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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Sony Ericsson is one of the manufacturers that seem firmly committed to customizing their Android experiences, and its Xperia mini is just another proof of this. We first saw that specific UI customization in the original Xperia X10 mini, but since then, the company has decided to update and enhance the software, in order to make it suitable for handsets with larger screens as well. And we really appreciate that! What we see now, about a year later, is a much more playful and polished UI, which may lack the depth and immense personalization potential of HTC Sense, but is really well-drawn and manages to bring a really unique feel to Android. From the kinky widget overview mode, to the cool lock animation – it is such little details that make the phone very fun to use.

The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini


Back in its early Android days, Sony Ericsson was notorious for its ultra-slow software updates. Now, the company claims to have learned from its own mistakes, saying that it realizes the importance of keeping a smartphone as up-to-date as possible. This promise is kept for now, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini running Gingerbread right from the start. This, combined with the single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor guarantees a very fluid and responsive experience. Thankfully, we didn't encounter any serious lagging. The handset kept its cool even in more resource-hungry apps.

All of this doesn't mean that the manufacturer has cut the number of proprietary services. Timescape, for example, is still here, and more functional than ever, as you can now install plug-ins from Android Market, that add additional services that you can follow through the program, like Gmail or Foursquare.

Timescape can now install plug-ins from Android Market - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Timescape can now install plug-ins from Android Market - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Timescape can now install plug-ins from Android Market - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Timescape can now install plug-ins from Android Market


Due to the small screen, typing on the portrait on-screen keyboard is not among the best of experiences. Even if you have some more “athletic” fingers, typing is not comfortable. It is possible, but it will be slow, and accidental mistakes will play on your nerves. That's why we would recommend sticking to the landscape QWERTY, which isn't as great as what we have on bigger phones as well, but is at least tolerable.

On-screen keyboard - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
On-screen keyboard - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

On-screen keyboard



Internet and Connectivity:

The internet experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is satisfying. It isn't very convenient, again due to the small screen, but gets the job done if you just want to check a couple of websites, or make a quick search. Longer usage will surely tire your eyes relatively fast.

Leaving that aside for a while, the Android browser runs very well on the Xperia mini, with no significant delays in scrolling, zooming, etc. In addition, due to its 1GHz processor, the handset supports Flash Player, so you won't miss a thing when browsing. The phone stays responsive even when viewing a Flash-intensive website. We especially like the fact that you can pan the page, while zooming using multitouch, as it makes navigation a lot more intuitive.

Surfing the web with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Surfing the web with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Surfing the web with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Surfing the web with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Surfing the web with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini


We were able to get localized in about 3 minutes, by using GPS satellites alone. When using aGPS, we were found instantly.

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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 (Posts: 444; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


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
Size3.46 x 2.05 x 0.63 inches
(88 x 52 x 16 mm)
3.32 oz  (94 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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