Yuga reviews the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The X10 is Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone. How does it fare against the competition?

Here’s an excerpt from Abe Olandres a.k.a. Yuga’s review.

The only other handset that has a similar combo I’ve tried is the Google Nexus One (though with v2.1 Android in it). The unit comes in two variants – the white one and the black one. I bought the white one for this review.

The Xperia X10 was designed with great attention to detail and though the body is constructed from some kind of polymer (read: plastic), the white glossy finish and hefty weight gives it a ceramic appeal. It’s not very slim (13mm) but the somewhat curved edges gives it a slim impression. I’m not too sure about that silver-lined accent on the sides though.

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By the way, welcome to Meme, Abe!

Google Nexus One officially launched

Everybody knew it was coming, but finally Google has officially launched its own Android phone, the HTC-manufactured Nexus One.

For those of us in Asia, the important news is that Google is also shipping this GSM smartphone, which consumers can buy from the Google site, to Hong Kong and Singapore, aside from the US and UK. Visiting google.com/phone from the Philippines now will give you the notice “Sorry, the Nexus One phone is not available in your country” though of course you can still browse the page for the 3D tour and tech specs.

One of the cool things about the Nexus One, by the way, is that you can input voice commands because every text field is enabled with voice-to-text, meaning yes, you can talk to your phone.

The Nexus One also features an innovative media gallery developed by Cooliris. Here’s a link to the PDF of the Cooliris press statement.

Cooliris has also provided this video demo.

Gallery on Nexus One, developed by Cooliris from Cooliris on Vimeo.

Check out the Official Google Blog for the Nexus One announcement. You may also visit the Google Nexus One YouTube channel and follow @googlenexusone on Twitter.

Here’s one of the clips on the Google Nexus One YouTube channel.

Mashable also provides a comparison chart showing how the Nexus One stacks up to the Apple iPhone and Motorola Droid.

Here’s an Associated Press video report on the Nexus One launch.

So, are you getting a Nexus One?

Nexus One a.k.a. Google Phone full review

The Nexus One isn’t out yet, but NexusOneBlog already has a full-blown review of the much anticipated Android phone.

Here’s an excerpt from their detailed review.

The display screen on this phone is simply incredible. There has yet to be any device out on the market to date that looks as crisp and clear as the Nexus One. The difference is like taking a look at a 30” television and trying to compare it with a brand new 46” Sony LCD. The Nexus One boasts a 3.7” (diagonal) widescreen, WVGA AMOLED screen, delivering at 720×480. Picture quality is very impressive.

Responsiveness to touch on the screen is definitely on par with the iPhone. There are no delays when touching apps and moving from screen to screen. Users have the ability to navigate left and right for a total of 5 screens. Thanks to the updated firmware, Android 2.1, the phone flies. While most phones will tend to lag a bit when opening, closing, and moving from page to page with touch and gestures, this phone moves with ease.

The sad part here is that there is no multi-touch on this device. So forget about pinching to zoom in and out, however if you MUST insist on using these gestures you can download an application called Dolphin. This app is a browser that allows you to do anything on an iPiPhonehone, within your browser on your Nexus One. It actually works very well.

Earlier, Engadget posted a Nexus One hands-on, including video.

I’m psyched to get a Nexus One, because I honestly believe that Android is the future of the mobile OS. The iPhone is cool and it started a revolution, but now it’s sort of the dumb blonde of smartphones — sexy but ultimately shallow. The future is in open systems.

Honestly, though, I’m also thinking of holding out for the Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone, the Xperia X10.

We’ll see.

(Thanks to Android Central for the heads up on the Nexus One review.)

Browse Friendster on your mobile all day for just 20 Philippine pesos

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

With over 13 million monthly unique visitors in the Philippines, Friendster remains the top social network in the country.

Facebook may have made a lot of headway in the Philippines, overtaking Multiply, as fellow CNET Asia blogger Ignatius Javellana recently posted, but many Filipinos, particularly the youth, still seem to prefer to interact online via Friendster.

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Missend, missed call

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post 🙂

Do you answer text messages (SMS) that get missent to your mobile phone? Just to inform the person that he or she sent the message to the wrong person?

I used to, particularly when the message seemed important. No, nothing as dramatic yet as a life-and-death situation–and seriously, wouldn’t you call rather than text if it’s an emergency–but stuff like someone asking the recipient if he or she has already arrived at the meeting place, or why he or she hasn’t called.