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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's text messaging app is pretty straightforward, with Sony Ericsson not doing much more here than styling up the usual Android SMS interface.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There are plenty of tiny little options to discover, though. Long-pressing on the text of an SMS enables you to copy it to your clipboard, forward it or delete it, plus the system supports multiple recipients, photo, video and audio attachments.

Sony Ericsson has pre-loaded the WhatsApp cross-platform messaging app, which is a rather basic internet messaging app that exists in its own world. It's probably best ignored in favour of one of the many alternatives on the Android Market.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's keyboard is, by default, a take on the traditional numeric keypad entry system, which was the only choice on the old X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

Thanks to the Xperia Mini Pro's larger screen, there's now a QWERTY option in here too, which is the simple Android standard option.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

But you're much more likely to do your typing on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's QWERTY keyboard. This is small, obviously, given the phone's 3-inch screen, but what you lose in space is made up for in functionality.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The blue button to the left gives you access to the alternate characters on most keys, making it very simple to use the full range of grammar, punctuation and pound/euro signs in your messages. If you like to type all proper, it's great.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The keyboard's backlit, which makes sending sexy texts from under the duvet easy. You also get four PC-style cursor keys, which are excellent when it comes to editing text.

But the size is undeniably a compromise. While the keys are rounded and separated, their tiny size means typing speed is severely limited. We found ourselves typing with our fingernails most of the time, so it's not a good choice if you have big hands.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

For coping with typos and predicting words, Sony Ericsson provides a few options on the Xperia Mini Pro. There's a selection of Quick Fixes to remedy common errors and automatically insert some punctuation, plus the word selection and spelling options may also be toggled.

You can turn Word Learning off, too, if you'd rather your mobile phone didn't keep track of your bespoke vocabulary.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

One new Sony Ericsson feature is its Type & Send app, which is one huge text entry box with a few buttons beneath it.

Type some sort of witty comment on the day's news and it brings up the search or share buttons. So you can use Google to see if anyone's already made your clever joke about Colonel Gadaffi, then share it on social networks and via your installed messaging apps if not.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

It's a rather large widget that takes up a big chunk of the home screen, but it does make firing off rapid notes easy, so is worth the space sacrifice if you're a prolific status-changer.

Email is handled by a standalone app, which manages POP3/IMAP and MS Exchange ActiveSync accounts. You can have as many of these accounts as you like, with the app creating its own combined inbox if you have numerous email accounts to manage on your Android smartphone.

There are options to set the checking interval if you don't want it annihilating your Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's battery, plus there's an excellent sliding preview pane that makes quickly scanning messages a breeze.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density192 ppi
Height92 mm
Width53 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time331 Hour
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