Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 vs. Motorola Defy – Review

by Jerry D on February 8, 2011

With all the interest in Sony Ericsson’s new Xperia Arc and Xperia Play models, it’s easy to overlook the older Xperia X8. Fitting into the mid-range market, the X8 has some decent features. But how would it fare in a straight fight against the Motorola Defy? Game on…

Xperia X8 versus graphic Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 vs. Motorola Defy   Review Motorola Defy


As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Xperia X8 comes with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Defy, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. Points go to the Defy here for better, faster wireless. (0-1)

Size & Weight:

How do the two combatants measure up? Good question. The Xperia X8 measures 99.0 x 54.0 x 15.0mm, while the rough-and-tumble Defy is 107.0 x 59.0 x 13.4mm in comparison. The Defy is the bigger phone. Weighing 104g, the Xperia X8 is 14g lighter than the Defy, which weighs 118g. (1-1)



As for photo/video prowess, the Xperia X8′s 3.15 MP lens features geotagging and video capture. I don’t know if ‘prowess’ is really the right word in this context…

The newer Defy KOs the Xperia X8 with an improved 5.0 Megapixel lens (2592 x 1944 max resolution), plus features such as: autofocus, an LED flash, geotagging, digital zoom and VGA video capture. (1-2)


The Xperia X8 features a 3.0-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a ho-hum resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The screen has 153600 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 192.333 pixels per inch.

The Defy’s touch-sensitive LCD display is much better, measuring 3.7 inches on the diagonal. The resolution is also higher (480 x 854 pixels). So with 409920 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 264.865 pixels per inch. That’s impressive for a phone that doesn’t pretend to be a top-end handset. (1-3)


As for the processors, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is powered by 600MHz processor, while the Defy has a 800MHz TI OMAP3610 chip. (1-4)


The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 launched with Android 1.6 and should be upgradeable to Android 2.1. The Defy launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair), enhanced with Motorola’s MotoBlur UI. (1-4)


Storage-wise, the two phones come with 2GB of memory built-in. Plug a bigger memory card into the Xperia X8′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to a useful 16GB. You can also expand the memory of the Defy via its microSD slot. The maximum is 32GB. (1-5)

Battery life:

Fully powered-up, Sony Ericsson boasts 5.5 hours of talktime for its Xperia X8, versus 6.5 hours for the Defy. The standby times are 476 hours for the Xperia X8 and 237 hours for the Defy. (1-6)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.


The Xperia X8 also includes GPS/A-GPS and stereo FM radio with RDS. The Defy features GPS/A-GPS, built-in FM radio, digital compass, DLNA content sharing and a Gorilla Glass display. (1-7)

The Motorola Defy wins!

motorola defy Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 vs. Motorola Defy   ReviewSo where was this big phone fight won? Pretty much everywhere, to be honest. The Motorola Defy has the highest-spec camera, a superior display (and the bigger of the two screens), plus a faster processor. It’s also the thinnest of the two combatants and more likely to survive a fall from a small bridge. The X8, meanwhile, is showing its age. There are better phones around for the money.

See if these two phones make our Top 10 Best Smartphones list…

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