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Phone review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Startups takes a look at the latest in the smartphone range

The Xperia X10 is the first Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson. As a user you  can choose to use either the Android system – which we found preferable on testing, or Timescape, which is a unified source to combine all of your communication tools such as email, contacts, Twitter and Facebook.

The screen size is one of the most noticeable features of the Xperia X10- at 4.1 inches it is comparable in size to the iPhone and HTC. While this is convenient for reading emails, browsing the net and working on documents, it can feel a bit cumbersome. However, the large screen and exceptional video quality make it a worthwhile sacrifice, especially as this enables more space for menus, buttons and easy navigation. The sizeable screen also comes in handy when video conferencing because the standard is professional enough for business use.

The Xperia X10 comes with all the typical smartphone features, including 3G, WI-FI, MP3 and satnav. Furthermore, multiple email interfaces are easily integrated, and sending and receiving emails on this phone is  easy once you have configured your account – which should only take seconds to complete.

Significantly for business users, the Xperia X10 comes with a QuickOffice programme which supports viewing files on Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF. One drawback  to the phone is that you must upload the paid-for app in order to edit. However, if you intend to regularly work on the move, this is a worthwhile and reasonably-priced investment .The phone also comes with a collection of free apps, however there is an abundance of apps available to purchase ranging from multimedia to finance to health and fitness, depending on your interests and requirements.

Also worth mentioning, the Xperia X10 features a powerful 1GHZ Snapdragon processor, which speeds up the transitions between pages and menus. Rather disappointing is the fact that the phone only has an internal memory of 1GB, which is quite small compared to many other smartphone models. However, the Xperia X10 does include an extra port for a microSD, which is able to hold an additional 16GB.

Unsurprisingly for Sony, the Xperia X10has an excellent built-in 8mp camera that comes complete with autofocus, LED flash and numerous other features. At the time of writing, the Xperia X10 is available for free with 3 on a monthly contract for just £18.00 a month, which depends on the tariff agreed.

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