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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

The music player on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a quite simple option, but you do get a few nice custom interface features, a home screen widget and comprehensive playlist creation and management options.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Sadly there's no lock-screen music control, nor is it possible to control music via the pull-down Notifications menu. What you do get are a couple of Sony Ericsson additions in the player itself.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There's a Like button that will ping out the details of what you're currently listening as a Facebook status update. Plus there's the Infinite button, which performs a YouTube search using the artist details and returns a list of related clips, or searches Google for lyrics, or Wikipedia to see if the band is still going and how the drummer died.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Playlist support is good. You can create them on the fly or have the smartphone compile lists of newly added tracks, your most played selection or take the risk of going through the songs the phone thinks you've never played.

There's also a search bar along the top of the playlist screen, which is very useful if you've got a bursting SD card.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There's also an FM radio in here, which cleverly integrates with Sony Ericsson's TrackID system. If Zoe Ball turns the world on its head by playing a song you actually like, hitting the TrackID button records a sample and pings it off to a server for identification.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

As for video playback, the options on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro are sadly quite limited. The Android phone only supports MP4 video files, and refused to play any of our standard selection of AVIs, WMVs and a hopeful MKV.

As with the likes of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the PC Companion tool will offer to convert your videos into the correct format when copying them across, but this turns a three-minute job into a 30-minute chore.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The video player itself is one area where Google and Sony Ericsson haven't really bothered.

It's hidden from view with no direct icon to open it, and when you do click on a video that the phone supports and can open, you're greeted by the familiar grey slab design. You can play. You can skip. You can pause. That's it.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

With regard onboard memory for storing all of the above and more, the Xperia Mini Pro comes with "up to 320MB" of internal memory. Our phone currently says it has a respectable 262MB free, even after installing our standard day-one phone reviewing favourites.

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