Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro Review

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Welcome to the 2010 Sony Ericsson Experia X10 Mini Pro review. The SE X10 Mini Pro is the smaller brother to the X10 and the bigger bro to the X10 Mini that doesn’t have a slide out keypad. It is also one of the company’s first Android based mobile phones, although running the old version 1.6.  The X10 Mini is available from all networks including the Telstra NextG compatible.

We are going to be completely blunt to say the this review is going to be really short.  The main reason is that we simply lost interest in going too deep into the user experience.

The user interface uses the first version of the Google Android operating system and it shows.  It cannot do a lot of things you would expect in a mobile phone priced in this category for 2010.  Cheaper Sony Ericsson phones like the Vivaz have a better user experience.  While everything worked smoothly it was a relatively slow experience.

The quality of construction is good but it does not give the impression of premium quality.  Even the cheaper HTC Wildfire and Samsung Wave look and feel better.  The X10 Mini Pro may have a good keypad but that doesn’t compensate for the bigger screen size required for an interface that is designed for touch screens.  The small and low resolution 240 x 320 pixel screen doesn’t help matters wither.  The surface of the X10 Mini may be small but the keypad makes it quite a thick phone.

We tried to like the X10 Mini Pro since it had high level marketing but in the end it does not live up to expectations.  There are better phones in the Sony range and for cheaper prices.  The 2010 X10 Mini Pro is what we can call a good phone but not at its present price. In all honestly this phone is perfectly suited to sell as a pre-paid package price? – say under $350 because the HTC Wildfire priced under $350 is a better phone.  Without a low price tag the X10 Mini Pro has short falls in design that cannot be overcome.  In the lower price bracket it would be our recommended model but until then there are better models.

Specifications

  • Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 850/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 10.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbits data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Touch screen and QWERTY
  • L90 x W52 x D17 mm
    Weight 120 grams
  • Display/s
    2.6 inch External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    5MP
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    640 x 480 pixel main video camera 30FPS
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
    600Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 128MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 16Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    A-GPS
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Andriod Store
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 930mAh battery
    Up to 360 hours Standby
    Up to 4 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $500 AUS 2010 (Outright)