First announced at GSMA 2008 in February, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 was such a showstopper that we barely got a look at the smartphone due to the swarms of spectators. However, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is finally ready for release and we've had a chance to spend some time with the final product. Check out our hands-on photo gallery and then read our full review for all the details.
Why all the hubbub?
Why all the hype over this phone? There are a couple of reasons. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is the company's first Windows Mobile device and it also features a interactive panel interface that allows for an extra level of device customization.
Sony Ericsson made it clear that the Xperia X1 is aimed for high-end users who want a premium phone. It's definitely a luxury item since the X1 will go for a wallet-emptying $799.99. The smartphone will be available unlocked through Sony Style stores.
Smartphones with slide-out keyboards have a tendency to be large and bulky, but this certainly isn't the case with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. At 4.4 inches tall by 2.1 inches wide by 0.7 inch deep and 5.6 ounces, the Xperia X1 is quite compact.
On the left spine, you'll find a mini USB port while the right side holds a volume rocker and a camera activation/capture button. The smartphone is also equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which we're pleased to see.
Below the display, there is a navigation array that consists of two soft keys, Talk and End buttons, an X1 panel key, an OK button, and an optical joystick/directional keypad with a center select button. We weren't huge fans of any of these controls, as they're small and stiff to press.
The highlight of the Xperia X1 is the interactive panel interface. Basically, you can choose from nine panels and depending on whether you're at work or at play, you can pick whichever panel you want to fit your needs and have that be your Today screen for the day or moment.
While the Xperia X1 allows for a level of customization that the iPhone does not, in terms of ease of use and mass consumption, the iPhone takes the cake. That said, Sony Ericsson was very clear to state that the X1 is for users who want a high-end phone.
The X1's keyboard is decent. The buttons are slightly on the smaller side but there's enough spacing between them that we think it shouldn't give most users problems.In its open state, there's also slight arc to the phone that provides a better ergonomic experience when using the keyboard.