With the announcement of the Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10, one can’t help but wonder why there aren’t more devices like it on the market today. True, it lacks the latest version of Android (2.0); they also seem to have left out multi-touch browsing. But, the fact of the matter is, those things are all fixable via software updates. Plus, I’m sure they’re already hard at work on implement Android 2.0 with their super slick, outta control, Rachael UI.
So, aside from the software issues, which can be corrected, why can’t other phones be like the Xperia X10? Why is it so hard for a company to put out a quality piece of hardware? I just don’t get it! I understand it costs more money, but we see that phone companies are already charging customers a fortune for high end phones.
Let’s use our brains for second (I know I’m asking a lot)… Who in tarnations wants to pay $349.99 (after mail-in rebate) for an HTC Touch Pro2 running WinMo 6.1? Yeah, it’s a nice looking phone, but that’s pretty much it. The processor is awful (528MHz ARM11), it’s as glitchy as an 8086 running Windows Vista, and it’s fatter than Chris Farley in the movie Tommy Boy. Why not sell a high-end Android phone instead, or at least along-side it? Do phone makers think there’s no market for it?
Sony Ericsson has had the X10 in the pipes for a while now. We’ve been hearing rumors about it and seeing pictures of its interface for months. The company saw the phones that other manufacturers had in the pipes and realized that by the time those hit the market something more powerful would already be needed. Sony Ericsson took the initiative to think ahead of the competition. Instead of being first to the finish, they decided to make the best possible device they could. They customized the interface, they gave it an insanely awesome 8.1 MP camera, and they made sure it would be released with the latest and greatest processor on the market.
The X10 is the phone that the Android community wants. Yet, no other company has released an Android phone that can rival it.Â I find this extremely sad considering the amount of time manufacturers have had to come up with their lines of Android based devices.
I beg phone makers to step up their game. No one wants to buy a phone that won’t be able to handle the next major version of Android. Android is all about the infinite customizability (wow, that’s an awesome word) and rapid development of an open, mobile, platform. Why is it that Sony Ericsson is the only company that seems to get this?
The X10 is the fastest, hottest, and most feature packed smartphone to date. Sony Ericsson was patient. Hopefully it’ll pay off. They say you learn from experience. Whoever “they” are, never said the experience had to be your own. The X10 is proof of that. Way to learn from the errors of your competition!
Let the hardware wars begin…