The Sony Ericsson Xperia is not as enormous as the X10 or as tiny as the X10 Mini. It sheds the size extremes of its cousins to sit perfectly in the middle, with immaculate design balance that is aimed at the masses.
While the physical QWERTY keyboard of the Mini has been scrapped in favour of a slimmer design, the screen size has grown to a healthy 3-inch to make typing quick emails supremely easy.
The three-megapixel camera with fixed-focus may sound dated by current standards, but is more than capable of taking great snaps. And with the built-in Facebook app, you’ll be sharing them with the world within moments.
In fact, it is the X8’s strong integration of apps that makes it stand out from the pack. The innovative ‘TimeScape’ keeps you up to date with all your social networks, while the ‘four corners’ feature gives you quick access to all your favourite apps and widgets. Of course, being an Android kit also means it comes with the custom ‘Rachael’ UI that has become part and parcel of the Xperia range.
If you’re in the mood for entertainment, there is no shortage of options here. A YouTube player and FM radio comes installed out of the box, in addition to the built-in music and video player, while an iTunes-like PlayNow app gives you access to millions of songs for download directly from the handset.
Sony Ericsson has left no stone unturned in packing the X8 with a whole host of extras that include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, digital compass and 3.5mm audio jack.