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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

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro features a 5MP camera with LED flash that's also capable of recording 720p HD video clips. It's exactly the same as that found on the Xperia Mini, and also includes a front-facing camera for video chatting.

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There aren't many fancy options on the phone's camera, with the majority of the scene modes hidden away. The default setting is to have the Xperia Mini Pro automatically detect scenes, which can lead to some interesting choices, especially in low-light conditions.

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Pressing the Capturing Mode toggle enables you to choose from nice pre-determined scenes the usual standard modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports and Party.

The camera's very quick to use, firing off sequences of shots rapidly without getting bogged down in any way. The physical camera button itself is a nice feature, too, with Sony Ericsson sticking on a nice, soft button that's sensitive enough to shoot without making you jerk the phone around.

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Camera output is OK. Photos at the highest 5MP setting come off the phone at 2592 x 1944 resolution, and are certainly bright and colourful. In fact, it's actually a little too trigger happy with the colours, as bright reds and greens really explode and are quite exaggerated.

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OUTDOOR: Ask it to capture red, greens and organic detail and you're given a bit of a blotchy end result. Images are colourful enough to get away with when used at small sizes, but the full-size originals look slightly odd

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INDOOR: Under decent light, indoor photos without flash are very nice. The camera's tendency to over-egg the colours seems to calm down a bit away from the glare of the sun

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MACRO: Macro mode is great, doing an excellent job of enabling you to get around six inches away from the subject

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FACE DETECTION: The Xperia Mini Pro also features face detection, which kicks in the portrait mode when it sees something with eyes and a mouth. Again, shots are super-colourful, so it's down to personal choice whether you can live with this or not

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DIGITAL ZOOM #1: There's a very quick and responsive digital zoom available when taking still shots...

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DIGITAL ZOOM #2: ...although you probably won't actually use it, because there's a hefty loss of detail once fully zoomed

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BACKLIGHT: Evening shots often see the camera engage what it calls Backlight mode, which tries to maintain brightness levels without exaggerating the brightness or contrast too much. It creates very nice shots that are indeed pretty representative of actual evening conditions

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FLASH: Just like the Xperia Mini, the Mini Pro has a decent flash. But when it automatically engages Night Portrait mode and lengthens exposure time, getting a non-blurry photo can take some time. You might find it quicker to wait until morning

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FRONT CAMERA: The Xperia Mini Pro also has a whole extra camera. It comes with a front-facing secondary sensor, which takes shots and video at 640 x 480 resolution, so you can enjoy the futuristic pursuit of video chatting

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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