Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini
Date: 20/05/11, updated on 20/05/11 (83 review reads)
Advantages: good music player
Disadvantages: crashing offline
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.
Summary: not for me
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