Written on 3/30/2010 04:34:00 PM by poison_ivy
Like other Android phones before 2.1, your get 3 homescreens you can put widgets on but lets skip to that and go to what sets the X10 apart: timescape and mediascape, Sony Ericsson's custom UI on top of Android. Timescape is kinda like friendstream on HTC or Motoblur on the Motorola Clique. Basically, its a social network hub where you can see your contact's Facebook and Twitter updates together with their recent messages (email and sms) to you, call logs, as well as your recent photos taken and music played. There's no option to add additional services such as Myspace or Friendster.
The graphical interface of timescape is amazing and fun. Pictures of your contacts are stacked up and you can scroll through them vertically. Kinetic scrolling here is fast, responsive, and snappy.
Messaging and phonebook
Since this is Android 1.6, there's no image thumbnails in the sms app, however, timescape sort of makes up for that because in the messaging spline, you get a preview of your contact's image. When you try to reply to this message though, you're taken back to the Android sms so no picture thumbnail.
For those who speak and write English, Japanese and Chinese, you're in luck because there's a Japanese and Chinese keyboard as well. Screenshots below though I have no idea what I've written in Japanese.
The phonebook is Sony's own because there's an option to link your contacts with either facebook or twitter. Fields are limited when it comes to other options such as birthdays and anniversaries but you can put in more than 2 mobile numbers. There's an included free app called moxier wherein you can add contacts and the fields are more reminiscent of Outlook compared to SE's phonebook but still no birthday field. Moxier allows you to sync via your company's exchange server but you won't be able to link your contacts via timescape. Moxier has 5 apps included in the x10, contacts, mail, calendar, tasks and sync.
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