Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 tries to look like Apple’s iPhone for a reason

“The Xperia X1 from Sony Ericsson resembles Apple Inc.’s iPhone, and that’s not a coincidence. The Xperia X1, introduced at the Mobile World Congress, is Sony Ericsson’s entry into the mobile-phone multimedia arena and is based on Windows Mobile. But its initial display looks more like Apple’s iPhone than Windows Mobile,” Richard Koman reports for NewsFactor.

“Sony Ericsson has launched a shot across Apple’s bow with its Experia X1 multimedia cell phone. Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the X1 features a three-inch VGA touch screen, an arc slider and a full keyboard. It supports the fast 3G networks HSDPA/HSUPA, as well as slower EDGE and GSM networks, and it supports WiFi. The X1 weighs 5.1 oz,” Koman reports. “The phone is Sony Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile phone and will be available in the second half of the year.”

MacDailyNews Take: In other words, Sony Ericsson’s fake iPhone will debut after Apple’s 3G iPhone. From that perspective, ’tis not much of a “shot across Apple’s bow,” now is it?

Koman continues, “At first glance, the X1 looks remarkably like the iPhone, with a flashy nine-panel interface that lets users choose the programs and Web pages it displays. Past the initial screen, however, the interface is pure Windows Mobile. That makes the interface both familiar to American users and not as innovative as the iPhone’s.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JadisOne” for the heads up.]

As “JadisOne” wrote to us when sending the link, “The iPhone is doing something right, everyone compares their product to it.”

Furthermore, the only time the word “pure” should ever be used in describing Windows Mobile is when placed immediately in front of the word “garbage.”

48 Comments

  1. Thats why you will never ever see an ad like the ones Apple does for the iPhone and Touch. Instead you get the flashy glitz, the word touch on the ad and more flashy crap. If they showed the real thing, people can see that is just crap with some nice icing on top to fool the public.

  2. OMG, a full keyboard. Sorry, not worth making it 40% thicker than the iPhone.

    Other features seem nice – GPS, etc.

    Industry and analysts seem to think that the virtual keyboard is a problem. I do not think that users share that feeling.

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