Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.