Launched in March 2010, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the company's first flagship Android-powered smartphone. It features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 32GB internal memory, 4.0-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, and an 8.1 megapixel camera. It supports quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/190MHz) and tri-band UMTS (900/1700/210MHz or 800/1900/2100MHz) with HSPA for high-speed data connections.
But even with those impressive features, the device failed to match other Android devices available during the launch as it only comes with Android 1.6 a much slower version of the Android OS. Even the software application called UX or user experience platform that supposed to make the phone better did not do any good as consumers shy away from the device with relatively old OS.
Just last week, while other phone manufacturers are rolling out Android 2.2 and talking about Android 2.3 in their devices, Sony Ericsson finally rolled out the availability of Android 2.1 for X10, making them two steps behind in the war of Smartphones versus other manufacturers like HTC and Samsung.
Even with the not-so-updated update, I decided to give my X10 a chance, surprisingly the update process was very easy. It took me less than 30 minutes to finally install the outdated update to my X10. I don't know if it's my phone but I noticed that the performance of the X10 has become sluggish after the update.
published in the November 22, 2010 issue of the Manila Bulletin