Software:

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.


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.



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.

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.

More content with (Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini a)

FEATURED VIDEO

19 Comments

1. Kohai

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 04, 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!!!

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

2. maoten

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

what about # Battery not user replaceable # No smart dialing # No Bluetooth file transfers from the gallery # No Flash support for the web browser

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

3. gridlock

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 10, 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...

4. zen719

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Hello and information about the battery life using wifi,music, games? Maybe the battery is bad as iphone's has. thank you

5. dor

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 11, 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!

6. cath17

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 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

8. SonyFan unregistered

X10 mini is a Sony Ericsson!

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

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.

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. :)

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.

14. dda unregistered

camera zooming option is not available

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

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

17. john unregistered

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

18. Adele unregistered

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

19. sandip unregistered

I love dis phone but the main 2 drawbaks r battery life and another one is features.
Xperia X10 mini
  • Display 2.5" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 0.128 GB + microSDHC

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.