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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

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There's a 5-megapixel camera on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini – a respectable offering for the mid-end zone. Thankfully, the shooter is also capable of recording 720p video. The interface is again very playful, in tune with the rest of the software on the phone. Most options are accessible within a single tap, and you can also customize their arrangement, so that what you need the most stays at your fingertips.

The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

The camera interface


We managed to take some passable photos, with realistic, though somewhat dull colors, and a slight shortage of details. They aren't a disaster, if you ask us, but you'll hardly be able to win a first place in our photography-centric column either.

Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Outdoor samples taken with Sony Ericsson Xperia mini


The situation doesn't change much when you move indoors, with the natural exception of getting an overall noisier image. The LED flash is, unfortunately, pretty weak, and won't help you improve the quality of your photos much.

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Medium - Indoor pictures - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
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The very same can be written about the 720p video. Again, we're witnessing a mostly blurry image that lacks any hint of small detail and clarity, all the while having these accurate, yet somewhat dull colors.

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Sample Video:



Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Indoor Sample Video:




As we said in the beginning, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini features the Mobile Bravia Engine, which makes viewing pictures and video on the phone's screen a much bigger pleasure. Out of the box, the handset is capable of playing H.264 and MPEG-4 video at up to 720p resolution. For other codecs, you'll obviously have to install a 3rd-party player.

Sony Ericsson's music player is very friendly, with big buttons for easy navigation. You have lots of different goodies to play with, like equalizer settings and the xLOUD option, which should enhance the loudness of the speaker. We actually found it to add some low frequencies to the mix, making for a much more tolerable sound. We're grateful to Sony Ericsson for including this! Finally, there's the handy infinity button that lets you perform quick searches for a song's lyrics, karaoke videos on YouTube, artist's bio, etc.

The music player of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The music player of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The music player of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
The music player of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

The music player of Sony Ericsson Xperia mini


The earphones included with the phone, the MH410 GreenHeart, may not be spectacular, but they are certainly above average, with well-balanced sounding, which you can then manipulate successfully using the various equalizer presets.

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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
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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