Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

This one's kind of a cheat, since so far it's only available in Europe. But the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 was originally supposed to hit stateside in November. Unknown delays have pushed it to January 2009. Still, since it made landfall in Europe in September and has been one of the most-hyped devices since it was announced in February -- so much so that there's talk of it becoming Sony Ericsson's flagship handheld -- it would be remiss of us to not include it on the best of 2008 list.

The $800 price tag for an unlocked model may be a deterrent for some, but the Xperia X1 delivers a range of multimedia and communication functions that will appeal to the suit and tie corporate set along with the casual smartphone consumer.

The Xperia X1 features a "panel user interface," which offers up to nine panels on the home screen for a customized experience. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and wraps in a 3-inch wide 800 by 480 VGA touch-screen display and a full QWERTY keyboard. The 3G smartphone offers audio and video streaming, high-speed Web surfing, multimedia messaging and e-mail. It also supports Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth and features a 3.2-megapixel camera, video streaming, video playback, video recording and a music player, along with dozens of other advanced features and functions.

The Xperia X1, when it actually does hit stateside, is sure to cause a stir.

Release date: Not released in USA

CNET editors rating:

Average user rating:

The good:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 features an interactive panel interface that lets you customize the smartphone to your wants and needs. The Windows Mobile device also has an attractive design and a full QWERTY keyboard.

The bad:
Without U.S.-carrier backing, the Xperia X1 has an exorbitant price tag. The navigation controls are difficult to use, and the Web browsing experience wasn't the greatest.

The bottom line:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is a well-designed and fully stocked smartphone that offers great customization through the interactive panel interface. However, with its high price tag, the X1 will be a hard sell for most customers and will be a purely luxury item.

Brand / Type
BrandSony Ericsson
TypeXperia X1
Form factorCandybar
ColorBlack, Silver
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDPA (3G)
Service850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetoothv2.0 with A2DP
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
Fax / DataNo
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display65.536 colors
Resolution800x480 pixels
External displayNo
Internal memory400MB
External memoryYes
Memory slotsYes
Storage typesMicroSD
BatteryLithium Ion
Standby timeN/A
Talk timeN/A
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Megapixels3.15 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution2048x1536 pixels
Digital zoomYesx
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusYes
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraYes
T9 text functionYes
Internet browsingYes
FM radioYes
Audio playerAAC, eAAC, MP3
Video player3GP, MPEG4
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserCalculator, Calendar, Reminders, Currency convertor
Video callYes
Other featuresWindows Mobile 6.1, QWERTY keyboard, Motion sensor, Built in hands free, Voice dial, Voice memo, Track ID
Weight5.1 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.3x2.1x0.7 in.

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