Sony Ericsson X8 Xperia Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
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- Android Touchscreen
- Customisable Media Phone
- Application Market
- Virtual Qwerty Keyboard
- Google Maps & GPS
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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is likely to outsell the rest of the XPERIA droids. It's neither the best phone in the line-up, nor it's a phone to excite and inspire but it's the common denominator. It is right in the middle. It's an XPERIA for everyone - both size-wise and price-wise. The X8 bridges the gap between two extremes. And it manages to find itself a niche in the process - a niche where it can breathe freely. It's a place with healthy competition but no big egos around. The X8 is selling for as low as 175 euro and that makes it one of the least expensive Android smartphones on the market.
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I've owned one of these for a while now, so here's a few thoughts that may be of use if you're considering this phone:
Oddly, the front's ok but the back cover is cheap and nasty, and creaks if you press it. I dropped the phone one morning getting onto the train and the casing flew off and the battery fell out. Three pieces of phone all over the floor. Luckily it all snapped together again no problem. It's a budget phone, and you get what you pay for.
Not bad at all for the price. Fine for web browsing. Touchscreen not mega-responsive, but adequate.
Works ok on this model - it's a bit clunky now and then. HTC Desire it ain't. Some annoyances - touch the screen too long by accident and it thinks you want to add or remove widgets - a bit amateur in this sense.
Very good MP3 player - better than my iPod touch, and no daft sync type consolidate your market nonsense. Onboard speaker is fine. Get a 16 gig micro SD and you can put plenty of music on it.
Good in daylight - hopeless otherwise.
ALL IN ALL
I like the X8 - battery life is good so long as you remember to switch off wi fi and data traffic when not in use, and it does what it's supposed to do. The phone's OS works fine nearly all of the time (Angry Birds freezes sometimes). Shame about the bloatware though - why can't I delete Timescape, Crazy Penguin, TrackID and all the other useless trap that it's bundled with?
3.6 out of 5, rounded up to a 4.
When I received it it was indeed a bit slow but it was also stuffed with preinstalled apps which hogged all the memory and seemed impossible to remove. But it is possible to remove them if you're willing to spend a bit of time on it. Here's the steps I took to make the phone a delight to use:
1) Root the phone. I used this tutorial [...] and it worked perfectly.
2) Install the app 'SuperUser' if it isn't on the phone from the marketplace: [...]
3) Install Titanium Backup from the marketplace ([...])
4) Perform a full backup of the phone to your SD card and then remove any of the preinstalled apps you do not want.
Following those steps should free up quite a bit of the limited internal memory. To keep any apps from running in the background and slowing down the phone you should also install 'Advanced Task Killer' from the marketplace. Using this you can kill any background processes you want. I also replaced the default home screen with ADW.Launcher - again, from the marketplace. This lets you customise the homescreen(s) in many ways and has made my phone much easier to use and navigate.
Battery life is pretty good. Today on the train I had 67% battery life, watched two episodes of Community and it went down to 62%. Installing RockPlayer is a must as the stock video player is incredibly basic. The CPU isn't fast enough to decode regular XViD avi videos but it does support x264 mp4 hardware decoding.Read more ›
the touch screen is really responsive, nearly as good as ipods,
the phone overall is exelent for the price,
android id good, but u cant get any app to sd card apps, and the internal memory is not that big,
but for the price, it is amazing
The Experia 10 was unsalvagable and I've been given a Samsung Galaxy S1 (like for like swap) and am now in a real quandary as I have fallen for this little phone which packs a big wallop.
There are better budget Android phones out there though. Personally I've found the best way to get a cheap Android phone is to buy last year's high end model second hand. I've snagged HTCs with an RRP of £300 for £150 used and they're far superior to anything which was built specifically to be a budget phone. If you absolutely must get something brand new, look at ZTE and Huawei - not big brands but you get good value for your money. Phones like the HTC ChaCha are also worth a look, I got a brand new one off Amazon and it's quite good, and certainly of better quality than this X8, but again don't expect anything special.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great birthday present loved by the teenage recipient small and neat with good featuresPublished 23 months ago by Jay
still a big fan of the sony ericsson phone range,used to have a K750i and the music playback quality was great. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Fig tree 8009
I bought this phone as my first Android smart phone. This was amazing and I loved it till I made the mistake of dropping it in the bath!! Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2013 by infiniti
not near as good as my old sonny fone screen to small going to have to spend more money and get a differant phonePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Angus
My 2 year contract has just come to an end and I am delighted as I will get a new phone!!! Ive been lumbered with this piece of crap for all this time and the negative reviews are... Read morePublished on 8 May 2013 by Paul Houghton
I've taken a rather unusal step and decided to write a review after my x8 died a rather nasty death.
I would never lie to you, it was love at first sight with the x8! Read more
This is probably the worst phone that i've ever had the misfortune to use and own. Battery life is shocking and barely lasts more than a day. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2012 by Jason Miller