Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 review

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

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Google apps are well represented on the X8, with Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Voice Search and Google Talk all on here from the outset. But with only 128MB of internal RAM for users, you'll need to be rather selective about what you stick on the X8 – a few of the more memory-hungry apps will soon have you running out of space.

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There's an odd selection of extra apps pre-loaded on the X8, such as the Wisepilot sat-nav tool – a completely pointless addition when the all-powerful Google Maps Navigation is on here, and doesn't require payment to use.

Elsewhere there's Sony Ericsson's own TrackID system for identifying (then buying) music you hear, plus its PlayNow shop and casual gaming service – the latter is rather useless when the Android Market's on the phone, but both will no doubt find a home with casual users.

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Elsewhere there's the standalone Facebook app if you don't want to use the Timescape widget, a few free game demos, plus a Notes app that enables you to send shortcuts to the Home screen and set little alarm reminders for things.

But there's one much more important question we must ask – can it run Angry Birds?

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Yes. Thank God for that.

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