Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – the experience and everything
December 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony is synonymous with innovation and going in line with this reputation, it has added another feather to its cap – X8. This is an introduction to its flagship Xperia range. X8 is larger than the Sony Ericsson X10 mini . However, it is smaller than the X10 irrespective of the fact that it is the Mini that it mostly resembles.

So, what is Sony Ericsson trying to do with its X8? It is evident that X8 is aimed at the lower end of the cost spectrum. This should give an idea as to why the handset is made out of plastic. This, however, gives it a wonderfully light feeling. This makes up for the brittle and budget-price feeling that one may have at the outset.

What sets X8 apart from the X10 mini is the fact that is slightly bigger (at least, looks that way) and has a better and bigger display (measuring all of 3 inches). The user interface of these two phones is pretty much the same – the four icons in each corner of the display, one each for messaging, music, dial-up pad and contacts.

Another exciting feature is the ease of customization to show your favorite features. A slide to the left of the home screen would bring a collection of home screens, each of which can be customized to show shortcuts or feeds. But one downside is the possibility of adding only one feature on each home screen. This certainly is a negative because there is nearly more than half an inch space available on the display. A move up the screen will show a 12-icon menu; slide from left to right and you will discover more features. This is precisely where you would find the apps that you can download from the Android market.

Social networking is also available – Timescape, the social streaming facility from Sony Ericsson. It integrates all the text messages, facebook updates, tweets into one feed; however, you see only one feed a time. The native Facebook app on the X8 is rather clumsy – you don’t get an acknowledgement after posting a link.

In fact, browsing is a rather disappointing feature in this version. The auto adjustment on pages is conspicuous by its absence and so is the zoom facility (more bad news…this won’t be available until the next upgrade in January)

The features make Sony Experia X8 a good phone within your budget but if you are on the lookout for a better smart phone and can afford few extra pounds each month, start looking somewhere!

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