Sony Ericsson Xperia arc looks like a winner

Jan 06, 11 Sony Ericsson Xperia arc looks like a winner

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We knew Sony Ericsson knows how to design good-looking phones. However, their past Android phones were marred with an outdated OS making them an unpopular choice for smartphone buyers. With the unveiling of their new Xperia arc at CES 2011 though it’s clear that SE is back in the Android game. The Xperia arc has a drool-inducing design coupled with awesome feature set you should only expect from Sony Ericsson. It has a slim form with an arc-like design resulting into a 9mm thickness on both ends and 8.7mm in the slimmest part and is quite light at 117 grams. To give you a comparison, the iPhone 4 is 9.3mm thin and the light-as-a-feather Samsung Galaxy S is at 119 grams. I’m not a fan of thin and light on my phone but I’m sure a lot of people are. It has a wide 4.2” capacitive display (854 x 480) with what they call the Reality Display using Sony’s BRAVIA Mobile Engine. Sounds really cool but what does it actually do? SE says that it does real-time noise reduction, sharpness, color management and contrast enhancement on the picture. The HTC Desire HD 4.3” display but only an 800 x 480 resolution. What I’m excited to try on with the Xperia arc is its 8 megapixel camera that uses Sony’s Exmor R back-illuminated sensor with a max aperture of f/2.4. I tried a couple of Cyber-Shots with an Exmor lens and they’re quite decent in low-light situations and that f/2.4 would really help. The phone can also do 720p HD video recording which can be connected to your TV via HDMI. The bane of previous Sony Ericsson Android phones is their use of yesterday’s Android version, but they finally made it right with the Xperia arc. It will come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which can be upgraded to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) when it becomes available. It has the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor as the Xperia X10 and a 1500mAh battery to boot. Check out the...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review

Nov 21, 10 Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is Sony’s newest phone to compliment, or rather broaden, the lineup of Sony Ericsson’s Android phones. It is designed to cater to those who want the Android experience for a cheap price and finding Sony’s earlier serving of X10 mini and X10 mini Pro lacking in terms of screen size. Design The Xperia X8 somehow follows the hardware design of its cousins’ from the X10 series with its plastic yet-stylish form. When the typical screen size being 3.2”, the Xperia X8 has a 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. You can also see the ambient light sensor, speaker grill and LED indicator above its screen. Below the touchscreen are the standard Xperia Android buttons for menu, home and back. Just like the other Xperia phones, the X8 doesn’t have the seldomly-used Android Search button. The menu button is also used to unlock the screen and I have to point out that without any button combination to unlock, you might accidentally use the phone while in your pocket. The Xperia X8 is void of any buttons on the left side. On top is the microUSB port for charging and PC connection. Smack at the top center is the power button that also serves as the lock/sleep button. Beside this is the 3.55mm earphone jack. On the right side of the phone is the volume rocker and a dedicated camera button. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is catered to the chic smartphone users having a replaceable back panel that also houses the camera lens, the speaker and the SE logo. Our box contained 4 stylish back panels with an airbrushed gradient design to choose from. It also has a matte finish to repel fingerprints. Speaking of the back panel, we had a hard time prying it open the first time. Turns out you should use the fingernail hold on the left side of the device. Performance Similar to the Xperia X10 mini, the X8 runs on a 600Mhz processor with a 128 MB...

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How to Install Android 2.1 OS on your Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Handset

Nov 01, 10 How to Install Android 2.1 OS on your Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Handset

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After much anticipation, Sony Ericsson finally posted the Android 2.1 updates for Xperia products on their Product Blog earlier. Sony Ericsson X10, Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro users can now enjoy HD video recording , new back up and restore application and 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders – some of the features that  comes with the Android 2.1 OS upgrade. I’m still installing the 2.1 update on my X10i and will be updating this post once I’m done. Meanwhile, here’s the step by step video on how to upgrade your Sony Ericsson Xperia handset to Android 2.1 OS. With three downloads (PC Companion, Backup and Restore app, OS update), it’s not as elegant as we want it to be but Xperia X10 users can’t complain. Let us know how your updated Xperia X10 experience turns out. UPDATED: I tried upgrading my X10i following the instructions from SE website twice but still didn’t get a 2.1 upgrade although the pc companion says that everything is up to date. Looks like the 2.1 upgrade will just work on X10s with nordic roms. UPDATE  2: I finally updated my X10i to run Android 2.1 OS . Related posts: Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010 Sony Ericsson introduces three new exciting phones to the market Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia...

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Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Oct 14, 10 Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

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We now have a clearer picture of entry-level Android phones out in the local market. These smartphones hover around the Php11k mark which I think is a nice price point targeting consumers who wants to switch to Android. I would like to include the LG Optimus but that’s almost Php13k which is on par with the Samsung Galaxy Spica. Here is a specs comparison table of the Php11k smartphones: Samsung Galaxy 5, Cherry Mobile Nova and the newly launched Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. Samsung Galaxy 5 Cherry Mobile Nova Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Android 2.1 (Eclair) Android 2.1 (Eclair) Android 1.6 (Donut)* ARM 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor 2.8” QVGA TFT capacitive LCD (240 x 320) – 256K colors 3.2” capacitive LCD (320×480) 3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480) – 16m colors 170MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB 512MB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB 128MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB 2mp fixed focus camera w/o flash 5mp autofocus camera with LED flash 3.2mp camera fixed focus camera w/o flash WiFi 802.11 b/g, DLNA WiFi 802.11 b/g WiFi 802.11 b/g HSDPA 7.2 Mbps HSDPA 7.2 Mbps HSDPA 7.2 Mbps Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1 A-GPS A-GPS A-GPS Li – Ion, 1200 mAh Li – Polymer, 1270 mAh Li – Polymer, 1200 mAh SRP: Php10,980 SRP: Php11,490 SRP: Php11,600 *Sony Ericsson announced that Android 2.1 update on their Xperia X8 will arrive this November. Based on these specs, Cherry Mobile has the edge in terms of hardware with its 32GB microSD support and 5mp autofocus camera. However, we shouldn’t discount value-added features from Samsung like their Social Hub, Swype texting and TouchWiz UI. Same with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and its emphasis on security via WaveSecure. Related posts: Cherry Mobile made a big splash with three new Android phones Samsung Galaxy S First Impressions Samsung i9000 Galaxy S Review Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Cherry Mobile...

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Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia X8 with McAfee WaveSecure

Oct 13, 10 Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia X8 with McAfee WaveSecure

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Following the success of Xperia X10 and  X10 mini products, Sony Ericsson today launched the new Xperia X8, a mid-range Xperia smartphone adding to the popular Xperia range of entertainment smarpthones. Having the same form factor as its siblings from the Xperia family, the Xperia X8 features a  3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel display and a 600MHz processor. It has 3G and WiFi connectivity,  Bluetooth, and a 3.2 megapixel camera with geotagging features. Aside from the signature Sony Ericsson Timescape feature which displays the user’s  SMS, email, social network updates, photos, music and calls chronologically, the Xperia X8 also comes pre-loaded with the McAfee WaveSecure app. The McAfee WaveSecure provides a more secure mobile experience by allowing users to back up their data including SMS, call logs, contacts, media, etc. to McAfee’s secure server. This data can then be accessed, viewed and restored to other smartphones. The WaveSecure also helps protect data by allowing users to remotely lock the phone and wipe data from a lost phone. Moreover, users can track the missing phone through map locations and a patented track SIM feature. This tracking feature works even if the SIM card has been replaced. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is bundled with a full-featured trial version of the WaveSecure for three months. To further use this feature, you have to shell out Php895 for an extended one year license fee online. The Xperia X8 launched in the Philippines also comes with EnjoyPH app, a lifestyle app that gives users perks and freebies from establishments across Metro Manila, Cebu and Boracay. [Click here for more on EnjoyPH] The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 will have an SRP of Php 11,600 bundled with a 2GB microSD card and other accessories. It comes in full black, full white, unique gradient color combinations of white and aqua blue, white and pink, white and dark blue and white and silver. Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is still using Android os 1.6, Sony Ericsson has...

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Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October

Sep 24, 10 Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October

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Sony Ericsson missed their late September deadline for the Android 2.1 upgrade on their line of Android 1.6-toting Xperia phones (X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro). Looks bad for Sony Ericsson when other phones being released already has the Froyo flavor of Android. According to their Product Launch Blog: We have earlier given some information on what to expect from this update and said that the roll-out was planned to start late Q3. The plan for the added features and Android 2.1 step-up still holds but unfortunately we need a couple of more weeks before we are ready to start the roll-out. Here are the upgrades that Xperia users should wait for: Xperia X10: HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1 New back up and restore application, with extended content back up 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro: Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more New backup and restore application with extended content back up Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1 Those are really something to look forward for. I guess we can forgive Sony Ericsson for taking its time fully developing those upgrades. But how many X10 users have switched to a different phone just because they can’t wait long enough for the Android2.1 upgrade? [Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog] Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010 Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Introducing the LG Optimus GT450 Google says Android is not yet optimized for...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Sep 11, 10 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

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The Sony Xperia X10 is Sony’s first attempt at dabbling in the world of Android smartphones released in our country way back in April and comes in two colors, black and white. I was able to get my hands on the white one for review. Physical Appearance The build on the X10 is made entirely of plastic with a glossy finish (including the touch screen), which looks pretty slick and sexy until you put your fingerprints all over it.The phone also includes a silver accent around it. At the top of the phone are the power button and the micro-USB connector for charging; between them is the 3.55mm jack for the earphones. On the back panel you will find the lens for the 8.1 megapixel camera alongside an LED (more on this later). On the right side of the phone, you will find the volume rocker, which also functions as the camera’s zoom in and zoom out button, as well as a dedicated camera button. The X10 boasts a 4.0-inch 480×854 TFT touch screen, although not as vibrant and gorgeous as AMOLED displays, I find it a lot more functional when using on bright sunny days. Below the screen are the standard Android phone buttons, ‘Menu’, ‘Home’ and ‘Back’ with the universal search button nowhere to be found. The X10, for me, is quite big and uncomfortable to hold compared to other smartphones with slightly similar dimensions. Performance The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon (1GHz) similar to the Desire and the Nexus One. Sony released the X10 with the ‘Donut’ build of Android (1.6); as such there are lots of features missing from this quite capable handset compared to other smartphones with similar hardware specifications. Most notable is the absence of multi-touch support which is quite disappointing considering less powerful HTC smartphones having the said feature. Despite all this, the UI of the X10, dubbed UX for User eXperience, was quite adequate to fulfill its smartphone duties. Swiping through the 3 home screens...

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Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010

Jul 23, 10 Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010

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If you’re planning to buy a new mobile phone and if you’re considering Sony Ericsson, you might want to go to Megatrade Hall 1 at the SM Megamall Bldg. B this weekend for the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010. We went there earlier where they launched their new affordable Android phones, Sony Xperia X10’s little brothers, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. If you want to transition into an Android phone but don’t want to spend much money for those high-end ones, better check out the X10 Mini or X10 Mini Pro. There are many stalls at the Expo selling different SE phones at a discount. The standard selling discount price (cash basis) of the X10 Mini is Php15,490 while the X10 Mini Pro is Php16,490 which is a thousand less than the SRP but these two stores have the cheapest bargain. We also checked the price of the Vivaz which is a gorgeous SE feature phone. Text & Call X10 Mini – Php15,000 X10 Mini Pro – Php15,300 X10 – Php28,600 Vivaz – Php19,500 Vivaz Pro – Php20,500 Techno Mobile X10 Mini – Php14,900 X10 Mini Pro – Php15,500 X10 – Php28,500 Vivaz – Php19,000 Vivaz Pro – Php20,000 These are all cash-basis. You can use credit card for 0% installment but they can’t give you the discounted prices. I don’t know if these are first-day prices but better check out these two shops for their low prices. I also found it odd that some stores are not selling the X10 Mini Pro saying that they will be available in August. Weird. Check out other good deals on other SE phones at the Expo. Entrance is free anyway. Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 launch on November 28 Sony Ericsson introduces three new exciting phones to the market Sony Ericsson Unveils Xperia X10 Mini Versions Mobile Pilipinas 2006 at ATC Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry...

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UNICEF gets Mobile Education Van from Sony Ericsson

As part of the “I-Share ang Saya” campaign, Sony Ericsson in partnership with Ericsson Philippines and SM Supermalls has donated a mobile education van to support the UNICEF Mobile Education and Child Protection Program. The mobile education van is specially equipped with teaching materials and communication equipment like a laptop and mobile broadband access that will be used to reach children on the streets. UNICEF has also partnered with Lingap Pangkabataan who trains street educators and social workers to provide support services like counseling, life skills education, parenting sessions for adults and caregivers, reintegration of the children to public schools or referral to Alternative Learning Sessions (ALS) or vocational skills training. They will be the ones who will utilize the mobile education van and reach out to street children. What a great way for Sony Ericsson, Ericsson Philippines and SM Supermalls to contribute to our community. Giving street children an education, a childhood and a chance of a better future. You too can help. By purchasing Sony Ericsson phones, like the new Viva and Elm, part of the proceeds will help bring joy to children through UNICEF. Related posts: No related...

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Search for FIFA World Cup flag bearer extended till March 25

Good news for those who wants to go to the 2010 FIFA World Cup this July in South Africa to be a flag bearer, Sony Ericsson has extended their promo till March 25. Three more days is enough to create a 30-60 second video answering the question, “Why I deserve to win the Sony Ericsson Search for the FIFA World Cup™ flag bearer.”  Remember, this contest is open to Filipinos aged 10-16 years old but Sony Ericsson will provide an all-expense paid trip with pocket money to the winner along with his parent or guardian. It will truly be an experience of a lifetime so better join quick. As of this writing I was informed that there are only 13 entries so you have more chances of winning before the deadline. Even if you don’t win, the top 5 finalists will still receive a Sony Ericsson Kita gaming phone. For more info, visit http://www.clickthecity.com/sonyericssonfifa/. Related posts: No related...

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