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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review

Now packing a QWERTY keyboard for touchscreen refuseniks

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro's contacts section is a stripped-down, all-blue version of the standard Android tool. Your contacts are broken down into two lists – everyone, and those lucky enough to have been starred as your Favourites, which are accessed through a separate tab.

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Opening up a contact brings up a short listing of their data – and a photo if you've taken one of them and tagged it to their profile through the imaging app – plus there's Sony Ericsson's big important thing, the Timescape button.

Pressing the Timescape icon pops up the Timescape window, which will, if you've set it up to do so, gather together all the Twitter, Facebook and SMS messages sent to you by this particular person into one enormous stack of personal data.

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It's a pretty redundant feature, to be honest, since most users will be much happier keeping their Twitter and SMS lives separate, but it does at least illustrate some of the extremely clever business conducted behind the scenes by Sony Ericsson's super-skinned Android.

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The update to Android 2.1 brings a new social network connectivity layer, with users now able to pull in all their friends from Facebook and have these listed in the contacts section.

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It's a useful feature, with a further option available to filter results depending on if they have phone numbers registered or not. So you don't have to worry about filling your Contacts section up with the hundreds upon hundreds of people you're 'friends' with on Facebook yet never actually speak to.

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Selecting text when sending messages works in a clever way, too. Press a text area (this only works when you're typing text, not on web or email blocks of words, sadly) and the interface sticks in an anchor point. You then touch the screen before or after the anchor, highlighting the text between the start and end points.

It's easier to use than it is to explain in the written word.

The keyboard itself is usable enough, although it's tiny size meant we found it easiest to type using the tips of our thumbnails. If you've got fat man-thumbs, you'll struggle.

As with the X10 Mini, if you use the Mini Pro with the QWERTY keyboard closed, you're greeted by a numeric keypad text entry system. There's no touchscreen QWERTY option in here, so you're stuck with the old T9 123/ABC format if you decide not to use the QWERTY.

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Email is handled through the standard Android reader, which will automatically set you up to connect to external accounts. It's been given a blue theme to help it fit in with the rest of the phone, but it's the same, simple Android email app underneath.

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As with the X10 Mini, the Android 2.1 update enhances the POP3 email options of the phone. You're now able to have more than one external POP/IMAP account, which is great news – although Exchange support still isn't included in the email app. For that you have to use the third-party RoadSync email app.

As for calling quality; the great forgotten feature of today's phones? The earpiece is loud and generates a very clear sound free from digital noise.

You'd think the tiny form of the phone would mean the microphone might be too far away from your mouth to pick up sounds, but in our test calls, voice came across well. The wife heard our orders regarding tonight's dinner loud and clear!

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height90 mm
Width52 mm
Depth17 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesX
Battery Standby Time285 Hour
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