Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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:



Pros

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

Cons

  • Camera could be better
  • Soft-touch coating on the back doesn't feel good

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

7.0
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