Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro
Member Name: DinaMartini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro
Advantages: small and neat, easy to use, great camera
Disadvantages: slightly small screen and fiddly for those with large hands
I'm not particularly techy, and essentially only use my phone for texting and the odd phone call, but when I decided to upgrade my phone, I decided I wanted a smart phone; mainly so I could use it to identify music I liked in pubs and for the maps/GPS, as I do a lot of home visits on foot or on my bike with work and have a dire sense of direction! My other criteria was that it should have a good camera and could hold a decent amount of music, so I only had to take one thing out with me. I plumped for the Xperia mini pro, and have loved it since the day I got it 6 months ago. It feels very solid and good quality, and even with very frequent use of the slider, it's not shaky at all. The touch screen is fine to use, but I'm much faster with the keyboard. Those who are comfortable with touch screen could probably use the Xperia without the keyboard, but only if you have small fingers, as the screen is fairly small. It is dinky, and fits into my teeniest handbag, still leaving room for keys, money and lipstick. It's incredibly easy and intuitive to work, even on start up, adding and removing apps is simple, as is transferring files to and from your computer. The camera is fantastic. However, to get a decent amount of music on I think you would have put in an extra memory card, which I've been too lazy to do. I can get 2-3 days out of the battery, with moderate use, which is substantially better than I was expecting. The only downside is the screen is quite small, which makes reading some websites quite difficult without a lot of zooming in and moving about. That's only a minor niggle though. Another issue I have is that when I use GPS it seems to be really slow to respond, as are google maps. I can't decide if that is the phone or my internet provider though. Another slightly odd blip was when I first got the phone for the first few days I sometimes couldn't hear people speaking when they phoned me, although they could hear me. This only happened inside, and resolved after a few days, so may have nothing to do with the phone. But if it does happen to you, don't worry! I only use the phone for relatively basic things, and I'm sure it's capable of much more, but I was surprised how easy it is to use, and how much I'm getting into apps! This is the perfect little smart phone for beginners.
Summary: great for small handed people who want a stylish, functional and solid smart phone
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