Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

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Sony ericsson xperia mini review

The new QWERTY accompaniment to the Xperia Mini, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, is a very nice, solid, well performing little smartphone.

Sony Ericsson's user interface is simple and fast, building on Google's 2.3 version of the popular Android mobile operating system to offer a slick and very user-friendly mobile phone experience.

We like

Sony Ericsson's user interface makes some excellent tweaks to Android, filling the smartphone with subtle Facebook integration, nice animated icons and a giving it a generally stylish look and feel throughout.

Internet use is good. The tiny phone's 1GHz processor and Flash Player support means it can handle virtually all web tasks quickly and without grinding to a halt, with multi-touch and text reflowing to makes pages easily readable.

The QWERTY keyboard is great for those who like sending grammatically correct text messages. Alternate character selection via the specific button is simple, and text editing is made easy thanks to the cursor keys. There's no excuse for sloppy text speak now.

The corner-based icon system helps get the most out of the phone's small 3-inch screen, meaning you can easily access a huge number of apps through the phone's home screens.

We dislike

While the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's keyboard has some good functionality, the size is an obvious limitation. You end up typing with fingernails, it's so small.

If having a QWERTY keyboard is your number one phone-buying criteria, you'd be better off with a big one like the ones on the HTC Desire s or Motorola Milestone 2.

The camera is the same slightly disappointing unit as in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini. This means still shots feature over-emphasised colours, while 720p video output lacks detail and comes across rather blotchy and blurry, despite its HD claims.

Quite a lot of junk is pre-loaded. There's some serious cross-promotion going on here, with Sony offering UEFA football apps, tennis apps, Qriocity audio and video apps, a PopCap demo gaming app and much more.

McAfee is genuinely useful, but the rest take up valuable bytes.

Verdict

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's £240 price tag is relatively high in this age of budget-busting Android phones, but you are getting a lot in the package.

Performance is good, the phone's quick and responsive throughout, with apps installing and opening as fast as they do on today's high-end, dual core monsters.

The screen is responsive and bright, with text and photos looking sharp.

For the money, you could get a phone with a bigger screen, but there's nothing else that packs Android 2.3, a QWERTY keyboard and a totally smooth user experience into such a tiny bundle.

The camera is just about good enough for daily use, web browsing is excellent and Sony Ericsson's user interface is slick and smooth in operation. Plus there's a physical keyboard.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro pretty much has it all, as long as you can cope with the very compact format.

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