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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £207
inc VAT

The Timescape UI and customisations make up for the older version of Android, and some may like its cute size, but battery life is poor and there's little storage space.


Android 1.5, 2.6in 240×320 display

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro is an Android smartphone with a dinky 2.6in screen and a slide-out keyboard. Running version 1.6 of Android, it’s a little outdated, although it’s been heavily customised with Sony Ericsson’s Timescape interface to make the most of the limited screen space, plus Sony Ericsson has promised an update to Android 2.1 at some point this year. Despite its small size, it’s powered by a 600MHz processor and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel snapper with an LED flash.

Although its design is a bit blocky, it has a smart, glossy fascia with chrome buttons, and the keyboard panel is finished in a matt silver. The rubberised finish on the back of the phone is comfortable and provides grip. Unlike the normal X10 mini, the pro’s battery is removable, but it lasted for only 19h45m in our light usage test.

The 2.6 in screen is bright and sharp. There are four customisable icons, one in each corner of the screen, which by default launch common tasks: messaging, contacts, music and phone. However, this leaves space for only one widget on each home screen.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro

Despite its small size, the keyboard is comfortable to use and the keys have a light action with plenty of feedback. The screen automatically switches to landscape mode when you slide the keyboard out. You’ll find yourself using the keyboard for the smallest of tasks, as the on-screen virtual keyboard in portrait mode uses a narrow alphanumeric layout.

The 5-megapixel camera includes auto-focus and geo-tagging, but little else, and without an anti-shake option shots can turn out blurry. There was also quite a bit of noise in dark areas and detail was obscured by excessive noise reduction, which is common on phone cameras. That said, the camera is quite impressive for the size of the phone, and the photos it takes are more than suitable for web use. However, the 128MB of internal RAM and bundled 2GB microSD means there isn’t a huge amount of space for photos and videos.

Sony Ericsson has included some basic utilities that have been optimised for touch on the small screen, such as a calendar, a calculator, a timer and a stopwatch, plus a decent alarm clock. To make up for the lack of Exchange support in Android 1.6, the X10 mini pro includes copies of the RoadSync calendar and email apps, while a YouTube app makes up in part for the lack of Flash support. There is no office file viewer, however.

The Xperia X10 mini pro is stylish and easy to use thanks to the Timescape interface, but the usefulness of the QWERTY keyboard is offset by the small screen. It’s probably the least expensive QWERTY-equipped Android phone on the market, and you can get it for as little as £20 a month. However you should also consider LG’s GW620 (see What’s New, Shopper 267) for about the same price, which has a larger screen and keyboard, and has recently been updated to Android 2.1.


Price £207
Rating ***


Main display size 2.6in
Native resolution 240×320
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5.0-megapixel
Flash LED
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 128MB
Memory card support mircoSD
Memory card included 2048MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/1900/2100
Wireless data GPRS, UMTS
Size 90x52x17mm
Weight 120g


Operating system Android 1.5
Microsoft Office compatibility none
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, e-AAC+, WMA, WAV
Video playback formats 3GP
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories headset, data cable, charger
Talk time 3.5 hours
Standby time 12.5 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 19h 45m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £207
Price on contract £20-per-month, 18-month contract
Prepay price £230
SIM-free supplier
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