Hands On with Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10
Today we got to play around with the recently announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which is their very first Android powered handset. Of all the Android handsets that have been released or announced so far, the Xperia X10 seems to have the best U.I. enhancements for music and multimedia though its MediaScape interface. Also, its 4 inch high-res 800 x 480 display is superb, and will make browsing the web and watching videos that much more enjoyable. In person, the device isn’t as big as we had imagined it would be considering it’s packing a 4 inch display. It’s also pretty slim, even with it’s curved back.
Under the hood the device is sporting a a fast 1Ghz processor and an 8MP camera. We’re expecting the camera to be an especially good one in a world of poor smartphone cameras, since Sony Ericsson makes some great camera phones. On the Android front, the device has been customized with the Nexus interface which features TimeScape and MediaScape. TimeScape, which can be optionally set as your homescreen, integrates contacts, Facebook, Twitter, emails, photos, calls, and all of their status updates in to a bunch of cool floating stacks. MediaScape is a vast improvement over Android’s built in media player, it makes it much prettier, and Sony Ericsson says that it will also be able to integrate directly with third party music services.
But other than TimeScape and MediaScape, a single Nexus widget, and a blue theme – there isn’t much more customizations that Sony Ericsson has implemented on top of Android. Our hope is that they will throw in some more specialized widgets just like the HTC Hero and Motorola Blur has with their devices. There is no word on pricing or carrier information yet, but Sony Ericsson says that they will be releasing the device in all parts of the world and that they’re working hard to make the battery life as robust as possible.