The Sony Ericsson Experia X8 was designed to please consumers happy with “just right” prices and technology. The Experia X8 isn’t the cheapest Android on the market, but also not the most expensive. There are plenty of connectivity options for both telecommunications and file sharing. The phone provides a good music player, a built-in camera capable of video at 30fps, and access to a good music player and social networks. The 3-inch touchscreen is easy to see, providing good resolution and an intuitive user interface. Use the virtual QWERTY keyboard for messaging and updating your Facebook status. Google maps are easy to read, but you’ll find the phone also provide GPS you can rely on for navigation. Consumers who chose the Android phone over an iPhone say they like the more affordable price and the customisable interface. With The Experia X8 you can choose what applications you want to see on each screen and where you want to see them. Speaking of applications, The Ericsson Experia X8 is an Android phone and as such provides you with virtually unlimited options for downloading apps, but it also comes pre-packaged with the most complete set of Google tools such as Search, Maps, Mail, Talk and YouTube.
Connecting and browsing on the Web is fast with 3G HSDPA web browser built into the Sony Ericsson Experia X8. The 3.0-inch display renders text, images and websites clearly without formatting problems. While it’s not made of the super tough Corning Gorilla Glass, the display on the Xperia X8 is protected with a scratch resistant coating. The Xperia X8 is touted as a multi-media phone and music is central to the design of the Xperia X8. Sony Ericsson music player provides an excellent experience with Mega Bass, TrackID music recognition, and PlayNow music downloads. Listen to the music using headphones plugged into the 3.5mm audio jack or connect wirelessly with a Bluetooth headset. Expanding on the multi-media experience, you can listen to FM music in stereo or download some 3D games to kill the time between breaks at work. The 3.15 megapixel camera provides adequate imagery and VGA recording at 30fps with geo-tagging. There is no secondary phone – no video conferencing.
Even though the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is an older model as it goes in Android years, the phone should pleas the majority of consumers looking for a Smartphone with good network connectivity, fast Internet browsing and basic features. The phone dimensions are 99 x 54 x 15 mm placing it in the “just right” category for easy handling. The fact that the phone weighs only 104 grams makes it a lightweight companion, easy to fit in your pocket or purse. If you plan on expanding the storage with a microSD card you might want to do that early on.
You have to remove the battery to get to the card slot and removing a mobile phone battery sometimes causes you to loose contact entries. Besides you don’t want to run out of space and then insert a new card and have to remember everything you want to store on the phone, then re-download it all. Expand on storage early on in your Android experience.
Connect to your PC wirelessly and download music, video or pictures. We found Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Gallery application was able to locate images on the phone’s storage not matter where you managed to dump them. As this is an older Android OS, pinch-to-zoom wasn’t conceived and isn’t available. However, Sony had the foresight to create their own version of zooming. Just press on an image then sweep up to zoom in on the photo or down to zoom out. If you accidentally double-tap on an image you’ll find that zooms in on the picture, too. The on-board video player only plays MP4 files. The Ericsson Xperia X8 midi cannot play DivX/XviD videos. However, there are free apps for that on the Android Market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is also equipped with an FM radio which is a nice option to have over downloaded MP3s. With the FM radio you can keep up on news and new music releases.
Features of the Ecricsson Xperia X8 (Specification)
- Band: 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
- CPU: 600 MHz ARM 11; GPU Adreno 200
- OS: Android OS, v1.6 (Donut), upgradable to v2.1
- Memory: 68 MB RAM; microSD, up to 16GB, 2GB included
- Dimensions 99 x 54 x 15 mm
- Weight 104 grams
- Connections: Bluetooth, microUSB port; Wi-Fi: Yes
- Display: 3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
- Video: VGA@30fps
- Secondary: No
- Radio: Stereo FM
- GPS: Yes
- Browser: HTML
- Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
- Stand-by Up to 446 h (2G) / Up to 476 h (3G)
- Talk time Up to 4 h 45 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 40 min (3G)
Pros and Cons of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
- Very affordable
- Middle of the road mobile phone
- Good phone for low-tech requirements
- Older model mobile with older Android OS version
- No multi-touch support
- Camera rather lackluster and no autofocus
- Must remove the battery to insert a microSD slot
- No secondary front-facing camera
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 sets the stage for game play with games from the Android Market or watching clips on YouTube, browsing the web, or downloading music. The on-board video camera is adequate, but don’t expect super high resolution pictures. The Xperia X8 offers great value, features and a most affordable price.