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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini review

The tiniest Android phone takes the X10 in a new direction

Our Verdict

A real surprise package from Sony Ericsson - instead of bringing a poor version of the X10, it's a great teeny smartphone in its own right with some great and quirky features.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 128 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 30 Minute
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Super-fast, lag-free operation
  • Best battery life of any Android phone
  • UI customisations suit the tiny form
  • Runs demanding apps with ease

Against

  • A bit outdated
  • Limited to T9 text entry
  • No physical D-pad
  • Timescape is rather a waste of time

UPDATE: Sony Ericsson has recently updated its X-range of Android phones to Android 2.1, so we've revisited our X10 Mini review now we have the new (ish) Android 2.1 on it.

It seems a little odd to be reviewing Android 2.1 as if it's a new release when we expect Android phones to arrive with 2.2 or higher these days, but it's still a welcome update for Sony Ericsson's tiny little telephone. Obviously the hardware is still the same – click through to the later pages to read about the software enhancements now on offer in the 2.1 update.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini should be nothing more than a shrunken version of the Xperia X10 – but in reality it's a whole new phone that gives Android a complete makeover.

Oh yes, it's small. Sony Ericsson isn't joking when it says the Xperia X10 Mini is the same size as a credit card. Obviously it's a lot thicker, but the overall size and weight of the super-small Android phone is about equivalent to a packet of Swan matches. It is tiny.

Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

The exterior is smooth with only three buttons on the face of the phone – Menu, Home and Back – and there's no D-pad or joystick whatsoever here.

Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

The combination screen lock and power button is on the top edge, with a volume up/down toggle and dedicated camera button on the right-hand side.

On the bottom edge sits a 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro-USB connector, which requires a sharp, unbitten fingernail to pull open the little rubber stopper that stops pocket fluff build up. It's a simple, straightforward layout.

People who are afraid of buttons won't find the X10 Mini an intimidating experience.

Inside the box of this unlocked version direct from Sony Ericsson sat the phone, a 2GB microSD card, a micro-USB connector, headphones with inline pause button and five alternate-colour snap-on back panels.

Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

Supplied colours will vary depending on who you buy yours from, as the company's fixed up a few exclusive deals for bundling different colour cases with the networks.

But there's no battery in the box – that's permanently fixed inside the phone. You're not able to replace it yourself, as it's locked within the core of the handset beneath a few layers of circuit boards, behind those funny star-shaped screws.

Sony ericsson xperia x10 mini

It's very light and could possibly do with feeling a little heavier, if only so it doesn't blow out of your hand in a breeze. But for a phone so affordable – currently going for around £140 on PAYG deals – the X10 Mini has a remarkably high-class feel about it.

However, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Samsung Galaxy Mini rocking up to the low-cost Android scene, it might not be enough in today's enlightened Android age.

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.