Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro
Member Name: ZakFenning
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro
Advantages: Incredibly easy to use, very functional, and a beautiful looking phone
Disadvantages: Using this as a phone can be a little annoying, nothing changing the options won't fix
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Summary: The most functional phone I have ever used, most entertaining, not too far from perfect