Preview - Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Launch SRP: S$1088

The Hardware

The Hardware

Sony Ericsson has a knack of name changing for its product lineup. Last year, Sony Ericsson's first 12MP imaging capable mobile phone that was christened Satio, was actually first known in the interwebs as the Idou. Once again, we are looking at another name change for the company's first Android device - the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, once fondly known as Rachel (or was it Rachael?).

Although you'll now have to get used to calling the Android device the X10 instead of stroking it lovingly and whispering "Rachel" to it, there are still many reasons why you'll fall in love with the X10. And we'll let the pictures (and our captions) do the talking for this preview article.

One reason to love the X10 - it's huge 4-inch capacitive touch screen.

Side-by-side against the HTC HD2 (with a 4.3-inch capacitive screen), the 0.3-inch difference is not too obvious.

From left: Menu, Home and Back button, the staple hardware buttons you'll need on an Android device.

Looking thin, the right profile includes the Volume and Camera buttons.

A 3.5mm audio jack, nestled in between the power button and the microUSB port.

The usual fingerprint problem is prominent on the X10. Thank goodness that the back of the device isn't made to be glossy, and is easy to grip.

Removing the battery casing will require a bit more effort than usual.

And behind, a 1500mAh battery, with slots for your microSD and SIM card.

8.0
Design
8.5
Features
8.5
User-Friendliness
8.5
Performance
8
Value
7.5
The Good
Attractive design
Large 4-inch screen
Consolidated timeline for social networks
The Bad
Timescape slows down if overloaded with feeds
Lack of physical search button
Bulky