Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review: Also known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia E15i, the X8 was released in 2010. The Xperia brand had come to be known as the home for Sony Ericsson’s top-end phones. At this time there was still much experimentation going on before the Xperia series became synonymous with big-screen phones. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 was a previous flagship from 2008 and featured an impressive range of specifications running on Windows OS.
Come 2010, it was clear that Android was the way forward for most phone manufacturers, but Sony were not done quite yet: the Sony Erission Xperia A8i came out shortly after this handset and was based on the Linux-based oPhone system. But with significant skinning of the operating system, it was possible to create an almost bespoke Android experience.
The X8 buckled the trend of increasing touchscreen size: it featured a 3.0 inch screen which was at odds with the 4-inch plus screens now coming to market. Amazingly a previous model – the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini was even smaller, clocking in at 2.5 inches. It was not a cutting edge phone for sure, but looked to provide a solid mid-market purchase for those not looking for the biggest screens. The LG Optimus E400 ran along the same lines.
There were to be other small screen releases: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro were 3.0 inch screens released in 2011. Both featured improved specifications and in the case of the Pro, a retractable QWERTY keyboard.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review: Pros
The X8 managed to offer the best of both worlds from a price/value proposition. The specification was pretty decent. The reduced screen size partially offset the cost of the model making it cheaper than the top-end phones.
Whilst the screen size was smaller, quality was much better. 16M colours could be displayed, and a 320 x 480 resolution was an improvement over the X10 mini. The screen also featured the upcoming Gorilla glass, making it resistant to scratches.
Media was well cared for on the phone. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, audio jack and microSD were all supported. From its Walkman series there were a range of good media apps. The phone also had GPS and worked with Google Maps.
The most was made from the smaller screen with the custom user interface. Corners of the screen were used for shortcuts in order to maximise the space available.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review: Cons
For some reason imaging took a hit in this model of phone. The camera resolution went down to 3.15MP and the rear of the phone also lost the LED flash and autofocus, resulting in reduced image quality. There was also no front-facing camera.
The reduced screen size did give rise to some limitations particularly with applications made with bigger screens in mind. Widgets were becoming well used with Android, but the smaller screen size on the X8 restricted their use to just one.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Sony Ericsson phones may be of interest as this particular company does not exist any more (being acquired by Sony). From this point of view these phones may be coveted in future. At present, they still have some basic usage and are an alternative from the larger-screen phones.
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