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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

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Gtalk - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Gtalk

The company is throwing in some programs for free -  like the TrackID song identifier, a barcode scanner and the push Exchange email RoadSync software for the corporate types, but Wisepilot navigation and one of the two preinstalled games are trial versions.

The usual suspects of Google services on an Android handset behave as they should with search combing both through the phone and the web. Gmail is easily searchable too, and attachments get the preview treatment. Google Maps scrolls without lag and directions are clearly arranged.

Android Market will be somewhat limited of choices, considering the unorthodox screen size of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, but Gtalk and the YouTube app complete the Google experience on the phone. YouTube videos play smoothly and the chat program is integrated within the contacts list, so as you can see who is online by the little green dot against their names, the way you are used to in desktop Gmail, cool stuff.


Camera and Multimedia:

The camera interface is nicely personalized, but sports almost no options, although the camera is 5MP. You can toggle the LED flash on and off, choose from four different shooting modes, jump to the gallery... and that’s that. Since the phone is about simplicity and ease of use we don't have any problems with the number of options here - choice is good only if not overwhelming. Moreover the pictures came out with above average quality on full auto settings as the samples below reveal, all while starting the camera and time between snaps take literally a second.

The camera interface is nicely personalized, but sports almost no options - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
The camera interface is nicely personalized, but sports almost no options - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
The camera interface is nicely personalized, but sports almost no options - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

The camera interface is nicely personalized, but sports almost no options

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Images  could be a bit sharper but nevertheless have nice, accurate colors and a lot of detail; it's on par with what we observed from the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, despite the lower res with the X10 mini. All said, you won't be disappointed by the casual outdoor shots from the chubby gnome, while the indoor shots are acceptable in moderate lighting with some white balance tinkering. On the flip side, the flash is weak for night shots more than two steps away and thanks to its small size the phone can be easily shaken when pressing the camera shutter, thus getting the blurred treatment at dusk.

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini


Strong light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


Video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30 frames per second, the only actual setting being to toggle the LED light on and off. It plays on the phone without artifacts, has decent sound volume and very true colors, but some details are not as distinct as we would like on a big screen. Don't mind us, it's decent, but we are just spoiled by recent HD video-centric phone reviews.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini sample video 1 at 640x480 pixels resolution.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini sample video 2.

We already mentioned that the Mediascape part of the Sony Ericsson UX interface is not present in the Xperia X10 mini. The songs and videos that the phone indexes from the microSD card are run by the default music or video players as separate entities.

The music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

The music player

Pictures and videos are grouped together in a gallery but the concept of it is nothing mind blowing - you simply scroll kinetically through a grid of pics and vids in a chronological order, tap to choose, double-tap to zoom or slide one finger firmly up or down the screen until you reach the desired size, easy as that. From there attaching to email or uploading the media file is just a tap away to most popular services, or it can be done straight from the camera screen after taking the shot or the video.

As usual with Android handsets, DivX and Xvid formats are not supported out of the box but the popular MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV files run fine, if you can survive watching with your nose almost touching the screen. DivX and Xvid require higher bitrate than the H.264 container for the same quality and take a bigger toll on the CPU, hence battery life, that is why they are usually left out anyway.

The music player has a pretty, but lean interface without search option, and you have to use the phone search for a song. The included headset is lacking the base sounds somewhat but the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini has a loudspeaker that manages to produce a very decent sound. One of the really, really better ones we have heard. It is not very loud, but the sound is deeper than what the typical phone loudspeaker produces, with no sharp and crackling noises, so we are totally in for it.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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!!!

posted on 17 Aug 2010, 06:32

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

posted on 09 Jun 2010, 11:25

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

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 07:12

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

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 07:54

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...

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 09:44

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

posted on 11 Jun 2010, 11:32

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!

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 22:23

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

posted on 23 Aug 2010, 08:28

8. SonyFan (unregistered)


X10 mini is a Sony Ericsson!

posted on 01 Sep 2010, 07:26

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

posted on 21 Nov 2010, 16:28

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.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 04:13

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. :)

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 00:18

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.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 03:40

14. dda (unregistered)


camera zooming option is not available

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 08:28

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

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:20

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

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 03:18

17. john (unregistered)


hi guys just wanted to knw how much does Xperia X10 panel cost??

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 03:09

18. Adele (unregistered)


Hi, I'm REALLY struggling to bluetooth music files to another phone. Plz help!

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 21:37

19. sandip (unregistered)


I love dis phone but the main 2 drawbaks r battery life and another one is features.

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Display2.5 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (157 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size3.27 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches
(83 x 50 x 16 mm)
3.10 oz  (88 g)

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