Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Stylish, Over Performing, Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro
Member Name: TheSpaceBetween2
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro
Date: 27/06/12, updated on 27/06/12 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish, Value for money, Good features for the price
Disadvantages: Suddenly GPS is not working and it wont connect to data networks only home wifi
This is the phone I got bought as a gift for Christmas and I was the one who had recommended it for my family to buy as it is an affordable smartphone.
The Sony Ericson xperia mini pro has a wealth of input options from various on screen keyboards for short messages or the physcial slide out keyboard for typing out longer messages something not seen on models of this price range which retail for around 100 pounds. At the moment I can say that initially it was a truly great phone, the best I had ever had as it has GPS, internet, a suprisingly decent sound quality prior to connecting it to dedicated speakers and it has navigation which can take you to your destination.
Indeed for a long time I would say the only negative was the lack of a printed user manual and the difficulty on knowing exactly how or which on screen type of keyboard is going to appear (varies from small hard to press keys to full size easy to press keys to old school type on screen keyboard where you press once for a, twice for b etc).
However recently after I accidentally reset the phone to factory config the GPS has been unable to locate where it is very well and I can't connect to my networks data roaming, it seems I can only connect to the internet via my home internet connection which is not so useful when part of the reason you bought the phone was for its on the go internet capabilities.
It has to be said that even before these things happened the load time to get from one page to another when using data roaming was quite slow but I don't know if that is just the nature of data roaming or if that is a reflection on a limitation of the phones processor speed.
My review mark may seem a little high however this is because I have adjusted it for how it performed out the box and reflecting that I may have in some way be partially responsible for the loss of some crucial functionality. I can not comment yet on Tesco customer service but I am due to call them soon to see if I can restore functionality to my phone.
The Phone as mentioned briefly above is very pleasing to look at and its probably this and the inclusion of a physical qwerty keyboard which makes me think that this phone is definitely the correct phone for those looking to buy a bottom of the market phone that does not perform too much like a bottom of the market smartphone. Sure its not as fast as an iphone then again its also over 300 pounds less expensive!
Summary: Overall a great phone which if it can be kept working is one I would thoroughly recomend