Summary: I want to give the
Sony Ericsson Xperia X2
a glowing recommendation. It has features and qualities that make it easily one of the best slider-type devices available. Unfortunately, I can't recommend anything with such a haphazard software package.
If you're willing to be patient and get an improved ROM from Sony Ericsson, or fiddle around with the highly unofficial customized ROMs that are sure to come along given a little time, then the X2 has the potential to be a top...
Conclusion: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 is supposed to carry the torch from the X1. Normally, you'd expect the successor to bring some innovations along but those are almost non-existent on the X2, save for the slightly (ever so slightly) larger display and the better snapper. Those aside, when we pop open the hood we find the old hardware lurking underneath the revamped exterior. So, what's the point in releasing the XPERIA X2?
Pros: Quad-band GSM support, Tri-band 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps, Four-row slide-and-tilt QWERTY keyboard, Landscape and portrait virtual QWERTY keyboards, Handwriting recognition, 3.2" 65K-color TFT LCD resistive touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels), Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, XPERIA panels user interface, Accelerometer sensor, Qualcomm MSM 7200 528 MHz CPU, 256 MB of RAM memory, 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, WVGA video recording at 30fps, Suppo...
Cons: Outdated hardware, Sluggish interface, Display still on the small side, inadequate touch sensitivity and sunlight legibility, Almost no screen auto-rotation throughout the UI, Disappointing video recording, Basic music player, No FM radio (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update), No video calling (should be enabled with upcoming firmware update)
Conclusion: I’m afraid to say that I think this is a rather poor effort by Sony Ericsson. Don’t get me wrong, the device is not terrible, its just not as good as other handsets on the market right now. The one thing that really frustrated me about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is its clunkiness. Its very laggy and although Windows Mobile is not the fastest of operating systems its runs much better on other devices I have reviewed recently of own myself.
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
12 October 2009
Excerpt: Earlier this month, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X2 , Sony Ericsson's latest Windows Mobile smartphone and first Windows phone, featuring Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Like the Xperia X1 , the Xperia X2 also includes the unique Arc-Slider keyboard but the new SlideView feature, which basically replaces the X1's Xpanels, should give the X2 Sony Ericsson's very own user experience in addition to Windows Mobile 6.5.
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
12 October 2009
Excerpt: The upcoming and recently announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows phone stands in the good tradition of Sony Ericsson's yet young Xperia-line of smartphones. Like the Xperia X1 , the X2 features an arc sliding keyboard with a slightly modified button-design to make typing an even better experience. And while the X2 still features an optical joystick, Sony Ericsson left the hardware D-pad (as available with the X1) this time.
Excerpt: It seems that Vodafone will indeed carry the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 in the next couple of weeks. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 is the follow up to Sony Ericsson's first windows mobile phone, the X1. This time around, the Xperia X2 has an upgraded OS, slightly bigger screen, and a much bigger camera resolution. Let's see if X1 users would want to upgrade to this mobile phone.
Conclusion: Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile device was the company's first foray into the smartphone saturated market (Windows Mobile based), and it was understandable that they would probably need a few more tries to nail a winning formula. More than a year later, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 comes along to update its predecessor's flagship position in the company's line-up. But the question that comes to mind is - how much of a hardware upgrade are we looking at?