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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review | Multimedia functions

Published on: Sunday, December 21st 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Ericsson Xperia digital camera

Sony Ericsson Xperia digital camera

3.2 Megapixel digital camera

The integrated digital camera in the Sony Ericsson X1 has a resolution of 3.2 megapixels. This is a considerably smaller amount than similar phones of Samsung and LG (the Samsung Omnia offers a 5 megapixel digital camera and the LG Renoir even 8 megapixels). Access to the camera application is enabled by pressing the camera button on the right side of the mobile phone. Start-up of the camera application takes forever and the button doesn’t always work the first time, which makes it very hard to capture snapshots. Once the application is activated, actually capturing the picture also takes too long.

Sony Ericsson X1 camera application

Sony Ericsson X1 camera application

Shooting pictures with the Xperia X1

And if just before capture someone or something moves, the picture fails and sometimes you have the feeling the picture is already taken whilst it is not, which also makes capture fail. You really have to concentrate when shooting. And if in the end correct capture is carried out, the pictures are reasonable, although improvement is possible. There are some settings that can be changed, however, this is rather limited. Nor is it possible to change the settings spontaneously whilst shooting, since operation has to be done through the touchscreen and the reproduction is fairly unorganized.

 

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Sony Ericsson X1 ear phones

Sony Ericsson X1 ear phones

Playing music & videos

Thanks to the fact the Sony Ericsson is standard equipped with Windows Media Player, playing your music is just as familiar as on your computer. Many formats are supported, and there is also an integrated FM radio available. The high resolution and because of it; the excellent quality of the screen, does show to its full advantage when playing some preinstalled demos. A downside is the built-in speaker which is slightly sunken, causing it to sound muffled when something is pressing against it. Also when you carry the handset in your pocket and it rings, you are bound to miss a call.

Sony Ericsson X1 internet browser

Sony Ericsson X1 internet browser

Wi-Fi and HSDPA internet connection

The large monitor combined with Wi-Fi and HSDPA make the Sony Ericsson extremely suitable to use evt: surf / browse the Internet with. Both the Internet Explorer Mobile and Opera 9.5 are preinstalled. This is very positive; you can always use your favorite browser and you’re not tied to the Internet Explorer. Both browsers are easy to operate. Scrolling through various web pages can be done by the arrow keys, the optical joystick or by simply moving your finger over the touchscreen. It’s advisable to use the stylus pen for the Internet, certainly when clicking small links. At times you do notice the tininess of the screen, which makes reproduction somewhat difficult.

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 phone

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 phone

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 digital camera

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 digital camera

 
 
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