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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro Review
Incoming call quality with the Xperia mini pro is so-so. While it does feature enough loudness, voices were more on the sharper side, so, in most cases, you won't have a problem understanding what's being said, but the conversation won't be really enjoyable. The same goes for outgoing quality – the mic manages to capture some decently-powered tones, which lack any depth. Fortunately, the loudspeaker of the Xperia mini pro is one of the better ones out there.

The battery powering the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro has a capacity of 1200mAh, and is rated at 5.66 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 pro, 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 pro, 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 pro is now less of a niche device than ever.

One of the very few things that left a sour taste in our mouths was the camera, which is indeed quite poor. So, if you're snapping a lot of pics, better look elsewhere. If that's not such a big deal for you though, and you're on the lookout for a compact Android smartphone, the Xperia mini pro is a great choice.

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 pro. 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. If the physical QWERTY keyboard is a must, then you can try the HTC ChaCha, but that means you'll also have to be a pretty big fan of Facebook.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.3.3, Build: 4.0.A.2.335

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Pros

  • Different, ultra-compact design
  • Very usable QWERTY keyboard
  • Custom UI full of little treats

Cons

  • Weak photo and video taking capabilities
  • Some physical buttons could be better
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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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