Performance:

Voice quality in the earpiece is very good, with strong volume and clear sound, and the noise-canceling mics do a good job filtering the background noise out of our conversations for the receiving end.

Talk time is quoted as 7 hours in 3G mode, which is slightly below average, but the handset held itself pretty well while we were perusing it for the review, and you should be able to get your full day out of the battery with normal usage.


Conclusion:

The Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is the rare sight of a good-looking Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone with a side-sliding physical keyboard, which is on top of that very comfortable to type on.

It pays to optimize your handsets for a specific chipset, too, and the 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor that runs the Xperia line proves again that it is more than enough to run the pretty Timescape UI flawlessly. We also have a very snappy browser navigation that is usually reserved for dual-core chipsets, and a potent loudspeaker.

Out of the smaller gripes we have with the phone, we’d point out the tiny and uncomfortable buttons all around the handset – the power/lock key, the volume rocker and the shutter key are too small and fidgety to press. Another small issue is the subpar viewing angles of the screen. Still, the more important parameters like outside visibility and pixel density are above average for the mid-range category.

There are many physical keyboard aficionados out there, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro seems poised to fill a gaping hole in their heart, having one of the most comfortable and beautifully backlit keyboards on an Android device. It is also very capable in most other characteristics, and its price fits right into the mid-range category, not aspiring for something it is not.

Of the few alternatives in the US we would mention the Samsung Stratosphere, which also runs Gingerbread, and has a slightly larger 4” screen, but a 5MP camera. The Motorola DROID 3 adds a fifth row to the keyboard, and sports a dual-core processor. In Europe the golden oldie HTC Desire Z, Motorola MILESTONE 2 and the Nokia E7 are the natural alternatives, although the latter runs Symbian.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 2.6.32.9-perf

Sony Ericsson Xperia pro Video Review:



Pros

  • Comfortable and well-backlit physical keyboard
  • Good call quality
  • Strong and clear loudspeaker

Cons

  • Mediocre 8-megapixel camera and 720p video
  • Too small and fidgety power/lock button, volume rocker and camera shutter key

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

8.0
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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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