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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini review

Slightly larger but still tiny, is 2011's Android update a big winner?

Our Verdict

Surprisingly powerful, with a versatile and well designed user interface. There are many good things in this small box.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 320 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 4.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Superb user interface additions
  • Clever Facebook integration
  • Good web browser with Flash support
  • Good quality display

Against

  • Still photos lack some detail
  • Colour is exaggerated
  • 720p videos lack detail
  • Limited video codec support
  • Slightly higher price

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The Xperia Mini can record clips at up to 720p resolution, saving its output into MP4 format files.

The camera app doesn't have much at all in the way of options when recording clips, with the same selection of scenes on offer as when taking stills. What is welcome is a choice of auto-focus options, with the camera coming with Face Detection, Infinity and Single Auto-focus options.

And it's rather good. The app's fast and responsive when recording movies, the auto-focus takes a second or two to adjust, but you may find that preferable to one that's too quick to respond and leaves you with clips that are constantly being adjusted.

Sony ericsson xperia mini review

There's a digital image stabilisation tool in here, a self-timer, manual white balance options and the option to toggle use of the touchscreen as a shutter button on and off. There's no digital zoom, though, but you can select the LED flash to stay on permanently, as a little night-time torch.

Videos recorded at 720p resolution feature a solid frame rate, with our sample clips registering between 29 and 30fps. What's not particularly great is the detail. Clips come out quite soft, with a kind of pastel blurriness to the output.

The Reality Display and Mobile BRAVIA Engine feature list bullet points don't really bring any obvious benefits when viewing your clips on the Xperia Mini's screen, either. The viewing angle is good and the phone plays back clips at a solid frame rate, but there's nothing here that will amaze you.

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One nice added feature is hidden away within the Gallery – video editing. It's nothing complex nor feature heavy, but you can edit the start and end points of clips recorded yourself.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory320 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXPERIA
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time4.50 Hour
Product Modelmini
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)99 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height88 mm
Width52 mm
Depth16 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA mini Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1248-8667
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Whale about to flick its tail? Watching a great game? Catch it all with Xperia mini - the world's smallest Android powered smartphone with HD video recording.

HD video smartphone with 5 megapixel camera

Enjoy all your entertainment in crisp colours and high contrast on the 3" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Your HD video recording smartphone comes with a photo flash and auto focus too - your pics stay sharp and bright, even when you snap them in the dark.