Had the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for about 5 weeks. I was let down with the phone. Simply put, Android 1.6 OS was not the latest and greatest. The custom UX on the X10 lags – a reason I do not understand when the phone has the fastest processor on the market with 384mb of RAM. Android 1.6 also cripples the phone – limited to 65k screen resolution color while the actual hardware supports 16 million colors, some apps on the market such as the official Twitter app does not support 1.6 OS while other things like very low call volumes and a jittery / laggy OS put me over the limit. For christ sake, the unlock menu lagged horribly at times!!!

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My honest conclusion is that while the phone itself sports great hardware it lacks in the software and its the software / OS that will probably be the ultimate downfall of this phone. Froyo aka Android 2.2 is lurking around the corner while Sony Ericsson promises an UX update in Q4 of 2010 to Android 2.1 while Gingerbread aka the new Android OS , AFTER 2.2, will be released around that time. Bottom line – Sony Ericsson is playing catch up. They should not have made a custom UX because 1 – why release an old outdated OS that doesn’t take advantage of your phone’s hardware and 2 – this is their first Android OS phone therefore, I think they lack the skills to actually do a decent custom UX of Android and the laggy OS is a testament of this.

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So why Nexus One?

Simple – it’s the purest Android phone out there. The UX is nothing special. But the functionality of the phone is 2nd to none compared with other Android phonea. There is no lag what so ever. I ran app after app and after app, there was no slow downs. Opening menu and scrolling through the menu was a breeze. The word I would describe the phone is “stable”. And the best part is the phone is backed by Google. Which means it will have all the goods delivered first. I guess I am being nitpicking but with a $600 dollar phone like the Xperia X10, I do expect it to be top notch with updates for the phone on a constant basis that make the phone better. The wait for the update on the Xperia X10 is simply too long. I need shit done now! better yet, yesterday!!!

Is my rant over? ..Yes

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Now, comparing the two phones –

I’ll try and keep this part short.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Pros:

4″ Screen
8.1 Megapixel Camera
Design
Very Responsive Touch Screen

Cons:

Android 1.6 OS is laggy
Battery Life is short even with minimal usage
Low Call Volumes
No Camera Flash (you would think that they would have included one with a 8.1 MP camera, right?)
Cheap feeling (personal preference but for a phone that cost this much, it should feel solid. My Nokia E71 feels better than X10 to be honest and it was almost half the price!)
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Nexus One –

Pros:

Android 2.1 OS runs fast with no lag
A solid feel in the hand
AMOLED Screen is super clear and crisp
UX Interface while not fancy is very intuitive
Noise cancellation on calls

Cons:

Camera is lacking (produces a green tint on the picture in low light situations)
Design is nothing special and very plain looking
Touch screen sometimes is not that responsive (had some problems typing texts and sometimes finger recolonization)
Under direct sunlight you can not see the screen

I personally feel that a phone should function smooth and fast. The OS of the phone runs should be at least optimized for that particular phone. Functionality is key. My last phone, the Nokia E71, was a very well built phone. Sure, the software was somewhat dated and lagged horribly at times and the camera was basically trash, but it was easy to use and I could do basically anything I wanted and quick despite the lag of the OS with the help of the physical keyboard. With Xperia X10, there is no physical keyboard. Making a call is somewhat tedious on Android and even with the Nexus One – having to press the screen up to 4 times is time consuming. And with the X10 lagging? That’s a no-no in my book. I mean, this is first and foremost a phone, am I right?

Below are some pictures and videos taken with both phones.

Xperia X10 Photo Taken Low Light –

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Nexus One Photo Taken Low Light –

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Xperia X10 Picture Taken Under Florescent Light –

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Nexus One Picture Taken Under Florescent Light –

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Video taken with Xperia X10 –

Video taken with Nexus One –

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