Recently, on 25 March 2010, Sony Ericsson expanded its line of ‘Xperia’ containing Xperia X1 and Xperia X2 series by adding the much anticipated ‘Xperia X10‘. Code named ‘Rachael’ and previously rumored to be named the ‘X3′ or ‘X5′, the X10 takes a step out of the contemporary by introducing the latest OS for mobile phones, the ‘Android’ launched by Google. This is the first Android device by Sony Ericsson. The phone had quite a hype following it preceding its release and once again, Sony Ericsson has managed to live up to its expectations.
The phone is currently shipped with Android version 1.6, but an upgrade to version 2.1 is promised in the second half of 2010. Frankly, users won’t be missing out on much as the huge amount of specs the phone has to offer pretty much makes up for it. The android OS is easy to operate, boasting of a lot of features and a market to download more apps (currently the market contains around 40,000 apps as compared to apple’s whopping 140,000). The apps range from various kinds of games to tools (like the very useful bar-code scanner) to weather forecasts or merely daily updates to your favorite comic; both free and paid.
The phone consists of a mammoth 8.1 megapixel camera with a single LED which has to be manually turned on and doesn’t function like a flash (a new feature called ‘Photolight’). Frankly, they could have done a better job by offering a xenon flash to do justice to the huge camera. But this drawback is compensated by the addition of features like ‘Face Detection’ ( Upto 5 faces can be detected and identified by the camera) and ‘Smile Detection’. The camera automatically stores the photographs under the respective contact. Video quality is also very good with various settings at hand.
# 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA support
# 4″ capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 854 pixel) resolution and scratch-resistant surface
# 16M-color ready (65K effective colors under Android OS v1.6)
# Android OS v1.6 with complete Sony Ericsson UI customization
# Timescape and Mediascape UI
# Excellent social networking integration
# Excellent build quality
# Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU, OpenGL ES 2.0 support; 384 MB of RAM
# 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, geotagging, face and smile detection
# WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) video recording @ 30fps
# Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
# 1 GB storage, microSD slot, bundled with an 8GB card
# Accelerometer and proximity sensor
# Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
# microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
# Document viewer
# Li-Po 1500 mAh (BST-41) battery
# Great audio quality
Estimated Price (usually excluding taxes, actual cost may vary): INR 30,500/-, £489.94