We lauded Sony Ericsson for cutting no corners on the reported Android-powered XPERIA 'Rachael', it absolutely looked like a high-end device that packed a hefty punch: Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 7.2 megabytes HSDPA. On paper, it looked to be an absolute beast. So what could make the 'Rachael' even more stunning? To have a user interface as lovely as anything we've ever seen.

Sony Ericsson has built a new UI layer on top of Android (much like with what HTC did with HTC Sense) and boy, it sure is pretty. It seems to place a heavy emphasis on social networks and unified messaging and combines all kinds of sleek and sexy to deliver a fully immersive experience. If you watch the video, you can see the fluid use of widgets and from the looks of it, stellar usage of touch.

Obviously, it's still early in the game for 'Rachael' and for all we know the UI could be buggy and the hardware flawed, but we're pretty certain we have a winner here. Now let's hope Sony Ericsson officially announces it!

What do you guys think?

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Sony Ericsson 'Rachael' Android XPERIA Phone Has A Beautiful UI

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I think the UI looks fantastic, and I hope that it ends up being all that it looks that it will be. Oh please let this come to T-Mobile so I don't have to go through the hassle of switching carriers!

This, my non-Android friends, is what makes Android different from iPhone OS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Customization. The ability to change the look and feel of the device without compromising the functionality of the OS or not being able to customize far enough into the OS to make a difference (e.g. any HTC TouchFlo Windows Mobile phone).

I thought the Samsung i7500/Galaxy was sweet. This suits my desires even more (provided I don't have to pay full price like the original Xperia). If Samsung customizes the UI, we could have a very nice/fruitful Android war on our hands btwn Hero, Galaxy and this.

Well, well, well. Who cant make a limited part ofa GUI look sweet? This looks good. A couple of things thou. Seems like it may consume CPU. And hw about everything else n a GUI? And is itt effective? Will the user be fast?

I'm from Sweden and own some shares but I think the Android world lost focus a bit here.

I'm waiting for a "With Google" branded phone that has more RAM than the myTouch's 192 MB. The advantages of having the default UI are the use of less processing power and RAM and quicker UI updates once Google releases them.

Quicker updates? Dude when this ships it will be using Donut (android 2.0) and it will be baked fresh! not stale.

Then what happens when Eclair and Flan come out? With a UI like this, you will have to wait for the company who made the phone to update their version of Android sometime (who knows when) after Google releases them. That's assuming the company even decides to update in the first place. It's very likely they could pass over updating older phones and only put any new features on new phones.

4" Screen + 1Ghz Processor? Hope the battery will be up to it.

With a multiprocessing Donut, will beat iPhone hands down!

Looks to be my next phone for sure. Nearly bought the Hero, but the screen was simply too small.

Wish list:
4" AMOLED multi-touch screen 16:9 format
HTC Hero UI
2GB iPhone type Flash memory with MiniSD upgradable to at least 32GB
12Mp Camera + decent flash with HD video
Buttons that glow in the dark (I like the flashing mini controller on the Hero when you have new messages)
USB, 3.5 jack and lots of other stuff can't think of now!