Sony Ericsson X8 Review: XPERIA In The Middle: User Interface, Phonebook

By 11:19 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments

Bigger classy screen for the small UI

Just like the other Android-powered members of the XPERIA family, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 runs version 1.6 of the Android platform with Sony Ericsson’s own touches. And while the Eclair is just around the corner it is still not clear if Froyo will actually create it to any of the currently available XPERIA phones.

The XPERIA X8 uses the same homeclassy screen as its more compact siblings, the X10 mini and the X10 mini pro. However this time the classy screen has HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, which is still the most popular classy screen res on Android, and with its 3 inches, it’s a lot roomier.

Bigger classy screen for the small UI

You’re still limited to one widacquire per screen. And no shortcuts or folders either. And those widgets leave a lot of unused space – Sony Ericsson could have easily fit two widgets per screen. At least, you acquire as many homeclassy screen panes as you want (as many widgets as you have, that is) and they are easy to rearrange.

The handy four-corner shortcuts from the X10 mini create an appearance here as well. By default, they hold you to the message composer, music player, phonebook and dial pad/call log. You can switch them with any four shortcuts you like though.

One widacquire per classy screen is all you get

Android’s notification area is as usual at the top of the screen. It's a thin strip hosting status info about battery, signal strength and others such as Bluetooth or missed events. Sliding it down however reveals the whole tale - you acquire a list of all recent notifications.

The XPERIA X8 packs the Timescape UI plug-in but lacks the Mediascape one. In fact, Timescape is available as a separate application and its job is to bring all your communications together.

The Timescape UI

It always displays an aggregated view of your SMS, MMS, email, missed calls, Facebook and Twitter updates all on one screen. It also has a large number of tabs to filter the content by type.

To bring up the task switcher on the X8 you press and hrecent the Home key just like on any other Android phone. It gives you access to the six most recently used apps. Due to the logic of the operating system, some of them might be hibernating rather than actually running in the background.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 uses the same Central Processing Units (CPU) as the pint-sized X10 mini/X10 mini pro and despite having twice as many pixels to update on-screen, the whole interface is very fast. As far as the UI is concerned, it doesn’t hold a Snapdragon – everything works fine, without hiccups.

Here is how the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 compares to the LG GT540 Optimus in terms of performance. We used the free Benhcimprint and PiBenchimprint apps from the Android Market for the test and the results are here for you to see.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 benchmarks - Benchimprint • PiBenchmark

LG GT540 Optimus - Benchimprint * PiBenchmark

Phonebook is fine enough

The XPERIA X8 phonebook can store quite a lot of information. It lets you input numbers for work and home, but this time there are no custom labels. There is of course an email field and you can assign a custom ringtone.

The phonebook is comfortable enough to navigate

You can add an IM nickname to the contact as well as a postal address, company and job title, several notes, you name it. You can redirect calls directly to voicemail.

Editing a contact

When viewing a contact, the various details are displayed in sections. Tapping on a given number dials the contact while opting for the envelope icon next to it launches the message editor. Those two buttons fill an entire horizontal row so that they are more thumbable.



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