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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Introduction:

Ultra-compact smartphones may not be as popular as their large-screened counterparts, but that doesn't mean there isn't a nice, cosy place in the market for them, be it a bit smaller. At least, that's what Sony Ericsson tries to convince us in, by unleashing the successor of its last year super-mini, the Xperia X10 mini. The new model is identically named, except for the dropped “X10” part.

But how has the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini changed, in order to cater to this year's user requirements? Well, we guess the manufacturer has made the right moves by upping the screen size a bit, to 3”, as well as installing a faster, 1GHz processor. Is this enough to make the Xperia mini a worthy challenger in the mid-range Android space? Let us explore that!

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
In the box you'll find:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini
  • Wall charger with detachable microUSB cable
  • MH410 GreenHeart handsfree
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Additional back cover in different color
  • Lots of papers


Design:

This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini should shine. The handset is designed to be stylish and compact, and it's safe to say that the goal has been achieved. We have the all-black variant, but there are also all-white, as well as black with a blue or pink back cover for a fresher styling. While we found the Xperia mini pro (the QWERTY-enabled variant of the mini) a bit chubby, the Xperia mini's measures render it slightly more tolerable to wear in a pocket. In addition, it is the perfectly-sized handset to be carried in a handbag, given its very compact dimensions.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is designed to be stylish and compact - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is designed to be stylish and compact - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is designed to be stylish and compact - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is designed to be stylish and compact


Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Sony Ericsson has done a remarkable job with upgrading the Xperia mini so that it fits today's standards. The display is up from 2.55” QVGA to the much more bearable 3” of HVGA goodness, all the while keeping the dimensions of the device in tact. The display itself is pretty decent in terms of colors and viewing angles. Unfortunately, the ambient light sensor cannot be turned off, so you definitely lack some flexibility in terms of brightness. Outdoors, you'll have to shield your device with your hand, in order to get a readable view. Thankfully, the HVGA resolution plays well with this screen size, and thus the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini delivers fine details, although not Retina Display-quality.

The screen is also blessed with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine for enhanced photos and videos, which is something we do appreciate. Finally, while the 3 inches of screen real estate are good enough for simple everyday tasks like checking the mail, hardcore smartphone users will have to look elsewhere and find a bigger option.

Front - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Speaker - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Buttons below the screen - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Front

Speaker

Buttons below the screen


The buttons around the device are well made for the most part. We particularly like the home, volume, and power keys, while the camera shutter's first step is a bit softer than what we like. The context menu and back keys are touch-sensitive, and may cause you some headaches due to possible accidental presses.

Right - The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Bottom - The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Left - The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Top - The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

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Bottom

Left

Top

The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini


Overall, we can say that Sony Ericsson has done a terrific job in creating an overly compact, yet usable handset. The screen of the Xperia mini is now big enough for comfortable execution of everyday tasks,  while, at the same time, the phone is kept small and attractive.

Back - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The battery compartment - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Back

Camera

The battery compartment



Sony Ericsson Xperia mini 360-degrees View


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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 02:28 1

2. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I dream for the day when there will be a phone this small but only around 9mm thick, with edge to edge 3.5"-3.7" SAMOLED HD or retina display, using an OS that doesn't need physical front buttons (i.e. ICS- or meego-like). A Jon Ive-ish design would be a big plus.

That would be purrrrrrty...

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 16:27

21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Like this :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS55KJ57QSM&feature=relmfu

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:06

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


biased rewiew...
the wave 578 only got 6.5...

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 18:07

8. Xunsu (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


What's that gotta do with this device ? I think it's fairly rated the mini should be a 8 through as it lacks the front VGA cam

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 12:49

4. venkat vijay (unregistered)


very very thick, for this size.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 18:55

5. Tomas (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)


How about cdma version? There are no rural (cdma) choices for a great smart phone with all the bells and whistles.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:02

6. kthelord (unregistered)


it would have been much much better with a larger screen, i.e., 3.2 inches, but anyway im going to buy it....

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 05:07

20. rahua (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


please don't buy it ........camera quality is worst..........

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:13

7. kodamolagamadhu (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


For android games visit ourwww.androidapsdonwload.com

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:55

9. gopihere (unregistered)


Hi,

I'm using this phone for the past 2 weeks and I'm really impressed with the phone.

Any one in the forum is aware about any tool which can be installed in our PC and it can resize photo/music files, so that it can be transferred to mobiles memory stick with out taking much space. I have tried with SE PC Companion software, But in that I'm not seeing any option to reduce size of photo/music. The only option which I can view in that software is ripping an audio CD. But that doesn't work with mp3 files.

Any idea?

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 02:56

10. Susmit (unregistered)


2 weeks wid this phone!
lovin it!!

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 03:22 1

11. Gane (unregistered)


For SMS,this is worst phone ever made!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 02:11

12. dakilang_birhen (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Hi guys. For those who are already using Xperia Mini, do you guys have a problem with the phone freezing when someone's calling especially when it is on vibrate mode?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 03:01

18. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


No I don't, I'm really impressed by this phone !

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 06:16

13. bleu (unregistered)


just wondering if anyone using xperia mini st15i got the same issue just like this thread mentioned:http://talk.sonyericsson.com/message/111820#111820

It seems like ALOT of people are getting the same malfunction.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:29

14. kinphul (unregistered)


i need xperia mini battery i can get one so pls how can i get one in ghana.is very good but i need the battery

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:32

15. kinphul (unregistered)


xperia mini w525

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:10

16. biswajit (unregistered)


Xperia Mini ! the worst phone I'v purchased after loosing my Samsung Omnia i900. On 3rd sept 2011 I purchased XP mini from Univercell. On very next day I found after continuous use of 4/5 minutes all application started to became unstable. Nothing I can do with it even cant able to Switch off using power off button. Open the back remove the battery then it can switched off. So I'd gone for servicing > service done but the same problem in same manner. Again service center change of main board and deliver it nearly after one month. But the same problem. Cute look, 1GHz processor android 2.3 driven me over HTC and Samsung. I really never gone to any HTC or Samsung service center or face any issue with my phone. I really never think that changing my taste will cost more. The phone have HD video capability but still picture quality is very poor and camera button is like pressing a stone. I don't know what sony ericsion is doing.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 09:17

17. Slayer (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Devastated...loved the phone for its look and features, but the issues are driving me crazy...http://talk.sonyericsson.com/m​essage/111820#111820 shows that dozens of users have the same issue.

Please don't buy this till SE provides a solution.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 01:14

19. prabustalin (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


vorst purchase ever4 done, its gets freeze offen... never dream to buy it

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Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
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(88 x 52 x 16 mm)
3.32 oz  (94 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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