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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

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Interface and Functionality:

Sony Ericsson is one of the manufacturers that seem firmly committed to customizing their Android experiences, and its Xperia mini pro is just another proof of this. We first saw that specific UI customization in the original Xperia X10 mini, but since then, the company has decided to update and enhance the software, in order to make it suitable for handsets with larger screens as well. What we see now, about a year later, is a much more playful and polished UI, which may lack the depth and immense personalization potential of HTC Sense, but is really well-drawn and manages to bring a really unique feel to Android. From the kinky widget overview mode, to the cool lock animation – it is such little details that make the phone very fun to use.

The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Back in its early Android days, Sony Ericsson was notorious for its ultra-slow software updates. Now, the company claims to have learned from its own mistakes, saying that it realizes the importance of keeping a smartphone as up-to-date as possible. This promise is kept for now, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro running Gingerbread right from the start. This, combined with the single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor guarantees a very fluid and responsive experience. Thankfully, we didn't encounter any serious lagging. The handset kept its cool even in more resource-hungry apps.

All of this doesn't mean that the manufacturer has cut the number of proprietary services. Timescape, for example, is still here, and more functional than ever, as you can now install plug-ins from Android Market, that add additional services that you can follow through the program, like Gmail or Foursquare.

In addition to typing with the physical keyboard (which is naturally the best option), you can also stick to the onscreen ones if you just want to enter something quickly. Of course, the portrait option is quite small, but the landscape one gets the job done.

Timescape - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
On-screen keyboard - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Timescape

 

On-screen keyboard

 


Internet and Connectivity:

The internet experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro is satisfying. It isn't very comfortable, due to the small screen, but gets the job done if you just want to check a couple of websites, or make a quick search. Longer usage will surely tire your eyes relatively fast.

Leaving that aside for a while, the Android browser runs very well on the mini pro, with no significant delays in scrolling, zooming, etc. In addition, due to its 1GHz processor, the handset supports Flash Player, so you won't miss a thing when browsing. The handset stays responsive even when viewing a Flash-intensive website. We especially like the fact that you can pan the page, while zooming using multitouch, as it makes navigation a lot easier.

Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Due to its 1GHz processor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro supports Flash Player - Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

We were able to get localized in about 4 minutes, by using GPS satellites alone. However, at times we had to wait much longer for our location to be pinpointed. When using aGPS, we were found instantly.

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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size3.62 x 2.09 x 0.71 inches
(92 x 53 x 18 mm )
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 5.66 hours talk time

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