This morning I received the Fed Ex package that said overnight but I felt like it was over a year of waiting as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android phone was finally in my hands.
I have been talking about this phone in anticipation from when I first started speaking at conferences in early 2009 on topics such as Android at SMX Advanced last year.
This pent up demand is accentuated with reported selling price of $1000 via Amazon for unlocked Sony Xperia X10s since this phone is not expected to be available in the United States until possibly the later half of 2010.
So I quickly opened the Sony X10a box labeled Sensuous Black which along with the phone itself had a smart setup in that the USB cable connects into a socket adapter, so you don’t need 2 separate wires, plus a quality pair of Sony earbuds that included an extender with the mic & button.
Thankfully the ear buds and connector are with the 3.5mm plug versus the USB connection.
Oddly the X10 had the USB connection with the peel off lid and the 3.5 headphone jack on the top of the phone instead of on the bottom (as well ditching the USB connection lid).
Strangely as well this is the first smartphone I have seen with the volume button on the right side when its facing you.
So I compared it to the other Android phones I had which are the G1 and the Google Ion (Google I/O version of the MyTouch 3G) with these differentiator bullet points
- The X10 is about the height of the G1 but half the depth
- The X10 is thinner than the Ion but noticeably heavier
- The X10 screen is massive and the size of the entire Google Ion
- The X10 screen with the SnapDragon processor is great for video
- The X10 screen also helps avoid fat fingering the onscreen keyboard
- The X10 8.1 MP camera is better than most digital cameras I have used
- Yes, the X10 was loaded with Android 1.6 & lacks multitouch
- Oddly what I really missed was not having the trackball on the X10
- The X10 boot time blew away both the G1 & Ion at under 30 seconds
- Both the Google Ion & G1 took about 2 minutes to cold boot
Those were the main initial comparisons from my first day with the Sony Ericsson X10 as I will expand on this review in posts later this week on another site.
These X10 review posts will be done as part of the debut of Mobile Martin where I will be posting on mobile marketing in general along with SEO & project management tips advice and opinions.
GoogleAndBlog itself will be making some major changes beginning in April with more robust & timely Android news along with some major site improvements that the readers of GAB deserve.