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Although it might not count as a 'mini' smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and its 3'' screen aren't far off. This small touch-sensitive handset runs Android 2.1 and boasts an impressive list of features. But what's it like to use every day? Let's take it for a spin ... The Xperia X8's compact form factor means you can slide it into your pocket without even thinking about it, although it is a tiny bit thicker than we had expected. Unless you're used to a slightly larger smartphone, there's nothing different about using the Xperia X8. The first word that comes to mind to describe its external experience is 'cute': it's small, and comes with three interchangeable plastic covers in some girly colours. That's no doubt designed to appeal to the phone's primary target, younger customers. Let's take a look at that small capacitative touchscreen. It certainly uses capacitative technology, but the real problem is how much of a pain it is to use. It's not just that it isn't very responsive: it's not very accurate either. That makes typing any text very difficult, both because of the small size of the virtual keyboard and the lack of sensitivity of the individual keys.
The X8 is the latest introduction to Sony's Ericcson's flagship Xperia range of phone. It feels like it doesn't quite know what it is - it's larger than the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, but more diminutive than the Xperia X10, although it's the Mini that it most looks like. Before we get started, we need to make it clear that the X8 is definitely aiming at the cheaper end of the market. So, first up we should not be surprised that the handset is made from somewhat flimsy plastic. However, despite feeling brittle and budget-priced, the device is also pleasingly lightweight. Our review phone came in a rather brash white, which on the one hand makes it stand out, yet on the other makes it look rather tacky. Apart from being slightly bigger, the X8 looks pretty much like the X10 Mini, although it does have a slightly bigger display, measuring 3 inches. Its user interface is just the same as the X10 Mini's - you'll find four icons, one in each corner of the display, for dial pad, messaging, music and contacts. It is possible to customise these to show your favourite features. Slide your finger to the left of the home screen and you'll be treated to a collection of home screens, all of which can be customised to show feeds or shortcuts.
We've got exactly what we wished for. After being rather impressed by Sony Ericsson's ultra-small Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, we couldn't help but wonder what Sony Ericsson's heavily customised Android OS would look like on a phone with a middle-of-the-road screen that sits somewhere between that of the monster X10 and the tiny X10 Minis. And that's exactly what we've got here. The screen of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is three inches in size, so slightly smaller than the 3.2-inch norm as seen in the likes of the HTC Legend, LG Optimus One and many, many more Android phones. The good news is the X8's touchscreen uses capacitive technology, so it's immediately more usable than other entry-level Android phones like the LG GT540 and Vodafone 845, which use the cheaper, less sensitive resistive technology. And don't work. The form factor of the Xperia X8 is identical to that of the X10 Mini – only bigger. Which means a curved back with easily removable cover, three silver buttons beneath the screen – Android-standard Menu, Home and Back – along with the camera and speaker around the back.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia series is probably the manufacturer's most exciting lineup of phones. First, there was the Windows Mobile-powered Xperia X1. Then along came its successor, the X2, as well as the Android-based Xperia X10. We also shouldn't forget those little fellas - the X10 mini and mini pro, which redefined the meaning of compactness. The latest addition to the Xperia lineup is a budget-cautious Android handset, which comes in a stylish outfit - the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. From first sight, the X8 looks like a pretty decent lightweight smartphone; it has good looks, a passable 3-inch capacitive screen, as well as a pleasant and easy-to-use software. However, does everything the Xperia X8 is capable of come together nicely to form a worthy all-round smartphone package? Let's see!The package contains:You might actually mistake the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 with the X10 mini (or vice versa), if you're just looking at the images, as both handsets look almost identical. In reality though, The X8 shows its superiority by treating you to its with resolution of 320x480 pixels - more than enough for this screen size.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is likely to outsell the rest of the XPERIA droids. It's neither the best phone in the line-up, nor it's a phone to excite and inspire but it's the common denominator. It is right in the middle. It's an XPERIA for everyone ? both size-wise and price-wise. The X8 bridges the gap between two extremes. And it manages to find itself a niche in the process - a niche where it can breathe freely. It's a place with healthy competition but no big egos around. The X8 is selling for as low as 175 euro and that makes it one of the least expensive Android smartphones on the market. For a reasonable price, the phone offers the feature pack most of its rivals would give you. It has diverse connectivity options, a good music player, neat user interface, a built-in camera and access to social networks and the Android Market. Average size and realistic price, the X8 fits snugly in the Android midrange and sets itself apart from its XPERIA siblings. That's more than evident without digging too deep into the spec sheet. Imaging is certainly middling: no autofocus and measly 3 megapixels. The screen on the other hand has grown to a healthy 3 inches and standard HVGA resolution.
Looking at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X10 mini, you just can't help but notice the overwhelming difference in size between the two Android smartphones. In fact, this difference is so great, that one would hardly believe there isn't something in between. Well, at first, there wasn't, but just a few days ago Sony Ericsson filled the gap by announcing the Xperia X8 - a mid-end Android phone.For good or bad, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is more similar to the X10 mini, than the X10, which is mainly because of the fact that it utilizes the X10 mini's user interface. On the hardware side however, it does a decent job at differentiating and conveniently establishing itself in the mainstream space.The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is pretty similar in design to the X10 mini. They may actually look almost identical, if you don't get the chance to place them next to each other. In reality though, The X8 shows its superiority by treating you to its 3-inch capacitive LCD screen with resolution of 320x480 pixels - more than enough for this screen size. Because it is a standard TFT (IPS LCD or AMOLED have yet to work their way to the mid- and low-end), the screen suffers from some poor viewing angles, while the image quality itself leaves much to be desired.
Sony Ericsson don?t believe in the one-size-fits-all concept. Their XPERIA lineup stretches from XS to XL. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 fits right in the middle. A grown X10 mini or a smaller X10, the X8 will do well either way because it?s average in a good way. Its job is to attract the people who were put off by the size extremes of the X10s. Compared to the X10 mini, the camera on the X8 has been downgraded to 3MP fixed-focus, but the screen has grown to a healthy 3 inches and the resolution has doubled ?improving both the image quality and giving the custom Android UI more room to work with. The rest of the package was left intact ? down to the complimentary 2GB microSD card in the box. We hear the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 will be priced at around 200 euro, which will make good value for money. Let?s face it, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and X10 mini are niche products ? one for the high-end loving crowd and the other for those fascinated by the tiny yet powerful smartphone. The XPERIA X8 on the other hand is aimed at the masses. The 600MHz CPU won?t break any speed records, but Sony Ericsson have optimized their custom interface to the point of giving you a smooth and consistent run ? which at times does feel blazing fast.
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