Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini review

The tiniest Android phone takes the X10 in a new direction

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Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

The X10 Mini's 5-megapixel camera with LED flash performs extremely well, offering a very quick and simple interface.

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Sony Ericsson has used its corner-based UI extremely well, giving you a flash on/off shortcut, a still/video toggle, a link to the gallery and the fancier camera scene options over the top of the viewfinder image, making it extremely easy to fiddle with settings on the fly.

After taking a shot, a preview pops up, with the corner icons then switching to delete, share or set the shot you've just taken as a wallpaper or a contact picture to represent one of your friends.

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Sony Ericsson could have built a rod for its own back in customising Android to such an extent, but when it works as well and as seamlessly as this it's a welcome effort.

Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

EXTREME CLOSE-UP: The camera's macro mode is something of an unexpected delight as well, letting you take proper close-up shots without the scene resembling a foggy mess

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SELF-SHOT: Macro photos look much sharper and more vibrant, too

You can't get too close, but it'll let you focus from around two inches away if you happen to be outside and see an interesting insect. Or a pretty flower. Whatever people use Macro mode for.

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Photos emerge at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 and are typical mobile phone quality – good enough to get the general impression, but not good enough to get car number plate details from the slightly blotchy distance.

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INSIDE/OUT: Contrast between light & dark is patchy, but you'd still recognise the place

Recording your own videos gives you the option of having the flash constantly illuminated if you're filming something that happens in the dark, while videos emerge from the phone as 640 x 480 files in 3GP format.

They look okay in the rather over-sharp way that today's non-interlaced movies do. Good enough for YouTube and a local news report should something exciting happen when you're out, but not a patch on the larger Xperia X10's output.

Auto-focus now works while shooting videos thanks to the Android 2.1 update, making the X10 Mini's surprisingly usable little camera even more impressive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time30 Minute
Product ModelX10 mini
Screen Size6.5 cm (2.6")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)88 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height83 mm
Width50 mm
Depth16 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time285 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA X10 mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Product LineXPERIA
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberX10mini
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Tell someone with the one-hand compact Xperia X10 mini phone. Navigate via the intuitive touchscreen interface. Have whatever you want, right at your fingertips. Apps. Calls. Web. Or whatever. Four icons in the corners of your home screen. You choose where they'll take you.

Facebook status updates. Tweets. Good old text messages. With Timescape, it's easy to keep track of what your friends are up to - or just to hook up. Explore new frontiers in cyberspace. Tap the infinite button in the media player and see all your favorite stars shine.