Hello to all Android users @ Tbhp. I picked up my 1st Android handset a few weeks ago, the SE Xperia X10 and here is my take on it after using it for a sufficient time to review.
In the past, I have used around quite a few phones since my college including Nokia 3310 (my 1st handset), SE W550i, Nokia 3120, 3660 and 7610, Moto Razr V3, Samsung Dxxx (Forgot the number, it was a white slider phone), Nokia N95, iPhone 3G and 3GS. I have tried (Exchanged with friends) other Android phones as well including HTC HD2, Moto Droid and Samsung Galaxy S.
Out of all the phones mentioned, everyone was a bit unique in its own. But nothing beats the W550i in my opinion. It was stylish and built like a tank, bold orange color, above average call quality, music capabilities and battery life, decent pictures for a 1.3 MP camera. Inbuilt memory was a bit lower side (only 256 mb). But clearly, I was smitten over SE phones after using that handset.
So during Q4 of 2009, when I heard the news about Xperia X10, I was predisposed to like this handset, even after using iPhone.
When it was launched in Canada during April 2010, I had such a tough time leaving The Rogers Store without buying one! It was drop dead gorgeous and a hell of a beast hardware specs vise. Only thing that stopped my buying it at that time was the OS Donut (Android 1.6). Also, news about iPhone 4 were in the air, so I decided to wait until I can lay my hands on the new iPhone. Why not iPhone 4:
1st, I will talk about what stopped me upgrading from 3GS to a new iPhone 4. First things first, glass on the both sides of phone! I can't believe how fragile that thing is going to be in real life. You drop your phone a few times (It happens with me very often) and you are done. Ratina display is nice, clear and crisp but only when you compare it to a device such as iPhone 3GS next to it. It did impress me but not so much that I keep on going on the iPhone trail. 5 MP camera, it is not important for me but come on Apple.... my 2007 Nokia N95 had that. Though I'd say pic quality is higher in iPhone 4. A4 Chip, Oh yeah... Honestly, I could not find any speed difference between my 3GS and iPhone 4. So, there you have it, I couldn't convince myself to spend $700 to upgrade my current 3GS to iPhone 4. It just didn't seem worth spending so much.
Now, here comes the real deal, Xperia X10. While I was thinking to keep my 3GS, I came across this 2 weeks old Xperia X10 through one of my friends. The guy bought it from Rogers (Only sellers of X10 in Canada), sim unlocked it to use it on other networks, put in a 16GB microSD and then, all of a sudden bought an iPhone 4!!!
I came to know about the phone and checked it out, gave him an offer to buy his phone and in the evening, I had a 2 weeks old Luster White Xperia X10 in my pocket for a mouth watering price of $230!
Best deal I could get on such a high end phone! I have played with it quite a bit in the mean time. Had rooted it to update R2BA024, could not find too much of a difference, and then flashed in the original firmware R2BA020. Compared to my old workhorse iPhone 3GS, here is what I think about various aspects of X10. Looks:
Looks are always subjective but to me X10 looks fabulous compared to iPhone 3GS. It feels really solid too although screen at first feels like plastic, even though it is made of mineral glass. Phone ergonomics and button placement is bang on. Only complain I have it the cover of microUSB port on top, seems like I will loose it very soon. Speed:
Even though X10 is equipped with a faster processor, both phones are fast, no matter what I do... play games, reading ebooks, surfing internet etc. Haven't found the X10 lagging in any case so far, so I am a happy man. OS:
iPhone has the winning edge here because of iOS 4. But if I am honest, Android 1.6 runs quite smoothly on X10. Lacks multi touch but I don't care about it too much. Timescape and Mediascape are good features too. Only problem with X10 is its default media player in mediascape. Sound quality is very crisp on my Bose haedphones, but it doesn't have equalizers, something that is not expected from a brand like SE! Other things is, apps can only be stored on phone memory, not on microSD card. :( Screen:
Feels much vibrant on X10, even though there are only 65K colors. Trust me guys, X10 is a clear winner here for me. Camera:
X10's 8MP camera is a delight. I agree, It can never be a replacement for dedicated digicams but it is quite good compared to iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. I can upload a few clicks if you want me to. Touch focus, Multi focus, Image stabilizer, 8MP for 4:3 and 6MP for 16:9 ratio, Smile detection are a few included features. GPS:
GPS on X10 is extremely accurate, much better compared to iPhone. Battery:
X10 gives me around 36 hours of backup with moderate use of phone calls, camera, 3G, wifi and music. It is more or less similar to my iPhone 3GS, though I can't comment on battery backup from iPhone 4.
Overall, I am very happy with my X10. It is a worthy replacement for my iPhone 3GS. And one more good thing, I can transfer files through Bluetooth
on my X10, while using iPhone I almost forgot about this features... haha. And as I am typing here, my trusty iPhone is being shipped to my GF in India. I am waiting for 2.1 update eagerly but I assume I may need to root my phone again to update it. Because SE Canada + Rogers will not be releasing the update in 2010 Sept. It will be later in Q4 if I understand it correctly. Rogers suck!
Tell me what do you guys think and let me know if you have any questions in particular! and BTW, Android rules...