FIRST IMPRESSIONS FADE AWAY easily so I wanted to scratch out a few comments about the SonyEricsson X10 after using the phone for a little more than an hour. I inserted my O2 SIM and followed the instructions on the screen, typing a few user names and passwords into the phone's Android operating system through a touchscreen. Within 10 minutes, the phone knew me, the fat-fingered far-sighted bloke. The X10 was displaying updates from Facebook and Twitter on its home screen (see left) and by tapping the rectangles associated with the updates, I could get more information or leave comments. I had fully functioning Picasa and Gmail services within 15 minutes of powering up the phone. I loaded Qik, shot a few videos and then spent the rest of the hour loading up free applications. I'm using AudioBoo, Google Goggles, TripIt, Evernote, Foursquare, Google Reader for mobile and Google Latitude. I spent more time tapping around the applications than using the home-grown SonyEricsson home screen applications but I'm very impressed with the video playback quality and the 8MP image quality. I accidentally bought two pop tracks from the O2 store before I realised the things were billed to my monthly contract. I've decades of high bitrate MP3s that I plan to load onto the phone, either by drag and drop or through the SonyEricsson Media management software. But that's for another hour. One passing comment from Barry, the astute iPhone owner: "Nice phone." I'll have an educated opinion after a week's use.