Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is in a few words. So, you know the Xperia X10, right? Well, the X10 mini has nothing to do with it. It's the embodiment of the totally opposite concept that is behind the X10. If we can describe this through numbers, instead of the massive 4-inch screen of the Xperia X10, you get a 2.55-inch one. Get it? It's a totally different experience. That said, we think the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a very intimate Android smartphone that has a beautiful design and very little flaws, trying to once again prove the ever popular idea that size doesn't really matter.
What's in the box:
• Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini handset
• 5 additional back panels (pearl white, silver, lime, pink and red)
• 2 GB microSD
• Li-Pol Battery (non-replaceable)
• Stereo headset w/ mic
• microUSB cable
• Travel charger
• User manual
Introduction and Design:
As of present, the market isn’t really choke full of compact Android phones. When you look at the existing lineup, you see the rather large products like the HTC Incredible, HTC EVO 4G and the Google Nexus One, as well as mainstream sizes like the HTC DROID ERIS in the States and the Hero in Europe. However, a truly small device is nowhere to be seen. Maybe it was this market gap that Sony Ericsson has noticed when coming up with the idea of the Xperia X10 mini we first saw at this year’s MWC.
As the name implies, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a scaled down version of the Xperia X10. In contrast to what Nokia did with the N97 mini however, Sony Ericsson has gone to extremes here, and the X10 mini is now one of the tiniest smart handsets of all times. It has kept the company's “human curvature” design with smooth curves and soft-touch coating on the back, which makes it pleasant to hold. Moreover it is relatively thick with its 16mm so it does not feel as miniscule to handle as it actually is.
You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
You may find the screen surprisingly small – only 2.55 inches with QVGA resolution. The image quality is fine and since the touch technology is capacitive, using the display is a fun experience, except in bright sunlight where, as usual, it's rather hard to tell what's on there.
At the front below the screen you have the X10 family trademark chrome tapered line, divided in three sections for the usual Android menu, home and back keys. The volume keys are on the right sharing the side with the camera button. All the keys feel nice, with distinct enough click, including the power/lock button on the top. On the back you have a 5MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash, as well as the loudspeaker.
The connectors you’ll find at the bottom of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini are standard microUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. We also got five additional panel colors in the box to toy with, but word on the street is they will be carrier or region dependent, so not all five will come in all boxes. Even so, with pearl white, silver, lime, pink and red battery covers you can easily swap the looks if you get bored by the munchkin’s Men in Black appearance.
So, as a design the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a sweet little smartphone. Although it isn’t introduced as a fashion device, it does have its own sex appeal that attracts attention. It’s incredibly small, to the point where it becomes just slightly inconvenient in bigger male hands. However we wouldn't go as far as calling it a lady's phone; it's just cute. Besides, the Xperia X10 mini pro (the QWERTY variant of the X10 mini) will add the needed size, as it will be a bit higher (and just a millimeter thicker). So, yes, we quite like the X10 mini’s design, and no, we are not pansies.
Interface, Functionality, Messaging and Connectivity
1. Kohai (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Jun 2010)
Well, well, well. A phone that cost the same (or more), that has way worst screen, as a phoning device functions "more than adequate", small screen is not great for browsing (and I think it´s not great for anything in a Touch Phone...) gets better score than the Samsung Wave????? Unbelivable!!!
7. Hunk (unregistered)
can any1 tell me which is d best frm Samsung Wave n Sony Eperia X10 mini n is wave(s8500 Wave) has QWERTY keypad in it......reply plzzz
2. maoten (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
what about # Battery not user replaceable # No smart dialing # No Bluetooth file transfers from the gallery # No Flash support for the web browser
10. bhargav (unregistered)
# No Bluetooth file transfers from the gallery This is a big disadvantage of this mobile phone and not a great phone form a branded company
3. gridlock (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
It costs less than $400, BT transfer app can be downloaded from Android Market, and, sincerely, how many phones you have that you carry a spare battery for...
4. zen719 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
Hello and information about the battery life using wifi,music, games? Maybe the battery is bad as iphone's has. thank you
5. dor (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)
I just bought this phone fromwww.gsmunlockedmiami.com , And it is AMAZING !!! i got it a day after with free shipping and can't take my hands off it since then!
6. cath17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
I like the size, it's cute! But the features, I don't think so, nokia and sony ericsson is still dominating the market! Wooden Toy Kitchen
8. SonyFan (unregistered)
X10 mini is a Sony Ericsson!
9. N (unregistered)
I LOVE THE PHONE AND ITS FEATURES. The only2 issues I have with it are the battery life, I have to charge it atleast once a day and I cannot send business cards( or if I can and I don't know how to please can sm1 help here) otherwise I think sony ericsson has done well with the x10mini
11. kolembo (unregistered)
STEER CLEAR OF THIS PHONE!!!
It looks real nice, on paper AND in the hand but jeez, I've had nothing but heartache since I but it on my last trip to Washington.
1st. of all, Android. If you're lucky, you'll at least get 2.1. I got 1.6. Blah. I'm going back to Symbian. This is the most useless piece of software I've come across.
All the talk about The Android Market having more apps may be true, but all the apps are either useless, or, get this, designed (esp. with the xperia x10mini) to turn OFF all your apps to extend your battery life. So. What's the point. I've been on the Nokia 5530 for a year and all my apps are important, Wifi is important, blue-tooth is important and these things are KEPT ON, and I listen to music, play games AND surf all the time, for two days on a single charge.
Speaking of Blue-tooth...what on earth is '..paired but not connected...?!' That's all I get on my '..smallest Android device available', Sony Ericsson.
Now, I've waited this long (about a month) to vent but this evening is the final straw. I can't even send a picture from my phone to another via blue-tooth. What is the point?
I am going straight back to the store and getting the new Nokia C6-01, Symbian 3 for two hundred bucks and be done with it.
If I EVER see Sony Ericsson again, I may do someone grievious harm.
You have been warned.
13. @kolembo (unregistered)
1. Ok... just go back to Symbian, that's good for you ;) Android 1.6 it's faaar better than any Symbian (this os just crashes and it's very- very slow)
2. Why to keep bluetooth always on, what's the point in it... to get a photo once in a month?! Silly!
3. Bluetooth issue is fixed! So don't even try to complain. With this error I remember all the top Nokia phones in the early 2000, when they had bluetooth just to send a phone contact but nothing more. LOL
4. You can't send a picture because you're used to those Nokia phones I've mentioned at #3 ;)
5. You just bought a Symbian Crap C6- 01 :) You're pimped!!!
In a conslusion to all... DON'T BUY SYMBIAN PHONES (expecially Nokia- ooo, no one is making them beside Nokia, that's the reason why they are going down :)) beacuse they have very slow OS and a very bad one always freezes and crashes!!!
You have been warned. :)
12. stanleygladson (unregistered)
x 10 mini is the cutest phone.............. but battery life is sooooooooo bad ......... i used to charge it often................pls reply me whether the zooming option in camera is ther r not.
14. dda (unregistered)
camera zooming option is not available
15. Osama (unregistered)
I want to buy a Sony Ericsson X10 mini, is it worth buying?
Can Anyone tell me how long does the battery last?
Is it reliable?
these are some of the things I am worried about.Please Reply
16. kimz (unregistered)
After having this phone for almost 1 year, i totally recommend this phone to all geeky people, its fast, small and reliable.
for the battery, it lasts for 1 day with medium use
17. john (unregistered)
hi guys just wanted to knw how much does Xperia X10 panel cost??
18. Adele (unregistered)
Hi, I'm REALLY struggling to bluetooth music files to another phone. Plz help!
19. sandip (unregistered)
I love dis phone but the main 2 drawbaks r battery life and another one is features.