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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini

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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Review
While we were conversing, using the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini, we enjoyed some really nice, realistic voices coming from the earpiece. They even have some depth to them, getting rid of that overly-sharp sounding that we're regularly treated to with other handsets. Unfortunately though, it seems the microphone that's been used by Sony Ericsson is not of particularly high quality, as our buddies on the other end said that we'd sounded very unclear. At times, if your caller is at a place with lots of ambient noise, they may even have trouble understanding you. The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is equipped with one of the better-sounding loudspeakers out there.

The battery powering the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini has a capacity of 1200mAh, and is rated at 4.5 hours of talk-time, and 14 days of stand-by, which is below average. We guess the small body of the phone didn't allow for a more powerful unit to be installed. However, with the mini, your usage pattern likely won't be too heavy, so the handset is sure to last at least a day.


With the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini, you'll surely succeed in being different. The tiny handset is indeed a looker, and it is such offerings that feel like a breath of fresh air in this crowded market.

What we're happy about is that Sony Ericsson managed to upgrade the mini to a pretty decent 2011 smartphone, all the while preserving its characteristic looks. With a 3” screen, 1GHz processor and an up-to-date operating system, covered with a neat and playful custom UI, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is now less of a niche device than ever.

It might not be the best of cameraphone and convenient GPS device, but sacrifices in terms of functionality are often needed with when going for an ultra-compact form-factor.

It's really hard to find smartphones this small right now, that's why you'll have to compromise if you're looking for something similar, but not quite like the Xperia mini. What we can suggest are devices like the HTC Wildfire S and the Samsung GALAXY Gio, which are still relatively compact, and offer all the wonders of the Android platform.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.3.3, Build: 4.0.A.2.368

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini Video Review:


  • Different, ultra-compact design
  • Custom UI full of little treats


  • Camera could be better
  • Soft-touch coating on the back doesn't feel good
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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 02:28 1

2. UltraElectroMagneticPOP (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Aug 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...

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 16:27

21. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Like this :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS55KJ57QSM&feature=relmfu

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:06

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 18:07

8. Xunsu (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Aug 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

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 12:49

4. venkat vijay (unregistered)

very very thick, for this size.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 18:55

5. Tomas (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:02

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....

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 05:07

20. rahua (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:13

7. kodamolagamadhu (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

For android games visit ourwww.androidapsdonwload.com

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:55

9. gopihere (unregistered)


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?

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 02:56

10. Susmit (unregistered)

2 weeks wid this phone!
lovin it!!

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 03:22 1

11. Gane (unregistered)

For SMS,this is worst phone ever made!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 02:11

12. dakilang_birhen (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 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?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 03:01

18. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 06:16

13. bleu (unregistered)

just wondering if anyone using xperia mini st15i got the same issue just like this thread mentioned:http://talk.sonyericsson.com/message/111820#111820

It seems like ALOT of people are getting the same malfunction.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:29

14. kinphul (unregistered)

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

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:32

15. kinphul (unregistered)

xperia mini w525

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 13:10

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.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 09:17

17. Slayer (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Devastated...loved the phone for its look and features, but the issues are driving me crazy...http://talk.sonyericsson.com/m​essage/111820#111820 shows that dozens of users have the same issue.

Please don't buy this till SE provides a solution.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 01:14

19. prabustalin (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)

vorst purchase ever4 done, its gets freeze offen... never dream to buy it

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Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size3.46 x 2.05 x 0.63 inches
(88 x 52 x 16 mm)
3.32 oz  (94 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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