We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android smartphones Reviews
15,507 Reviews

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 review

From free, depending on contract

Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a mid-range Google Android smartphone, targeted at users who can't afford the premium Xperia X10 and find the Xperia X10 mini or mini Pro too small for their tastes. UPDATED 31 March 2011

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a mid-range Google Android smartphone targeted at users who can't afford the premium Xperia X10 and find the Xperia X10 mini or mini Pro too small for their tastes. Updated, 31 March 2011

Sony Ericsson scored a big hit with last year’s X10 Mini handset, proving that you can pack power and navigability into a compact form factor without sacrificing usability.

The Xperia X8 takes the Mini idea, but isn’t as accomplished as its predecessor. It already feels quite retro: until recently it was running the Android 1.6 Donut version of the Google OS.

It has a 3in capacitive touchscreen, with a half-VGA resolution of 320x480 pixels on which icons seem to recede into the blue background. Combined with the plastic, cheap-feeling design, first impressions aren’t great. This is a shame, as some of the technology inside is good. You get GPS and location tagging, plus 3G and 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for microSD cards up to 16GB. There’s a parsimonious internal memory allocation of just 128MB.

Navigation on the X8 isn’t bad. The multi-screen setup means you can have a screen for YouTube clips, one for email or web browsing and another for music playback, for example. The Sony Timescape overlay lets you meld all your online accounts and get notifications about missed calls or incoming text messages.

Another interesting, Sony Ericsson-specific feature is support for LiveView - a £48 watch that synchronises with your Android device and gives you at a glance information about incoming calls and acts as a media player. 

Next page: Our original review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, from November 2010 >>

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Expert Verdict »
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Scores 7.5 out of 10 based on 777 reviews
Quad-band Android smartphone
3in (320x480) capacitive touchscreen
600MHz processor
168MB RAM
Google Android 1.6 OS (Donut)
128MB internal storage
microSD memory card slot
3.2Mp fixed-focus camera (no LED flash)
GPS
3G/Wi-Fi connectivity
talk time 5 hours
standby time 446 hours
54x99x15mm
104g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Given the £20-per-month price tag, it’s hard to criticise the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. We simply found better Android handsets for the price.

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

£104
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro review

    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro

    If you are heavy on texting and looking for a stylish compact Android phone that does not skimp on features, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro is for you. It has snappy performance on all counts. Its Android OS will let you get more apps than you'll ever need from the Marketplace but it's 2.55-inch screen size is not the most optimised for mobile browsing and watching videos.

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini review

    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

    The idea behind Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini mobile phone is very much in-line with the Nokia N97 mini and the HTC HD mini mobile phones.

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review

    Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc replaces the Xperia X10 as the flagship model of Sony Ericsson's Xperia line-up of Android smartphones. Updated, 22 June 2011

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 review

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2

    Despite being dropped from Vodafone's lineup, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 smartphone is available SIM-free in the UK for around £499.

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S review

    Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S

    The XPERIA Arc S remains a nice phone, but doesn't offer enough improvements over the original model.


IDG UK Sites

LG G Watch review: Android Wear smartwatch is the best around, so far

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular

IDG UK Sites

See Glasgow 2014 in UHD as history is made