The Sony Ericsson XPERIA range has seen a number of new handsets in the last few months. The new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 offers a good level of functionality and design however won’t break the bank.
The handset measures 99x 54x 15 mm whilst weighing in at a mere 104 g. Measuring 3 inches, the TFT capacitive touchscreen boasts the ability to display up to 16,000,000 individual colours within its pixel configuration of 320x 480. This provides fantastic display quality for such a compact Smartphone. The screen itself is manufactured from scratch-resistant glass and comes with accelerometer and proximity sensors as standard.
128 MB of internal storage is provided so users can store a number of music tracks or photos etc. within the handset. There is also an integrated microSD card slot which comes with a pre-installed 2 GB memory card. This expands the available storage somewhat, however is able to be replaced with a card of up to 16 GB, meaning that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 can effectively double up as an MP3 player, as this level of storage is more than capable of storing the average sized digital music collection. A 3.5mm audio jack is included for headphone use.
In order to stay connected the appropriate cellular networks on the move, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 calls upon EDGE and GPRS in class 10 versions in areas with little or no 3G coverage. In areas where 3G coverage is provided, an HSDPA connection provides users with the means to gain a fast and reliable internet browsing experience. Whenever users have access to local wireless networks, be they in a commercial, domestic or public location, they can enjoy an even faster Internet browsing experience thanks to full Wi-Fi connectivity. Of course, the standard Bluetooth and micro USB connections are also included meaning users can connect the handset to compatible hardware devices whereby a number of different tasks can be carried out.
A handy 3.15 megapixel digital camera is provided giving users the means to take spontaneous snapshots when out and about. Whilst the camera won’t win any awards for innovation, it provides a convenient means to take decent quality pictures thanks to its pixel resolution of 2048x 1536. It comes with geo-tagging which keeps track of where users took their photos. As an added bonus, users have the luxury of being able to shoot video footage in VGA quality at a rate of 30 frames per second.
The Android operating system is called upon, in this case version 1.6 (Donut) to provide a customizable and easy to navigate user interface. A number of features in several different categories is included, ranging from social networking, multimedia and work productivity tasks.
Despite the modest price tag, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 ticks all the boxes and provides the full package of Smartphone functionality and is even available in a range of appealing colour options. Maybe you are looking for your first smartphone or fancy colourful change from the norm, so the Sony Ericsson the XPERIA X8 could be the smartphone for you.