Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini Pro Overview

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini Pro Review

With the release of the new version of Android, Sony Ericsson has revamped its Xperia X10 Mini Pro series with an update to Android 2.1, in attempt to modernise the almost obsolescent Android 1.6 user interface that came with its release. The update provides more bluetooth capability, an improved browser, and a more integrated social networking experience.

Although the Mini Pro is relatively the same size as the X10 Mini, the Pro features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard bolted underneath. Users who dislike a touchscreen based typing mechanic will find the Xperia Mini Pro ideal in comparison to other Android handsets. Although the backlit keyboard provides additional weight, the gap between buttons lends itself toward better accuracy.

Other changes include a removal battery, and repositioned USB and headphone slots to make usage easier while plugged in. In summation the changes may appear to be relatively minor, yet the Xperia Mini Pro is a phone that seeks to capitalise on a specific niche. Its updated Android interface provides many of the features of its newer counterparts whilst maintaining the affordability of an older model.

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A Guide To The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini Pro

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro fits the X10 experience in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Measuring 3.3 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and 0.7 inches deep, the X10 Mini Pro has dimensions slightly larger than the X10 Mini due to the QWERTY keyboard slotted underneath. Nevertheless, the X10 Mini Pro weighs only 4.2 ounces, and the physical keyboard is a welcome addition due to the diminutive size of its screen.

At 2.5 inches, the display is best used for shuffling through menus, applications and widgets. For this reason, the upgrade from Android 1.6 to 2.1 results in a dramatic increase in functionality for the X10 Mini Pro. Facebook friends are listed in the contact section and email now supports multiple POP3 accounts. Google suite, Google maps, eBay and other apps make Xperia usage more streamlined. A backup and restore function gives users the ability to collate their contacts and messages into a single file.

Browser usage is much improved, with the ability to use multiple tabs and remove javascript and other features to help enhance speed and conserve bandwidth. Even without such tweaks, the browser speed is remarkably fast considering the relatively low power of the handset. More surprising is the lack of battery consumption when engaging in such activities. Despite a modest 950 mAh capacity battery, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro manages to perform for long periods without the need for a recharge. Average talk time ranged from 3 to 4 hours, depending on the network bandwidth.

In terms of hardware specifications the Xperia X10 Mini Pro is exactly the same as its predecessor. The 600Mhz processor is appreciably slower than many of the more modern handsets. On the other hand, its low end, 240 x 320 QVGA display requires less juice to run, making the device ideal for those who prefer affordability and function as opposed to picture quality. Storage is limited to 128 MB but can be expanded via a microSD slot to 16 GB. The 5 megapixel camera is a significant downgrade from the X10's 8 MP camera, but understandable considering the size of the phone.

The handset is compatible with 2G and 3G networks, supporting three UMTS/HSPA bands in the UK and abroad. Call quality was relatively decent, with the occasional ribbons of static and failed connection, but for the most part users have experienced few issues with regards to interference or clarity. Some complaints have been made in reference to the low volume output, creating some difficulty hearing in areas with high background noise.

Features and Specifications

  • Android 2.1 Interface
  • 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7000 processor
  • 176 MB RAM
  • 128 MB internal memory with 16 GB microSD expansion slot
  • 950 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Dimensions: 3.3 x 2 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 4.2 oz
  • 5 megapixel camera with Auto-focus
  • 240 × 320 pixel QVGA display with 16M color TFT

By upgrading the Xperia X10 Mini Pro to Android 2.1, Sony Ericsson hopes to better compete with the influx of new handsets coming this year. Despite its meagre specifications, the X10 Mini Pro performs its functions admirably with an affordability and portability that will make it attractive to certain users.

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