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.
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 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.