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Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

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AT&T Bloatware

The X10 is stuffed with a lot of junk from AT&T. AT&T-branded apps include: AT&T FamilyMaps, AT&T Hotspots, AT&T Maps, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, Mobile Banking and MobiTV. Guess what? You can't remove any of it. You also can't install off-Market (non-Google approved) apps. AT&T has taken this approach to all of its Android devices so far, and I don't like it. Otherwise, you have access to the Android Market and all the apps there. Since the X10 is stuck on Android 1.6, there are plenty of apps that will be incompatible with the X10. Many of the best, newer applications require devices running Android 2.0 and up.


The X10 supports a basic set of Bluetooth profiles, including mono and stereo headsets and object push for sharing photos. I had no trouble pairing the X10 with mono headsets, stereo speakers, and PCs. Phone calls via mono headsets were choppy at best. I'd reserve Bluetooth use for situations that absolutely require you to be hands-free. Music sounded decent through stereo Bluetooth speakers, but not as great as I was expecting. Sending photos between PCs and other phones was no problem at all.


Android phones have tons of options when it comes to clocks. For simple time checks, the X10 will easily negate the need for a wristwatch. A quick press of the Power/Lock button shows the time in a large digital display on the screen. Be careful choosing which wallpaper you use, however. The text is white. If the wallpaper has white in it — such as clouds — it could obscure the clock. The time is also always available in the status bar at the top of the display.

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The X10 has AT&T Maps, AT&T FamilyMaps, AT&T Navigator and Google Maps on board. Needless to say, there are a lot of choices for mapping and navigation functions if you have the need. Thankfully free navigation is available to the X10 through Google Maps, so if you want to avoid the $10 AT&T navigation penalty you can. AT&T's software, which does a fine job of routing users from Point A to Point B, costs extra per month and doesn't offer any discernible benefits when compared to Google Maps.

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