Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

  • £240

A QWERTY Android phone for little typists with little thumbs

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Just like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, the Xperia Mini Pro 1GHz processor makes the miniature phone a surprisingly competent performer when leafing through the internet.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The packed TechRadar home page loads fairly quickly, and with full pinch-zoom support is easy to navigate.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Text reflowing is another useful feature within the Android browser, with a double-tap of any text field automatically zooming in on a lump of words and jiggling them about so that they fill the available space. It happens quickly and is something you'll definitely do.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

Thanks to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro squeezing a 1GHz processor into its tiny chassis, you also get full Flash player support in the mobile phone.

Obviously this has some drawbacks, with web pages that are particularly full of Flash content and animating banners starting to slow down a little and grind away.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

But, as is usual in Android, there's an option within the browser menus to have this content only loading on demand, when you click the box it should be in, or to not have it load at all.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The bookmarking system is untouched by Sony Ericsson, which leaves us with the simple Android setup. There's an icon beside the URL bar that opens up your bookmarks area, which is broken down into sections for your Bookmarks, History and Most Visited sites.

There's none of the advanced management or tagging options we've seen of late by phone makers such as HTC, but long-pressing on a bookmark entry brings up a menu that enables you to share a URL, open it in a new tab, copy it to the clipboard or, very usefully, send it to the home screen as a quick launch icon.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The tabbing system is another bit of a letdown compared to recent innovations we've seen in the HTC Desire S and LG Optimus 3D.

You have to press the Menu key, then press again to bring up a text list of open windows. It's not a huge inconvenience, but given the attention that Sony Ericsson has lavished on other areas of its Android skin, it's a shame that this area is left rather bland.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro has a couple of nice extra little internet usability features. Scrolling up and down with the cursor keys takes you between hyperlinks on web pages, making it easy to select links in tight text lists.

Sony ericsson xperia mini pro review

There's also a collection of keyboard shortcuts, which control everything from bookmarking sites to page sharing. This is much easier than fiddling about with the browser's menu pages.

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