I found out recently that I could recontract my phone plan, and so I got the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro along with a data plan. Was toying with the idea of getting the actual X10 itself, but the fact that it’s touchscreen only (wasn’t sure I could get used to messaging without a keypad), and not to mention MUCH more expensive ($400+ whereas the mini pro was $88), I decided not to in the end, especially after my previous experience with paying $400+ for my previous W995 and discovering later that it was definitely not worth all the money. (Gadget lust, I HATE YOU. You make me lose all reason. >_<)
So whilst I'm still currently in the impassioned clutches of new phone obsession, especially with the discovery of just how awesome apps are, now that the the initial fervour has cooled down slightly (VERY slightly; I still constantly check my phone nowadays which is an amazing feat considering how I can usually ignore my phone for a whole day, as disgruntled friends can attest to), I've come to the sad realisation that my phone is an awesome SMARTphone, but not a very good smartPHONE - i.e. it's great for all the internet-y features, but functions pretty terribly as a phone. Le sigh.
What are my pet peeves? Let me show you them:
Alarm: No way to set the snooze intervals. Alarm won't continue to snooze if I don't press the snooze button. (All things my W995 let me do previously.)
SMS-ing: No option to switch from threading conversation mode to normal sms inbox-outbox-sent-drafts folder mode. Which is a pain in the BUTT when I want to delete draft smses, I have to scroll through the whole bunch of threads to find the draft I want to delete instead of having them stored in a convenient folder.
Contacts: When combining my friends' facebook profiles with their phone contacts, the facebook names are set as the default, with no way for me to change it. Very annoying for cases where my friends have a different facebook nickname than the name I use for their phone contact - the only way around it is to keep the facebook profile and phone contact separate.
Music Player: Interface is alot less intuitive than the Walkman one in my previous Sony Ericsson phones. Adds ALL the music I have on my SD card to the library, even if I don't actually want them there. (Eg. If I have a separate folder in my SD card for audio files for an app such as my Tang poetry reciter, it shows up in my music list.) Ditto for the photo album.
Flashlight: No default flashlight! D: D: D: (Friends would know that one of the lame reasons why I have stuck with Sony Ericsson up till now is that all my previous phones had flashlights.) Thankfully this can be overcome with an app that turns on the LED light (no SOS feature though. ), but it's just sad that this is no longer a default feature in the phone.
Dialing: The default dialpad doesn't have smart dial, I need to use a separate widget for that.
Battery life: SUPER PET PEEVE!!!!! Battery doesn't even last a DAY even though I've tried to minimise background data usage and by killing off the various apps when not in use. I mean I did know I had to mentally prepare myself for a phone that wouldn't last beyond a day since I've heard that's the case for iPhones, but seriously, not even a day!? And I think it’s just because the battery has pretty low capacity – it charges really fast so I’m guessing it can’t hold much charge before running out.
And probably alot more beefs that I can’t remember right now. But just, ARGH. It feels like Sony Ericsson has forgotten that they’re supposed to be making PHONES that double up as internet devices, as opposed to portable internet devices that you can make calls from. *sigh*
That said, I really AM loving the fact that I can download apps to do all sorts of crappy things with my phone. So glad I decided to go with an Android phone in the end. (Was previously considering getting the Vivaz [Uses Symbian] and the Aino [Sony Ericsson's own proprietary OS].) Will gush about some of my favourite apps in the next post.
Plus, my phone is red! (I previously wanted my W995 to be red but it was a Singtel exclusive at the time so I ended up getting a black one.) And pretty!