the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is finally ready for release and we've had a chance to spend some time with the final product.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a well-designed and fully stocked smartphone that offers great customization through the interactive panel interface. However, with its high price tag, the X1 will be a hard sell for most customers and will be a purely luxury item.
When the hits and misses are tallied up, though, the Xperia X1 is still a good phone.
In the end, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 comes across as a niche product. It does some things really well, like web browsing and messaging, but some of its high-tech goodies, like its display, actually seem to make the device harder to use, not easier. The X1 is not a real speed demon, though it is acceptably quick for most tasks.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 doesn't quite live up to the hype, but given some serious effort on Sony Ericsson's part to dramatically improve and fortify the Panels interface experience, this could be a much better device in the future. Right now, the panels are useful, but spare, and the best panel, the multimedia panel, is really just a way of accessing what would be a menu on another S/E device.
the Xperia is responsive and the graphics accelerator helps.
We're very impressed with the device, after initially doubting it could bring enough to the table to compete with the more affordable Sprint HTC Touch Pro and HTC Fuze on AT&T. The hardware is impeccable, the panels are both fascinating and useful, and of course there's no carrier bloatware! Though other phones offer many of the same features, somehow the Xperia X1 has that special sauce where the whole is greater than just the sum of its features.
outstanding mobile web browser
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 offers a nice selection of high-end features, and its built-in keyboard makes is a good option for those who exchange plenty of emails.
Windows Mobile probably makes is a better choice for a business user or pro-sumer, but Sony Ericsson's Panels help it be a better consumer device than some of its competitors that run the same operating system.
It's unfortunate that no U.S. phone company picked this model up, so it's not available with a subsidy.
best full-QWERTY phone
Like the other phones we've seen based on the HTC Touch Pro2 design, the HTC Tilt 2 on AT&T is Windows Mobile at its best. For business users, the phone packs calling features that put it leagues beyond the competition, with conference calls that sound great and innovative in-call screens that put relevant info about your contacts at your fingertips.
your phone might seem geeky, but we can't deny the ease and convenience of calling up tasks by barking out a quick command, rather than going through several layers of menus.
The bottom line: Despite some niggling design flaws and the lack of 3G support, the HP iPaq 510 Voice Messenger offers outstanding voice-command features as well as the enhanced productivity tools of Windows Mobile 6.
the HP iPaq 510 Voice Commander is a well-designed cell phone/PDA for an excellent price.
If you're looking for a very compact smartphone PDA that really relies on voice commands to get things done, the HP iPaq 510 Voice Commander is a well-designed cell phone/PDA for an excellent price.
The HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger is a solid phone for people who like the idea of having Outlook in their pocket but don't need a QWERTY keyboard. HP does a nice job of not only incorporating the Windows Mobile 6 OS but improving upon it as well. If you have your heart set on a high-performing Voice Commander functionality, though, you might want to wait for round two before spending $300.
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