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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini 8.5

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review
As a phoning device the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini functions more than adequate, with audible voices on both ends and a bass-friendly speakerphone. There was no distortion even at the highest volume level from the earpiece and our conversations went on and on until the X10 mini started to feel quite warm.

The same phenomenon we observed while reviewing the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro after more than 20-30 minutes of uninterrupted talktime. The manufacturer rates the battery officially for 3.5 hrs of talk and 15 days of standby (with 3G on).


You may have felt it already that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini left us with some very positive impressions - it is snappy, functional and cute as a clumsy puppy. As the creator of the minimalistic Android handsets market niche, its maker can only be praised about execution.  The company has shown how Google's mobile OS can be painted over for a smooth and flawless user experience even on a small canvas.

We really like the UX interface on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini for its simplicity and smooth flow. Even if we distanced ourselves from Timescape and Mediascape (not available on the X10 mini), the deeply coherent interface on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the X10 mini feels much like a brand new OS, not even a shell over the Android kernel.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini is a tiny everyday hero which offers a great improvement over the stock Android user experience, probably on par with what the iPhone can give you out of the box - this would have been a blasphemy just a few months ago.

There aren't much, if any, smartphone alternatives to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini currently on the market, although there are some diminutive featurephones. Thus you are all set to be unique and colorful as a proud owner of this puppy gadget and when its keyboarded version, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro, arrives in a month, it will be a welcome addition to the ever expanding X10 line.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Video Review:


  • Novel minimalistic smartphone design
  • Sony Ericsson UX interface is simple to use and easy on the eyes
  • Exterior can be customized with colored panels
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Quality pictures and video


  • Small screen is not great for browsing
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Kohai (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Jun 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!!!

posted on 17 Aug 2010, 06:32

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

posted on 09 Jun 2010, 11:25

2. maoten (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 07:12

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

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 07:54

3. gridlock (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Jun 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...

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 09:44

4. zen719 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2010, 11:32

5. dor (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jun 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!

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 22:23

6. cath17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jul 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

posted on 23 Aug 2010, 08:28

8. SonyFan (unregistered)

X10 mini is a Sony Ericsson!

posted on 01 Sep 2010, 07:26

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

posted on 21 Nov 2010, 16:28

11. kolembo (unregistered)


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.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 04:13

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. :)

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 00:18

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.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 03:40

14. dda (unregistered)

camera zooming option is not available

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 08:28

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

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:20

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

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 03:18

17. john (unregistered)

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

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 03:09

18. Adele (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 21:37

19. sandip (unregistered)

I love dis phone but the main 2 drawbaks r battery life and another one is features.

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Display2.5 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (157 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size3.27 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches
(83 x 50 x 16 mm)
3.10 oz  (88 g)

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