Sony Ericsson X1 - the Mobile Phone That Does Mobile Broadband

By: Matt Sharp

It's the mobile phone that will let you get online at broadband speeds; it's the awesome Sony Ericsson X1.
Sony Ericsson - changing the rules of mobile phones
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2008, the Sony Ericsson X1 is one of those mobile phones that just redefines your idea of what a mobile phone can do. It's truly a stunning phone, with unbelievable levels of power, and frighteningly good features. To be totally honest, as well, it looks like it could well change the mobile world. But how, you may ask...
Well, the first thing to take note of is how ground-breaking it really is. Sony Ericsson getting into bed with Microsoft is no small matter! Yep, that's right, it's their first ever joint venture, a Sony Ericsson phone powered by Windows Mobile.

As a matter of fact, it's actually powered by a new, never-before-seen version of Windows Mobile, so it will be good! On top of that foundation though, is the user interface, built around the new 'panel interface', again, never seen on any other mobile phones before this one. Basically, you have 9 home screens up at once, in little panels, and you can quickly and easily choose between thi. Very simple, but very cool!
Squeezing in mobile broadband
I mentioned about mobile broadband, and that's just one of the amazing features the Sony Ericsson X1 has. As with most mobile phones nowadays, it comes with a camera, but rather than just sticking in any old camera, it has a 3 megapixel camera built in, that will also record video at 30fps. Or, in other words, DVD quality. Which is really rather good. Oh, and expect a cracking good music player, and built-in GOPS with satellite navigation.
Back to the mobile broadband... with that big screen, and a proper web browser, you can view full websites on it, a task made even easier by the fact it's a touchscreen, and you get a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. But that just makes an easy experience, it doesn't make it fast. It doesn't make it broadband. what does that is the fact that the Sony Ericsson X1, like an increasing number of mobile phones, uses HSDPA. That means that it connects to the internet at full-on broadband speeds, up to 3.6Mbps.

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