We love
Small but speedy, ace keyboard
We hate
Low res screen, Android 1.6
Verdict
There’s no reason for the X10 Mini to exist anymore when you can have a keyboard with almost no trade off in size now
Launch Price
£249.99 unlocked
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro’s slightly staggered arrival, a few weeks after its touchscreen-only twin, is in truth a bit of a disappointment, but that’s only because the phone itself is not. We’re just struggling to see the point of the X10 Mini when this phone offers so much more in a barely bigger package. Read on for all the details in our full Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review.


Read the rest of our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: Keyboard and build
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: Android 1.6
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: What’s new

Now don’t get us wrong. We still like the original Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, and stand by our score. But the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro has superseded it in every way, with a QWERTY keyboard solving almost all of its problems with apparently no tradeoffs made.

Everything we loved about Android on the X10 Mini is still present on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: the hotpocket concept is great for navigating around Google’s OS in one hand or with thumbs, Sony Ericsson’s Timescape app still hoovers up your social networking feeds and at least presents them beautifully, and unlike every other small Android phone we’ve tested, there’s very little in the way of lag.

The same downsides to the bake of Android the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro runs still hold true mind: Android 1.6 is almost a year old, and you won’t be able to run some of the latest apps (like the official Twitter Android app) or sync two Google accounts as you can on Android 2.x phones. Sony Ericsson says an update to 2.1 is coming, but as we’ve said on more than one occasion, there’s never a guarantee a manufacturer will deliver an Android update to deadline, and you should never buy a phone on the promise of one.

But we can’t stress enough just how much more enjoyable an experience the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro provides compared to the Mini, thanks to its slide out QWERTY keyboard. This pop out panel is an absolute delight to use: in fact, it’s the best physical keyboard we’ve seen on a phone this year, Palm Pixi Plus aside. The keys, though small, are well defined and spaced apart, and since the handset is so small, feel more like a portrait BlackBerry keyboard than a typical landscape slider.

Combined with Android’s fairly intelligent punctuation, you can hit word per minute speeds close to one too, and in our tests, better than that of the email inclined Sony Ericsson Aspen. It’s well integrated too, with the landscape screen orientation on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro only kicking in when it’s slid open.

And despite this, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro’s profile is barely any bigger. At 120g, it’s substantially heavier than the 88g X10 Mini, but at such low weights, it’s almost impossible to notice – ditto the few millimetres extra in length and depth. Battery life is pretty similar (A day of solid use, and a whole weekend when you begin toggling 2G), and all the other specs are present too (The five megapixel camera).

Three things stop the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro from gaining the full five stars. The first is the older Android OS; the second is low resolution QVGA 2.55inch screen, which while extremely responsive is also quite grainy; third is the pricing. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro isn’t available on contract yet, but at £20 more than the X10 Mini unlocked, we’re not expecting better value tariffs. The X10 Mini starts at £20 per month on Vodafone, but you know what else does? The HTC Legend, one of the most impressive smartphones we’ve ever tested, and while longer, it’s slimmer than Sony Ericsson’s phones so just as portable. If there’s a problem with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, it’s that it’s just too powerful for its size.

Still, if you must have dinky, and you must have QWERTY, you’ll love the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. It’s the best phone the company’s made in a very, very long time.

Read the rest of our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: Keyboard and build
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: Android 1.6
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: What’s new

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