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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 - The Full Xperience

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Design

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If you've checked out our preview of the X1, you would have seen most, if not all of the main design features of the X1, as the prototype we've gotten hold of earlier on was as complete as it can get on its aesthetic front. Nonetheless, bear with this refresher tour of the X1's exterior.

But before we do that, let's put the basic dimensions of the X1 under scrutiny. Firstly, the X1 measures in at a lengthy 110.5mm X 52.6mm X 17mm. Besides that, the X1's 145g weight, coupled with the earlier mentioned dimensions, gives it a sufficiently solid feel in your hands. Space-saving probably won't be one of the X1's stronger points, but in retrospect, this gives it the added incentive for a larger 3-inch WVGA screen with resolutions of up to 800 x 480 pixels.

Admittedly, Sony Ericsson has gotten two things right with the X1's hardware consideration. Firstly, its connectivity ports. For most manufacturers, these devices are no longer stringently targeted at the business users as they move onwards to the multimedia facet. With the amount of Windows Mobile devices available on the market, the most glaring omission for these devices, is the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. For most other Sony Ericsson mobile phones, such as the Walkman series, the use of its proprietary audio connection limits the consumer's headset and data connectivity options. Fortunately, we bid farewell to such connection limits as the X1 comes with not only a mini-USB port, it also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack.

The most basic of navigation lies just below the 3-inch screen, with two customizable shortcut buttons, Call and End buttons and the X-Panel and OK button flanking the five-way navigation pad that's also a optical pad. Sony Ericsson is taking its X branding to the max, as you might noticed with the way the buttons are segregated such that you'll notice a X pattern across the navigation panels. Being a touchscreen device and all, it's of no surprise that the stylus is still present on the X1, albeit it is located on the top left corner, which may take some getting used to for those of you who are more familiar with the top right or bottom right placement. Aiming to also be a convergent device, the X1 also comes with imaging capabilities in the form of a 3.2-megapixel camera, complete with an auto-focus lens and LED flash for low lighting conditions.

The acute reader might have noticed that the device is not as it seems in the preview. That's because the X1 comes in two variants: solid black and steel silver. But what makes the X1 a finger's best friend, is its matted surface that makes it hard to leave your smudgy little prints on this device.