Sony, Vodafone vie for X10 UK launch first
Manufacturer to sell online ahead of operator
Sony Ericsson intends to beat Vodafone to the launch of its first Android-based smartphone, the Xperia X10.
Vodafone has updated its X10 webpage to say that the smartphone is “coming soon”, with April named as the specific month.
Vodafone will launch the X10 in April
However, staff from Sony Ericsson’s online store apparently told website Mobile Today that the manufacturer will release the handset online in the UK on 1 March.
Sony Ericsson will stock the X10 exclusively for the first week of March before releasing the phone through “other channels”, the source added.
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The X10 is based on Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor and features an 8.1Mp camera with 18x digital zoom. The handset will connect over Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G. ®
My biggest worry about Android
Android seems a much more liberal and flexible platform than the iPhone, however all these different manufacturers seem to be rolling their own versions of it. I'm deeply concerned that provider support and 3rd party app support is going to be all over the shop.
If I were to buy an expensive smart phone I would *expect* continued patches and version upgrades as a feature of the phone. I trust that Google will upgrade the Nexus One for some time to come but what about phones from Samsung, Motorola, Sony etc.? A typical phone contract is 12-24 months and I would expect proper continuing upgrades and support for that duration.
3rd party apps are another issue. Every Android phone should be interoperable with every other at the same version level. I just fear that with all these models all going off their separate ways that it destroys a key feature of the platform. I would hope that all Android partners recognize this and perhaps define some kind of compatibility logo which ensures interoperability. Otherwise I can see the app market collapsing.
Everyone's phone has an 18× Digital Zoom
It's called Microsoft Paint.
Couldn't agree more...And also the user interface and experience, nearly everyone seems to be making their own skin...No two devices operate in the same way....It's greatest asset as touted by techies is its openness, but yet that is also the biggest downfall in my opinion...
not buying one
for the price its coming in at id really expect there to be at least a cover over the camera lens and is it me or does it not have a flash on there either? certainly not a decent one. why the hell no keyboard either. rumours dont seem sure if its android 2.0 or 1.6.
really sonyericsson, just how many blonde girlys do you think are waiting to buy your £500 android smart phone so they can use it as a mirror to go shopping with.
go find your marketing department, line them up against a wall and shoot them all repeatedly
pretty lady tricked me into watching the video mmmm
mines the one with the quick release fasteners