Excerpt: Sony Ericsson's Windows Mobile smart phone is squarely aimed at the business user who might otherwise choose a BlackBerry. The Xperia X1 rolls with a full Qwerty keypad, 3G and Wi-Fi, making it an ideal candidate for checking emails on the go. In true Apprentice style, we took the X1 into the boardroom to see if it's a phone we would hire or fire. What we like The Xperia X1 feels well built and solid enough to take a few drops.
Excerpt: Today while you were lounging at home watching reruns and dreading Monday, Sony announced the XPERIA X1. An incredible looking mobile device and we know you’ll be itching to get one after reading about it.
Conclusion: X1’s billing as a multimedia device has lead to a technical emphasis on high speed connectivity, internet browsing and GPS navigation. This, in turn, has spawned a glut of high-end features including: full sliding QWERTY keyboard, WLAN b/g, HSDPA, HSUPA and of course a GPS.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia offers a unique "Panel" navigation system, a unique sliding qwerty keyboard design, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, yet the device is far from perfect, keep reading our review to learn more about the X1's ups...
Excerpt: January 2009 By Olav Hellesø-Knutsen Review based on production sample with firmware R1AA017, Generic UK. The Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in the beginning of 2008 and it would take 8 months before the X1 became available in stores. A model running on the Windows Mobile platform was not anticipated at the time of the announcement.
Excerpt: Last year Sony-Ericsson and HTC decided to join forces in an attempt to depose the number 1 spot for sales, held by Apple's iPhone. The final product, Xperia X1, designed by Sony Ericsson and manufactured by the Taiwanese company, would benefit from the experience of both giant names involved in the project. While HTC already launched on the market a few models that were said to be iPhone rivals (see HTC Touch Diamond), the Sony Ericsson Xperia had higher expectations.
Pros: The Xpanels and the free offer of some of the best tweaks that help users reshape their user interface are the good points of the smartphone. I'm also tempted to enlist here the multimedia features included (music and movies), as well as the huge battery capacity. I would've said something about the big display, but the high resolution limits thumbing and functionality.
Cons: If there's something I would change it would be the QWERTY keyboard, which is missing an entire row of keys. Adding a better camera and accelerometer, as well as a slimmer and smaller body would've looked much better. Oh, and let's not forget that you cannot watch YouTube clips because of the missing Flash., on 11 May 2010, 01:38 UTC
Conclusion: Give it up, Microsoft. You’ve got the best electronics company in the world making its most expensive handset and using Windows Mobile still feels like hand-coding actuarial tables in C++. Lovely chassis, mind.
Pros: Can Sony rescue Windows Mobile? The X1 certainly looks like a knight in rather fetching matt armour, with joust-proof build quality and a regal 3-inch (800x400-pixel) touchscreen. The slide-out tilting keyboard is a step up from onscreen typing, although think twice before attempting that Star Wars meets King Arthur novel you’ve been considering. Sony’s ‘panel’ interface does a decent (if unhurried) job of pretending to be an iPhone, and the standard headphone socket ...
Cons: The Xperia X1: with one more X this phone could have been sexy. As it is, Windows Mobile is lurking behind the scenes like an amateur photographer at a swinger’s party, slowing down the action and putting everyone off their stride. Talking of which, Sony’s ‘optical joystick’ also left us limp: it’s difficult to stroke it into life and then activates randomly when you’re trying to do something else. Oo-er.
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a well-designed and fully stocked smartphone that offers great customization through the interactive panel interface. However, with its high price tag, the X1 will be a hard sell for most customers and will be a purely luxury item.
Pros: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 features an interactive panel interface that lets you customize the smartphone to your wants and needs. The Windows Mobile device also has an attractive design and a full QWERTY keyboard.
Cons: Without U.S.-carrier backing, the Xperia X1 has an exorbitant price tag. The navigation controls are difficult to use, and the Web browsing experience wasn't the greatest.
Excerpt: The X1 is somewhat of a prodigy. It brings an intriguing Panel interface to the world of Windows Mobile, plus a slick design and arc-sliding keyboard. Sony Ericsson is calling the X1 a "game changer" – throwing unseen marketing might behind the device in hopes of getting attention from those from the entire smartphone community, not just that of Windows Mobile. Is this really a game changer? We have the answer. Read on for the thorough review!