Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 review

Sony Ericsson moves on the Android mid-ground with its 3" compromise phone

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Web browsing is done in the standard Android 1.6 browser, and is identical to that found in the Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

There's no multi-touch support here, so page zooming uses the old Android technique. You press the page, then zoom in and out with the magnifying glass, or use the magnifying tool to highlight particular areas.

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It's not as glamorous or user-friendly as the modern pinch-to-zoom style found on other cheap Android phones such as the Orange San Francisco and would be a right pain were the X8 not a very capable device when it comes to moving web pages around. Pages scroll around very quickly, reducing the potential for browser rage significantly.

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The 320 x 480 resolution is the most common screen format out there in Android world, and on the X8's smaller three-inch screen this makes web text very sharp and readable. The Xperia X8 manages to display text much more sharply and legibly than the competing budget LG Optimus One, despite the physically smaller screen.

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The only problem here is with the options and general age of the browser. There's not much in the way of customisation or features, with just your standard Bookmarks and History options accessible through the Menu button. You can't copy text from pages, either, although it is possible to share URLs via the Android sharing options.

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You can send shortcuts to the app drawer and Home screen, though, which is useful. Links to specific pages appear as icons you can slot into any of the phone's app slots for easy access to favourite sites. That's the only decent feature of a very basic, but fast browser.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory128 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyXPERIA X
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time4.75 Hour
Product ModelX8
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)104 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height99 mm
Width54 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesX
Battery Standby Time446 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA X8 Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1245-7354
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Work, play or both? Get the apps you need from Android Market. The X8 media phone with touchscreen gives you high-speed Internet - and lets you have it your way. Enjoy instant access to your favorite functions via the customizable four corners of the home screen.

Android touchscreen smartphone. Easy.

The 3" touchscreen of the X8 Android multimedia smartphone lets you enjoy a perfect combination of entertainment and ease-of-use. Connect through 3G or Wi-Fi. Type your messages on the virtual QWERTY keyboard. Find your way with Google Maps and GPS.

Limited Warranty2 Year