Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

The web browser includes a useful magnifying square for faster scrolling or zooming in to web pages.

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Our Rating: 81%

Our Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Review

It’s obvious that this cute little phone is being marketed to fashion-conscious teenage girls. It’s not manly in any way, except for the power inside. The fact that it’s tiny – the screen is just 2.55 with a display resolution of 240mm x 320mmm and the whole thing measures 83mm x 50mm – is one clue. The fact that it comes boxed with five differently coloured snap-on back panels really gives the game away.

So it won’t be tempting anyone away from their Blackberry or iPhone, but it’s perfect for its target market. That Sony Ericsson have opted to use the Android 1.6 operating system, instead of the later 2.1, will make little difference.

It’s unfussy and stylish. Below the screen are just the Three menu, home and back buttons. On the side are dedicated camera button and volume up/down toggle switch. On the bottom edge sit the micro USB port and standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone comes with a 2Gb microSD card and headphones with inline pause control.

The homescreens are invitingly tweakable and make the best of the Android technology. Users can have up to 20 widgets open at one time and navigation is straightforward enough to compensate fro the small screen. The web browser includes a useful magnifying square for faster scrolling or zooming in to web pages. The four corner shortcuts help to speed things up even more.

One drawback of this tiny screen is that a QWERTY keyboard just won’t fit, so it’s back to the T9 keypad for texting. I would suspect most of its target market are faster at texting anyway than they would be at a traditional keyboard, so this won’t be much of a drawback.

The four corner shortcuts come into their own when using the impressive camera function, allowing you to quickly delete or share straight after the picture is taken. Even more welcome is the camera’s macro feature, which really works. You’re blessed with crystal clear close-ups and not something blurred or unintelligible, which was the case in older camera phones.

The Sony Ericsson X10 mini comes pre-loaded with loads of apps which will be useful to its intended buyer demographic. Google and Gmail, naturally, are here, and the YouTube app works brilliantly, even more so when connected through WiFi. Also welcome will be TrackID, track recognition software which links to Sony’s PlayNow service. More than a gadget, it works really well.

What We Liked

Battery life is superb, as good as the best Android phone. Also impressive is its lightning-speed web browsing capability. The accelerometer makes rotating the screen between portrait and landscape quick and simple.

What We Disliked

This phone’s small screen is both a strength and a drawback. Young friends will be wowed by its cute tininess, but as a work tool it has too many limitations.

Our Final Verdict

You couldn’t imagine any businessmen whipping out one of these, but his teenage daughter is sure to be nagging him for one.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 83 x 50 x 16 (mm)
Talk Time 210 mins
Standby Time 360 hours
Weight 86 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 128MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 83 x 50 x 16 (mm)
Talk Time 210 mins
Standby Time 360 hours
Weight 86 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 128MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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