December 22, 2010 by admin
The X8 looks nifty and light. It looks good with the white casing and 3” capacitive touch screen from the front. The X8 package comes with the phone itself, a microUSB cable, a wall charger, a 2Gb microSD card, a wired handsfree, and four additional back covers.
The screen of the X8 is a 3” capacitive TFT LCD screen with resolution of 320×480 pixels. The viewing angles are good. Outdoor visibility is fairly poor, especially if you have the brightness bumped to the max, but you’ll still have to shield the display in extreme situations.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is by no means an unattractive phone. It is one of the better looking Android phones out there. In terms of design, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a very elegant piece of device, to say the least.
The internet browser is workable and renders pages well, but with no pinch-to-zoom, delving into web pages is not ideal. We also found the Wi-Fi a bit wobbly and inconsistent which ended up in a five minute ordeal of trying to establish a wireless connection.
The interface for the 3.2 megapixel camera on the back of the phone is simple and easy to understand. Flash or auto focus would have been nice features if included. The quality of the pictures and videos are well below average. The colours appear dull, while close-ups turn out quite blurry.
The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is user friendly and easy to manage. You can easily choose the track you want to play but unfortunately, more advanced options such as equalizers are missing. The speaker is pretty loud and even manages to produce some deeper sounding tones. The supplied earphones are bearable. You’ll probably want to replace them with better ones if you are big on listening to music on the move.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8’s video playback capabilities are quite good but the usual lack of Divx and XviD support is frustrating. That means you would have to convert them into MPEG-4 format manually. MPEG-4 videos can be played at up to 800×480 pixels resolution.
The battery is relatively powerful – delivering up to 5 hours 40 minutes of 3G talk time. The 1200mAh battery is rated at 5 hours of talk time and 18 days on standby. Even though the X8′s processor is not quite as fast as some of the higher end Android phones, its 600 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM will still handle most tasks with ease.
Pros and Cons
The main disadvantage would be the web browsing function. But if internet capabilities are not high on your list, this could be the phone for you.
The main selling point of the X8 would undoubtedly be its cost. It is not a high end Android phone but it tries to tout the best Android has to offer.