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A throwaway smartphone – Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. A big name for a candybar-sized smartphone that will barely register in your hands (note: have gorilla-sized paws, but even so). This teeny, tiny Android phone is a ‘starter’ smartphone – it comes with all the features you would expect from its grownup counterparts (like the Xperia X10), but at a lower price-point. It comes with a selection of colourful back-plates, clearly marking it a phone for the “fun” side of the market.

Getting around
With a three-inch 320×480 screen you aren’t getting much viewing space for your cash, and the phone feels rather cramped as you attempt to navigate the tiny environment. The X8 is not short of buttons, with Sony Ericsson rejecting the minimalist feel of the iPhone or HTC Desire HD. All connections (USB and headphones) plus the power button sit on top, a dedicated camera button and volume rocker are on the right-hand side and the interface buttons are laid out under the screen. Unlocking the phone is a bit of an issue as only the home button or the unlock button will do the trick, and these buttons simply don’t fall easily to hand.

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