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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro 8.5

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

The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro


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 pro 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.

In addition to typing with the physical keyboard (which is naturally the best option), you can also stick to the onscreen ones if you just want to enter something quickly. Of course, the portrait option is quite small, but the landscape one gets the job done.

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

Timescape

 

On-screen keyboard

 


Internet and Connectivity:

The internet experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro is satisfying. It isn't very comfortable, 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 mini pro, 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 handset 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 easier.

Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player


We were able to get localized in about 4 minutes, by using GPS satellites alone. However, at times we had to wait much longer for our location to be pinpointed. When using aGPS, we were found instantly.

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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 10:08 1

1. raka (unregistered)


have had it for a couple of days...its a very very good device for its class..keyboard can be better, but like i said, it isnt a high-end smartphone. one complaint though keyboard visibility isnt consistent. in a good-enough lighted room you cant really see the letters, but in another room also with good lighting, keyboard is visible...all in all keyboard backlit is actually the problem, unfortunately you cant switch off the backlit...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 12:17 1

2. Titanium.7 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)


this is my next phone !

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 15:52

3. bobble (unregistered)


I love this Phone. Already got an N8 but i think it's looking so sexy.. Even the specs are good!

1 year to go for my next contract but if Sony keeps on bringing good phones this was my last Nokia,,

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 02:51

4. David V (unregistered)


Can this work in the US with T-Mobile (3G or 4G)?

Would love to have this on t-mobile!

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 07:40

5. selva (unregistered)


Surely, it needs Android 2.3.4 for video call……

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 10:47 1

7. m.cyrilljohn (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


This is an excellent performer in it's class of mobiles. Really it is in a good gadget in its class of mobiles. Camera 5 MP is equal to 12 MP of other so called symbian platform mobiles. It is the only mobile which is having 2 cameras which will help to go for skype connectivity instantly. First HD camera for video coverage in small size. Music is good. Display is awesome. super sensitive.. Key board is designed in its class of look. Handy, versatile, elegant, stylish to have a corporate look which will upgrade one's personality too... Great ya.... Cost is around Rs.15,500/- in Chennai. One should not miss it to have Android Gingerbread 2.3 platform to have numerous applications............ I am enjoying much. I wish you to have one for you.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 12:09

9. chatfornow (unregistered)


can any 1 tell me about batterylife of this phone? surely I like this ph very much.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 12:10

10. chatfornow (unregistered)


can any 1 tell me about batterylife of this phone? surely I like this ph very much.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 19:11

11. Marluce (unregistered)


Hi !
I have my Xperia mini pro more than 8 months and I love it.
The battery is so good that it last more than 5 days using as phone and 1 day and a half using internet, twitter, mp3 and more
Only when I use GPS for a long time it needs recharge at the same day

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 05:45 1

18. netscavenger (unregistered)


Funny you have this phone for last 8 months.

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
Announced: 6 May 2011
Market Status: Released
Release date: 09 Aug 2011

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:34

13. steveemmax (unregistered)


Had this a few weeks now, moved from Nokia and its ill fated N900...
Feels well made, screen clear and well laid out.
Nice and compact, battery life is typical smartphone - recharge most nights unless youve not used anything and it will probably last till the morning!
Figured out the Skype app and as I bought one for the wife as well, we have had video calls FOC thanks to free wi-fi where available.
Plenty of worthwhile free apps, Go SMS is neat and adds colour to texting. As Im new to Andriod Market it seems well laid out and easier than Ovi.
Poor that you cant make it work properly with Mac's - though you can transfer files when in mass media mode, so all is not lost.
Neat that it can stream iPlayer, and the other tv channels (wifi - unsure about 3g) though small screen gets tiresome and loudspeaker sounds tinny.

Negatives - removing the back panel feels like you will break it. Havent done so yet though. If you hold it in the left hand whilst typing, your index finger sits directly on the camera lens.. Come on SE this is a silly mistake, no wonder pictures look cloudy...
2gb micro sd card is not big enough - should came with a bigger card.
Would be nice if you could use the volume rocker to zoom in/out rather than pinch. Its such a small screen its tricky.
Web browser is pants, tricky and not intuitive. I tried Opera but no flash support so took that off. Not the main reason for the purchase so not too big an issue.

Oh, this is NOT an X-10mini as some think - its the SK17i.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 09:11

14. mr.cuccuou (unregistered)


is it me or the reviews of phone arena is getting better. one suggestion though, i tink its way better to present the pros and cons instead of a + and - bulletin mark, go for like ++for really pro and --for really negative, cause for me a - Some physical buttons could be better, as the review stated, is more than a annoyance than actually cons... other than that it stills feels the review is a little 'biased' i mean it feels as though all reviewer has dis mentally of comparing phones WAAY over their league, at least they didnt include for cons - small screen can be tricky for big fingers s**t, u know... theyre learning but its phone arena, its their flavor, if u will. And lastly... come on phone arena, either u have a ridiculous piss poor reception or have a ridiculous strict standard in call quality, u know, its just insane... just sayin... so yeah, overall gud review guys...

btw, ur vid reviews is just stellar as always... y cant ur review be like dat, just sayin, peace

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 09:23

15. mr.cuccuou (unregistered)


is it me or the reviews of phone arena is getting better. one suggestion though, i tink its way better to present the pros and cons instead of a + and - bulletin mark, go for like ++for really pro and --for really negative, cause for me a - Some physical buttons could be better, as the review stated, is more than a annoyance than actually cons... other than that it stills feels the review is a little 'biased' i mean it feels as though all reviewer has dis mentally of comparing phones WAAY over their league, at least they didnt include for cons - small screen can be tricky for big fingers s**t, u know... theyre learning but its phone arena, its their flavor, if u will. And lastly... come on phone arena, either u have a ridiculous piss poor reception or have a ridiculous strict standard in call quality, u know, its just insane... just sayin... so yeah, overall gud review guys...

btw, ur vid reviews is just stellar as always... y cant ur review be like dat, just sayin, peace

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 10:01

16. ashiz29 (unregistered)


great phone..got it for 14700 INR...value for money good battery back up...

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:39

30. rohitkiller (unregistered)


from where did u get the phone?? wats its current market price??

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 16:15

17. rizk (unregistered)


This is definately my next phone....

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 12:16

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


Its a lovely little phone, and certinly may be replacing my X8 when O2 let me upgrade my paygo sim.

I like phones like this small BUT usable, before I had my X8 I was looking into X10 minis and I m glad I didn't I dunno who people can put up with a 2.5 inch screen, with or without a hardware keyboard.. I have seen people slating SE for brining the mini phones out, but again they failed to see this, these phones ARE far betterr to the X10 minis bigger better screen, better cam......more inportantly better guts. how can they be the same O_o just before anyone does here :p

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 06:52

20. ayush yadav (unregistered)


acchha hai par mobilo ka bacchha hai magar sacchha hai

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 07:09

21. Salmanexon (unregistered)


yoo i'll goin it to buy a.s.a.p. (within a month)
its one of the cutest mobile i have ever seen.........

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 13:04

22. ssssssss (unregistered)


thiss phone sucks if you want to play games or anything that uses the screen but everything else is great

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 13:05

23. sonyuser (unregistered)


the phone is awesome what are you talking about man stupid itiod

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 14:05

24. zed (unregistered)


This is not a good phone.... the android suckss its quality .... i have bought it and found that nokia 701 is far better with nokia's symbian belle.... nokia rocks..

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 08:47

25. ltamasek (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


What do you think - HTC desire z or xpieria mini pro? I need compact phone for net browsering mainly

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:53

26. Kin (unregistered)


Does anyone know what is the difference between Sony ericsson Mini Xperia Pro and Sony Ericsson Mini Xperia Pro SK17 ?
How many variant of this product ?
Thanx

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 23:59

27. rajjj (unregistered)


when this mobile is releasing in chennai.............

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:03

28. phoneinsane (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


I think 3 inches screen is comfortable enough.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 03:08

29. manoj kumar (unregistered)


battery not good

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:40

31. rohitkiller (unregistered)


can anyone tell me the current market price of this device??

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 21:17

32. Klon1 (unregistered)


What's the difference between this phone (Xperia MINI PRO) and the Xperia Mini?

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 01:44

33. hemanth (unregistered)


supper phone .................

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Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size3.62 x 2.09 x 0.71 inches
(92 x 53 x 18 mm )
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 5.66 hours talk time

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