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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini review

The tiniest Android phone takes the X10 in a new direction

Sony Ericsson's jazzed up the Android Gallery in the X10 Mini too, introducing a one-finger picture zoom. Do a long-press on an image and you're then able to slide your finger up and down the screen, zooming in and out on the original file. It works well.

There's no multi-touch, but then most people would struggle to fit two fingers on a 2.55-inch screen anyway, so it's not something you'll miss – and we suspect it's something the average X10 Mini buyer won't even be particularly aware of anyway, especially not it they're upgrading from a five-year-old K750i.

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Music is handled simply, with a skinned standard Android player letting you select tracks from a folder or via playlists you create using the Sony Ericsson PC Companion tool.

It's a featureless player, with the main Sony Ericsson enhancement here being the 'Infinite Button' again, which analyses the artist data of the song you're playing, then pings up a list of related content on the web, including YouTube videos.

The video playback options are rather limited. A few standard off-the-internet AVI files in DivX and Xvid format we threw at it refused to play, with the phone requiring movie files to be in H.264/MP4 or WMV formats to work.

You'll have to do a bit of encoding work to get everything playing on the Mini.

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The low-resolution screen – which runs at 320 x 240 – isn't best suited to video, but the phone has the power to cope with smooth playback and swift skipping.

If you're expecting stuttering playback because of the phone's size and price tag, you're wrong. It can do it all – and the speaker is the loudest we've yet encountered.

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Oh, and there's an FM radio, if you take a 'lucky dip' approach to music listening.

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
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.