Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8

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Designed to be a low-end music phone with a stylish exterior, the X8 is certainly a good-looker. Android 1.6 is old and out of place here, however, as are some of the apps.

THE GOOD

Handsome exterior build, broad app selection in the refreshed Android market, high quality speakers.

THE BAD

The 1.6 version of Android is old and lacks innovation. Screen quality leaves a lot to be desired.

User Reviews (25)

5.9 read reviews
Talk Time5 hours
Standby Time18.6 days
Network (Band)Quad 850/900/1800/1900
Operating SystemAndroid
Software Memory
Display Resolution320 x 480 pixels
Display Size3.00 inches
Display Colours16 777 216
Dimensions99 x 54 x 15 mm
Weight104g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution3.2
Video CameraNo
Camera FlashNo
Camera FeaturesDigital zoom, Geo tagging
DataGPRS/UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s
BrowserWebKit browser
BluetoothNo
TV OutNo
TouchscreenNo
Memory CardmicroSD/microSDHC
Internal Memory128MB
MMSYes
E-mailIMAP/POP3/SMTP/Microsoft Exchange
JavaNo
Wi-FiNo
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Is the XPERIA ‘Xceptional'?

The very lovely Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8

A great mid-range smart phone let down by a couple of features, not least running the out of date 1.6 version of Android.

What We Like

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is a very good-looking phone, which will give you access to a multitude of apps on the Android Market, including many for Facebook and Twitter.

The X8 supports Wi-Fi and HSPA for fast browsing over 3G and there is also a GPS on board. We found call quality to be good, both clear and loud enough, but we were a little disappointed with the slow response of the phone dialler.

We were surprised at just how loud the external speakers are, so sharing your music isn’t a problem, but if you want to keep it to yourself, there are earbud headphones included, which are actually quite good quality.

Putting music onto your X8 is easy to do; you can drag and drop music from your computer using a USB cable straight onto the phone’s memory, and you can utilise music software like MediaMonkey or DoubleTwist.

The X8 also has an ‘infinity button’ in the media player that really impressed us.  Tap it while a song is playing and it will search for associated videos on YouTube, and MP3s for sale in Sony’s PlayNow music store. If you get fed up of your own music, you can always listen to the FM radio instead.

The on-screen keyboard is a full QWERTY one, and can used either in landscape or portrait mode.  It’s an excellent virtual keyboard enhanced with autocorrect.

The built in memory of 128MB can be increased up to 16GB, and a2GB microSD card is included. The processor is a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU, and is perfectly sufficient for this phone.  

 

What We Don't Like

If you’ve never had an Android phone before, you may not notice the fact that the X8 is running with the old 1.6 version, especially as Sony Ericsson has included its own user interface on top of the Android one. However, it does mean that you won’t be able to access Android’s improved developments such as support for multiple Google accounts or Exchange email.
 
The screen is 3 inches and the user interface supports many home screens easily.  However, the interface has been taken from the X10 mini, which has a 2.5 inch screen so icons look blurred, and each screen can only show one widget at a time.

Sony Ericsson has included their feature, Timescape on the X8, which brings together emails, tweets and texts into one stream. A great concept but it falls flat because when you open the app you only see a few words of each. If you want to reply, to a tweet, for example, you have to open the Web browser and load up the Twitter site.

The X8 doesn’t support Flash, which is unfortunate, though there is a dedicated app to support YouTube videos.

Conclusion

The X8 is a good mid range smart phone with some excellent features; the screen is big enough to handle the QWERTY keyboard, but isn’t bulky, and it has good media and Web capabilities. This is a fine phone if you don’t mind not being able to access the full Android Market because of the outdated 1.6 version the X8 is running.

 

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Avg. Rating

5.9

Looks cool but its too small.. keyboard is tough to type on and its outdated compared to the new smartphones. Only an option if youre really on a budget I think! ~S

6.5out of 10

this is a mid range touchscreen smartphone. the build is pretty shaky too me, not very impressive but it looks good. the user interface is nice. the buttons is good to press. the sound and music feature is good. camera needs flash. that's all i can say.

8.5out of 10

this is a budget friendly phone.. i got this easily off on deals.. as far as the performance and features.. this is definitely worth it. camera is understandable (3.5 megapixel), device build is pretty solid and speed performance is fast.. good phone.

8.5out of 10

i've had this for 3 months now and i can say its a great phone for what it costs. the apps aren't that great and the os might be dated but it works just fine for me. the features are good for what you pay for it and the camera is ok too.

8.5out of 10

this experia phone is great for stylish consumers. it has good solid build and the signal is great too, unlike my iphone 4s which it is very hard to pick-up signal. love this phone!

9out of 10

this is cost effective xperia phone proves to be very useful and efficient to use, in other words, it does what its supposed to do. it has a wifi and a good browser. it is easy to use even though it runs on an older version of android os. you can also upgrade the android os to higher version which makes it a great phone because it remains up to date with android technology. i have used this phone for over a year and a half now. i have encountered several problems with it but its not that bothersome and you can solve it easily too, just search it over on the internet. well, sorry for the long review, but i just want to say that this phone is not a waste of money.

9out of 10

Stylish, durable and very connected. These are the very things I like to have in my phone and the XPERIA X8 has it all.

9out of 10

This phone is fast and responsive. It's all what I want in a phone. It just needs to be responsive. I hate lags. This is a good phone, believe me.

8.5out of 10

Fast, powerful, beautiful, works wonders and has good update frequency.

8.5out of 10

The design is really amazing. It's very sophisticated and chic. I like the features too! In fact, I find nothing bad to say about this phone.

9out of 10

When I tried it at first I got really impressed. But as it weared on, I kinda noticed that it hangs every now and then. If it did not, I think that this one is one of the best phones out there.

8.5out of 10

I choose this phone to have than having or purchasing the xperia mini, this one is easier to use and to handle than xperia mini, too many keys to press before it will work.

8out of 10

It was a good phone but there’s many problem, there’s no video calls, and the list in music play can’t be seen. And it is so slow.

7out of 10

I love this phone because it’s a great device, most users can own 90% of the phones control, and it’s hard to do in any other phones.

8.5out of 10

Nice phone but I just don’t know how to have a good working internet with it; the Wi-Fi is not working no matter how I connect it in different types.

7out of 10

Awesome phone, all is working very fine and the features are all nice and I enjoy using it untills now. The only problem is that the battery life.

8.5out of 10

This phone is good no lag or hang and I'm using it until now and I have no problems at all.

8out of 10

It’s a cute phone and I like it the design. It has a good sound quality, all do it run in old android v1.6 but it good phone to use.

8out of 10

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