Sony Ericsson X8 Review: XPERIA In The Middle

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Introduction

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is likely to outsell the rest of the XPERIA droids. It’s neither the best phone in the line-up, nor it’s a phone to excite and inspire but it’s the common denominator. It is correct in the middle. It’s an XPERIA for everyone – both size-wise and price-wise.

The X8 bridges the gap between two extremes. And it manages to find itself a niche in the process - a niche where it can breathe freely. It’s a place with healthy competition but no gigantic egos around. The X8 is selling for as low as 175 euro and that makes it one of the least expensive Android smartphones on the market.






Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 official photos

For a reasonable price, the phone offers the feature pack most of its rivals would give you. It has diverse connectivity options, a fine music player, neat user interface, a built-in capturing camera and access to social networks and the Android Market.

Average size and realistic price, the X8 fits snfrightful in the Android midrange and sets itself apart from its XPERIA siblings. That’s more than evident without digging too deep into the spec sheet.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, HSDPA 900/2100 / HSDPA 850/1900/2100
  • 3.0" capacitive TFT touchclassy screen of HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, 16M colors
  • Scratch-resistant classy screen coating
  • Android Operating System (OS) v1.6 Donut with custom Sony Ericsson UI, featuring Timescape
  • elegant Qualcomm MSM7227 600 Mega Hertz (MHz) processor
  • 128 Mega Bytes (MB) onboard storage, microSD card slot (up to 16GB), 2GB card included
  • 3 megapixel fixed-focus capturing camera with geotagging, Video Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 30fps
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • Built-in GPS receiver, digital compass
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, charging enabled
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Excellent audio
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer for UI auto-rotate
  • Social networking integration

Main disadvantages

  • Limited storage for installing third-party apps
  • Outdated Android Operating System (OS) version
  • No multi-touch support
  • Camera lacks autofocus
  • No DivX video support out of the box
  • microSD slot under the battery cover
  • No secondary video-call camera

Imaging is certainly middling: no autofocus and measly 3 megapixels. The classy screen on the other hand has grown to a healthy 3 inches and standard HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution.

What is still missing though is a more recent Android Operating System (OS) version. Like the rest of the Android-based XPERIAs, the X8 is running Android v1.6 (Donut). An update to Android 2.1 Eclair is due but there is still no word of Froyo ever coming the XPERIA way.






Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 live shots

This is obviously a concern, but the Sony Ericsson X8 is still worth a see as a possible purchase. After all, it offers a well balanced feature set and it’s fairly priced. But that’s something to talk about at the discontinue of our review.

Not before we’ve looked inside the box and had design and handling duly covered. That’s what we’re up to after the break.


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