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...
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.
Summary: Priced at Rs 44,500 the Xperia is expensive. Sure you get WM 6.1 device with a decently fast processor and RAM. Yes this device is unique, and definitely offers amazing flaunt value; it’s also true that you get a really nice PDA / Smart phone with an impressive screen but a Netbook and a good phone would probably be much better as solutions for those who need to work on the move, and they’d be cheaper too!
Conclusion: We're very impressed with the device, after initially doubting it could bring enough to the table to compete with the more affordable Sprint HTC Touch Pro and HTC Fuze on AT&T. The hardware is impeccable, the panels are both fascinating and useful, and of course there's no carrier bloatware! Though other phones offer many of the same features, somehow the Xperia X1 has that special sauce where the whole is greater than just the sum of its features.
Pros: Fantastic, extremely high resolution display. Excellent touch enhancements, though you'll still need the stylus at times (this is Windows Mobile, after all). We love the panels and don't find the time it takes to load and unload them unreasonable. The device is beautifully crafted, looks exquisite and is sturdy. As Windows Mobile phones go, the Xperia is responsive and the graphics accelerator helps. Good camera and GPS. Full complement of Bluetooth profiles. Like mos...
Cons: Expensive! Keyboard could have more travel and tactile feedback.
Summary: Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The long wait is finally over. The elusive Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has finally arrived in our labs, and not a moment too soon either. As the competition heats up with both HTC and Samsung churning out Windows Mobile devices at an alarming rate, Sony Ericsson has just taken its first baby step into this arena. And this is why we're saying the X1 came in not a moment too soon.
Summary: When one mentions Sony Ericsson, the common man would easily associate the branding with mobile phones that are synonymous with portable media players and cameras. As we welcome a plethora of devices supporting the most basic of cellular functionalities to powerhouse devices that is a full multimedia and productivity suite, we also see the very first Windows Mobile device under Sony Ericsson's wings, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
Was this hotly anticipated smartphone worth the year-long wait?
Good Gear Guide.au
11 October 2009
Summary: After almost a year of waiting, the XPERIA X1 has finally arrived. It's not the game changing handset that it looked like it would be when it was first announced, but the panel system has its merits and the display and design are first class. Unfortunately, laggy performance is an issue and it isn't cheap.
Pros: Build quality and design, excellent display, QWERTY keyboard, range of the latest features
Cons: Lag, preloaded panels aren’t great, little internal memory, still need to use stylus, high price
Conclusion: So where does that leave you overall? If you need a Windows Mobile device, this is among the more user-friendly versions, but doesn’t quite go as far as some of the HTC models. However, the quality feel in the hand will leave an impression. Brushed metal decks, rubbery ends and attention to detail give this phone that premium look, but the weight might pull at the wool of your Valentino suit pocket.