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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

Our Verdict

A powerful, cute little smartphone, that's high on performance and features in a compact chassis.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 320 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.66 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Very nice user interface skin
  • Facebook integration that's not too intrusive
  • Usable web browser with Flash player support
  • Solid hardware with usable keyboard

Against

  • Camera images exaggerate strong colours
  • 720p video output lacks detail
  • Filled with Sony promotional apps
  • Video codec support not extensive

As expected with Android smartphones, you get the full range of Google apps on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.

This means Calendar support, Gmail, YouTube and Talk included, plus the mighty four-pronged Google Maps app suite, which consists of separate tools for Navigation, latitude, Places and Maps itself.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Navigate is always the first toy to play with when using a new Android phone, with Google's free sat nav app as superb as ever. It's integrated with the standard Google Maps app incredibly well, enabling you to select your own location as a start point and specify your destination. Then Google does the rest.

For turn-by-turn voice navigation you need the voice data pack, which is a free download from the Android Market. It has everything you need to bin your existing sat nav.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

OfficeSuite gives you the ability to manage and read Word documents, but it'll prompt you to pay for the Pro version if you want editing and file creation abilities on your phone.

Sony Ericsson's Get Games app also includes a home screen widget, which is a rather odd link that simply takes you to the Android Market listing for the promoted titles.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

If you'd like some legitimate music, there are a couple of choices on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.

Music can be purchased through Sony Ericsson's PlayNow app, where you're able to buy music for a ludicrous £1.50 per track plus a possible mobile data fee. Expensive, yes, but it's good to see Sony Ericsson at least giving users the option of an official MP3 shopping service.

There's also an 'app' representing Sony's Music Unlimited service on the phone, but it's really just a web link to a site with more information, and an encouragement to download the proper app from the Android Market.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

One other interesting Sony Ericsson addition is its Friends' Music & Videos app, which encourages the stalking of your Facebook mates by pulling out all the music and video links people have shared on the social networking site, also letting you read the comments and Like the results.

It's a bit of an odd thing to focus on, that, but probably better than paging through the Android Facebook app.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There's also a version of the McAfee security suite on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, giving users access to back-up tools and remote-wiping functions. It even goes so far as to enable you to create a Buddy List of people that can be notified in the event that your phone is stolen.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

We've seen a few people on the internet complaining that this means the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is therefore full of the sort of "spamware" that bloats many new PCs.

However, what you get here is actually the full McAfee product, registered for use for an entire year, so there won't be any aggressive nagging for credit card details after a month. And it's a useful tool, so we have no complaints at all.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The collection of PopCap game trailers, Qriocity apps and more are a little less welcome, though. You might want to spend 10 minutes deleting stuff to free up space.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
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
SAR Value0.46 W/kg
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
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time5.66 Hour
Product Modelmini pro
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)136 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
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, Call Divert, Call Forwarding, Conference Call
Pixel Density192 ppi
Height92 mm
Width53 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA mini pro Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1251-9101
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Start spreading the news. Just slide out the keyboard and type away on the Xperia mini pro Android keyboard smartphone.

Send an email on the fly. Reschedule a meeting from the train. The Xperia mini pro makes typing simple - with less fuss and fewer mistakes. And when the workday is done? Capture your family in sharp HD video, or snap a still with the 5 megapixel camera. Then tell all your friends what you're up to with Facebook inside Xperia.

Package Contents
  • XPERIA mini pro Smartphone
  • USB Cable
Limited Warranty2 Year