Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is impressing with its size and its QWERTY sliding keyboard. The little phone is very capable for its dimensions and price. Take a look at its main features:

  • Ultra compact body
  • Physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with HSPA
  • Customized Android OS v1.6 with Timescape UI
  • 2.55″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz CPU
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and VGA video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Built-in GPS receiver and digital compass
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and turn-to-mute
  • Standard miniUSB port for charging and data
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 8GB (a 2GB card included)
  • 3.5mm-compatible audio jack
  • Android market
  • User-replaceable battery (as opposed to the X10 mini)

Above the display we find the ear piece speaker, a tiny status LED and the proximity sensor. Under the screen there are the three hardware button found on the Xperia X10 Mini too: menu, home and back. On the left side we can see the microUSB port while on the right side we have the volume keys and the dedicated camera button with distinct half press. On the top it has the power button and the 3.5mm jack. At the bottom it has only the lanyard eyelet and the mouthpiece.

As on the Xperia X10 Mini, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same 2.55 inches display with a pixel density of 157ppi and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It is also has a scratch resistant screen. The screen sensitivity is excellent. The sun light legibility is good enough, the brightness is good, the contrast is above average and the viewing angles are reasonable.

The camera has a 5MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash. The most advanced feature is geo-tagging; other features can be found in the settings menu. The pictures quality is pleasing with good details and low noise levels. Sometime the colors get washed out but not all the time. From the VGA recorded video we don’t need to have high expectation. At least the frame rate has 30 fps and the LED flash can be used while shooting.

At connectivity is has the same features as the Xperia X10 Mini: 2G EDGE speed up to 236 Kbps, 3G HSDPA speed up to 7.2 and HSUPA up to 2Mbps, Wi-Fi with b/g standards, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1(this one is higher than on the Xperia x10 mini) with A2DP and a microUSB v2.0 slot. The browser is very good but again it is let down by the small screen and the lack of Adobe Flash support.

On the hardware part it has the same Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset with the 600 MHz ARM 11 processor and the Adreno 200 GPU helped by 256 Mb of RAM memory. The internal memory has 130 Mb and it can be extended up to 16 Gab through a microSD card. The phone has accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors.

If the 930 mAh battery is heavy used it will have the same two days life like the X10 Mini. In a normal use it can last over three day.

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