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Some are calling Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 the "best Windows Mobile phone in business" and whether you believe that or not, you can’t argue that the handset’s on-screen panels make it unique. The large, touchable panels are akin to widgets or applications that sit atop the […]

Facebookexperia11Some are calling Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 the "best Windows Mobile phone in business" and whether you believe that or not, you can’t argue that the handset’s on-screen panels make it unique. The large, touchable panels are akin to widgets or applications that sit atop the base Windows Mobile user interface. Part of me believes that the Xperia’s panels are not just for quick-and-easy access to useful apps. Since Microsoft doesn’t offer a centralized mobile application store as Apple and Google do, I’m wondering how large the downloadable Sony Ericsson software offering could get.

It actually gets a little larger today with the addition of three new panels:

  • Facebook – Om returned his X1 review unit just before this launched, and that’s probably a good thing or  he’d be a social butterfly and get nothing done. With the new Facebook panel, there’s a new visual representation of your friend’s status, you can upload photos directly, even use a click-to-call feature to actually speak to your online friends. Imagine that!
  • Microsoft Windows Live – With a Windows Live ID, you can sync contact information stored in the cloud with your local X1 contact list. This panel also offers access to Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger for even more communication options.
  • Dashwire – Here you can automatically sync information between your X1 and a Dashwire account in the cloud. Contacts, text messages, photos, videos, calls and settings from your X1 can all be viewed from a web browser on any computer. Looks like it provides some peace of mind as a backup of your phone’s data.
  1. The best smartphone almost nobody will buy here in the US because it is not currently being offered with subsidized purchase by any of the mainstream US carriers. I would love to upgrade from my Samsung 760i to that gorgeous WVGA Sony X1…but can’t see dropping nearly a grand to make that happen. Without major carrier support the phone is doomed to obscurity here in the USA.

    Perhaps I have just missed the news of AT&T or some other US carrier picking this baby up?

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  2. Sorry Brian. No such luck on a carrier subsidy for the Xperia in the USA at the moment. That means many folks will miss out on what might be a great Windows Mobile device due to the relatively high price tag.

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