The core of a â€˜smartâ€™ device or consumer tablet/netbookÂ is the software and despite its shortcomings, the iPhone OS is recognised as the market leader. Android isnâ€™t far behind though and for some, the multitasking and â€˜opennessâ€™ put it way into the lead. If you want the best Android experience out there, youâ€™ve got to look slightly below the handheld tablet and smartbook category at the new high-end smartphones that are appearing. The Droid/Milestone, Nexus 1, HTC Desire and Xperia X10 are fast, fluid and a lot of fun. Only 10 days ago I bough an Xperia X10 and Iâ€™ve been writing about it on a sub-blog at XperiaX10.Carrypad.com Yesterday evening I posted the second part of my first impressions.
Overall itâ€™s an impressive bit of kit with a fast browser, great daylight camera, enjoyable UI and of course, seamless access to Google applications and the thousands of Google Marketplace applications.
Itâ€™s a highly converged device and for anyone looking for the ultimate in web-capable smartphones, itâ€™s up there with the best of them but I canâ€™t help thinking that it would be even more enjoyable if it were simply a handheld tablet rather than a smartphone. On a 5â€ screen the experience would be way more useful/readable and the on screen keyboard would be much easier to type on. Finger-sized icons and menu items would take less effective screen space and there would be space for a battery that would last more than the 9-12hours that I get out of the X10 when I start using it like it should be.
I discussed the topic of convergence over at UMPCPortal and put the argument forward that I might be better off with something bigger and a separate phone but right now there isnâ€™t much choice out there so the question is, do I keep the X10 or sell it and drop back to my trusty N82 while I wait?
Of course, thatâ€™s just me. I know that the majority of people out there just want one device if possible and if that you, take a closer look at the XperiaX10 blog because Iâ€™m continuing to test the device from every perspective. Iâ€™ll also be interested to hear from Droid/Milestone, Nexus One, Desire owners too. How do you feel about total convergence?