Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Sony Ericsson, first come up in my mind is that always synonymous with portable media players and cameras. But this time, Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, a Windows mobile with a full multimedia features which is a new attempt made by Sony Ericsson. Gear up to see whether the device can fulfill our anticipation or not.
In the package, we have a Battery, a charger, a handsfree, a USB cable, two stylus, CD and Manuals.
The display of X1, without a doubt coming close to being equal with the Apple iPhone display with a large 3” matrix supporting 800x480 resolutions.
Touch Pro? Xperia X1 just looks similar to it in outlook. X1 is no space to pile in the competition for the lightest Windows Mobile device around which gives us a strong and sturdy feeling. It seems for the meat eating males.
The keys are silver in color and quite faithful to a desktop QWERTY keyboard's layout. But it is too flat to distinguish one key from another is not exactly easy. However, it works well with your big thumb.
On the Slider and below the screen, the Call and Hang up keys, as well as the main navigation panel, the dedicated button for the Xperia panel, marked as the X Panel. These surround a directional pad. Truth to tell, Xpanel is not really responsive compared with HTC TouchFLO 3D.
The 3.2 megapixel camera and flash are located at the back of the phone.
The power button and a 3.5mm audio jack found on the top of X1. It is for the Windows Mobile users who are also music fans. Cool~
On the left side of the device, you may find the microSD slot. Unfortunately, it is only accessible after the removal of the lids.
Xpanel interface. There are seven of these tiles with each giving one touch access to features from Google services to your onboard media. Also it’s possible to add custom user panels. This is the own widget of Sony Ericsson.
We are now in the Sony Ericsson panel, a panel to see the weather, finance, world clock and shortcuts to communication and applications.
Runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 professional and 528MHz. CPU.
And here is Sony Ericsson Windows Mobile Programs interface (including: Comm Manager, Google Maps, Messenger and Opera Browser).
The wireless communication is done with the help of onboard Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi units. Both are work perfectly; we had tested it with no problem handling them over.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a very specific, yet an efficient PDA. It has all the common features like the other Window Mobile but it also have multimedia functions which you guys can’t find in others. It would make a great choice for those looking for a Window Mobile sporting just as much computing power and versatility as you need. Seems it is one of the best in its class. Sony Ericsson, you are so great!!
The own widget of Sony Ericsson (the seven panels):
• Sony Ericsson panel – a panel to read news, weather, finance, world clock and shortcuts to communication and applications.
• Media Experience panel – center for viewing and playing multimedia files.
• Slideshow panel – slideshow of recently taken videos and photos.
• Microsoft Today panel – this panel is the actual Microsoft today screen.
• 3D Fish panel – a panel that showcases the 3D features of the phone
• FM radio panel - a panel to access your FM radio straight.
• Google panel - provides access to all Google services.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Standard stuff: a Battery, a Charger, a USB cable, a handsfree, CD, Manual and a USB adapter for M2 cards.
Truth be told, C905 is a bit of a brick compared to the slim line candy bar phones. However, high-quality materials’ using for creating its overweight body and it’s crafted flawlessly--C905 actually looks nice. Seems it wasn’t made for a ladies purse, but more for the meat eating, fire making male of the Sony species.
A shot on the phone slide up.
Keypad closed up. The flat keypad? My perception of flat keypad is they usually look good but suck at typing - well thanks god that this is not the case with C905. The keypad offers excellent tactility and touch orientation.
There are two additional shortcut keys above the display. The left one shows you the last photo that was taken (open the shooting mode menu) and the right one shows the image gallery (start the Scene mode menu).
At the back of the phone slide up, you may see the slider is made of some fine brushed metal and really give the C905 a more refined look.
Here is the 8 megepixel camera at the back of the phone. We like the design of the lid protecting the lens which is a new type of mechanism where the bottom part sinks when opening the lid and rises back up when closing. Well~ Gimmick! There are the Xenon flash and the LED light, the mini mirror and the lens.
When the camera is active, the camera function symbols on the D-pad light up in blue.
The camera shutter key is located on the right hand side which is illuminated in blue when the camera in action.
Besides, a volume/zoom rocker, keys for previewing and changing the shooting mode are also located on the right.
Here is the M2 card slot on the left hand side together with the charger/headphones.
We definitely appreciate the USB adapter which brings us convenience with elegant solution for data transfer from and to the card.
New Sony Ericsson Menu and icons.
Camera in action. The image on the screen looks clear.
The software is decent, offers a lot of options, like auto, face detection, macro and initial.
Face detection in action. We find that the startup and focusing is relatively quick which is within 2 seconds; however the storing process takes about 5 seconds. Well~ we love fast focusing with slow storing rather than slow focusing with fast storing, right?
We also can turn to twilight portrait/landscape depends on your needs. It has the face recognition, but there’s no sign of the more advanced smile and blink detection.
Actual photo shot by the phone in an indoor office lighting environment. C905 did not disappoint us here.
The photo is taken with Xenon flash on. Well~ very powerful!
Another shot with flash on.
And I would like to mention the battery life of C905 which is an excellent 380 hours on standby or 9 hours talk time and from our test this is fairly realistic apart from heavy use of WiFi or heavy camera use with flash of course. Although it doesn’t have a touchscreen, C905 is equipped with a very good browser, which is more user-friendly. If you are looking for the best 8-megapixel cameraphone and taking pictures with a flash, I can say C905 has no competition at the moment.
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