Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Ultra-compact smartphones may not be as popular as their large-screened counterparts, but that doesn't mean there isn't a nice, cosy place in the market for them, be it a bit smaller. At least, that's what Sony Ericsson tries to convince us in, by unleashing the successor of its last year super-mini, the Xperia X10 mini. The new model is identically named, except for the dropped “X10” part.

But how has the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini changed, in order to cater to this year's user requirements? Well, we guess the manufacturer has made the right moves by upping the screen size a bit, to 3”, as well as installing a faster, 1GHz processor. Is this enough to make the Xperia mini a worthy challenger in the mid-range Android space? Let us explore that!

In the box you'll find:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini
  • Wall charger with detachable microUSB cable
  • MH410 GreenHeart handsfree
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Additional back cover in different color
  • Lots of papers


This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini should shine. The handset is designed to be stylish and compact, and it's safe to say that the goal has been achieved. We have the all-black variant, but there are also all-white, as well as black with a blue or pink back cover for a fresher styling. While we found the Xperia mini pro (the QWERTY-enabled variant of the mini) a bit chubby, the Xperia mini's measures render it slightly more tolerable to wear in a pocket. In addition, it is the perfectly-sized handset to be carried in a handbag, given its very compact dimensions.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Sony Ericsson has done a remarkable job with upgrading the Xperia mini so that it fits today's standards. The display is up from 2.55” QVGA to the much more bearable 3” of HVGA goodness, all the while keeping the dimensions of the device in tact. The display itself is pretty decent in terms of colors and viewing angles. Unfortunately, the ambient light sensor cannot be turned off, so you definitely lack some flexibility in terms of brightness. Outdoors, you'll have to shield your device with your hand, in order to get a readable view. Thankfully, the HVGA resolution plays well with this screen size, and thus the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini delivers fine details, although not Retina Display-quality.

The screen is also blessed with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine for enhanced photos and videos, which is something we do appreciate. Finally, while the 3 inches of screen real estate are good enough for simple everyday tasks like checking the mail, hardcore smartphone users will have to look elsewhere and find a bigger option.

The buttons around the device are well made for the most part. We particularly like the home, volume, and power keys, while the camera shutter's first step is a bit softer than what we like. The context menu and back keys are touch-sensitive, and may cause you some headaches due to possible accidental presses.

Overall, we can say that Sony Ericsson has done a terrific job in creating an overly compact, yet usable handset. The screen of the Xperia mini is now big enough for comfortable execution of everyday tasks,  while, at the same time, the phone is kept small and attractive.

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini 360-degrees View



2. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 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...

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

biased rewiew... the wave 578 only got 6.5...

8. Xunsu

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 26, 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

4. venkat vijay unregistered

very very thick, for this size.

5. Tomas

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2010

How about cdma version? There are no rural (cdma) choices for a great smart phone with all the bells and whistles.

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....

20. rahua

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

please don't buy it quality is worst..........

7. kodamolagamadhu

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

For android games visit

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?

10. Susmit unregistered

2 weeks wid this phone! lovin it!!

11. Gane unregistered

For SMS,this is worst phone ever made!

12. dakilang_birhen

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 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?

18. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No I don't, I'm really impressed by this phone !

13. bleu unregistered

just wondering if anyone using xperia mini st15i got the same issue just like this thread mentioned: It seems like ALOT of people are getting the same malfunction.

14. kinphul unregistered

i need xperia mini battery i can get one so pls how can i get one in very good but i need the battery

15. kinphul unregistered

xperia mini w525

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.

17. Slayer

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Devastated...loved the phone for its look and features, but the issues are driving me crazy...​essage/111820#111820 shows that dozens of users have the same issue. Please don't buy this till SE provides a solution.

19. prabustalin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

vorst purchase ever4 done, its gets freeze offen... never dream to buy it
Xperia mini
  • Display 3.0" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(4.50h 3G talk time)

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