The phone also has an 8 megapixel camera with an unfortunate LED flash. There are the usual suspects in camera modes and settings. A handy addition is the recently-taken strip at the bottom of the screen. Another interesting addition, apart from touch focus is the face recognition. It seems that Sony is finally bringing the Cybershot glory to their mobile phones.
Mediascape, as mentioned before, is a great gallery application, as it brings together all the multimedia content on the phone in one easy-to-browse place. It also has a unique button at the base of the phone which allows the user to connect to related Internet services – which is a great instance of integration.
The contact manager has been revamped, taking Android into consideration. One of the great features of Google products is the integration, and this integration is visible in the X10, with Gmail links. In fact, Gmail is not the only service that can be linked, as the new phonebook has the ability to link Facebook and Twitter accounts as well. New contacts are created with the bare minimum of fields, instead of the never-ending list; there is always the option to add additional information as and when required.
Messaging is again reminiscent of Google, with the lack of folders. All the messages are stored as threads, which makes viewing conversations significantly easier. Text input options are good, with both landscape and portrait QWERTY keyboards. There are other keyboards that can be downloaded too, depending on preferred language.
The web browser on Android phones is always great, and with tab support, there is no complaint. As usual there is no Flash support; however that was expected.
Connectivity is standard, with Bluetooth and all the other high-speed Internet options as well. Sony Ericsson phones were notorious for proprietary ports for computer connectivity, but thankfully they’ve decided to add a microUSB port instead. There is a bundled GPS system as well, although the version supplied is not free. However, with Google Maps, there is no real worry in this department.