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Sony Ericsson X8 Xperia Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 9.9 cm ; 104 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: X8
  • ASIN: B004OBZQ8W
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Feb. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,120 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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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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  • Xperia X8 handset
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Standard Headset


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    The Sony Ericsson X8

    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:

    BUILD

    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.

    SCREEN

    Not bad at all for the price. Fine for web browsing. Touchscreen not mega-responsive, but adequate.

    ANDROID

    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.

    MP3

    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.

    CAMERA

    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.
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    I was wary about purchasing this phone after reading so many reviews claiming it to be sluggish with an unresponsive screen. However due to it being the only sub-£100 Android phone I could find with a capacitive touch screen I decided it was worth a try.

    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.
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    ive owned this phone for about 2 months and i love it,
    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
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    This was an emergency purchase when my Experia X10 died on me. A direct comparison between the 2 is somewhat unfair. The camera is very much lacking compared to 'big brother' however in all other respects it meets up to its sibling and in some areas surpasses it. It fits much more comfortably in pockets and the home screen navigation aides are a delight.
    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.
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    I had one of these last year, it was, let's just say, cheap for a reason. It was slow, stuck on an old version of Android, and the Sony Ericsson software just made the experience even worse. Typing on it was difficult due to the small screen and it just wasn't good at much. That said, if you want a basic Android phone it will do alright. I only had one for only a month or so but during that time there were no major faults, it just wasn't enough for me really.

    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.
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