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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro - Smartphone - 3G - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM - slider - touch screen, full keyboard - Android - black

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      13.08.2012 17:46

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      Although i have upgraded, i still use this as a WIFI only web browser

      When searching for a phone I like something that can do lots of things.
      I need an email carrier, a social network portal and have lots of options for apps.

      The X10 pro mini delivered with more besides.
      I went for the pro version so I could use the pull out keyboard.
      I love the smaller use but can get a bit fiddly when trying to type using touch screen.

      I have written a many an email and presentations with this model and found that it also delivered on a gaming front also.

      I can play SNES and Mega drive games on a phone??? Streetfigher 2 and Sonic have had a revival thanks to this beauty.

      Camera is smaller than first phone (5MP) but happy for the amount of other features gained.
      First android I've had and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of free (yes FREE) stuff you can get from app market.

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      02.07.2012 00:25
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      a good little phone but not up to the standard of many other smart phones out there

      I have had this particular model of phone for just over 18 months, getting on for 2 years now and unfortunately like all sony ericsson's it seems to be on its last legs now. It will crash occasionally and do funny things that it really does not need to do because they confuse me! When I first got this phone i thought it was absolutely amazing, purely because of the fact that it was touch screen but still has the full keyboard. I must admit that it did take me a little while to get used to the qwerty keyboard, but once I got the hang of it I loved it! I honestly couldn't imagine going back to any other style of typing on a phone now. The camera quality on this phone, in my opinion, is very good. I use it all the time in place of a regular digital camera and so far have had no complaints from anyone as to the quality of the photo's. If you're wanting a phone for browsing though I would not recommend this one. Because of the fact that the screen is so small it makes it quite hard to use the touch screen to browse around and there are no other buttons to direct where you want the cursor to go on things either. It has served it's purpose, but i am definitely ready to move on and get a better phone. This is a good phone for a teenager maybe though?

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        12.06.2012 20:41
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        A smart little phone with smooth charateristics.

        My Xperiance with my Xperia Mini Pro X10.
        The Xperia Mini Pro 10 is the smaller version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia; though large enough to use comfortably. With its clever slide out keyboard which has been used (if anything like my phone) constantly day in day out for the last year. The slide is just as strong as it was from new and the button arrangement in the QWERTY style keyboard is large enough for easy use. The main menu with the very slick touch sensitive screen (which can also be used to text) is easy and simple to navigate. Its a fast processing phone with great memory, (Sonys are always good for their storage space) I have taken over 200 photos and no sign of slowing up yet.

        The built in camera is only a 5 megapixel, but the quality isn't bad at all. It even has a sports and twilight mode.

        The phone uses the Android applications. It has preinstalled 'Google maps' and timescape. Its easy connectivity to home Wifi is also refreshing unlike some other phones I've used.
        Overall, a well built, smart little phone with smooth characteristics.

        Hope this little review helps.

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        01.05.2012 22:41

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        Not the most recommendable phone on the market, looks great but lacks in performance

        I have had a few Sony Ericsson phones over the years and found that they are reliable and I get quite attached to them so manage to keep them for at least 3 years before I feel I want to change. So after having used my Sony Ericsson W880i to the maximum until there was no life left in it I opted to see what else was out there. I have always been use to using quite small compact phones that don't look like I am holding a brick against my head and talking in to it! So I had quite a lot of trouble when searching for something that wasn't too advanced with too many fancy features and wasn't too big! This was proving to be exceptionally difficult with everyone raving about the the iPhone and Blackberry's. For some reason I don't find either aesthetically pleasing and as a big texter I wasn't keen on the idea of too much touch screen which is all that's available. I guess I am little fashioned and like a good phone that's just great for making calls, texting and has the odd few extras to keep things a little interesting. So going back to what I was comfortable with I looked at the range of new phones available from Sony Ericsson...the Experia X10 Mini Pro caught my attention instantly because of its nifty little QWERTY keyboard that slides out and back in to form a tiny little pocket sized wonder! As it was quite new there weren't many reviews and because I was buying it Pay As You Go I went to a mobile phone shop and researched the features and the way it worked in depth...still I was smitten. Although it has a touch screen it has a good level of sensitivity when selecting icons in the menu so I felt the ease of use was to my capabilities. You get all your basics, calender, alarm clock, android market etc but I think what has drawn me most to this phone is the fact that's its small compact and has a keyboard which is great for me when texting and...thats pretty much it! This phone no longer entertains me...in all honesty this phone maybe good looking but it is by far the most frustrating phone I have ever owned! So much for a good level of touch sensitivity...when making calls my ear seems to hit the hold or mute button in the top left and right corners of the screen that automatically come up when you have made/received a call (I do not have very big ears). If its not that then the dial pad will come up unknowingly and all you and the person on the the other end of phone can hear is buttons being dialed...by my ear!!! Or even worse if I use the back button to completely avoid of all these potential disasters, the music players starts blaring music whilst Im on the phone to someone for everyone in close proximity to hear! I cant save picture messages that have been sent to me via MMS and the Bluetooth only connects to devices like hands-free kits but not to other phones so you can share musics/videos/pictures. The battery life is abysmal unlike my W880i which i charged every 2-3 days. I have to charge this at leas 2-3 times a day!I have had this now for nearly 2 yeas but that is simply because I can't find anything I can fall in love with! All in all its great if all you do is text, if you like to make calls do not buy this phone!

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        09.04.2012 15:59

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        good idea, difficult to use

        This phone is a bit strange. At first it appears like a great idea - not only is it little and the battery lasts forever, but it has a proper keyboard as well. However after the first few weeks you start to discover some issues with it. When I bought it (around a year ago) the numbers all stacked up well with the competition and it was available for a good price. However you soon begin to realize there are some issues with the small screen. While the home screens are excellent, there are games on android market that are almost unplayable due to the small screen and apps that refuse to work properly. It also only runs android 2.1, which is very old now as the latest release is android 4. Whilst it is a proper smartphone the screen size is a real issue, as it makes using it very awkward. Without the keyboard it would be near impossible, but with it is just about manageable, but I have small hands so if you would had large hands it would be best to steer clear of this phone, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as the small screen size makes using it very difficult.
        Feel free to message if you have any questions!

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        13.11.2011 13:14
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        Sweet little smartphone that isn't powerful enough

        I'd been thinking about replacing my old mobile phone for a while and had the opportunity to do so last Christmas when I had a bit of spare cash. I really liked the idea of getting a smartphone, so that I could check emails and browse the Internet while on the move. For anyone who isn't sure what a smartphone is, it is a phone that has high-end features such as the ability to access the Internet with 3G and wi-fi (and not just mobile-specific pages). Appearance is important to me when choosing a phone, and this is what led me to choose this particular model. Most smartphones are quite big and bulky and aren't particularly attractive, but this Sony Ericsson phone is small and cute, only the width and height of a credit card (though it is thicker in depth than many other smartphones owing to the inclusion of a keyboard). Another contributing factor was that the phone was available with a pink back, as well as the ordinary black, and it was the pink model I eventually went for. Definitely a more feminine smartphone!

        I bought the phone at the reduced price of £149.99 from the O2 website (having previously been with Orange). This isn't a review of O2 so I won't talk about them too much, other than to say I'm happy with them and haven't experienced any problems. I was able to transfer my phone number easily and my Pay as You Go tariff is good value. £15 is taken off my balance every month to pay for unlimited texts & web (which in practice isn't actually unlimited but it's enough for me) as well as 100 minutes. In addition, the O2 Priority Moments programme gives special offers on restaurants, Odeon cinemas and assorted other deals. I am very likely to stick with O2 when I purchase my next phone.

        ***What's in the box?***
        In the box (which is incidentally very compact, it won't take too much space in your cupboard) you get the phone (obviously), battery, SIM card, microSD card (a memory card to hold music, photos etc), charger and set of headphones. I'm pleased to report that, unlike the headphones included with my previous mobile phone, these headphones connect to the normal headphone jack which means you can use them with other media players too. As with all phones you need to set the phone up by inserting the SIM card and battery, charging the battery, then changing your language, messaging and date settings the first time you switch on your phone. I won't go into details as you can simply read the instruction leaflet. There are actually two instruction leaflets included with this product: a 'Quick Start' guide and a more general guide, as well as a leaflet about the battery performance, a statement of legal and technical information, and an 'Important Information' leaflet including support information and guidelines for safe and efficient use.

        ***Appearance and Feel of the Phone***
        I think this is a very attractive phone and I find it easy to use from a physical point of view. It is small and compact but still appears sturdy and well made. The front part of the phone is black and the back is pink with a silver bit in the middle surrounding the keyboard. The slide-out keyboard is what separates this Pro model from the standard Xperia X10 Mini and most other smartphones on the market. It means that you have the choice of using the touchscreen (which I normally do for short messages and texts) or the keyboard (which I prefer for longer emails and messages). Despite sliding the keyboard in and out frequently, the attachment hasn't come loose or shown signs of breaking at all.

        As mentioned, the phone is small. It's worth reiterating this as the small size does lead to a couple of issues. For example, the screen is small so when you're browsing the Internet you don't get to see as much of the web page. The slide-out keyboard has extremely small keys which some may find difficult to use. Luckily I have pretty small fingers so this isn't a problem for me, but someone like my dad whose hands are obviously bigger would have a problem here. I'm not marking the phone down for these issues - it wouldn't be fair since the phone is clearly marketed at those who want a smaller phone, and it does have advantages such as being able to fit in a smaller bag - great when you're on a night out! However, it is worth mentioning.

        ***Operating System***
        The phone is an Android phone which is one of the main reasons I chose it. I had no desire to get an iPhone and tie myself to Apple, but the Android system seemed good to me and after Apple most apps seem to be available for Android. Also, I have a Google account and the Android system seemed to offer the best functionality when it came to synchronising my account (not surprising, as Android is a Google system!). I certainly want to stick to Android phones in the future. However, I have had issues with this particular phone. It came with Version 1.6 installed and I upgraded it to Version 2.1 as suggested. However after this the phone seemed to run very slowly. It takes ages to turn on and settle down properly, the apps sometimes run slowly too, and the phone crashes at inopportune moments. Also, it occasionally decides to restart itself, mainly when I am in the middle of something (luckily it has never restarted in the middle of a phone call). It is extremely frustrating to try and use the phone sometimes, particularly when you are using Google Maps to find out where you are meant to be going, and it is being incredibly slow!

        On a good day, the connection to the Internet can be very fast, whether it is wireless or 3G. In fairness it's hard to tell sometimes whether any problem with slowness is down to the phone itself or the wireless provider/phone company internet.

        Putting the issue of slowness aside for the moment, the range of apps available for the Android market is extensive and I have some really handy apps: Flickr for uploading photographs, Evernote for making and uploading notes, Dropbox for reading and uploading photos and documents (Evernote and Dropbox sync to your computer too which is really handy - Google them to find out more), Lovefilm for managing my account, and the Amazon Kindle app for downloading and reading ebooks. The phone also comes with Google Calendar as standard which is very handy for checking appointments. Again it also syncs with your online Google Calendar. Sadly there isn't all that much space on the phone, only 128MB, so I haven't been able to download as many apps as I'd like. Also, occasionally apps won't download to my phone. I tried to download the English Heritage app but it wouldn't let me. I don't know for certain, but I think it's because my version of Android isn't advanced enough.

        ***Sony Ericsson Features***
        Sony Ericsson are the makers of this phone and as such there are features specific to this phone that you wouldn't get with other Android phones. You are able to sync your phone using an online Sony Ericsson Sync account which saves your contacts and other information in case it is accidentally deleted. This is a very handy feature to have, I think. Also, the phone comes with the Timescape feature which combines all updates from your contacts, including Twitter and Facebook, into one application. I can see why some people might like this but I prefer to look at Facebook and Twitter separately so I got rid of Timescape from my home screen.

        Some of the features included with the phone include a Notes section for writing simple notes, a calculator, an FM radio and a music player. The player is easy to use as all you have to do is drag and drop files into your phone while it is connected to the computer. However I rarely use it as I have a separate music player. I did use it while I was in Iceland as I wanted to listen to some music in my hotel room without using my earphones, and at full volume the phone produced a reasonable enough sound. The player is a basic one: you can't create playlists for example.

        The phone comes with a 5 megapixel camera, with the ability to take photographs with and without flash and with a number of modes: Auto, Twilight, Macro and Sport, though there is no zoom feature. I find that the photographs are of high quality, though naturally they aren't as good as the ones I take with my digital camera.

        There is an alarm clock included with the phone, but I don't know if the phone is too quiet or the alarm just doesn't work, but it has never once woken me up (and I am a light sleeper). I always take a travel alarm clock whenever I go anywhere as I just don't want to rely on my phone.

        There is a Backup and Restore feature on the phone which allows you to back up your data. There is also a Settings section which allows you to change various settings on the phone including the date & time, language and voicemail message.

        ***Calling and Texting***
        I suppose I should spend some time looking at these features, after all they are the reason phones were invented in the first place! I have experienced no issues with making or receiving calls using this phone. It is easy to use and I find it easy to hear the caller on the other end of the line. Like the majority of phones, this handset keeps a record of previous and missed calls which can be handy to refer to. With texting, again I have experienced no issues, though I would like to point out that texts from any one contact are automatically kept together in one conversational 'thread'. On my previous phone, each individual text was kept separate.

        The contacts list is very clever, as your phone links together contacts from your telephone, Facebook, Twitter and email accounts that it can tell are the same person. Sometimes it doesn't make the connection but you can connect them yourself. If this is the case, their Facebook picture/Twitter avatar will appear as a picture next to the contact in your phone, and their last Facebook/Twitter status update will appear beneath their name when you click on them. You are able to 'favourite' contacts, although this only works if you have a picture associated with them, as they are displayed as pictures and you won't be able to tell them apart without one!

        ***Battery life***
        The battery life varies depending on how much you use the phone. If I hardly use it, it lasts a couple of days but if I use the Internet and other features regularly it can last a day or even only just over half a day. I normally take my charger to work so I can top up the phone battery if I'm going out in the evening. I don't think that this battery life is very impressive - I remember the days when you could charge your phone once a week - but my understanding of smartphones is that they do need charging much more regularly than ordinary phones, so I'm not sure whether this is anything out of the ordinary.

        ***Conclusion***
        This phone has a lot going for it: it has a compact, attractive and useable design; it has a slide-out keyboard in addition to the touch screen; and it is an Android phone which is a huge plus in my book. Unfortunately, the slowness, the occasionally freezing screen and the occasional restarts are extremely irritating (not to mention the rubbish alarm clock). This phone seems to be punching above its weight and trying to run an operating system it can't really handle. It might suit a child or teenager who wasn't too bothered about all the functionality (but if that's the case why bother with a smartphone at all?).

        This phone is okay but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as I am sure there are better smartphones on the market in this price range. In fact, after having the phone for less than a year I am already looking to change it, which I don't think is a good thing. It's a shame as if it was a little bit different it could have been really good.

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          10.11.2011 15:56

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          after my dog ate my old sony ericsson mobile I had to purchase a new one obviously haha, not having a touch screen phone before I was in two minds as to buy one, now I could not be without it. this mobile was easy to navigate and only took me a few hours of messing around with it to get to know all about it, I would highly recommend this phone to anyone even if you are weary of a touch screen mobile easy straight forward phone

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          10.09.2011 23:24
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          Brilliant phone.

          The Sony Ericsson xperia X10 mini pro was a birthday present and it was definetly a brilliant choice. Small and lightweight it's great for people who can't cope with heavy phones. The touch screen can be a bit sensitive occasionally but it normally very responsive. With its qwerty keyboard it's perfect for people who like to text, as it makes it quick and easy. As a smart phone it gives you the option to use the app market. This gives you a huge range of apps to choose from. One of the things that was a slight negative was that in order to use the app market you needed a google account. However it worked out for the best. As a teenage, I like to be able to keep in touch with my friend's. The phone gives you an app that shows all your calls, texts and facebook updates in one stream. It also atomatically comes with a facebook app so there's no need to download one. With many other apps on the phone to begin with(calculator, timer, notepad, etc.) the Sony Ericsson xperia X10 mini pro is a great phone for keeping you busy and up to date. One of the few disadvantages is that after a certain amount of usage and charges, the battery life decreases and no longer lasts as long as you would hope. This becomes more so as you download apps however I would not let it put you off.

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            24.08.2011 13:49
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            Amazing little smartphone :o)

            I have always owned sony ericssons and have to say that this is the best one so far. It does everything you could possibly want your smartphone to do with gps, sat nav, bluetooth, wifi connection, apps, music recognition, 3g, social networking (facebook, twitter,linked in, my yearbook etc) plus lots more. I use mine for everthing from online shopping and bidding on ebay to bog standard calls and texts which are made all the more easier by the built in slide out qwerty keypad its like carrying round a mini laptop wherever you go. Now the one downfall it has is the battery life it really is quite bad and im hoping sony ericsson will be improving it as if like me you use your phone a lot then your looking at (after a full charge) maybe 3-4 hours before it needs to be recharged!! . While this is fine if your at home or in the office where a charging point is readily available if your out and about then it really is very inconvenient. M y solution to this so far has been to buy a second battery (between 3-5 pounds on ebay) and fully charge both while im at home then while im out i always have back up if i cant charge it. Despite this after recently dropping my phone and it being declared unrepairable i didnt hesitate to go and buy another x10 mini pro this little smartphone has captured my heart despite its little battery problems i mean doesnt everything have atleast one bad point ??

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              16.08.2011 21:00

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              better for someone not needing all of the features of a smartphone

              I have always owned sony erricsons and they have been the best for ease of use and technology, but when i got this x-10 mini pro I thought it was great at first the technology is top notch but then realised that it is unusable unless your are near a charger because the battery life is appalling. the internet is fast and I love the app store, because it has such a high volume of free apps and games that are fun and useful.
              The user face is easy and the touch screen is sensitive meaning that games are good to play that involve touch. I like the swipe effect when that you use to go from page to page.
              I also like the widgets you can have and that these are customisable i have a bat in a bath as a clock.
              personally i would not recommend this phone because the battery life makes all the good features unusable even when charged daily and you do have to charge it daily and more often if you want to do anything other then txt or make a phonecall.

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              22.07.2011 00:16
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              A teeny tiny punch-packing 'Droid. Straightforward and very use-able

              After two years of 'Blackberry bliss' and having managed to navigate my way around a Smartphone, I felt it was time for a change. I wanted a better camera with a flash, and a QWERTY keyboard was still a must-have.

              A friend introduced me to the X10 mini pro's 'little sister' the X10 mini. It wasn't its small stature that caught my eye, nor it's sleek black exterior, it was the fact that my friend was using it to read a book! I'm an avid reader - most of my E-Books open with Adobe which is not supported by Blackberry - it completely grabbed my attention.

              The X10 mini pro has almost everything I want in a phone. Perfectly pocket sized, a QWERTY keyboard with very generously sized buttons, simple navigation, media player, 5 mega pixel camera WITH flash and settings for Auto, Macro, Twilight and Sport, a video recorder with a direct upload to YouTube option. Email, SMS, MMS... oh, and it makes and receives calls too!

              The easily searchable Android Market has everything you could possibly need. I'm sure there's a winning set of lottery numbers in there somewhere. Don't like the phone book? download a different one. Winamp is your favourite media player? Just download it. Facebook, Twitter, IMDB, YouTube, Ebay, PayPal, Wordpress... the list goes on.

              The only downside is the battery life - It's terrible and needs to be charged every day to keep it going - but I'm not going back to my Blackberry any time soon.

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                29.05.2011 04:14

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                Meduim priced, medium performance, medium design just a medium phone!

                After departing from my old faithful N95 8GB i switched to Sony Ericsson for a new mobile, i initially wanted the the x10 mini but being torn betweent that and a blackberry i decided to go for the pro, simpy because it had the best of both world, touch screen and qwerty keyboard.

                The box comes with the usuals, handset, charger, nice earphones, usb battery and all relevant documentation.

                I would highly reccomend buying a protective case for this phone as its really easy to get the screen scratched. 1st Thoughts; nice to hold in your hand it has a curved back so it fits perfectly in your palm and has a nice kinda rubbery cover so you get nice grip!. The chrome buttons and trim are a nice little feature. The screen slides in horizontally in landscape, more of a snap than a soft click and reveals the compact keyboard, it is very easy to use after a couple of attempts.

                The screen had rich colours however the actual resolution isnt as good as other phones, you can see faint line on alot of color intentive imagery such as the camera. But it still looks nice and the menu interface is a nice modern soft edge design with nice deep blue hues, which im afriad cant be changed under the theme/settings menu.

                Navigation is nice using the widgets going left and right, which is now standard among most android phones so over all usage is quite a pleasurable experience.

                Camera is descent, speakers could be a little bit better but at least it has 3G!

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                21.05.2011 18:16
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                Small and light, easy to use, has the basics needed to be a useful phone. Websurfing is possible.

                There is 5 megapixel camera and flash, it is pretty good quality, however you cannot zoom when taking the picture. However, you can use a zoom function on a picture already taken. It has a qwerty keyboard which slides out of the side as well as a touch screen. When the keyboard is slid out, the screen turns to be used on its side. This proved useful, as the issue with some touch screen phones was the text function, with this you could pick and choose how you wrote your texts. The screen is small, but easy to read, and has a clear display.
                You can access the Internet, with a zoom function to read web pages easily. Also, like with most phones nowadays, there is an inlet for a mini SD card, where I got mine from the mini SD card came with the phone. Android is installed on it, but there is no Bluetooth software, I had to download an application from the android market, but this wasn't much of an issue, and took a minute to install it. Games can be downloaded from the Android market, but the phone has to have Internet access to allow this. Widgets and icons can be arranged added and moved with ease, and the home page scrolls left and right to reveal "Timescape" (it brings all of your networking together, like facebook, text messages and twitter comments) and other widgets.
                However it is not very durable. I have dropped it only a few times and when on the messaging screen it tends to freeze and receive text messages twice.
                The battery life isn't the best, I find myself having to charge it up at the end of everyday to make sure the battery doesn't run out halfway through my day. Making a call or going online will reduce battery life very much.
                Another drawback is that the background theme is blue, and cannot be changed. Themes can be downloaded from Android, but it would have been worth Sony Ericsson installing a few more colours for ease of use for people who may have difficulties seeing the writing or who had colour blindness. White on Blue isn't the easiest to read.
                All in all it is a good, nifty phone, small and light, fairly easy to use, does the job quite well, although I would recommend that you look for a phone with a larger screen than this one if it is important to you. Also, be careful with the slider, for the key board, i know this has been an issue with some people who have this phone, but if used properly, and not knocked about a silly amount it should be fine, mine has been okay up until now :)

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                23.04.2011 18:02
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                Take a couple of the features away and lower the price and it might be worth getting.

                So I've owned at least 1 mobile phone since the turn of the century, starting off with a phone that was approximately half the size of my forearm and cried when I dared to save over 10 texts, right up to today and my Google Nexus S, which almost begs for more to be done with it, at one time I had my X10 Mini Pro, and to be honest I wish I'd gone for something else.

                When my old iPhone 3G finally bit the bullet, it was time to go shopping for a replacement that would be cheap and cover me the remaining 10 months of contract, and several people in several phone shops convinced me the X10 Mini Pro was for me. Small to hold onto, but with a keyboard to make typing easier it seemed perfect.

                But onto the phone itself, personally for me a phone has to do the basics of making calls and sending texts, have enough in the way of games and/or programs to keep me entertained whilst on long journeys and preferably store a decent stash of my music, at first glance you'd expect the Mini X10 Pro to tick all the needed boxes, your calls and texts are simplistic enough, it works on the android operating system meaning that you can download plenty of applications to pass the time and with a micro-sd slot, there should probably be plenty of ease in downloading music on to your phone. However as earlier mentioned there are several issues with the phone, so lets see what it can do shall we?

                Battery Life

                This was my first big issue with the phone, at times I'll be leaving the house at 6am and not getting back in till gone 7pm, so I'm going to need the phone to keep a decent life throughout the day, however regularly I'd find it was close to dead by 4pm if not earlier. Granted if I was using the phone a lot during the day, then I'd expect it to drain, but this was from it being sat idle in my pocket. On returning this to the retailer and asking for them to look at it I was informed that this is a regular issue with the phone 'because its a smartphone', funny that as I have a smartphone now, as does the wife, and neither of us have ever had that kind of issue with any smartphone before, so I'd have to put that down as a negative aspect of the phone.

                Build of the Phone.

                This was a real worry to me, the phone itself regularly felt like it was going to fall apart in my hands, it just didn't feel that securely put together. Then there was the keyboard, this is one of the big selling points of the handset, now I have quite large fingers but the amount of times I was attempting to press a button and something else appeared on screen verged on ridiculous, which leads me onto the process of pressing the keys as well, at times the keys would stick which would regularly lead to a cccccccccccccccc on the screen, or the complete opposite, you'd have to hammer some keys to get them to work, which with the flimsy feeling never filled me with confidence.

                Then there's the screen itself, which doesn't seem that clear when using it, throw in that as the phone is a touch-screen phone you'd expect the screen to be quite sensitive to touch and quite sturdy as well, but unfortunately its the exact opposite, you need to give the screen a good whack to get the phone to recognize your touch and then you're still struggling to be confident as you can actually feel the screen it against the phone underneath it.

                Functionality

                The one area where you want a phone to excel, and my X10 didn't - to secure the phone I used to have a pattern style key lock on the screen (i.e. 9 dots where you draw a shape to unlock the phone) and mine was a 7 dot combination, this would be a great security feature if it wasn't for the fact that it would automatically close the screen down by the time I'd hit dot 4.

                Then there's the android system itself, the phone comes with version 1.6 pre-installed and can be upgraded to 2.1 which sounds good as Android is only currently up to version 2.3 however it's still an issue with this handset, main reason being that 1.6 is just a poor, poor operating system and the phone itself doesn't seem to be able to handle 2.1, when its installed everything seems to slow down when realistically you'd expect it to speed up. But its not just the phone that slows down, the apps that you've downloaded seem to slow down as well, making a game that you could just about play become unplayable due to the screen freezing up repeatedly and everything slowing down.

                Music Player

                This was one of the biggest reasons that I got the phone, I was told that the music-player was comparable to the iPhone's, how wrong that was.

                The only part I'd say the music player trumps the iPhone's is in getting music onto your phone, you don't have to rely on the abhorrent iTunes to upload your music, quite literally you pop your sd-card into the provided dongle, plug it into your computer and then drag and drop any music you want to play, however that's where the advantages end, the actual Music sounds tinny no matter what you do to the settings, there isn't any way to set up a play list of certain tracks for different situations, if you dare to use any headphones other than the ones provided then you'll struggle to hear the music at all and the headphones themselves are awful and feel akin to stuffing pins in your ears.

                Standard Features (aka Phone Calls and Texts)

                Again this isn't anything to shout about, Phone-Call wise the phone regularly seems to take a while to register that you're wanting to make a call, and even then it wouldn't be the first time that the phone rang the wrong person. Then once you're on the call the phone itself doesn't sound clear enough and I found myself regularly asking people to repeat themselves on calls.

                Texting wise, it does the same as any other phones, although they do seem to take up a large amount of memory of the phone if you want to save the messages for any reason.

                Over-all I wouldn't recommend this phone, it just seems that its trying to be something that it isn't, if it was aimed more at the low-end of the market then I might rate it higher but as it is, I can't find anything in it to say it'd be any good for anyone.

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                The most functional phone I have ever used, most entertaining, not too far from perfect

                Keypad
                The Xperia X10 Mini Pro boasts a full QWERTY keypad over its Mini counterpart. Every button is responsive and feels right beneath my thumbs. Having rather wide digits, I checked my ability to type with the keypad in store first, I would advise you do the same. The keypad really does make everything so much faster, from texting to web browsing; mistakes and slow typing speeds from touch screens can often kill a smart phone dead in the water.
                The only thing I would note is that occasionally I do not feel the space bar click when I press it, and end up clicking multiple times. The key does work, it just takes some time to get used to.

                Touch screen
                A beautiful, glare free touch screen, I find myself quite often covering it out of habit when the screen is perfectly visible even in bright light conditions. The screen has a high pixel density and can display YouTube videos in the mobile friendly High Quality mode (HQ), which for the screen size is effectively high definition.
                As for the menu navigation and text functions, the touch screen is a very welcome addition, it speeds practically every procedure up. The touch screen is very responsive, it knows exactly what you are doing, and combined with the keypad, this phone boasts an almighty operating system navigation.

                Android
                Android has really impressed me, the operating system is easy to use, functional, and contains just about everything you would ever want and need. There are a multitude of free useful apps to add to the experience of your phone and keep you entertained or even working.

                Connectivity
                The phone always receives good signal, even in areas where my previous (on the same network) did not. This phone has a whole host of different ways of connecting to people, and sharing/recording data. I chose not to use mobile internet through the network provider, instead I use the phone's incredible Wi-Fi connection. Of course this can only be used in certain areas, but the level of free to use Cloud networks around may surprise you. Other benefits to having Wi-Fi on phone is that the connection is considerably faster than mobile internet, and you cannot accidentally get charged a fortune, as there is no download limit (depending on your connection).

                Usability
                I can only really fault the phone in one area, which is where it tries to be a little bit too clever for its own good. When making a call, the screen switches off, the idea being that a sensor in the phone works out how close it is to your head and decides that as you cannot see the screen, you do not need to. All fine and good, however when you bring the phone away to see the screen, there is an awfully long time delay which encourages me to start pressing buttons, when I eventually get light, I have to trawl through a few menu options just to end the call. This can be very frustrating, so I have resorted to telling my phone to keep the screen on unless I tell it to turn off.
                A minor problem is the lack of a keypad available on screen during a call, so when I get through to an automated helpdesk, I have to slide out the keyboard and keep moving the phone away from ear , awkward and annoying.

                Build Quality
                The phone does have a plastic feel to it, on the back cover only. The rest of the phone is solid and sexy, I do not often say that about a phone. As the keyboard slides out, and you press buttons on the screen, there is the odd feeling that you am going to break it, but fear not, the phone is perfectly stable, secure, and trust me, can survive several significant impacts to the floor. Overall, the phone is very well built, and there are reasons it has won awards.

                Battery Life
                I have not once had a problem with the battery, and after only a month or two's usage, that should be expected. Never the less, battery life is very long, charge times are short, and I am surprised at the battery's longevity when using Wi-Fi. An excellent battery.

                Anything to be aware of?
                The background is a nifty little thing, as you slide across and down the menus, the picture slides along with you, revealing more of the whole thing. A note to guys out there, do not ever let your girlfriend use your phone if your background is a picture of Rihanna, turns out girls really do not like that.

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              • Product Details

                Ask a friend over. Or just get in touch. Messaging is instant with Xperia X10 mini pro. A full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and intuitive touch screen right at your fingertips.

                Technical Data

                Product Description: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro - smartphone - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
                Product Type: Smartphone - 3G
                Service Provider: Not specified
                Mobile Services: Video Call, Android Market, YouTube
                Form Factor: Slider - touch screen, full keyboard
                Dimensions (WxDxH): 52 mm x 17 mm x 90 mm
                Weight: 120 g
                Colour: Black
                Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
                Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
                Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player
                Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
                Display: LCD display - colour - 2.55"
                Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen, QWERTY keyboard
                Operating System: Google Android 1.6
                Mobile Email Client: Yes
                Internet Browser: Yes
                Digital Player (Recorder): WAV, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, AMR, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, MIDI , MPEG-4, 3GP, H.264, H.263
                Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC - up to 16 GB
                Talk Time: Up to 240 minutes
                Standby Time: Up to 360 hours
                Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7
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