Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro runs Android 2.3 with exactly the same slick, simple and stylish Sony Ericsson user interface overlay that we saw in the Xperia Mini.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

This means you see the same corner-based user interface that also worked to such good effect in last year's X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, with the addition of a landscape view when the phone's keyboard is slid out.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

As well as your five standard Android home screens, each page comes with a customisable icon in the corner. You can stick anything you want in here, simply by long-pressing on the corner or dragging a shortcut in from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro's main applications screen.

Of course, when the smartphone's keyboard is pulled out, the home screen and everything else automatically flips to landscape mode, making the 3-inch screen feel roomier.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

New and exciting for 2011 is the addition of multiple icons in the corners, so you can have up to four items in each slot. This is a really nice system. We were oddly compelled to organise everything nicely, creating one corner for camera, gallery and imaging apps, another for calling functions, plus one containing web apps and social applications.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Also, it's now possible to add icons and shortcuts to the home screen itself – standard Android style – something last year's X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro didn't include due to their absolutely tiny screens.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

If you need a better look at everything on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, a two-fingered pinch of the screen explodes your widgets out into a very nice floating overview mode. Pressing again on one of the

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

If the Sony Ericsson blue is starting to bore you, there's a selection of themes to apply. As well as changing the home screen wallpaper, these also alter the backgrounds of the many Android menu screens, jazzing up what was a rather bland system when it first arrived on the company's original X10.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Sony Ericsson is still sticking with its Timescape widget as its main social network tool, but it's interesting that the big, flickable widget hasn't been pre-installed to take up any of the home screen widget slots. It's

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Sony Ericsson has also jumped into the crowded weather widget scene with a simple weather station of its own, which streams in AccuWeather data and provides a simple three-day forecast when tapped.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

As for organising everything, the main app menu on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro can be sorted alphabetically, by popularity or date installed, or users can touch the little grid icon to the bottom-right of the list to detach all the icons so they can be dragged around and organised to your own preference.

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