Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 keyboard compared to Sony Vaio UX (and not in a good way)

Vaio_ux_kb1The Boy Genius Report recently got their hands on a pre-production Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, also known as my next phone (after the iPhone 3G), and have summed up their first impressions with one word: wow.

Unfortunately, hidden in a dark cave inside that wow is "one major flaw." Not a minor gripe or one of several little annoyances, mind you, but a single major flaw . . . the keyboard. BGR calls it "one of the worst" and to qualify the assessment, they compare it to the Sony Vaio UX keyboard, which is generally regarded as one of the worst thumboards ever made. Like the UX keyboard (photos below), the XPERIA X1 keys "don’t travel a lot when pressed . . . and give little to no feedback."

That’s certainly disappointing news. It isn’t deal-breaking (nothing would be, as I really want this phone), but I’m already making room at the top of my thumboard typing speed chart, which sadly lists touch-typing percentages from lowest to highest.



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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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