Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

Average User Rating

2.5 stars 3 user reviews
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The Good Wi-Fi; HSDPA; Qwerty keypad; large screen; 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Bad Interface lags at times; Windows Mobile requires using a stylus for certain items.

The Bottom Line We really wanted to love the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 as it boasts an attractive design and features the iPhone 3G would be jealous of, but it runs on Windows Mobile and as a consequence doesn't deliver a great user experience. If only the Xperia X1 ran on Android with all the Microsoft support of Windows Mobile and featured a more sensitive screen, then Sony Ericsson might have hit the jackpot

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If you've followed Sony Ericsson's development roadmap like we have, then you'll know that the Xperia X1 represents a dramatic change in direction for a company that’s made many phones which look very similar to each other.

The Xperia X1 is different from anything Sony Ericsson has come up with before and hopefully signals a push towards a much more innovative future. Of course innovation can go wrong, but that's part of the risk. Read our review if you want to find out whether the gamble paid off.

You can get yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 for free on a monthly contract from Vodafone.

Design
Similar to the HTC Touch Pro, the Xperia X1 features a touchscreen on the front and hidden underneath a full slide-out Qwerty keypad. Our review model came in a serious but attractive black casing that's made up of metal and plastic sections. It feels solid and could most likely take a few tumbles. Most of the X1's surfaces aside from the screen are matte which means you don't get fingerprints all over it.


The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 has a slide-out Qwerty keypad that's great for typing out long emails 

The Xperia's touchscreen is very sharp and large enough to enjoy viewing emails and videos, but it's noticeably smaller than the iPho ne 3G's, which may bother you depending on what you use it for.

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