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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review

Now packing a QWERTY keyboard for touchscreen refuseniks

Our Verdict

A polished and unique phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini pro manages to outdo a lot of its more expensive rivals

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 128 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 30 Minute
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Extremely responsive
  • Solid build
  • Great battery life
  • Highly intuitive UI
  • Large number of home screens

Against

  • Android 2.1 is a welcome, but ageing, update
  • Numeric keypad text entry in touchscreen mode
  • 320x240 display not great for web
  • No trackpad
  • Exchange support only via an app

Again, this is déja vu time if you've already read our review of the Xperia X10 Mini, since the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro uses an identical version of the heavily skinned Android OS that worked so smoothly within the X10 Mini.

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The change to Android 2.1 brings one immediate and obvious alteration, thanks to the new lock screen. Press any button to wake up the screen, then slide the lock icon to access the phone's Home screens – or slide the volume icon to silence all tones and alerts.

The Home screen look and operation is exactly the same as in Sony Ericsson's Android 1.6 user interface skin. You start off greeted by the reworked widgets system, which only enables users to display one large Android widget in the middle of each screen.

You're allowed to have 20 of these screens lined up from left to right for you to scroll through, with Sony's corner-based UI adding four additional customisable app shortcuts to the corner of the main screen.

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It's a brilliantly simple system. Pressing the Menu button from the Home screen reveals the option to rearrange your icons, and from here you're able to choose which four you want to be permanently displayed on the four corners of your phone's desktop.

Anything goes, so you can have a shortcut to your SMS messages, music player, browser or whatever, all perma-displayed in the corner for easy access.

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If you do use your phone for more than four things, do not panic – swiping your finger up the screen slides the standard Android app drawer into view, which features shortcuts to everything that's installed on your phone.

It's a very smart way of maximising the phone's tiny 2.55-inch touchscreen.

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The QWERTY keyboard is also a bit of a godsend when working with the X10 Mini Pro's limited screen space. The simple fact that you tend to use the Mini Pro in landscape mode with the keyboard popped out means you find yourself with a more readable, spacious screen than found when navigating on the regular X10 Mini.

Slide out the QWERTY – which clunks open in a very solid and satisfying manner – and the screen orientation immediately rotates, making everything seem slightly more natural and uncluttered when displayed in this miniature widescreen format.

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The only problem we have with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro's QWERTY keyboard is its lack of an Android-spec Back button. The left and right cursor buttons let you navigate through text easily, but if you want to quit an app or go back the previous menu, you have to reach up and press the silver button beneath the touchscreen.

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It's not much of a reach given how compact the phone is, but an extra Back button in the QWERTY area would've been a nice touch.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory128 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyXPERIA X
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time30 Minute
Product ModelX10 mini pro
Screen Size6.5 cm (2.6")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height90 mm
Width52 mm
Depth17 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesX
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA X10 mini pro Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number1238-0204
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ask a friend over. Or just get in touch. Messaging is instant with Xperia X10 mini pro. A full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and intuitive touch screen right at your fingertips. Messages. YouTube. Apps from Android Market. One-hand control, drag'n'drop the icons into the corners of your screen and have your favorites at thumb's reach. With Timescape, your friends are closer than ever. Facebook, Tweets, messages, calls all in one app, with the latest event at the top. Stuff you didn't know about your favorite stars. Music that brings the house down. Press the infinite button in the media player and go explore.

Limited Warranty2 Year