Conclusion: On the face of it, the Sony Ericsson X8 doesn’t seem like a great phone. It has outdated specs and a few issues like the screen sensitivity that, if you’re a speed freak, will leave you tearing your hair out. However, price is a factor that must be taken into account and for the X8, it’s a big one. It’s around £130 on pay as you go and the X8 offers a lot more than £130 would suggest. The X8 is just about average in every aspect, a middle runner.
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson has further expanded its Xperia family of mobile devices to include the midsized xperia X8, joining the ranks of the X10, the smaller X10 mini and the mini pro. Question is, do we really need another rehashed Xperia device? We set out to see if the X8 has enough character to set itself apart from the rest. The classy looking X8 comes with a matte white plastic surface, a departure from its glossier counterparts.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a new smartphone device powered by the Android OS. This small and affordable device is one of Sony Ericsson’s most lightweight devices with a large touchscreen interface and easy-to-use features.
Summary: The phone has no issues with the sound quality, voice reproduction, etc. Ringtones are loud and are heard well, especially if you select them properly. The vibro is decent.
The model costs around €160-170 and differs from other low cost Android solutions by the screen size and resolution. It is one of the first in its class to offer similar features. At the same time Motorola QT5, LG Optimus One P500, etc. are being released.
Conclusion: Voice quality on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is predominantly satisfying. The incoming side is treated to some fine tones, complemented with decent loudness, while the outgoing side experiences a bit lower quality sounds, while maintaining the good power. The 1200mAh battery that supplies the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 with power is rated at 4.75 hours of talk-time and 18 days of stand-by. Nothing impressive.
Pros: Elegant styling, Additional back covers come in the box, Easy-to-use interface, Quality loudspeaker
Cons: Poor camera quality, Lack of multi-touch, Takes it too much time to be localized
Summary: The X8 is a nice looking handset, and the ability to change the rear cover allows a nice level of personalisation. The screen is a big improvement on the X10 mini models, but the camera is a big drop in quality and expectations. The lack of multi-touch support, as well as a miserly amount of internal memory, also restricts the potential of this phone.