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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Announced, unboxed, and now reviewed. Yes, we at Techie have the much-coveted Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and we fondled it with our grubby hands to our heart's content. We'll keep it simple when we say it's goooood.

There is no reason to doubt the X10's performance, particularly when you read the spec sheet. Even in writing, the features already tell an interesting tale, especially with that large 4-inch screen and powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor. However, over the years, we've learned that just because a gadget looks good on paper, it doesn't mean it will perform just as well.

Fortunately for the X10, it more than lives up to expectations. It's zippy, it's spacious, and Sony Ericsson's Rachael UI just makes it more enjoyable to use than most phones out there.

Android newbies may find it hard to use the Xperia's 3 main buttons, especially when you compare it to the iPhone's singular button. Although with a little practice, you'll feel right at home with it.

Amusingly confusing

In all honestly, we really should review the Xperia X10 as a mobile Internet device (MID) rather than a phone, since it really is an MID that can send and receive calls and texts. Having said that, we have to give the X10 2 thumbs up for the browser.

Sites load fast (well, as fast as your connection permits, that is), and the huge screen makes navigating pages easy. Texts are surprisingly sharp even at small sizes, and the kinetic scrolling feature really makes it seem as if you're swiping your finger on a real piece of paper.

Of course, because the X10 is an Android device, there's a good chance you'll want to visit the Market to get more than your share of free apps. A pre-installed Android Market app is already on board, which is more than we can say about the HTC Magic and Smart who so callously removed the app from the country's first Android handset.

Paranoid with Android

Now that we're on the subject, Android requires users to sign in using a Google account. Once you're signed in, your whole “Googleverse” gets sucked into the X10. You contacts and calendars are integrated instantly, signifying an unholy (and sometimes unwanted) marriage of the Web and your phone.

As reviewers, we find it unsettling to have all of our information dumped into a phone that we'll return to the manufacturer eventually. But for you dear Techies, we'd gladly do it (please hold your tears and your “awws” until the end of the review).

Conservative camera

The X10's camera is also noteworthy, offering a range of shooting options from “party” to “beach and snow” (although we sincerely doubt somebody would actually use this phone on the beach or out in the snow). It has an 8.1-megapixel sensor, but the shots are nothing out of the ordinary. Then again, this is a phone mobile Internet device more than anything else.

Sweet and sexy

Physically, the X10 is a thing of beauty. It's just so stunning to look at, we haven't come across anyone who didn't react with a “wow” or a “whoa.” It feels wide, but it could be held with ease given that it's only 13mm thick. It's still thin enough to be put in your pocket, although we advice that you not move around a lot.

The capacitive screen takes up most of the real estate, and we couldn't be happier about that. We just wish, though, that multitouch will finally be incorporated once Andoid 2.1 becomes available.

Verdict

It's a big yes for us especially if you're not down with purchasing an iPhone. The Nexus One, the only other viable alternative to the X10, is too elusive in the Philippines, so if you really want to drive down the Android route, this is the way to go.

Click here to see the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in the Buyer's Guide.