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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone

It’s not an iPhone, but still: it’s got all manner of natty features

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone

Image: Hugh Threlfall

July 25 2010
Jonathan Margolis

I was asked recently how I rate Google’s Android phone, the Nexus One, against the iPhone. Well, excellent as the Nexus was/is, it is still like comparing something produced by a talented B-stream student with the work of the really smart A-streamers, namely our old fruit-crumble friends, Apple and BlackBerry.

Sorry to sound like a broken record (OK, a corrupted MP3 file, to update that cliché) but – and bear in mind the iPhone 4G may well be out by the time you read this – that’s just the way it is in the tough mobile-phone world.

And so to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10. It has a beautiful four-inch touchscreen, an 8.1-megapixel camera, and it runs Android, so there are plenty of interesting apps (and they’re not censored by Apple like the 100,000-plus available from the iTunes store). It also has a thing called Timescape, which makes all your Tweets, social-networking contacts, status reports and the like float attractively across your pretty blue screen, like tropical fish in a tank.

All quite nice, then, and highly commendable for a B-stream class project, but still very much one for the kids. And if they have any sense, they’ll be wanting an iPhone 4G anyway. Shame, but life’s like that.

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