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As part of my work contract I regularly get new phones that are given to me and this is one in a very long line. At first glace the phone was great with the small size of 83mm x 50mm and a great 5 megapixel camera meant that my expectation for this phone were riding high. The particularly good thing about this phone is that it runs android and the at the time gingerbread was installed onto the device which is a great addition. At first when you pick up the phone like the other versions of the phone it does feel that it should slide out this is the only unusual thing about the appearance
Straight from the go the phone was great ,with its easy set up that was re-freshly easy due to previously having an android phone meant that I simple had to download the contacts off the sim which was a really simple and easy. This is much easier than previous windows phones where you have to write all the contacts down which can be rather tired and time consuming.
On the day to day use of the phone I found that the general responsiveness of the screen was great and even though very small and probably the smallest phone on the market for me personally I found that this was simple not a problem. But upon overvaluation and with other people regularly integrated by the general design I could see due to the screen size why many people could have real problems with typing on the phone.
Another major issue I found was the camera. Although five megapixel I felt that its incredible slow shutter speed meant that pictures could often be of incredible poor quality and compared to other phones such as the rest of the sony xperia range the experience was rather disappointing.
But one of the best features to this phone is the interest which I think due to the processor was particularly fast and was much quicker than phones such as the Nokia 800 . This is particularly useful with things such as creating a WiFi hotspot and Creating a link between the laptop and internet using the USB which was be particularly good for file transfer as although the phone boast Bluetooth its can be difficult to set up
I got this phone as an upgrade on my contract just before christmas. I was reluctant to make the change to a touch screen phone but that was pretty much all that was on offer and I was told in the shop that they will nearly all be touch screen before long so I better get used to it.
The phone was free as an upgrade and I haven't seen one in the shop since, there was an X10 Mini pro brought out so this was probably the phone which replaced this one. These phones are available new on Amazon sim free from £118.
I chose this model as I wanted to keep my handset and give the new one to my other half. He wanted a Sony Ericsson again and found that most of the new phone models are too large to carry around in your pocket so the mini was perfect.
It measures only 83mm x 50mm and is under 90g in weight. The phone comes in a range of colours, I went fo the black. The back cover which holds in the battery can be changed with a wide range of colours available, the phone came with a silver and pink back to change but I think it looks best with the black the same as the front.
The whole touch screen experience was a bit tricky at first, though the size didnt really make much of a difference, when calling or sending a text a digital keypad fills the screen of the phone so it isn't too fiddly. After a couple of days we were used to the touch screen.
The camera is 5MP and the photographs come out well, there is a flash, zoom and autofocus. It comes with the usual features like snapshot and effects such as negative and black and white. I don't really use the effect just use it as a camera and video recorder and it does it's job.
There is a music player on the phone which I use quite a lot, the music can be played through headphones or on loudspeaker. There is also a radio on the phone.
How many songs, pictures and videos you can store all depends on the size of memory card you put in it. Mine is 4gb and there are hundreds of songs and pictures on it.
It is easy to navigate and easy to access emails and the internet on this phone. The reception is good. There is also a neoreader which a lot of phones have now but it was the first time I'd used it. It gives you the ability to scan a barcode and you can search for the product you have scanned online to find out information and check prices. I have used it more than I thought I would actually. A lot of companies are using these kind of barcodes for competition entries and things. It is an easy feature to use once you get used to it.
There is also a map finder, track i.d, stopwatch, timer, calculator, calendar and alarm on the phone. These can be found on most phones these days and are useful application.
The main problem I have with this phone is with the whole android operating system. It seems a lot of android phones have the problem of a short battery life. My old phone would only need charging at maximum once every 3 or 4 days but this android one needs charging every single day, even when it hasn't been used. There are messages coming through several times a week asking if I would like to upgrade certain phone features. I have just taken to clearing these messages now because they come through so frequently.
The other problem I have is with the bluetooth. I can't figure out how to send things via bluetooth and have asked many others to have a look and nobody can figure it out. The phone does not show up for others to send things to it via bluetooth. When I turn on bluetooth it does not show up. When I select make visible it only says visible for 120 seconds and starts counting down. The phone still does not show up during these 120 seconds so at the moment the bluetooth function is useless.
I have asked in the shop where I got the phone about this problem and stopping the requests to update all the time and they say they can only help with issues regarding your contract and not the handset itself. It's a phone shop!
The phone has been dropped a few times and is fine, the screen hasn't scratched at all so it is obviously much more robust than it looks.
You can download apps and games for free for the phone but to be honest the screen is too small to make many games enjoyable on it.
The phone looks and feels nice, calls and texts fine and surfs the internet fine. Any extra apps and features are pretty much useless though. A bit of a disappointment really.
When I started college I felt I needed to upgrade my phone from an old Sony Ericsson and needed something cheap as I was working part time and only had a small amount of hours where I worked. I loved the old Sony Ericsson and wanted to stay with the brand. This phone came on a £15 a month contract with unlimited texts and 100 minutes. I was surprised how easy it was to use although it was really quite small it seems strange how much you can actually do with it. So simple to connect it to my emails and it automatically connected to Wi-Fi when I got home. Fits straight into your pocket and you almost forget it's there! The screen was small yet it didn't stop me playing lots of games. It's simple to load music to and easy to make playlist's, I never needed any MP3 player as this phone stored a load of music on it and played it in great quality. When I bought it, there were 3 alternative backs for the phone which simply popped off to change, when my mum bought the same phone she had different colour cases which I liked cause I could 'borrow' one. The only down point was not being able to change the main theme of the phone, had to stick with the default blue theme.
- Sony Xperia X10 Mini -
I recently purchased the Xperia Mini as a gift for mothers day as my mom's previous phone was what could be classed as "slightly dated" to say the least, lacking many of the popular features found in today's smartphones... So this seemed like a good choice for such a compact, stylish and SMART phone costing only £80!
The Sony Xperia X10 mini is the smaller and cheaper version of the standard Xperia and still consists of many features included in the original design. The X10 mini is an android based handset which allows applications to be installed to suit its user similar to the likes of apps found on the Apple or Blackberry App store.
The handset is quite complicated to use in comparison to similar phones, and due to been such a small screen mistakes are often common by clicking on buttons or numbers which are situated too close together, sending text messages can be quite tricky aswell as there is no qwerty keyboard or physical keys which can be used so attention is required to check for errors and again these seem to happen all the time due to the lack of space.
The overall volume of the handset is average in terms of ringtones, call volumes, etc however the alarm sounds are extremely quiet and fail to work as an effective alarm clock, would definitely recommend sticking with the smart price range from asda, although its not a pleasant sound first thing in the morning at least they serve their purpose and actually wake up the intended user unlike the X10 =(
Despite the small screen on the handset, the quality of the pixels are good (240x320).
The 5 megapixel camera takes a decent picture and comes with autoflash and a L.E.D light, it is also very easy to share photos via social networking sites Facebook and Twitter with the downloadable apps.
The handset features a Mp3 Player and can accept a MicroSD memory card up to 16GB which is plenty of storage for all of your photos, videos and music files. There is also a built in FM radio with integrated RDS display. The handset also features a 3.5mm audio output line which can be used for playback through an external device, i.e laptop, mixer, docking system or even just a set of external speakers for louder volume!
One thing that must be noted about this handset is the battery life is very good, even during heavy use, browsing the web, sending texts, making constant calls the handset still battles out its battery life for several days before needing a complete re-charge.
In terms of everything else, it has all your bog-standard stuff SMS, MMS, customizeable phonebook to arrange contacts by groups, locations (home, mobile, work etc), internet browsing, checking e-mail etc which can be used with either a 3G network connection or by connecting to a WIFI network within a coverage zone.
If you are have been a user of Sony Ericsson handsets then you will already be aware that they are long lasting, quality built phones and for just short of £100 sim free you can't really go wrong, unless you hate touchscreen's that is...
This is a fab small smart phone. When i bought this phone everyone always commented on how small and how cute the phone looked. Although small - and it does take a bit of time to get use to, but once used a handfull of times you will get the hang of where to place digits etc. The phone itself is surprisingly easy to use and navigate through the different menus and settings. It is easy to set up and add your e-mails and apps. This is a touch screen phone - my previous phone also touch screen was a nightmare to use and i always said never again... when i did try this i thought how much easier it was to scroll from my last phone - it did not wizz past numbers or addresses that i needed. Pictures taken with the phone are of excellent quality. The main downfall of this phone is the battery life - twice it had to be taken back to the shop due to power lasting only a couple of hours! The third time i got the phone back it has worked treat - battery life still not wonderful but i have always charged my phone up every night anyway. Maybe the first phone was dodgy. But since getting a replacement i find that the phone is great for all my needs.
I have this phone in green and it is great. I got it free with a contract, I have owned it for around 1 and a half years and not had any problems with it.
One of the best features on this phone is its camera, It is 5 mega pixels and takes great pictures, this is the mini version of the xperia which I believe has a 10 mega pixel camera but is a lot bigger.
I chose this phone because it is small and smart, it fits great into a small compartmnent on my handbag. The green colour looks really smart and makes it stand out against othe phones.
It is opertaed by touch screen that is very easy to use, there are also three buttons at the bottom that operate certain features, however you dont need to use these that much. On the top of the phone there is a small button that you use to turn it on and off and to lock it, this is good because it means it does not accidently unlock in your pocket or bag.
Texting is simple, it has buttons like a convensional phone with three letters on each number and the buttons are quite large so it is rare that you hit the wrong one by accident. You answer and hang up the phone using the touch screen, when someone rings you are bar comes up that you slide across the screen to answer or hang up this is also easy to use and I doubt you would have any problems with it.
I would recommend this phone to someone who wants a small phone with a good camera and is happy to use touch screen.
Pocket sized Android powered smartphone you only need the one hand.
Everything you you need put on the four corners of your phone, Facebook - YouTube - Music or just your favourite app from the android market place all in one place.
I think that this phone is easy to use and lightweight, as this phone was my first android phone i found it simple and easy to understand, converting from a blackberry. I found it useful that this phone has expandable memory up to 16GB and a small internal memory. It hasn't got the best camera but its ok to say its only on a mobile, It also has video recording capability.
The one thing i love about this phone is the Google Voice command, so thta you dont have to spend time typing to search the internet.
There are a couple of bad points i found with this X10 mini, i have had problems with software, but the retailer replaced the handset for me, and problems with charging i think this may have been a software issue aswel.
Also I find this mobile to have a short battery life and needs charging everyday.
Overall this is a good phone with lots of features and downloadable apps
Everyone asks me how i use this phone and i must admit it does take a lot of getting use to but don't be put off by it's size!
You can get a variety of backs for this phone so you can match the colour with your personality or your outfit of the day!
it's handy, small and very easy to carry around. However be careful not loose it down the side of the sofa like me because of it's small size it is fairly easy to loose.
I have fairly big thumbs and i thought i'd have a problem using this phone but I don't. All the buttons are spread out and easy access. Also, the touch screen is really good so you don't have to crazily press down really hard!!
The camera takes good quality pictures and has a really bright flash.
The market available is really good and you can get lots of games to play on and waste your time on. Like a mini ipod touch!
Over time and a lot of wear and tear of my phone some of the buttons silver painting has come off which is a shame because that was a 'finishing touch!'
Overall a great phone, but make sure you get it on contract.
Not had a great time with my X10 mini ! The first one the battery life only lasted for 3 hours at a time with all the features turned off. I had this one replaced with the same handset and again the battery lasted maximum of half a day. Maybe i just ran into bad batch with these handsets ? Other than that the phone was small and easy to fit in your pocket unlike a lot of the house bricks currently on the market ! As for the android operating system i found that to be rather slow on this low spec device however android is a great operating system on larger more powerfull handests and is very easy / intuituve. The camera on this handset was also very good and the addition of a flash is a massive bonus as this can be used as a torch in the dark which can be a life saver.
For those just entering the world of android the X10 Mini is an ideal first phone, it boats a 5MP camera with flash and video recording, android 2.1 (may require update) a quick cpu and a great but small touch screen. The home screen has widgets in the middle and 4 customisable corners for your most used apps. It supports E, G, 3G and H networks for fast internet speeds. The only draw back is the low internal memory (128MB) so if you were to install all 3 Angry Birds games you would have very little space left. The phone supports up to 32GB MicroSD cards although if it was running Android 2.2 the user could install apps from the phone to the SD allowing for more downloaded apps. Its a good phone but lacks the power of more modern and expensive phones like the Xperia Arc and Neo.
All in all it is a great phone for people new to android or those looking to have a small yet powerful android device.
I've had the X10 Mini for a few months now and have come up against next to no problems! I like the size of it, as I can fit it anywhere without it being too bulky, and I can use it with one hand as it is not too heavy or wide. The only problem sizewise is that when I first got it I found it difficult using the touch screen when texting as the individual letters were small to select. After a week or so I got better at it and you just have to get really accurate! The main reason I was initially put off the X10 mini was because it was touch screen. I have had 3 previous touch screen phones, all of which were Sony Ericsson, all of which the touch screen stopped working early on. These put me off Sony Ericssons and touch screens until my sister bought an iPod Touch. I decided to trust the touch screen again after using this and splashed out on this phone, whose touch screen has NOT dissappointed me.
The camera is excellent. It would benefit from more options other than flash, auto, macro, twilight and sport, as on my previous Sony Ericssons I enjoyed the features of timer, portrait, and zoom. You can only zoom after taking the photo on the X10 Mini. It is also a shame that although you can upload photos straight to facebook, you can't instantly upload videos, which I would have found useful.
There are lots of games in the Android Market to keep you busy, although slightly less and not as good as the Apple Store. I think this needs a lot of work, although some games may be unsuitable for the X10 Mini due to its size. At first I discovered that my X10 Mini kept crashing and ran slow, but this was solved after reading that I needed to download the Task Manager from the Android Market, as this would allow me to properly shut down applications, rather than hiding them. Another thing to note is that to send media by Bluetooth, again you need to download an app for it.
One of the best features of this phone is the screenlock. Instead of creating a PIN to unlock the phone, you create a patten with your your finger to join dots in sequence. I think this is far more creative and effective than using numbers.
I also like the fact that you can change the back cover, as this makes it more individual and is something I missed on my other phones.
Overall, I really like this phone, and am glad I purchased it. The main problems I encountered were solved using the Android Market, and so ultimately I have no problems.
I wanted a smart phone with all the features of an Iphone without the bulky handset (something I could fit in my pocket).
This phone in my opinion has been a credit to the SMARTPHONE family. It is small but this does not change the fact the features are fantastic.
The android market has many apps to download for free including many very addictive games. It mimics apps on the apple market sometimes making them better than the apple option.
This phone comes with fantastic standard features and differs from other smartphones on the market.
The screen is very clear despite its size and I must be honest my phone has taken a bashing without so much as a scratch. I once dropped this phone in the bath and it still works perfectly.
The size of this phone is definitely an advantage as you can pop it in a small bag or pocket with ease. I lost a previous phone due to its size and not being able to put it in my pocket, so this is fantastic.
I would definitely recommend this phone to a friend and think it is a fantastic bit of kit!
Why I chose the X10 'mini'...
Smart phones - why are they called smart phones? I presume it means smart as in clever and not smart as in they look good, because for the most part, they don't. Big, bulky and frankly downright ugly most of them. It took me a long time when looking for a new phone to find one that looked stylish and wasn't the size of a house. Now, I understand why phones seem to have got monstrously big recently - people want a large screen for surfing the internet, watching videos and viewing pictures etc but I have a laptop for that, I want a mobile that is just that- mobile, something a can put in my pocket and carry around comfortably and I only need one hand to hold! Rant over, because Sony Ericsson came to my rescue with the Xperia X10 Mini. (Though I think mini is in fact a normal size and the standard X10 should be called X10 massive.)
About the X10...
Sony Ericsson released the X10 Mini, part of it's successful Xperia range of phones, in May last year, and it's still pretty up to date despite the rate that mobile phones seem to progress. It runs on the Android system- I only vaguely understand what that means, though my technically minded other half informs me this is a good thing!
You can get an astonishing amount of apps for Android and after owning it only a number of weeks I've downloaded a collection of useful tools such as Wikipedia and BBC news as well as an app for the ATP tour which keeps me up to date with the latest tennis scores whilst at work. (Fancy making people work when Wimbledon is on.. pfft!) I have also downloaded a collection of pointless time wasting games which are giving me equal measures of enjoyment and frustration. The X10 comes loaded with quite a few standard and not so standard gadgets when you first get it. The obvious being calendar, calculator, alarms and timers but also facebook app (which now appears to be a must have feature of everything you own), you tube, navigation programs and an assortment of games which you need to be connected to the internet for a consequently cost a fortune. It seems with smart phones they assume because you can get an app for everything from checking the stock market to decided what to have for dinner they overlook including some relatively basic features. For example, I was looking through my phone trying to find my converter to find it doesn't contain one. My old non smart (stupid?) phone had this, so why doesn't this presumably far more advanced one? I found and downloaded an app with no real effort however because all these companies that make the apps want you to download theirs instead of their competitors, they try and make them all singing and dancing, meaning the converter I have is ten times more complicated that I'd like it to be.
Easy to use even if you're not smart...
For those of you, like me, who haven't used a smart phone before the X10 mini is pretty easy to get to grips with. Most functions are done by the phone's touch screen where you can flick through the pages of features and pick the ones you want with ease. It's easy to to arrange the phone how you wish and picking up and dropping the icons where you wish a particular feature to be. For speed and ease of use, I think smart phones brilliant. Often when changing model, and especially brand of phone it took at long time to work out under which of the many menus what you were looking for was hiding. With everything being an icon, laid out as you choose it couldn't be easier to simplify and have your phone organised in the way that best suits the individual. In addition to the page of apps, you can have four widgets (or shortcuts) on the main home screen which you can change to the things you use most (by the same dragging and dropping method.) I've got messages, contacts, keypad and tennis scores - obviously the most important things!! In the centre of the home screen is a nice big time and date, brilliant as, like a lot of people, I use my phone as a watch and quickly being able to see the time just by lighting it up is key to me. Of course you can change this too if you wish and have a picture of cat or something instead.
There are a number of keys too, three at the bottom of the screen which act as a function button, menu button and back button. At the side are the volume up and down keys, camera key and at the top the off/on and lock button. You press this button once quickly to lock the phone and press and hold to turn off where it will ask you if you are sure and you need to confirm on the touch screen. I like this as I was forever turning my last phone off my accident and it took forever to load up again. The X10 mini does boot up in seconds after turning on which is also great.
I won't list the whole boring specification because even if you know what half the stuff means I certainly don't, if you want to view it it can be found here -
I guess with a smart phone, you can use it for whatever you please and listing everything it has the potential to do would take all day, however I'll give you a run down of the main features and specifications, or at least the ones I feel are most important.
TOUCHSCREEN- Pretty standard way of doing things with all newer models. I'm sure something amazing will come along soon like airscreen or something and anyone using a touchscreen will be deemed very old fashioned, but for now anyway this is the norm. I'm pleased with the touchscreen on the X10, it's pretty sensitive, not so much as you engage things when you even get close, but unlike other touchcreens I've used you don't have to batter the thing half to death to press a function either. It is a smallish screen for a touchscreen and I see a little now why the big screens have an advantage. It did take a little while for me to get used to using it and often pressed the button next to the one I was aiming for, particularly annoying for texting and sudoku (one of the very useful apps I downloaded.) Some of my friends got some odd texts when I was getting used to pressing the right buttons and learning how the predictive text works, however with everything it's all about getting used to it and I'm now texting stuff that makes sense and I think I've managed to persuade them that I'm not crazy. The sudoku, however, just proved far too annoying.
PHONEBOOK / CALL RECORDS - I love the fact that there is practically infinite amounts of names, numbers and call records you can store on this phone. Not of course, that that's really a problem for me, though it nice to be able to list all the local cabs and takeaways... You can add mug shots, multiple numbers and email addresses to each contact as well as creating a favourites list which is probably the function I use most. Of course there is also the old fashioned keypad for making calls the long way.
MEMORY- The phone has 128MB of internal memory and a slot for a micro SD card, it comes with a 2GB card but can hold up to a 16GB.
SOUND QUALITY - The phone takes a little getting used to for calls due to the size and you have to wiggle a bit to get the speaker in the right place, after a bit of getting used to though I've had no problems. I turn the earpiece sound up all the way and can hear clearly even walking along a busy street. Indoors I tend to use the loudspeaker to avoid a sore arm and that is also clear as a bell. You can easily adjust the volume mid call with the buttons on the side of the phone. The phone has all the standard irritating ringtones which are loud and clear enough to hear in a bag, of course you can change these by adding your own sound files.
CAMERA - The X10 has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. I do wonder why with all the amazing things phones can do now they still fit them with rubbish cameras. Ok for snap shots and for when you have no camera to hand and not bad as far as phone cameras go, but still no match for even the lowest budget digital camera. Also capable of recording video which is actually more successful than it's still photos.
MUSIC- The X10 has both a music player and FM radio and even better a standard 3mm jack so you can use whatever headphones you choose and not the crappy ones supplied, hurrah! I have my ipod that goes with me wherever I go and because my old phone used earphones with it's own special connector, I never used it, however I've put a bit of music on this for back up when my ipod runs out of juice! As with most features on here, the music player is easy to use, obviously the amount you can store will depend on the card you have in but with the ability to hold a card of up to 16GB there's the potential for a pretty extensive library.
INTERNET- Perhaps the sole most important use for a smart phone user. This phone has Wifi capability which you can have set, to inform you when Wifi is available. Good for me as I don't have an unlimited data use on my contract so make the use of Wifi when I can. It's very easy to switch on and off and find signal. Otherwise it uses both 2G and 3G mobile internet, which I've found in most areas is quick though of course this will depend on a number of factors such as location and network. The browser is easy to use with the ability to store favourite pages as you would do on a PC. There is the android market at your fingertips if you ever want a new app which generally download quickly and you are notified of this at a bar of the top of the screen. This bar also contains notifications when there are updates for your phone, which you can set to do automatically or as you choose. You can link up multiple email account to your X10, to check your inbox(s) quickly on the move, and while I have my Yahoo! Account linked to my phone which I had no trouble with, it just did not want to know with my hotmail account. There is a hotmail app you can download to get around this problem, but it does mean I don't have all my emails in one place on the phone.
BATTERY LIFE- A feature I think is important to know about when choosing a phone. The official specifications state that the battery should provide 360 hours standby and 3.5 hours talk time. Obviously it depends on how much you use your phone and what for to how long the battery will last. With my old stupid phone I could get away with charging it once every three days, but as with human beings the more you do you more energy you need which is why smart phones like to guzzle battery power. I have to charge my X10 everyday, but I use it a lot. Also it still performs quite well on a low battery. My battery was down to 15% and I needed to make a call. I was wondering whether I'd get the whole call done before it gave up, but 30 minutes of talking later and I had only used 6% up. After my recently deceased phone went full battery- half battery- off, this is quite a novelty! There are apps you can get that claim to prolong battery life but I'm a little suspicious of these, surely adding more things to your phone will only guzzle more power? I would be interested to hear if anyone has had any joy with these apps. The battery charger is a slim design and is compatible with a number of other phones of different makes which is very useful. Full charge takes about an hour.
This phone is cute. I reckon one of the nicest lookers on the market. Not only is it dinky (or what I'd call normal size) measuring 83 x 50 x 16mm it's simplistic and non fussy. The finish is gloss black and you can change the back cover. There are a number of colours to choose from including G
gold, silver, red and lime green. I have stuck to black so far but it's nice to know it can be switched if this one gets tatty or I just fancy a change. The screen is supposedly scratch proof though I have used a screen protector so far. I don't know how long this will last as it's coming up at the corner and driving me crazy. Replacement screen protectors are very expensive for what they are are with this as will all phones.
I think one thing that bugs me about the design of the phone is the way in which you change ring from silent to loud. You can do this while the phone is locked by sliding your finger across the screen. Don't get me wrong, I like being able to switch between silent and loud quickly as I change it often depending on where I am, however if I'm at work in a meeting or in the library I don't much like it's ability to turn itself to loud so easily in my pocket. Why Sony Ericsson did you design this so it can be done without unlocking the phone? Crazy! Having said this the phone is nice and loud when you want it to be and I can hear it very clearly, the vibrate however is a little weak and I often don't feel it even in my pocket.
Most importantly, what is this thing going to set you back? Well you can get it free on a number of networks with various overpriced contracts! Cost alone through O2 at the moment is £149.00, other internet sellers are selling at £110, our local Cex were selling an unlocked model in good condition for £100 but the best and cheapest place I found was Ebay. They are popular so prepare for a bidding war and make sure you check out they are trustworthy sellers as always before and protect yourself and pay through paypal. The reward should be that you get one for around the £80 mark though, either new or as good as - a worthwhile saving. I think a lot of people sell these after a brief use or none at all because they just can't get used to the size having had bigger phones and so often you can pick them up nearly new. Less popular networks also bring down the price but bear in mind these phones are difficult to unlock. I looked into this before buying mine.
In conclusion a good looking, small phone that does everything it's big brothers do, all at a reasonable price. A true 'smart' phone.
When it comes to mobile phones I have always loved my Sony Ericssons. When it came to upgrading my ancient walkman phone to something more up to date I wanted to stick with the brand. I chose the Experia X10 mini for £20 a month on Tesco, the handset is available to buy for around £130. Offering a touch screen, music player and with the ability to download aps on the Android platform it seemed everything I was looking for.
The X10 is a compact touchphone, you can use all of the functions via the touchscreen and a tiny qwerty keyboard slides out which can be used for texting and internet applications. The phone sits neatly in the palm of your hand but the tiny 3 inch touch screen and mini keyboard keys make it fiddly to use; the keyboard is not too bad but on the touchscreen I ended up pressing the wrong thing frequently.
The first reason I bought a phone is for making calls and texts. I liked some of the features like having all your numbers for one person in one profile but actually using the touch screen to make a call was a bit of an ordeal. When the calls are connected then clarity is perfect and I had strong network coverage. Texting is a real nightmare via the touchscreen because I couldn't work out how to turn predictive text off but using the keyboard was easy.
The second reason for me buying this phone was for the music player. Like all of my previous Sony Ericsson models it is a great phone for music. The phone comes supplied with a 2GB memory card which makes it easy to transfer your MP3s across. The speakers are brilliant quality so your music comes out loud and clear and the Sony Ericsson supplied earphones are both super comfortable and brilliant quality, the fact that they use a standard headphone jack rather than a strange socket like previous phones is a big plus point too. The phone can even recognise your music tracks via a built in ap if you don't know what is playing on the radio!
The last reason for choosing this phone was so that I could go online and download applications on the Android platform. This is what badly let the phone down. The internet kept crashing and making all of my downloads fail, I only managed to download one application after numerous attempts. I had to decide whether it was the phone at fault or the network and since my daughter is also on Tesco and managed to download and stay online at the same times that it was failing for me I came to the conclusion it must be the phone at fault, whether it was a faulty phone or a larger problem with the way the phone connects to the internet I don't know. I tried to connect in more than one location (ie home, bus station, Edinburgh city centre) and experienced the same problems every time.
Because of the problems with the internet on this phone I decided I didn't want to be tied to it for two years so took it back to the shop after 13 days meaning it was within the cooling off period. I don't know whether the fault is partly mine; the fact I found the touchscreen fiddly may be due to my large fingers but the internet problem was not due to error on my part. I'm really disappointed in the X10 as I had high hopes for this phone but I will still be looking for another Sony to replace it with due to the fact I still like the brand.
This mobile phone is great i just upgraded from an LG cookie and the features on this phone are really useful. It is difficult getting used to the size as it literally fits in the palm of your hand. Trying to find a case that will fit the phone is very difficult as currently none have been made for this mobile phone yet. Its also wise to add that being careful with what features you use and whether they are free or not, some applications work without warning you that you will charged for doing so. It also comes with changeable backs mine is in lime green, it is a very stylish phone. The camera on this mobile phone is also very good quality with good recording too. I did find it hard to add music to the phone as the computer program for the PC is not clear and slightly confusing on how to use with no instructions.