Remember mobile phone cameras will never respond as quick as a real camera. 2) Also what I forgot to mention is. Should you install any software or make any large changes to anything, treat the X1 like a mini computer and 'Restart' it. this allows the device to register the changes and stops the X1 from locking up and running slowly. 3) Any email adjustments will also require you 'Restart' the device to take affect. Enjoy..........Cheeooooo
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 19th Sep 2009
Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. Really bad. Great if you want a mini laptop with you at all times. Absolutely awful if you ever want to actually make a phone call. dont buy it. oh, and standby battery definitely does not last 500 - 640 hours. I can just about get through the day with normal usage.
Reviewed by forex mentor from us on 7th Sep 2009
It's very great device.
Reviewed by brian from uk on 5th Sep 2009
i bought the phone on ebay for £170 i had it 2 houurs i then switched it off anf went back tome SEp990. you cant text while driving unlessyou have 3 hands. you need the pen to write texts unless your a midget. SONY ERICSSON I KNOW YOU DONT GIVE A ---- WHILE YOUR COUGHING OUT PHONES AND PEOPLE KEEP BUYING, BUT PLEASE PLEASE WORK A BIT HARDER. WE WORK HARD IN ORDER TO BUY YOUR PHONES, WE ALL LIKE GADGETS BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO DO BETTER. IVE ALWAYS BOUGHT YOUR PHONES AND I REALLY DO LIKE THEM. 0/5 FOR THIS EFFORT. IM HOPING SOME IDIOT WILL BUY THIS OFF ME.
Reply by bobba from UK on 16th Sep
In reply to Brian...you shouldnt be using your phone while youre driving anyway!
Reviewed by James from Scotland on 26th Aug 2009
I researched this phone a great deal before buying it and the first 3 months were great, perhaps due to the novelty of windows, panels, qwerty keyboard and so on... However the phone now is far too fidgety, a common keypad fault means typing a text is a nightmare with key presses repeating 3 or 4 times despite tapping the button once. The screen is actually quite small as there is always a taskbar present reducing the size of whatever your viewing. It is now doing my nut right in, I will be selling this phone and buying an iphone. Despite the mixed reviews of iphones, they provide entertainment and everything you really need from a phone on the go, and no need for a stylus!
Reviewed by Kat from scotland on 23rd Aug 2009
Over priced, slow, poor signal. Don't buy this phone..
Reviewed by Louise from england on 20th Aug 2009
well, ive always thought people just moaned for the sake of it when i first got this phone, soon to find out, alot of truths. the X1 is certainly not all its cracked up to be! the signal is shocking, and calls cut out, or dont even come through half the time! my keyboard has decided to go crazy on me, and just types what it wants basically, but with no easy on screen alternative its a complete mission to text! the stylus seems handy but is just a pain to have to get out while out and about etc. its a nice phone to look at, and has a very clear screen i will give it that, but the camera is poor. usless in un bright conditions. its slow aswell, and the thing that annoys me the most is, sony made a big thing of this phone, saying it was "the next i phone" but panels are lacking drastically, so its gutting really, im swaping it for a samsung tocco with my friend. sorry sony, this phone is a disaster!
Reviewed by M from UK on 20th Aug 2009
this is more a smartbook (and proof they are already de funked) than a smart phone Poor signal in London (compared to other SE phones) poor battery 24-36 hrs normal use (whats the point having features if u cant use them for fear of battery drain!!!) poor interface speed poor interface, not user friendly poor bluetooth, wont accept incoming connectinos from my old SE ok web experience, hangs a bit ok keyboard, buttons are small and top row especially hard to press ok optical joystick great for video playback great for customisation of interface, see xda-developers for roms etc...
Reviewed by dan from england on 16th Aug 2009
TERRIBLE PHONE!!!!! NO SIGNAL, BEEN REPAIRED 4 TIMES AND STILL DOESNT WORK. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. ONLY USE IS AS A HAMMER AS ITS SO HEAVY AND NEVER ABLE TO MAKE/ RECEIVE CALLS. ID RATE IN THE MINUSES IF POSS. 1 STAR WAY TOO GENEROUS.
Reviewed by YL from UK on 14th Aug 2009
worst phone i ever used. only been used for 2 months, it crashes and freezes all the time. put it this way, when the phone goes into sleep mode when not in use, and you can't wake it up no matter what buttom you press. i had to send it to sony erricsson to repair it. don't buy this phone, it's just a piece of junk!!!!
Reviewed by D from UK on 9th Aug 2009
Is the X1 Xperia a good phone to get? Hopefully this will answer your question. This 'phone' (if you can call it that) is next to useless. If you want a phone to make calls with - DO NOT GET THIS! I love(d) Sony Ericsson phones - but this phone ends that 5 year relationship. Why? Very poor reception (which made me look like I was ignoring a friend's calls & damaged the relationship). No signal central in London!! (my ancient Nokia didn't even have this problem). The phone interface has a button you can press to take notes BUT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A KEYPAD DURING A PHONE CALL! You have to switch it back on! Doh! So obviously calling places with automatic menus where you need to use the keypad are a joke. 5/6 presses to start writing an SMS. Even if you install a finger friendly panel, which will crash regularly, the interface often switches back to default Windows Mobile dialogues at points which means you'll need the stylus anyhow. You will wait up to 2 seconds to respond to EACH key press (yes, it really is that slow!), options that when set reset themselves (e.g font size in Notes), continually (meaning several times per day) hanging / crashing software, makes this phone an *EXTREMELY* annoying product.(See other reviews). Phones in 2003 had more useful cameras. This is useless without 1.A long time to wait to get to the camera mode. 2.A tripod (i.e. even simple shots blur). Ignore what others say, that you will only like it if you are computer literate. I'm highly computer literate, having programmed in over 30 computer languages, and still think it's a crock of you-know-what. I hope you don't make the same £500 mistake I did. STEER WELL CLEAR OF THIS XPERIA! (If you do decide against and get it, or have already ordered it remember this: - Remove the cover and stylus. On the lower right is a small hole - the reset button (undocumented in the 'manual'). Get used to it as you'll be using it OFTEN!) If you're a young geek that doesn't need a working phone, but just a flash gadget to look cool with - you *might* think about getting this phone. In summary the X1 is PURE HYPE and NO SUBSTANCE. Dear SONY ERICSSON, If you're reading this: X1 = EPIC FAIL
Reviewed by Roy from UK on 31st Jul 2009
Ill cut to the chase - the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is an dreadful phone. It promises the world but offers it in shockingly incompetent way. I got it when it first came out and had it for about 5 months before switching to the vastly superior Blackberry bold. Its hard to know where to start but I guess Ill start with the OS - Windows Mobile. The performance is awful. It appears Sony and Microsoft are attempting to treat the X1 as a desktop PC but are forgetting the slight fact that the processing power of the X1 is not really the same. The response speed of the interface is shocking. God forbid you press the wrong key during an input sequence and start up the camera (which by the way simply does not work as its constantly blurred for all pics) because you'll be sitting there for ages waiting for the software to catch up. It also has an unerring tendency to 'go nuclear', that is, to suddenly get very very hot and subsequently melt/run down the battery (which, incidentally, barely lasts a day after NORMAL use). Attempting to make a call involves pressing the 'green' call key, waiting an age to get the contact list up (can always make a nice cuppa tea) and then attempting to select the 'P' (for example) part of the phone list with my human thumb which is, unfortunately, 10 times too big for the touch screen icon for 'P'. Texting involves similar waiting times although confidence in texting is of paramount importance as the software cannot keep up with my typing speed and thus I cannot see any of what Ive actually written until Ive finished it and, again, waited an age. Oh, what else. Reception is awful (my blackberry works where the X1 doesnt - on same network!). The pc sync is rubbish. You cannot update the version without wiping the contact list. And as I cannot find an easy way to backup the contact list I cannot update the version. Ergo no pc software. It takes several minutes to boot up (good ol' windows). And has anyone actually worked out how to make a music playlist? Not me but then maybe Im just thick (strange how I can do it with all other phones in about 10secs). The back cover is horribly flimsy as its barely attached and thus pops off if you're not careful. You cannot see any of the screen in sunlight. The bug with the text field scrolling down hiding your text is very annoying. Oh I could go on but I think you get the drift. This should teach Sony Ericsson, who can make good phones, to get in bed with microsoft. No matter how much money they got to use microsoft mobile, it was not worth it. If all that has still not convinced you, ask yourself why the X1 is no longer available on the vodafone website. Its because vodafone have stopped selling/stocking the X1 due to its poor performance and the slight issue that virtually all customers of the store I went to have returned the X1 due to not being happy with it. In conclusion - do not get this phone. And the blackberry bold is fantastic.
Reviewed by Duncan from UK on 28th Jul 2009
Please listen up people. I've had this phone since Feb and I can honestly say its the worst phone I've had for years. The reception is terrible, i feel like I'm back in 1995, i cant use it in central london sometimes FFS. Nothing you try and install on it works, my friends tell me they ring me and it goes straight to voicemail all the time or I never pick up and i dont realise its vibrating (if it is half the time). Its a terrible phone and I'm stuck with it for over another year, I feel like smashing it up its so frustrating. Its so user-unfriendly and slow and why oh why did I buy a phone with windows on it??? It wont play avi's and you have to convert your films to some other format that I cant remember but takes ages and is so much hassle I cant be bothered to do it. I was on 3 with an old ericsson K800i, god how i wish I could go back to those days, I feel like a man who has left his wife for a younger sexier model and realised what a mistake hes made when he discovers she's a nightmare.
Reviewed by Rami from Syria on 22nd Jul 2009
I've had this phone since the day it came out, it's really a good phone until you get passed the fact that ur so happy you have it then... It's slow, really windows mobile, anything that Microsoft sticks its hands on has to have problems. 3 days ago i was sliding the screen out and it just dimmed into blackness then the screen completely died along with all other lights on the side of the phone (charging light). Phone was on, i could recieve calls, speaker was on but I had to do it all in the dark. Sony ericsson had HTC make this piece of junk and now I have to pay 100 dollars US that is to fix it, on top of that, if yours is silver or ur planing on getting it in silver THEN DONT, random cracks start appearing on the cheap plastic. There's the retarded delay thingy when using the qwerty which mistypes or randomly types the same letter like 5 times! For a top of the line phone SE should have paid more attention, i am devout SE fan but this really annoyed me, since I hate nokia, I think i'll have to turn to motorola maybe...
Reviewed by Majella from Northern Ireland on 10th
I waited a long time to get this phone and expected great things but have been sorely disappointed. While I did like it a lot to begin with, it is slowly breaking down. The keyboard types either multiple letters or not at all, it freezes frequently and it's like watching paint dry waiting for it to respond. I get 14 hours maximum from the battery, it constantly switches off the bluetooth function when connected to my car's handsfree and is generally beginning to creak! I have always been a Sony Ericsson fan, but no longer. I'm stuck with the phone until my contract changes in November and will gladly switch to another brand.
Reviewed by john from uk on 9th Jul 2009
the phone looks slick but after a while it just stops working properly. i've made a mistake of going for sony ericsson again. i've had 3 other sony ericsson phones before and they are very very unreliable!
Reviewed by Khothatso Mosuoane from Kingdom of Lesotho
on 8th Jul 2009
Initially, I had thought the phone was the best ever but now i do not think so. The OS is slow to respond sometimes, the phone creacks on the top corner between the camera and 3.5 qudio jack. This is really disappointing from a phone of this calbre, the must really change the Manufacturer - HTC. Iam also now douting the battery life, I previously owned a Sony Ericsson K810i and it was marvellous but now, Im not so sure about Sony Ericsson
Reviewed by Rob Griffiths from UK on 1st Jul 2009
The Sony Ericsson X1 is rubbish. one reason... it doesn't matter how many wonderful apps and programs the X1 has, none of them work if the battery runs dead... because the phone chokes up and wont recharge. I have two X1 phones and three batteries all dead and wont charge. Big problem Sony... needs sorting. Rubbish phone.
Reviewed by aleksandar from MACEDONIA on 1st Jul
Reviewed by Matt from Northern Ireland on 16th
This was an awesome phone when it worked but after avout 3 months the keyboard has stopped working properly. It either types in multiple characters or ignores me, sony ericssons solution was to master reset the phone which hasn't fixed anything. When you are stuck just using the screen you realise that without the keyboard the phone is useless as when you type using the touch screen the phone freezes regularly for a couple of seconds. This started off the best phone i have ever owned and now I can't even be bothered turning it on and don't even know if I want another touchscreen ever.
Reviewed by Vince from UK on 28th May 2009
Just got this phone, its amazing. Many people will compare to the HTC Touch Pro, but it has more or less the same features. However, the Sony has the edge, with a much nicer screen, and a sensational keyboard that slides in an arc. The phone has limitless capabilities, and if you are looking for a phone that does it all, with a brilliant keypad, the X1 is the only way to go.
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 23rd May 2009
I have just bought this phone about 2 week ago. And i will like to share my experience. This phone is for a perfectionist. If you are into the best, not looks for showing off like the arte 8800 but for the best features around you have found your phone. If you are the type of person who likes Falcon Northwest pc's, sony OLED Screens, high fidelity magnepan mg20.1 speakers. This phone is for you. I have had absolutely no problems with this smart phone and i am an owner of an arte 8800 gold, iphone 3G, samsung pixion, htc HD, and many more because i am an owner of a shop i get to handle allsorts of mobiles and this is flawless. Even the battery life is good for a smart phone. just check the specs out i can go all day long talking about the technical stuff :-)
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 16th May 2009
amazing phone! ;)
Reviewed by Lee from Cupar, Scotland on 2nd May
Firstly before you consider buying this phone decide what is it you want from the product. If you want a fashionable user friendly experience buy the Iphone, if you want a high end camera phone buy the C905 or Pixon, if you want a phone that has an operating system capable of changing and growing into something really personable and totally customizable buy a windows 6.1 device. On first impressions the phone is slightly bulky compared to alternative models around at the moment but once its in your hand it does feel solid and well built. The stainless steel finishing on the slide out keyboard is stunning and a real eye catcher. The touch screen is a decent size and although pressure sensitive and not capacitive is fairly responsive when using the supplied stylus. Once powered up the X1 really shines with a razor sharp 800x480 65,000 tft display.I've read in other reviews that the font size is too small but a simple font size change to large resolves this. You can also add plug ins to enlarge the windows start menus. At first Windows 6.1 to the novice user does not feel user friendly in the slightest... sending a simple text message feels like an absolute chore however with the ability to skin the operating system with endless programs such as SPB mobile Shell 3.0, Point UI etc the phone really comes to life and i started to realize the immense possibilities of having a device that i could mold into something that worked the exact way i wanted too. On the downside the camera i found out to be less than average for a Sony.. it seems to be totally overlooked compared to the tech on other phones that its competing against. The shutter speed is extremely slow so without the aid of a tripod most photos came out blurry. In addition the external speaker is on the small and tinny side if you like to listen to mp3 tracks out loud whilst on the move. In conclusion a great start from Sony with their first windows 6.1 device however the X2 should really see the brand leap forward in front of the competition.....
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 27th Apr 2009
Awful phone, got it on contract with orange, now tied into 18mths. Font is so small you need magnified glasses to read and fingers of a new born child to use. Clunky, clumsy non-intuitive. I have the LG arena and Sony ericsson C905 both have far more going for them than this piece of bad design, maybe it's the windows mobile software? Avoid if you can, buy if you dare? Software packaged with product dosen't work on Vista. Three stars for build quality and the Sony Ericsson name.
Reviewed by Patrick from England on 26th Apr 2009
I am 13 and i think this fone is rubbish ! . . I have now got the iphone and it is well better !! I thought the sony ericsson was good but its rubbish and its to bulky !!
Reviewed by Khothatso Mosuoane from Kingdom of Lesotho
on 24th Apr 2009
Wow, the best phone ever!!
Reviewed by Peter Norman from United Kingdom on
21st Apr 2009
This Phone is over Rated and over priced, I had it for two weeks and then the software crashed and had to send it back to Sony Ericsson, The software is very slow, the phone is fiddley, chopped it in and got the Nokia 5800 much much better
Reviewed by natalie from scotland on 19th Apr
the phone is not verry good if u ask me
Reviewed by Jon Marshall from UK on 17th Apr 2009
This phone is absolute rubbish - the operating system ensures this. Among some of the many stupididties are: phone screen goes to sleep as soon as you actually answer it phone wakes up to tell you that the batteries are low, then stays awake phone wakes up with a birthday reminder etc then stays awake until the batteries are dead phone is extremely slow to start and operate, frequently stalling, hanging and crashing I used to be exclusively sony ericsson as they usually put out such great kit - but this piece of junk (I believe made by HTC) has already been superceded as my phone by of all things a nokia! I strogly advise a nokia or iphone over the Experia.
Reviewed by Eric Soh from Malaysia on 11th Apr
I would not recommend getting until SONY Ericsson resolves the casing crack issues. This is true for my silver Xperia has develop crack today (10th April-2009). I bought it in February 2009. The crack is at the corner of battery near to the camera and the volume control button. I have brought it to the the attention of SONY Ericsson, service centre. And I hope that they would acknowledge it, and replace it with a new and different batch. My guess is that they are using a cheap plastic that would not be able to take the stress, thus crack. Couple the heat that has been generated by the battery, it will accelerate and reduce the lifetime of the plactic, ie reduce the allowable stress of the plastic. It seems that Sony Ericsson has decided not to use HTC anymore for the production of Xperia. I think there is quality issue on the Sony Ericsson Xperia models
Reviewed by Ryder from Edinburgh UK on 3rd Apr
Ok, got this phone after the LG Viewty and LG Secret I wanted for some reason on Vodafone wouldn't accept multi page text messages. Though this'd be the phone for me. Looks are good, everyone does a double take when you slide out the qwerty keyboard, and generally the screen functions really well. I have problems with doing the basics with this phone. Making a call can be a mega task. The stylus is a must use. There are only 3 profiles to use 'noisy', 'vibrate only' and 'silent'. Now at work with any other phone I've had I can put the phone on silent, plug in my headphones and listen to music. With this phone I have to turn it to 'noisy' go into the settings and turn any kind of alert tone, call tone and text message received tone off just to listen to any music! The screens do have a tendancy to freeze(anyone using a PC with MS will be used to this!!) I did expect way more from this phone and seeing the iphone in action makes me ask how MS have managed to get it so wrong. I'm stuk with it now for the next 10 months...oh yeah the optical jotstick broke too.
Reviewed by Darkeny from United Kingdom on 1st
I've had it for a week and I already want to get ride of it. Two days after I got it suddenly it blocked itself and was asking for a supposed password that I supposedly have set up, a day after it the panels manager crashed, two days after it had networks problems, and right now the panel looks like a black and white tartan skirt. The phone would be brilliant if the OS wasnt windows IMO. Great layout, very comfortable to use, extremely handy... but it's a windows mobile :(
Reviewed by jt from uk on 21st Mar 2009
what is wrong with all these people having problems with it?? i run a mac and the normal phone to choose for me would be the iphone.... but no!!!! the x1 is lovely. well made. easy to use. easy to add software to. good photos, good videos. never freezes up or locks up. good battery life. not too small but not too large. AMAZING screen quality. video play back is really sweet! GPS system works with Tomtom 7 and does not drain the battery very quickly! it gets beter reception on the same network than a nokia N96, Nokia 6500, E61i and a sony w900 and c950. gprs, edge and hspda signal in every town i have gone to so far! (vodafone network uk) and if i can sync it with a mac why are you lots having problems with PCs?? and the screen makes my friends who have blackberry curves and iphones jealous!!!
Reviewed by Ben from South Africa on 13th Mar
Coming from a Nokia Communicator it is not too difficult to get use to, as long as you remember that you are operating a “miniature” computer running on a windows operating system. It is not a phone that will appeal to most of the mobile fraternity out there as it requires some stretched patience and perseverance to master. I have only had the X1 for 2 weeks now, and until I discover further shortcuts to certain applications will have to live with some frustrations – but it is manageable. It is like a new laptop, until you have configured it to your preferences it will remain a pain! Working without the stylus is impossible for me due to the size of my fingers; but the main attraction for me was in any case not so much the touch screen as the qwerty keyboard. Would I recommend it…only to individuals with a passion for gadgets, will I buy it again……don’t know, comes upgrade time, it is always nice to try something new again – and relive the frustration……
Reviewed by CAL from UK on 12th Mar 2009
Having spent months agonising over which handset to upgrade to and having been significantly happy with my LG Viewty I was considering another LG however having talked to the "Experts" and having a quick demo in store I decided to go with the Sony Ericsson X1! The windows operating system is fantastic however I am not finding it user friendly as an operating system on a phone!! (Many will disagree with me I am sure) However Windows is for PC's and not mobile phones I now feel!! The touch screen is very good and the phone is clearly a fantastic piece of technology HOWEVER I want a phone to be a phone and this is so very much more!! I chose this over the Nokia 5800 as I was concerned the 5800 might be a little to fragile as this phone is very solid which being a clumse at times I need! However I will be taking it back tomorrow hoping that Phones 4U don't let me down and allow me my 14day return policy to swap it out for the Nokia 5800 as I feel I should have gone for to start with. In Summary a superb phone no critism, it does exactly what it says on the box and a lot more, just not the phone for me!!
Reviewed by Kunaal from India on 1st Mar 2009
This is class....sheer class....but needs some publicity badly....sony ericsson should make attempts to make it as popular as the iphone....most of them have never heard of it....coz if u're holding the Xperia in ur hand....u want everyone to know....what you're holding
Reviewed by roger from uk on 21st Feb 2009
if the phone is running slow go to start, settings, system, memory, main and allocate more memory to programs plus always check running programs because if you have to many programs running at once the will freeze apart from that windows mobile is a great os compared to the iphone which is rubish!!
Reviewed by Phil from UK on 20th Feb 2009
Let's be clear about this. The X1 is a computer with an 800x480 screen and Qwerty keyboard that fits in your pocket. You can also use it to make phone calls! So, when you're comparing the speed of it with something, compare it to your PC. In the same way, if you don't like the apps that come with the phone, install some apps that you do like. I've got SMS-Chat for SMS, Opera and Skyfire for web browsing and SPB Mobile Shell as the main interface (available free as a Panel). Menus too small? Install 'FingerMenu'. I get on fine with the keyboard, but if you don't, install a decent size touchscreen one (the HTC keyboard is great!) Style? I love it, but style's a personal opinion. Weight? It's heavy cos it's built to last - sooo much metal! Facebook panel is great. You can install a YouTube panel which is also great. Not had any reception problems. Wi-Fi works fine. Bluetooth sometimes switches itself off, but that's a known bug and is fixed in the latest release (once O2 get around to releasing it!). Mine's only crashed when I've tried to get it to do something it wasn't supposed to (like run HTC's TouchFlo interface - nearly works!). The X1 is a fantastic handheld computer with the most flexible input options available (screen, buttons, keyboard, stylus). It also has great sound quality for making calls 'n listening to music. If you buy it for the right reasons, and use it in the right way, you'll love it!
Reviewed by Yvonne loke from UK on 13th Feb 2009
THIS IS A BAD BAD BAD PHONE .IT'S JUST TOO SLOW TO TURN ON .THE BUTTON IS VERY VERY NOT SENSITIVE .I AM SO DISAPPOINTED ABOUT THIS PHONE .SO SAD TO HAVE IT .....
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 8th Feb 2009
Please do yourself a favour and stay well clear of this phone. I have never been more disappointed with anything I have ever bought and looked forward to owning so much. Do not believe what positive reviews you read on this or any other site, this is a rotten product. Not a day goes by when I don't want to chuck this piece of junk at a wall because it won't do simple tasks without freezing or just because it takes just too damm long. if it wasn't because of the 18 month contract with Orange I'm tied to this thing would have been in a thousand pieces by now. Display is too small, operating system is slow, weighs too much and is butt ugly. I long for the simplicity of the iphone regardless of any shortcomings it has. Do you really need a stupid movie mode, weak flash, pull out keyboard you never use or to spend more money on memory cards??? This phone just looks and feels so dated and I'm stuck with it now which really hurts. Whilst you still have the chance don't make the same mistake. Regrettably there isn't a function on here that gives it less than one star because it's not even worth that!!!
Reviewed by Geo from Scotland UK on 4th Feb 2009
GOT THIS PHONE LAST WEEK AND I AM GOOD WITH COMPUTERS BUT THIS THING SUCKS! Bad reception poor signal,incoming call text is like the small print on a dodgy contract, battery life is bad and yes I know its because it is supposed to be a computer but even with all apps off 7hrs standby is a bit poor! navigation is not the best. plus point the video playback is superb but hey I want it for working not watching vids . Buy it NOT ! this phone will be like the I phone in 6months they will have sorted out some of its problems but it will always be a work in progress !!! I may have got a bad one but you will have to decide.
Reviewed by ibzy from england on 4th Feb 2009
kool phone 1 of da best beats any phone that i own
Reviewed by Bob from Easter Island on 3rd Feb
DIS FONE IZ DA BOMB YO!
Reviewed by ibzy from uk on 3rd Feb 2009
one heck of a phone
Reviewed by Hadi from England on 1st Feb 2009
this is good
Reviewed by marie from England on 1st Feb 2009
this fone is too bulky and is a bit ugly the keyboard makes the fone fat and i prefer the number and letters 2 b 2gether
Reviewed by Jack from England on 29th Jan 2009
Highest resolution? Don't think so as the HTC Touch HD has 480x800 meaning they both have the same number of pixels.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
29th Jan 2009
Read our review again. We said "one of the biggest", not "biggest". Does it matter anyway? There's always going to be something better just around the corner.
Reviewed by Natalie Shepherd from uk on 29th Jan
I love this phone but i do think you have to be good with the computer to get on with it. The size and touchscreen is perfect for me but i am a tiny person, the stylus is defo a good thing! THere is a lot to learn on here and unfortunately i wont ever use it to even nearly its full potential, thats my only bad point but if you are the business type and have the time to read through the instructions then wicked.
Reviewed by ExTra from London on 24th Jan 2009
Finally got this phone after more than a month waiting waiting and waiting... what is SE playing with? Nearly put me off and switched to a HTC, glad didn't do it... Still trying to get my hands on it, being a Mac user, everyone says I am mad going for a Window Mobile, but the only thing the iphone cant do but this phone can is to open my website... and the keyboard. Still a lot to learn but loving it. Battery is OK, charged it for a good few hours before turning it on the 1st time, been on over 24 hrs, still a bit left... not bad for a big screen phone, could be better tho.
Reviewed by Marcus from London UK on 23rd Jan
For the last 4 years, I have been an avid Blackberry fan. I decided that I might try something different though, so ordered an Xperia handset. it arrived today, and on first impressions it looked amazing. Build quality was great, and the materials used are top notch. Unfortunately, my views changed when I turned it on. It was so slow, and bordering on the painful to use. I even updated the phone software from the sony ericsson site, but that had a negligible effect too. I didn't realise that this phone was meant to be used with a stylus (unless you have the smallest fingers ever)... i was hoping that he screen would work something like my friends iphone....alas not. Anyway...long story short...gave up on it after about 3 hours, and its now on ebay. Back to my Blackberry Bold.
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 22nd Jan 2009
I have this phone and it is excellent. you will get a slower performance if you save to internal memory, but if you save to external, it's much much faster. fast internet, fast performance, excellent idea with the panels, but camera could be better. battery is excellent, i use the phone a lot and i get 2 days out of it.
Reviewed by Janac Dufrais James Omar from United Kingdom,
London on 22nd Jan 2009
Got the phone today, was very interesting to see. Had a lot of high hopes for this. It was very outstanding. Shame about the camera, could have been at least 5 megapixels. That’s the only bad point. Other then that its all good. Excellent to know that sony ericsson have moved away from the usual great walkman phone and have made a very good attempt at a more multi-purpose handset. Ten out of ten!
Reviewed by Femi from Nigeria on 21st Jan 2009
Oh, how i waited for this phone. But like most things longed for, it was not worth the wait. within 5 days i was back to my Omnia. I found it difficult syncing with my computer - why then is it a smart phone. the keyboard was fiddly and the looks aged faster than... the fact is that the phone is overrated, the software is slow and relatively unresponsive (the Omnia shows same problems) and many i time i feared handling it as i thought it might break. A "nice" effort but Sony try again.
Reviewed by Phil from UK on 16th Jan 2009
Had this phone for couple of months and it was a nightmare at first lots of bugs and windows mobile is different to all my other phones. However I persevered, and did research on XDA developers and X1 forums, then after a few weeks of installing new software and updating roms, it now works perfectly. In fact this is the best phone I have ever had!!!! It is now easy to use great reception lots of worth while functionality. The only thing that I find useless is the panel feature as all programs can be linked to the start up screen which is far easier and quicker. The battery is not great but if you amend data connection, wifi settings and close unused programs you get a good 3 days battery usage, thats with about 50 texts a day, 10 emails, playing on facebook and few calls. If you want a phone out of the box this phone is not for you, but if your happy to research and experiment you will be in mobile heaven.
Reviewed by Mike Hart from UK on 10th Jan 2009
Pros: Good build quaility overall, nice finish, loads of features, panels impproce on WM OS, both GPS and aGPS - something not always made clear, and Opera browser installed which makes full use of a display that is stunning. OKs: Battery life not too bad. Video can be good but can be choppy. Cons: First, the biggie - POOR signal reception. You have been warned!
Reviewed by Dawn from UK on 9th Jan 2009
This is the worst phone I have ever used. I have put up with its flaws for 2 months now and have phoned Vodafone to come and pick the thing up tomorrow! There is not one thing going for it other than it looks good to show off to your friends. Sony Ericsson seem to have forgotten that it is still a phone and making calls should be priority! it is very difficult to navigate around to even call your contacts and then when you do manage to make a call, its touch screen function hits your cheek and cuts the caller off - this has happened with every call of mine with NO exeptions. It crashes almost every day when you are in the middle of texting - which may I add is near on impossible if you use the touch screen method - and the camera is useless. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE - Trust me .... I waited 3 months for this phone and have been hugely disappointed
Reviewed by Phil from UK on 5th Jan 2009
had the phone just over two weeks, and some minor niggles but nothing too major. Everytime i go to turn the handset off im greeted with the word "warning" in the place where the "start" function is. keeps connecting to the internet by itself even though i do not touch it, the vibrate alert is terrible and weak and the camera isnt great. However, awesome interface, touch screen is spot on with calibration etc, solid and robust - damn near indestructable, nice looking and the wealth of features is great. sadly though that now means i spend even more of my life on msn and facebook.
Reviewed by TechnoBoy from Portugal on 4th Jan
this phone has so many problems!!
Reviewed by mick
on 27th Dec 2008
i luv this phone the keyboard is cracking the menus it good quality the camera is good and internet is quicker than my friends iphone
Reviewed by SANUR ALI from London UK on 25th Dec
I waited a long time for this phone, got it on Vodafone network. The phone was nice with a touch screen and a slide keypad, but nightmare started when the phone freezed and the signal stop. Phoned vodafone, they don't have a clue what is wrong with their network. While following instruction from vodafone technical support, the phone came apart in two pieces. Took the phone back to the store, they tell me to take it to any mobile repair shop and get it fixed. Which is a poor service from vodafone. Gave the phone back straight away, cancelled the contract of £50 a month. Went to O2 store and got a Blackberry Bold. Two weeks into the phone, it's brilliant not problem at all with the O2 network or the phone. If any one wants to buy a phone buy a blackberry Bold O2 and you can thank yourself later. O2 network is far better than vodafone.
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 22nd Dec 2008
DD is 100% correct. Very overrated phone, i went back to my iphone 3g literally hrs later..
Reviewed by SW from N Ireland on 22nd Dec 2008
I have had the X1 for over a month now and I have been well pleased with quality and performance. The microsoft mobile package really suits me down to a T. The only gripes I have with it is I wish it had more applications like the i-phone and sometimes the signal is not that good on my wi-fi and when using the phone in certain areas, which I cant understand as my last Sony Ericsson was fine in and the battery life could be a bit better. But sayin that I am running a 16g Memory card of the phone and constantly using it so the performance has been fine other than those issues. I do admit it takes some getting used to but when u do its a class phone. Oh yes the sound could be better but when you have your earphones in its fine. Would recomend this phone but I think its only going to get better, so it might be an idea to wait for the next model.
Reviewed by Adam from UK on 20th Dec 2008
The phone is great, although i found it hard to work out how it works at the beginning but i now know it is really easy
Reviewed by DD from UK on 20th Dec 2008
Just got this phone, and all I can say is "It is very very poor" . Panels software not a patch on iphone software. Its feels cheap and brittle. Very slow to do anything good. Very jerky Interface. Sound is poor. over all I can t understand why there is some much hype over this phone,It is a poor effort from Sony. This phone will be going back.
Reviewed by christopher sly from .u.k. on 19th
had this phone about 3 days now....takes some getting used too...also being windows based...can be a fraction slow to respond to commands (typical microsoft then) but the slide out key-board is superb for messaging... if you get stuck with the multitude of screens/menu`s just press start on the main screen like your windows .p.c. & it takes you anywhere you wish to go! SUPERB....
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 13th Dec 2008
This is overall a brilliant phone. I read all the reviews on here before deciding to purchase and i would highly recommend others do the same. A bit of research always benefits you. This phone will not suit people who are not experienced with computers/windows. AVOID it if you arent computer literate.! For me its perfect, stylish, FAST (not sure why some have said slow..mine is nippy) It has all the office tools i need, word adobe, emails, Notes and tasks...it also has all the other extras u could possibly want on a phone. I feel i should point out WAYFINDER needs to be downloaded to the phone. I thought it was coming as standard and had to check the SE website. ONE NIGGLE i do have, the weather doesnt always auto update...some days it does then it will go 4-5 days without updating. not sure how i get around this problem?. I would advise downloading the SPB panel off SE website 'fun and downloads' section. its by far the quickest and most acessible panel. Screen/video quality is awesome - the best on the market. Check out the BOND trailer it comes with. Overal an excellent phone i couldnt ask for a lot more. WELL DONE se!!!.
Reviewed by Demelza Waite from Brixham on 11th
poor sound quality and overpriced in my eyes. so im giving this a 3 star great phone otherwise.
Reviewed by Badger from Uk on 9th Dec 2008
I agree with comments below, it has forgotten it is a phone and thinks it is a computer. Build quality is very good, looks great and has many, many features. However, unless you have very small fingers then you will be using that tiny little stick a lot more than you thought you would. Also, the sound quality is not great and rying to open a simple text message - aggh. So if you want a mini computer with a great camera then this is for you but if you like to call people and text then I would suggest considering very carefully.
Reviewed by Jay from uk on 2nd Dec 2008
only got mine a few days ago it was hard to figure out at first but i thought it was a good phone until it started freezing and switching between the pannels is very slow. Also the battery cover was hard to get off. I put it down to the fact maybe i had a faulty phone as ive seen good reviews on this phone but maybe i was wrong. i rang up for a replacment and was told i couldnt have one until the 15th so i have cancelled my contract and im sending the broken phone back. Im going to get a diffrent phone if you hate slow phones,touch screen or want this to take pictures stay away. other then that it was a good phone. but ive decided to go for a samsugn or maybe the iphone.
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 29th Nov 2008
The phone is very good and i cant really add much that hasn't already been said other than the X panel which comes with it is very slow. I would recommend you just use the windows mobile today screen and never touch the x panel button, its a lot faster that way. Also if you are happy to use windows mobile then phone is really good for emails (you can turn the push email off, so to stop receiving work emails when out of work), texts, calling and work related things. I would recommend you try a windows mobile first before you use this phone as the OS can take getting used to. Certainly the keyboard helps so much and i am running a 8GB micro SD card as well. Battery life is pretty good, i get about 50/60 emails a day, data connection on 24/7 and 25 calls + text a day and it would need charging every 2 days. Oh and the fact it uses a mini usb connection to charge on and talk to the computer helps rather than some special connector.
Reviewed by jack from england on 27th Nov 2008
The XPERIA X1 is a legend of a phone... i got mine last week from www.mobiles.co.uk I got mine last week and now i dont know how i lived without it. The slide out QWERTY keyboard makes txting and emailing a breeze but it also comes in handy when jotting things down for work etc. Definately a 10 out of 10 from Sony Ericsson
Reviewed by Tim from Malaysia on 26th Nov 2008
After spending time with this handset I have only one thing to say... It's way too slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!
Reviewed by stephen from n ireland on 21st Nov
this phone's problem is the fact that it thinks it's a laptop computer, so much so that the fact that it's PHONE seems to have been forgotten. this handset will be completely lost on you unless you're a real office-type who uses the e-mail and word/excel applications. fair enough, it might be powerful and a great wee thing to show off to your friends but after that, it's hard to live with. the OS is too slow, even with no applications running, and when it was connected to the internet via 3g the touchscreen disabled itself a couple of times (i had to disconnect the power supply and reboot). the transcriber setting is pointless because 1 - there's a slide out keyboard right there, and 2 - you have to re-write your messages/e-mails over and over until it recognises that you want a '1' instead of an 'L' etc etc... the camera is so average that you have to question the point of it even being there - there isn't even a short-cut key to it so even the manufacturer doesn't even want you to use it. the reception was very poor at best, very frustrating indeed. the touchscreen display disappears mid-call so any calls to a touch-tone system are a no-go (so forget those calls to your bank/credit card company!) the panels are a useless addition that generate no proper functionality unless you want to know what time it is on the other side of the world. the speaker is very basic and tinny but that's to be expected on a handset like this. the battery life is a disgrace - i charged for 4 hours solid until it was 100% and an hour later with no usage it was down to 56%. 3 hours later and after 1 phone call(15 mins) the low-battery noise started screeching. all in all, too much stuff going on for a mobile phone, loads of bugs ruining the 'XPERIAnce' for me - lucky i changed to a c905 ...
Reviewed by ibz from uk on 18th Nov 2008
Reviewed by whattodo from UK on 18th Nov 2008
Outstanding hardware build quality, Screen is great. I have the phone for 1 week now, even installed TouchFlo 3D and a few mods. The speed is acceptable. Rate it high among WM6 mobiles. Main problem, the reception is quite bad. we have X1, N95 with vodafone and a HTC Diamond with O2 in the household. Constantly, N95 and Diamond get full bar reception and X1 only got 1-2 bar. It's to a point that it will drop calls. All these time I was within zone 2 of London, not the middle of nowhere. Although I love the phone but am seriously thinking about returning it.
Reviewed by we3ster from UK on 17th Nov 2008
I can't add that much that has not already been said, this phone is truly outstanding!! If you like customisation and being different from the pack, get this handset!!!
Reviewed by ibz from uk on 15th Nov 2008
ive seen this phone and it is a hit!!!!!!!!!!! i reccomand it 2 any person THE BEST MOBILE PHONE YET
Reviewed by Ace from UK on 12th Nov 2008
this is a awsome gadget , nice sexy look, internet speed is great, one of the best highest pixel touch screen phone avilable in market, no doubt its windows phone but much easier to use with any PC or laptop without installing any software. solid Masculine phone much better than feminine looking iphone. loaded with good sotware......totally fan of this
Reviewed by Adrian from uk on 9th Nov 2008
I have to agree with the majority folk on here, this phone is the bis. I cant say I have found any faults with it yet, but I did only get it yesterday. I think the looks are great, the build quality seems very good and all of the functions that I have found so far work very well. I think this will be a phone that will keep my interest for a good few months to come. I got rid of an n96 for this and so far I certainly made the right choise.
Reviewed by Paul from England on 9th Nov 2008
Reviewed by sujon from england on 9th Nov 2008
outstanding features and a amazing camera
Reviewed by shani from pakistan on 8th Nov 2008
omg absolutely gorgeos phone I love it!!!!!
Reviewed by Laurie from UK on 7th Nov 2008
I agree with Trevor (28.10.08) 100%. Whilst the phone should be good, it isn't! It's so slow for a start. Frustratingly so. Press a button to go to panels screen...wait a few seconds...nothing happens...press again...panel screen loads. slowly. Touch a panel...phone loads a low res picture of the panel for about 5 seconds... then the proper panel loads. Try and send a message? You have to use the stylus to touch about 5 or 6 various miniscule parts of the screen. It's horrible. The panels themselves are pretty useless - you only really need one, so what was the point? It just makes it harder to navigate, not easier, since you can't just leave it on the panel screen. And the fish?! Pointless. If they were a screensaver then fair-enough. But why would you choose the fish panel? Above aside, the web browser, screen, keyboard and build quality of the phone are top-notch. So it has promise for a future X2 or X3 model, it's just a shame its so horrible to use. Sony Ericcson - drop Windows Mobile and the panels and stick to your normal excellent OS without the need for a stylus. (ps. I sent my X1 back and got a C905. And it's brilliant!)
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 5th Nov 2008
I got this phone yesterday from O2, the silver edition and WOW it is great. I was initially impressed with the build quality and it's a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be, it's just a tiny bit bigger than my old Sony Ericsson K800i. I've probably not scratched the surface of what this phone will do but so far I am over the moon. The QWERTY keyboard is excellent and not at all difficult to use (which in total contrast to some reports I read!) the OS is quick and reliable. The 3G connection is quick and I've watched youtube videos on both the wifi and 3G connections and they were both excellent and I'm in a traditionally poor 3G reception area. The screen is crystal clear and when necessary I've used the stylus, without difficulty. I cannot recommend this phone highly enough, it is simply excellent and I'm so glad I didn't settle for the 3G iphone which I was using for a couple of days, this phone wipes the floor with it!
Reviewed by ntakali from uk on 5th Nov 2008
recommend this phone for ultimate experience