Windows Mobile 6 blamed for Xperia X1 woes
Blue Screen of Death?
IFA Sony Ericsson has blamed the Xperia X1’s no-show on problems with the phone’s operating system.
The handset runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 - although, perhaps “is supposed to run on” would be more appropriate. Certainly, an SE representative candidly told Register Hardware at IFA in Berlin today that the OS is the reason for the phone’s absence from store shelves.
“Windows 6.1 isn’t functioning properly on the Xperia X1,” he admitted.
Unfortunately, the staffer couldn’t give us any details about in what way the OS isn't working they way the manufacturer expects it to.
This week, it was discovered that SE’s own "official e-shop" website lists the phone as being set to launch next January.</p
When the X1 was announced in February this year, SE said it would ship in the second half of 2008.
Whether SE’s still on track to meet this date remains to be seen. The SE representative said that German punters will have the Xperia X1 in time for Christmas. UK customers should - fingers crossed - receive the phone soon after, he indicated.
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everyone I know who has had an HTC WM based phone has hated them with a passion.
most of them freeze and require a reset.
Perhaps SE have higher standards.
@ Hydrocarbons AC
"Hydrocarbons" is too general a class. Methane, butane, acetylene, polythene, polypropylene and cubane are all hydrocarbons. The first three are gases, the next two are plastics and the last one is a crystalline solid that is heavy enough to sink in water. All six are unsuitable as automobile fuel.
(Flames because they will all burn adding to the CO2 burden of the atmosphere.)
HTC is the problem ...
I work for SE, though not directly with the X1, I do have a proto-type unit and the X1 is one of the best phones I've used. Voice quality is superb as are most other things. Of course there are some chinks to be ironed out, but after using this phone, I'd never go back to Symbian. Even some of my non-work mates who have the N95, had a bit of a go with the X1 and want to buy it.
The problem from SW is quite simple, but yet MS is puzzled by it. I won't go into details. The core and functionality though is stable.
The second point, is actually where Richard Kilpatrick's comments are quite close to the truth. HTC manufacturing ... all I'll say is that it can be pretty wishy-washy ...
SE's standards are much higher than HTC's ... and instead of people complaining, I'd rather make sure that SE get the quality right the first time ...
Just wait, you'll love the X1 once it's released ....