From a walkman to an Xperia

My old walkman phone started to show wear and tear both in terms of physical and functional areas. It lacked the so called “smart” features that I needed to have right now. So I decided to switch to a new mobile.

Initially I was aiming at the two high end devices the Samsung Galaxy S and the Xperia X10i. But both of them had two huge disadvantages.

1. Both are darn expensive. Too big for a mobile. The prize is comparable to a lappy.

2. Both were 4 inch screens. Bad for mobility and hard to handle.

My next option was to go for a Nokia like 5230 or a XpressMusic phone like the 5800. But Gayan talked me out of it. (Good man!) and the x10 minis were too small for me.

So I decided to play the waiting game. Till there is an affordable android smartphone, I’ll wait up with the w810. Then the whole story changed when Suren came up with a X8. And it was affordable as well. So I jumped in and bought it. I actually waited till my parents came from an India tour to see if they find it cheaper there, but India proved to be the slum it is in the movies.!

Finally, I got the phone in my hand about a week ago. I waited to post this to see how it performs and how well it works with me.

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I wasn’t able to get a black or a pure white one and all that was left was the shade of dark blue. But its not that ugly (considering there are worse colors with the shade)

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The phone definitely has plus points with respect to the w810i. It has a better screen and faster internet and most of all, it has android. The phone came installed with 2.1update 1 but there was one more update from SE that i installed.

But unfortunately, it has the following cons;

1. The camera sucks! yes, it really does.
Compared with my old w810i, the camera does not have a flasher. So I lost the option of using the phone as a flashlight! and the photos are quite blurry and without AF, it cant focus a thing that is lesser than around 5cm!

2. Sounds Are not that good
The Walkman has spoiled me i guess, but the sound quality is far worse than the old phone. There is not much Bass to go with and the player also doesn’t suit me that well. But on the bright side, there are apps to make both these go away. So there is no hard limitation on these points.

3. Again, incompetent Geeks in SE! (as it was in Cisco back then ;) )
The latest firmware by SE is 2.1 update 1. Which is like the grandmother of android considering Honeycomb is also out there. The best thing surpassing the 2.1 are the Hacked ROMs in xda-developer.com. I have to give it a try, but the damn ROM lacks vid. recording.!

It came pre-installed with a good app from SE. Timescape.!

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Timescape’s widget is not that cool, but what IS cool is that it merges contact pics of my Google contacts with the Facebook profile pictures. Get the name right, and the accounts are automatically bound together. You can manually do that as well, but you have to wait till he/she appears in that widget with some post! (There might be other ways too! I have to check)

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But I really do like this phone and how it moves with me. Battery life is not that good too. But is lasts a day with me playing around installing apps and browsing most of the time. Have to give it some more time to settle down (and I wonder when THAT is!) The charging port is somewhat lame, but I think its necessary to cover the USB port to prevent dust from going in there. Wonder what I’m going to do when that rubber hinge breaks down!

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new pal with old friends

I gave my w810 away for a small prize coz it’d do better with someone else rather than rot in one of my drawers.!

Final thoughts, I achieved the smart-phone target, without falling to the symbian traps and keeping my loyalty to Sony Ericsson and Android! That’s something worthwhile!

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5 comments:

  1. Anusha Says:

    lol. iRock! XD

  2. GayanNR Says:

    haha, Nushy hondata eka ekaagen banum ahagaththa oya fb status ekata :P :P

  3. GayanNR Says:

    dude! u had a K770 ? :O

  4. Tharaka Devinda Says:

    The k770 is my Wife's :)
    There are much to this SE family. I could not take pics with my Parents' phones. They also have SEs. One K750 and K550.

  5. GayanNR Says:

    dang!!!