It’s been quite a while that we have shown against a smartphone from Sony Ericsson. Long, it was just about to catch up to the competition. Now the manufacturer reports after a painful cure of shrink that he back is in the profit zone–with the sharp rise in unit prices.
- Sony Ericsson X 10
- Data sheet
The motto means class instead of mass. Appropriately excited we were on the Sony Ericsson X 10, after it was as an appetiser in before series release on the Mobile World Congress: a huge touch screen, much equipment and an Android interface optimized for Twitter and Facebook – sounds promising.
It is great – and that is a good thing
The first contact with the Sony Ericsson X 10 is running mostly according to the following pattern: one “Uh-oh, this is great…” follows quickly an enthusiastic “Yeah, is this great!” 119 x 63 x 13 mm impact initially somewhat clunky due to the angular front.
There is the Sony Ericsson X 10 with its arched back well and on top of that amazingly easily in the hand. The black model, the back is matt and so grippy, smooth white model and shiny. The processing is impeccable, the opinions differ about the appearance. One find send the X 10, it is the other felt too much plastic.
If you want to be exact: the display cover is something great pressure. It has not disturbed in the test, and also the size of the Sony Ericsson X 10 is quickly forgotten as soon as the display is illuminated.
Uncompromising touch screen
After switching on, the PIN a huge mobile keypad to enter appears on the display. The very first contact with the capacitive, so touch-sensitive display works already even without any problems.
Then, the Sony Ericsson X 10 takes us step by step through the most important settings. While many Smartphones initially overwhelm the users and require training time, the X rapidly gained the trust 10. The Android interface is either already known or easily learned and here due to the high resolution of 480 x 854 pixels open to look at.
Really the brilliance of the display is of course high resolution material. No later than when watching the preinstalled demo video, it is clear that the X 10 is too big a millimeter. Just with Smartphones, Sony Ericsson knauserte in favour of a compact casing, often at the display. The X 10 is, uncompromisingly geared to the touch screen. In the test phase, we wore the X 10 incidentally still walk in the Pocket.
Android gives new momentum to the industry. Why it works with Android as well? The mobile phone manufacturers have failed so far, convincing throw off their established platforms such as Symbian for the new times. You require a surface optimally adapted to touch screens, which is very easy to use and with good connections to the Internet offers a well-stocked shop with additional software. All of which brings Android with, you can use by the producers without license fees and on top of that develop according to their own ideas.
Exactly did Sony Ericsson, with the functions created a custom Android variant Timescape and Mediascape which competitors shows how a Smartphone should work in times of Facebook and co.. It is not quite as spectacular Mediascape: here find themselves, one suspects it, music, videos and photos. In the “Music”, the pieces that are stored on the included MicroSD card (8 GB) or locally on the device (around 500 MB) appear in the upper half of the display.
The lower half is reserved for “Online services”. Here online shop play settled the test device Sony Ericsson’s own now include. One goes in the “Photos” section in the online section of Picasa or Facebook can embed. On demand, Sony Ericsson announced that there is to be even a plugin for Flickr.
Timescape: Large Inbox
The function Timescape is more exciting than Mediascape. It brings together all the news in a common inbox. Always the latest news is reflected on the home screen, off screen, a green LED indicates that news. A click on this message leads to the list of all news in 3-D representation and chronological series.
And “All the news” is literally: in addition to email, SMS, MMS and calls appear here news from the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, and VZ-NET. On Facebook, status updates, but also new images are reported. And last but not least, Timescape can display also the least played pieces from the music player, as well as the photos out of the camera.
Can, but must not. In the test we have adapted the settings again and again not to be swamped by news. Also, it can be determined how often the X 10 at the relevant service should check for updates. And in addition to the complete list with all the news you can choose below individual sources via a tab on the display – so it has only about the E-Mails that appear also in HTML format, clearly in sight.
The infinity button
Time – as well as in the Mediascape the infinity button on top helps to keep the overview. The button marked with the mathematical symbol for “Infinity”, leads to all the pieces of the respective artists in the music player. With Timescape, the infinity button takes all messages from a contact on the display.
Timescape is fun, permanent starting from individual applications such as Facebook clients and co. belongs to the past so. Also status updates can be published directly to Timescape. You can choose for each update, if it is to appear on Facebook, Twitter or both platforms. Makes you wonder why still no manufacturer as elegant has managed that. A gigahertz Qualcomm processor ensures that the whole thing can be operated liquid.
Ingredients fresh from the market
As a powerful Smartphone, the Sony Ericsson X 10 for the fast data reception Wi-Fi and HSPA provides for on the go. A GPS receiver is on board, and also when used as a mobile navigation benefits the X 10 of the large display.
The pre-installed software (30 day trial, then $70 for one year license for Europe) Wiseman pilot showed a clear route guidance both landscape and portrait. The prompts are easy to understand even on the highway. Short breaks of the navigation and spontaneously proposed its own way could bring the Wisepilot not out from the rest. In addition, we used the GPS receiver with the free application open GPS Tracker to record walking tours and providing photos with the coordinates of their creation.
The camera captures photos with 8 Megapixels and videos with 800 x 480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. The results are good in the light – it lacks a real Flash but, the small LED can do much in bad light.
In terms of facilities, the X 10 of from House shows Android-typically many gaps that can be closed but mostly with free software from the Android market. So missing environment profiles, notes, as well as a file browser, and the alarm does not work when the unit is turned off.
Also the direct synchronization with Outlook is not provided – here you must help yourself with paid third-party software; a test of these programs follows in the next issue.
Android version 1.6 instead of 2.1
Not a major disadvantage is that the X 10 with Android 1.6 and not with the current version 2.1 is working. A lot what can the latest version has added Sony Ericsson with special applications. So is a client for the ActiveSync connection and a voice control, which however are not convinced. Other matters still much like the HTML5 support at the moment.
No weaknesses in the laboratory
In laboratory tests the X 10 was no nakedness. The typical service life, a mix of telephone calls and other features such as surfing and listening to music, is just under six hours. In plain language: in the evening, the X must 10 to the power outlet. When calling’s last seven to over eight hours in the GSM network, in the UMTS network, after all, still less than four hours. The sound on the phone is good in both directions; the volume is sufficient, where there are good phones. To good values, the X comes 10 in the transmission and reception quality. Especially in the UMTS network it depends on many competitors.
|Processor / clock speed (MHz)|
|internal memory (MB)|
|Memory card slot|
|QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch|
|Battery type / variable|
|SCOPE OF DELIVERY|
|Headset / data cable|
|Size of memory card|
|Charging cable for the car / holder for your car|
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE|
|HSDPA / HSUPA|
|… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP|
|… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP|
|… SIM access, phone book / HID|
|USB type / storage / charging|
|Type / size (inch)|
|Number of colors|
|Call list / language selection|
|Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert|
|Handsfree / mute|
|Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML|
|SMS / MMS|
|Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)|
|Image / notes field / date of birth|
|Day / week / month view|
|weekly / annual events|
|Alarm clock when device is off|
|Sync: Outlook / Mac|
|Look at Word / edit|
|Consider Excel / edit|
|PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo|
|Web / frame / Java / Java scripting|
|Flash / https / home / Favorites|
|Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC|
|Video player / full screen display|
|Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV|
|Receiver GPS / A-GPS|
|Navi-software / onboard / offboard|
|Navi / route planner|
|SIZE AND WEIGHT|
|Dimensions in mm|
|Endurance D power (hours)|
|Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)|
|Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)|
|type. Endurance (hours)|
|standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)|
|Endurance talk (35)|
|Persistence display mode (65)|
|Scope of delivery (10)|
|Phone features (10)|
|Web browser (15)|
|Music and video (10)|
|Ease of handling|
|Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)|
|Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)|
|Acoustic measurements send (15)|
|Acoustic measurements receiving (15)|
|tested in issue:||06/10|
|CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points|