I recently reviewed a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. It was a very promising phone. The Android offerings on ATT have still not caught up to the other carriers, so it’s nice to see an Android phone with some promise. It was Sony Ericsson’s first attempt at an Android phone and a pretty good attempt. The below post gives us a different view on the Xperia X10 plus some info on the new version that was recently announced.

The Sony Ericsson X10 is the first smartphone manufactured by Sony Ericsson that is equipped with the Android 1.6 operating system.

Inside there is an ARM Snapdragon processor that runs at 1 GHz and 1 GB of internal memory is included. If this is insufficient for all your pictures, tunes and high definition videos, then you can add up to 32 GB of memory on a microSD card.

The phone is very impressive to look at. The display is 4 inches (diagonal dimension) and the overall design is understated and minimalist, in fact it is the embodiment of cool design. Despite this, it unmistakably announces its build quality with its dominating screen and its three thin styled shiny buttons inset in a very shiny black surround. The quality of the display is excellent with superb resolution.

The special Sony Ericsson software includes “Timescape”. This is essentially a list of files with each one controlling specific communications or actions, for instance such things as photos taken, Facebook communications to be made, and songs downloaded or played, are assigned a specific screen in this stack. All these screens are sequenced chronologically and can be scrolled or zoomed in on and such items as automatic updates sequenced.

The camera features an 8.1 megapixel sensor and takes excellent snapshots in most conditions as it also has a LED light for taking pictures in dim lighting.

As one would expect from Sony Ericsson, the phone cannot be faulted when it comes to connectivity and Wi-Fi, HSPA, GPS and Bluetooth are all fully featured.

For its first entry into the world of the Android open source operating system, Sony Ericsson has produced a phone that has that must have quality with stunning good looks and impressive features. It is difficult to find fault with this phone though, just as with all modern smartphones running so many apps, battery life is an issue and will remain so until significant advances are made in battery technology. Altogether the Sony Ericsson X10 is up there with the best.

Find out more about the Xperia X10 online at the Dial A Phone blog.

If you like the sound of the Xperia X10 but want something that packs even more punch then you might also like to take a look at the upcoming Xperia Arc, the latest handset from the Sony Ericsson Xperia family. The Xperia Arc comes packing the latest Android software (2.1) and is also rumoured to come with a 32 point multi touch capability. The Arc also comes with a social networking widget, rather than an app which works to assist better integration for the likes of Facebook and Twitter and you can check all your updates from the homescreen. Both Timescape and Mediascape have been improved and the camera gets an update with a back illuminator for better shots in low light conditions.