Category: Hands On

  • Xperia X10 goes up against 8 other smartphones in display shootout

    One of the biggest considerations when buying a new smartphone has to be the display used. This not only includes factors such as the size of display used, resolution, and whether multi-touch support is included (us X10 owners know this point all too well!) But you also need to factor the display technology used – […]

  • Sony Ericsson LiveView gets video unboxing, plus SDK now available

    Sony Ericsson’s remote micro-display device, LiveView, should now be available in most regions. JKK from JKKMobile recently took delivery of one and has shot a 14-minute unboxing and first hands-on. He gives a quick tour, showing the USB port under a hidden flap, a red/green LED indicator on the corner as well as showing us […]

  • Official: Xperia X10 will get multi-touch in Q1 2011

    Sony Ericsson has officially confirmed that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get some form of multi-touch during an OTA firmware update in Q1 2011. Rikard Skoberg from the SE Product Blog has said that there will be pinch-to-zoom (dual-touch) functionality on the web browser and Google Maps. So what’s changed you might be asking? […]

  • Sony Ericsson LiveView gets hands-on video impressions

    Sony Ericsson appears to be onto a winner with the upcoming LiveView Bluetooth mini-display. Overall, it has received positive comments from the wider technology community and also is something genuinely different to anything else on the market right now. The 1.3-inch OLED device is able to show incoming calls, calendar events as well as facebook […]

  • Timescape and social phonebook from Android 2.1 update demoed

    Following on from last week’s video demo’s of some of the new found functionality in the Android 2.1 Xperia X10 update, Rikard Skogberg from the SE Product Blog has released another video highlighting the changes made in Timescape and the (social) phonebook. Timescape, on the face of it, looks largely unchanged, however there are some […]

  • Xperia X8 in video unboxing

    SE-First has managed to get hold of the retail packaging for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 highlighting that its release must be nearing. They put the handset through a video unboxing and revealed what prospective owners can look forward to. It seems that SE is being quite generous by including four different coloured back […]

  • Xperia X8 gets promo and preview videos

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is due to hit the market by the end of Q3 2010. So far we’ve not heard anything definitive regarding release dates and all-in-all it’s been very quiet on the X8 front. SE were planning to release the device with Android 1.6, but given that the Android 2.1 update is […]

  • R2BA020 Xperia X10 firmware rolling out, our first impressions

    The much awaited firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 looks like it is slowly starting to roll out. After rumours of hearing about the ‘R2BA013’ and ‘R2BA016’ firmware updates, the one actually being released is ‘R2BA020’. The most up to date Xperia X10 firmware prior to this release was R1FB001. This update has […]

  • Xperia X10’s LCD versus AMOLED and Super AMOLED in direct sunlight

    One of the biggest differentiators between touchscreen smartphones is the display used. Considerations include the type of touchscreen layer (resistive, capacitive), resolution as well as the technology implemented (TFT, OLED). The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 uses a TFT LCD display, whilst many of the newer Android flagships from other manufacturers use AMOLED. The benefits of […]

  • Xperia X8 sized up against the X10 [Video]

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 was formally announced yesterday and a number of hands-on reports are coming out. SE-First has a hands-on video that gives a good look at the handset and compares it to the Xperia X10 as well as its mini siblings. We covered the full specs in our previous post and it’s […]

  • RockPlayer Divx Android Media Player hands-on [Video]

    An unreleased beta of an upcoming Android application called RockPlayer (aka RockPlayerBase) has leaked onto the Internet. It is a media player capable of playing a wide range of video codecs including divx, avi, mkv, mp4 and rmvb. This is something that is much needed on Android as there are only a few handsets that […]

  • X10 mini gets video preview

    Michell Bak from the se-blog has a 5-minute video preview of Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini handset. I have to say it looks like a really smart idea and one that is surely to have wide appeal. Amongst other things he gives a quick tour of the messaging application, web browser and menu system. The interface […]

  • X10 mini gets video unboxing

    The Xperia X10 mini has seen its first video unboxing highlighting its imminent release. Gustaf from the SE Product Blog unboxes one of the first X10 mini commercial samples. We get a good look at the handset along with standard accessories (charger, documentation, stereo headset and USB cable). As with the Xperia X10, different accessories […]

  • Sony Ericsson confirms no multitouch for X10 mini

    Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it has no intentions to implement multitouch gestures on either the X10 mini or X10 mini pro. This is despite the fact that the X10 mini may have the hardware capable of at least dualtouch gestures such as pinch-and-zoom. Timo Maassmann from the SE Product Blog says that enabling multitouch […]

  • Customising the X10 mini home screen [Video]

    Much of the recent focus has been on the Xperia X10. However Sony Ericsson will also be launching another couple of Android 1.6 smartphones in the form of the X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Both phones are set to launch this summer and to give us an idea how SE worked around the UI […]