It would seem that there’s an official enough release date for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 smartphone. Sim free pre-orders are being taken on the Play.com website although the price is likely to separate the genuinely enthusiastic from the mildly curious because sim free it will cost you a breath taking £600.
Off the bat, it looks a nice design for a smart phone. The QWERTY keyboard slides down from behind the screen, in landscape rather than portrait so it feels like a laptop that the Borrower’s might use. The design of the slider is arced so that it apparently offers a better user experience.
It is small and happily sits in the palm of your hand although that obviously means that while it does offer a full QWERTY keyboard you will be thumbing it, as it were. When you don’t require the use of a full keyboard, the touch screen interface and there’s even handwriting recognition as well as some beneficial personal features.
The phone will run a modified variant of the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, which also includes Outlook Mobile and Office Mobile. The 3.2MP camera is coupled with video recording and playback as well as advanced GPS tracking capabilities.
The price is a little on the weighty side, but the phone packs a serious punch. Has some excellent features and provides a good looking and feature rich device for personal and business use.