While the world was still getting comfortable with the idea of using smart phones over the traditional Nokia / Blackberry keypad phones, Sony came out with a bombshell of a product in 2010. This phone caught the eye of many and eventually gave momentum and confidence to Sony towards creating its highly popular Sony Xperia ‘Z’ & ‘E’ series.
With a full 3 inch resistant touch screen, 600 MHz processor and a 3.2 megapixel rear camera, it became an instant hit with the masses. It also possessed a decent 320×480 pixels resolution and a RAM of 168mb. The OS was run on google Android 2.1 (Éclair) and had an average battery life of 1200 mAH. Sony introduced it in White, Black & Blue with internal storage of 128 MB, expandable up to 32 GB. It also had standard features like WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and 3.5 mm Jack headphones.
Sony X8 had some great features like:
1. Music Player – main USP of the phone was its amazing speaker quality, Sony tapped into this efficiently and captured the attention of the youth.
2. Light weight – it was feather like phone weighing at just 104 gm
3. 3G enabled – helping out on faster internet connections
4. Android OS – upgrade from the other boring OS, Android technology offered the advantage of setting your Gmail account on the phone
5. Google Play store – Music, Games, Apps were just a click away with the play store
6. Camera – known for its camera quality, Sony didn’t disappoint here.
It did have a couple of areas which could have been better:
1. Modest Battery life – for a phone being sold to be coupled as a music player, Sony could have looked at a better battery life
2. Low RAM – the phone became increasingly slow while trying to run high resolution applications of games
3. Earphones – least expected for a music phones is good quality earphones but Sony failed to provide these
The phone is a great value for money phone and specially caters to the music loving youth. It’s also quite robust and provides a good camera option.