Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

One of the most anticipated Android phones -- of last year -- has been the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. In all honesty, it should be available by now. But we continue to wait. Anyhoo ... what you have here is a solid phone. It feels great in the hand, the way you expect an Xperia device to feel. It's running Android 1.6 (Donut) here, but SE said it would be on the upgrade path after launch.

The user interface looks like something out of Avatar. There's a whole lotta blue going on. It's not unbearable, it just kind of wears on you after a bit. And despite being powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, transitions weren't as quick as we'd expect them to be -- something we've had to deal with before on Xperia devices. It's almost as is the lofty UI goals can't be met by the hardware, and that's really saying something when you're talking about Snapdragon. Perhaps it's just a coding issue, but it's one that was apparent here.

But any lag aside, the Timescape UI completely skinned Android. Sure, there's an app launcher, but it definitely doesn't have the same feel as stock Android. Not a bad thing, just different.

Timescape's "Infinite" button was interesting, too. Say you're looking at a contact, and you choose to see that contacts Facebook updates. Hit the Infinite button, and you really will see ALL of the updates. Search for an artist in the music app and hit the button. You'll see ALL the hits on YouTube.

But all this is kind of moot until we actually see the Xperia X10 made available for purchase. In the meantime, check out the pics after the break. (Update: Hands-on video added)

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Hands-on with the Xperia X10


wow, i hate ui's like these. they make you try to have fun, say while looking though a pic. and it's not fast and simple. yeah it will be fun when u go into the store and try it out but when you buy it and take it home it becoms dreadful. they should have stuck with original android 1.6 platform and they aren't going to sell much if it doesn't have 2.0 or higher. i do admit i like the body style though.

To slow for me mabey after they update the ui some and speed it up. I would expect a snapdragon powered phone to be on par with my Droid not slower

xda will not be wasting their time with an SE product. They have a focus on HTC products. This phone will be kept in ancient android land by SE and lack of hacking community.

@D Train: I've had a chance to play around with it and yes you can turn it off to have a 'stock' Android home screen with an additional page either side. The UI itself obviously needs optimization but from what I saw I don't think it will be as noticeable (if at all) once it's released. I reckon it will be released in Feb at the earliest.

This phone has a few nice features like the camera and such but nothing I can't do without. The N1 has everything I rally wanted in a phone and twice the RAM of the X10. I'm also enjoying stock Android 2.1 a lot too. The X10 UI just looks like flashy overkill that slows the phone down.

I think some of the slow UI response times were due to wi-fi integration in a very congested area. Typically 3G gets pretty bogged down in a convention. That being said, I didn't think the slow responses were unreasonable. Of course I would like it to be faster, but we also have yet to see what Android 2.1 will look like on it. I am really looking forward to this phone. Let's just hope it comes to the U.S. and not just Canada or Europe.

Yeah, and I sometimes have to remind myself not to be overly harsh on phones in store (let alone a CES event), 'cause they're being handled and handled and handled ...

Watching the various videos it looks like there is a serious lag between pushing a button and having the phone actually respond (and this includes sliding the screens left and right). I am anxious to get my hands on this phone and try it out but if it's as laggy as it looks I am afraid it would drive me crazy.

Judging strictly from the many videos I have seen... My daughters MyTouch and my G1 are snappier than the X10 and it has a Snapdragon!

Don't get this phone. Sony isn't giving any more OS updates for it. I have 2.1 and that's all I get, no gingerbread that they're raving on. I've only had the thing 6months. So pissed!
@Pneumatic Response time isn't usually that bad, screens change pretty fast.