Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Review

Interface and Functionality:

We won’t dwell too much on the Timescape UX, as we’ve reviewed it on the Xperia arc S, we’ll just mention that it looks pretty with its transparencies and transitional animations, plus Sony Ericsson manages to keep it functional with the embedded Facebook inside Xperia option. It integrates tightly your phone contacts with friends from the social network, and allows you to shoot a status update directly from the homescreens, or see that a Facebook friend calling has a birthday today, for instance. Our only gripe with the interface is that it doesn’t support smart dialing, so you have to search for your contacts.


As customary, the Timescape interface runs very well on the 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM, although it is the most visually polished one after HTC Sense. You get 1GB of ROM (320MB user-available) for installing apps, but an 8GB microSD card is included in the package for expanding.

There have been the inevitable interface adjustments when you slide open the keyboard, so you can see the whole screen while typing, instead of having an on-screen keyboard block half of the view, which is a great advantage of these handsets. The interface has a full landscape mode while the keyboard is open. Still, if you just need to quickly type something with the virtual keyboard, there is also a Swype-like option for text input, called Trace.


The LiveWare app allows you to start an application of your choosing when something is connected to the phone, be it a headset, headphones or a charger. Thus you can tell it to start the music or video player each time headphones are connected, or automatically go into the desktop clock mode in Android, while the handset is charging.


Internet and Connectivity:

We have a very good browser on the Xperia pro, with snappy scrolling and panning, and fluid zooming. The full Adobe Flash support is a plus when you need it, and the physical keyboard comes nifty when typing in forms and comment boxes, or updating your social networking status. The 3.7” screen is of good size, and the pixels are densely grouped enough for comfortable reading.


We have a 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3G radio on the Xperia pro, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, DLNA and FM Radio. When cold-started, it took the GPS about 4-5 minutes to locate us, which is average, and when we had a data connection it locked us in seconds, as is already the norm.

The wireless media streaming is governed by a dedicated Connected Devices app, which enables you to send music and videos to/from the phone via Wi-Fi to your HDTV, home stereo or computer with DLNA.

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22 Comments

1. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Why does it get 3 point taken off for small power button and mediocre camera?

3. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

the camera is actually pretty good it snaps relatively fast and the quality of the picture is presentable and the physical buttons works well when you are feeling your phone in the dark it's a mid range phone but PA likes to compare it with their beloved iphone anything other than an iphone will get points taken off

7. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

If you look at the camera compare tool on GSMArena, I think that the camera is actually the best on any Xperia, and may actually surpass the Arc's. Odd to be calling it "mediocre" at the price range. The scoring is dire on many of these mobile sites. It's almost as if price is not a factor and everyone has no problem in spending the £600 on their extortionate iPhone 4 S or something - double the price of this.

10. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

i own the SEX Pro -____- if you are wondering i DO know how kickass the phone is and love it very very very much >.> it's called midrange device yet i know the quality of this is quite high so i am saying... for it's price $350 canadian it's the best value yet from sony =]

15. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Wow. You own *THE* SEX Pro? How does it feel having her (or him if that is your preference)? Is she really that good? Does she not have any illness since she IS a Pro? Or does being a Pro mean she knows how not to get sick? By the way, I have the SEX Ray. And I am pretty happy with it. Nifty device, this is.

5. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

cuz they dont like it the same way like they dont like the Nokia N9 its just too bad for them

8. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

hear hear! The score needs to be for its price range. And the power button is not an issue.

11. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Funny but according to GSMarena the Camera is better the the rest of the Xperia line except the Arc. Hmmmmm. . . somethings fishy. . . I wonder why. . .

14. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Also, look at their Photo Compare Tool - the Pro's camera looks AT LEAST equal to the Arc.

22. terminator5630

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I agree, this phone is awesome and shouldn't have lost 3 points for a small on/off button and mediocre camera

2. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

cuz its not a iphone

4. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

something that the PA is missing this is a business phone with email support (as the main highlight of the phone) it also comes with the full version of the officesuite pro and it comes with a 8g card (at least in canada) it also has sony bravia engine too... and the camera sensor is Exmor R .... great job pa for missing all those little points... -___-

9. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

+ full year subscription to security software

12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

And add the promised ICS update nxt year. Yeah PA good Job (sarcasm)

6. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

These reviews are getting more and more outrageous. How can a smartphone that does everything and yet be in the mid-range category get only a 7? A poor camera and uncomfortable keys? Most of the mid-range offerings come with 5 mpx cameras which are way worse than this and none of them except the symbian crowd have shutter keys. So your points are moot.

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Its because its not an iPhone you see. LOL PA your makin my day. . .

17. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

PhoneArena, are you even considering the price bracket at all when reviewing youjr phones! This phone does EVERYTHING that you could want well and to high standards, yet is priced affordably. It also has the added benefit of the excellent keyboard, screen and camera. It's an absolute joke that you give the Neo a greater score and that you even give a PHONE such as the Galaxy W a greater score, even though you said that a PHONE such as the Galaxy W had such a fundamental flaw such as bad call quality.

18. ritzyritz

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

guys but wat abt the battery s it gud enough ......

19. thesniper11

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Everybody vote for the xperia pro so xda can make a forum for it(Make sure You Have An Account)http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread .php?t=1416406

20. komixy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

are they selling the pro in ireland?

21. komixy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

in europe?

23. ttuhou

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I have had the Xperia Pro for the last year and love it, I think it offers extremely good value for money. I hope Sony keep making a qwerty keyboard device in their range as this one is brilliant if they did I would buy it, especially if it as classy looking and easy to use as this one.
Xperia pro
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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