The way to truly test and review a phone is going beyond the tech specs and cursory use at home by exposing it to real use scenarios such as at a loud drunk filled bar during the Final Four NCAA basketball tournament.
Last week on GoogleAndBlog I posted my initial thoughts on the Sony XPERIA X10 especially in comparison to my previous Android phones, the G1 & Google Ion.
Now I want to present a deeper review on its specs and its real world use since it survived the San Diego earthquake on Easter.
Initializing the phone was speedy as it took less than 30 seconds in booting up, compared to about 2 minutes on my previous Android phones, also it doesn’t REQUIRE you to have a Google account unlike said previous Android devices.
You do have the option to sync with your Google account or with Sony Ericcson’s sync service as well the option to not have any cloud account associated with the phone – the XPERIA X10 also has an inherent sync service for Facebook, Twitter, Picaso, & MySpace.
The X10 tech info:
Model Number: X10a
Firmware Version: 1.6
Baseband Version: 1.0.06
Kernel Version: 2.6.29-rel semc-android@SEMC #2
Build Number: R1EA013
Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (3G only works on AT&T)
Weight: 4.7 ounces
Size: 4.7 x 2.5 x .5 inches
Screen: 4 inches WVGA 480×864 capactitive touchscreen
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1GHz
Memory: 1GB internal with 8GB SD card
Battery: 1500 mA providing 10 hours of talk & 415 hours of standby time
Connection: Micro USB
Camera: 8.1 MP with Flash
I spared the video review as Michael Oryl at Android Authority did them for MobileBurn last week as he glowingly called it a “lousy phone” and it being the preproduction model that we both got, felt it was “a waste of my (his) time“.
To make the review worth your time I took the X10 out to a bar in San Diego during the Final Four called McGregor’s Grill & Ale House, a popular Chargers football tailgating spot that is close by to Qualcomm Stadium.
I was able to hear calls easily over the crowd noise and taking pictures with the camera and flash was actually phenomenal indoors.
Also surprising to me was that a lot of people at the bar, especially women, had the Droid as their phone preferring its keyboard but liked the camera and screensize of the X10.
The X10 has been long awaited, especially by Andrew Kameka of Androinica & I, as it was originally scheduled to be released late in 2009 – well before the Nexus One appeared – which would have presented it the opportunity of being THE cutting edge Android phone.
After long last it now available today for preorder on Rogers in Canada as it will be first publicly released on April 15th.
There is no US release date yet but AT&T would be the likely service provider as its the only US mobile service to support the X10 3G band.
The XPERIA X10 now is still an improvement over the Droid, but with its chronic delays, is only a sidekick to the Nexus One which will then be easily trumped by the upcoming Android phones such at the HTC Evo 4G & Samsung Galaxy S.
On Friday I will go over the applications & the Sony Android UI UX (formerly known as Nexus & then Rachael) which is very PS3-like along with its high resolution camera that still makes it an attractive Android phone for those that put image quality & picture taking at the forefront of their smartphone priorities.