The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was launched back in November 2009 on Android OS 1.6 (Donut) and it has been a real tour de force by the SE team to make Eclair and then Gingerbread run on it.
This means that, without a doubt, the Xperia X10 is now the best, mainstream Android handset for those looking for anything better than the Orange San Francisco (or ZTE Blade) but cheaper than £300.
It is cheaper than the HTC Desire at £295.12 (at Amazon) and yet comes with some great features. For a start, it has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 384MB RAM and 1GB onboard storage. There's also a large 4-inch OLED capacitive screen, with what was at the time, the highest screen resolution of any smartphone (480x854 pixels).
As with most recent handsets, it can take up to 32GB microSD cards, comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio, DLNA compatibility but also an eight-megapixel camera with AF and LED flash.
Those looking for a cheap way of acquiring the Xperia X10 can get the handset on a pay monthly contract (which is basically an interest free loan) for £20.42 per month for 18 months with £25 automatic cashback; the total cost of ownership topping £342.56. For the additional £48, users will get 1GB worth of data allowance, 100 minutes and 100 texts every month.