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Good: Small & compact, love the keyboard aspect & nice in the pink.
Comment: I am dissapointed in this phone i had an iphone & got bought this phone for my birthday which was in april as i wanted a change.. ive always loved sony ericsson's had quite a few good walkman phones the last one i had b4 my xperia was the w995... not long after having this phone the problems started touchscreen wouldnt work every so often and the screen keeps freezing.& also not to keen on the layout of the phone..
in future i will make sure i read up on the reviews of the phone i want to save dissapointment
Good: Functionality, coolness, relative ease of use
Bad: Crashes, build quality, charging reliability
Comment: Take all the good points outlined above, they are extensive and you get used to the phone quickly and rely on it. Then it lets you down. Before you consider this phone please do some research, you will notice that it has a reliability issue. Within six to eight months it WILL stop reliably charging. Sony refuse to acknowledge this and simply offer to fix it if you sent it to them. They return it and within one month it refuses to charge again. They fix it. My phone has been 'fixed' four times now. No sniff of a replacement. DO NOT buy this phone if you like a stress free life.
Good: good music player good video quality for a tiny screen Fast, fluid performance easy to use Slick user interface Slide-out Qwerty keyboard is easy to use
Bad: Below-par camera Firmware has some bugs Tiny screen Short battery life sometimes crashes
Comment: So, just as Sony Ericsson accompanied its X10 Mini with the X10 Mini Pro in 2010, this year's excellent new Xperia Mini is now accompanied by a heavier, sturdier model of the same size, the Xperia Mini Pro.
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The new smartphone also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those of you still stubbornly refusing to go 100% touchscreen.
The internal hardware has been updated from last year's X10 Mini Pro, with three fairly big specification upgrades. The Xperia Mini Pro now features a larger 3-inch screen, a 1GHz processor powering the mobile phone, plus the up-to-date Android 2.3 operating system.
There's a small price premium for the QWERTY keyboard. While the Xperia Mini is currently selling SIM-free for around the £200 mark, the Xperia Mini Pro is on offer from £240.
So is there any point in paying the extra cash for a very, very compact QWERTY keyboard?
When the keyboard is slid away out of sight, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro looks exactly the same as the Xperia Mini.
The three physical buttons of last year's X10 Mini Pro have been replaced by one bigger, chunkier Home button, with new capacitive touch buttons for Menu and Back either side of it.
As with the Xperia Mini, it's a change for the better. The Home key is big enough to find without fumbling, while the touch buttons are sensitive enough to work every time, also without fuss. The change makes the Mini Pro look a little more stylish than the X10 Mini Pro, too, with the glass of the screen extending right down to the base of the phone.
There's one extra bit of functionality revealed by the front face of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro - there's a second front-facing camera in here, producing low-res video and stills for web chats.
The connectivity options have been jiggled about to accommodate the sliding QWERTY keyboard. The top of the phone has the USB connector, which is covered by a little plastic stopper, plus the power and headphone jack, leaving the bottom of the phone completely featureless.
The right-hand edge houses the volume up/down rocker, while there's a nice, sensitive, two-stage shutter button for controlling the camera at the bottom.
The back is the same as the Xperia Mini. The snap-on cover has a matte, rubberised finish, making it easy to grip in the hand, plus the silver logos, trim and 'HD' text give it a nice designer appeal.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro features the same Bravia Engine and Reality Display combination as the Xperia Mini, with the result being a sharp, bright display running at 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution.
Text is readable and icons clean and clear, while it's perfectly usable outdoors if you shove the brightness up to maximum.
As you may have noticed, the word "pro" is mobile phone manufacturer shorthand for saying "has a QWERTY keyboard", so there is... a QWERTY keyboard.
The keyboard's sliding mechanism is solid, with the phone snapping open and shut in a reassuringly stiff manner. The keys are backlit, featuring a similar rubberised coating to the back of the phone, so they have a rougher, grippier feel to them than the ones on last year's X10 Mini Pro.
There's a useful selection of alternate characters accessed by pressing the blue button, plus you can pull up a selection of awful smiley faces and the even more special special characters by tapping the Sym button.
There's also a four-button cursor key array, a shortcut to the keyboard settings menu and a tiny status display in the Android notifications bar, alerting you if Caps Lock is on or if you've double-pressed and therefore locked the alternate character function.
As for the phone as an overall package, it's heavier than the Xperia Mini, which is no bad thing, plus the screen feels solid, is responsive to the touch and very well balanced for easy one-handed use.
The QWERTY keyboard is small, and you certainly won't be teaching Mavis Beacon any lessons when it comes to word-per-minute output, but the impression of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is of a solid, well-made phone, brimming with features.
Good: Great size, excellent keyboard, great resolution, reasonably priced
Bad: battery life could be better
Comment: I adore this phone. Small but sturdy and solid, feels durable and doesn't feel cheap, breakable and flimsy like so many phones in same price range. I don't care for most touchscreen keyboards, so the pull out qwerty keyboard is perfect. The keyboard size is fine for me (small to average size hands) and much better other phone keyboards I've used such as Blackberry. Super speedy, really an excellent phone for the price (I got it for £130). Have never had any trouble with wi-fi or need to reboot. Screen clarity is terrific and in landscape mode screen is big enough for me - as I use for email, twitter, some browsing, using some pdfs. Only real downside is battery life is short, it does need charging everyday. Oh, and there aren't that many cases/covers available for it. These are obviously pretty minor problems.
Good: It's small, easy to handle, quite appealing, very good value for money, it's no food tray and the camera is quite good to use with all the new android apps
Bad: Wifi as some problems (nothing serious), battery life is quite short
Comment: I just love this phone. It's very quaint. It's very cheap and has more than enough for an every day use. The screen may be small but it's suficient to browse some web pages. If u don´t need a 34 inch screen to browse the web, this phone is the best
Good: Quality feel, full keyboard + touch screen, software (Android OS, SE enhancements, Apps from Martketplace.
Comment: Great Phone for my daughter who being young and small herself really likes the size, form, feel and look. But I think ideal for anyone wanting full smartphone spec in a compact package. Younger, Older, professional, male, female.
Slide out keyboard works very well and complements the package.
Feels like a quality and classy product for those wanting full smartphone functionality in a smaller package no matter who you are.
Tested games, BBC iplayer, spotify, YouTube, MSFT exchange syc, wifi, software update via pc companion. All worked and looked great.
Added bonus for my daughter was a surprising clear and load speaker for games and music. Great clear Music from Spotify into JML speakers.
Good: my expectations are: design, size, pocke size, high resolution screen, convenience camera button, qwerty keyboard
Bad: i haven't seen the phone yet, just in pictures... can't really teel
Comment: great review!! very informative!! i currently own a motorola charm (mb 502), that is a low-cost android phone, by low cost i mean, no up dates to newer android versions, bad screen resolution, bad wi-fi (crashes/reboot the phone if it is on and not in use) and lots more. but i can't deny that the qwerty keyboard makes me really happy! this SE device it's everything i've ever wanted, i don't like big devices, specially full touchscreen ones, i don't browse a lot, i don't care very much for high quality shots once they are all uploaded to FB (which doesn't give you a top experience in photo viewing) and i got a nice camera so i'm pretty covered. about battery, i don't have much free time at my work, so i can stay five hours straight without even look at my phone, so tools as wi-fi, 3g and gps can easily stay off saving a lot of juice. my actual mobile has a smaller screen (2.8) so i think 3.0 is a good up grade. and i used to have an ipod video and watched lots of stuff in it, so small screen it's ok. unless it has a very huge problem i think i'm gonna be really happy with this device since it has a good price.
ps: i've read some wi-fi trouble at the review, that worries me a bit since i already have this problem, can you guys who bought the phone tell me if it has happened to you? thanks!
Good: fluid user interface, vivid display, useful slide out keypad
Bad: for white phone, color of character on the keypad is not so distinctive, especially in bright environment
Comment: The best gingerbread phone, especially in its value
Good: Speed, compact size, easy to use slide out qwerty key pad, battery life
Bad: Had it 3 weeks and nothing bad so far...
Comment: Not wishing to contradict the experts at cnet, whose reviews I've always found to be very helpful, but this little phone has the best battery life of any smart phones I've tried so far. EG: charged it 42 hours ago; used it for information gathering (timetables etc), a bit of surfing (you tube, BBC), numerous texts and about a dozen calls and the battery is showing it's got 50% left! I always switch off the wi fi and data collection when I'm not using them. I took back a Samsung Galaxy Ace because the battery life was so poor and replaced it with this. I travel around alot and it's a pain to have to constantly re-charge. Full marks to the xperia mini pro in the battery category! Apart from that, the review is pretty accurate. It's damn fast on the internet... As an aside, just bought a 'Swiss charger' which gives me 4 full recharges without having to search for plugs. I ride a motorbike so the car chargers don't apply. I'm well pleased with this phone.
Good: like the handy size. even if not using the qwerty keyboard with predictive typing, typing is easier than on my other smart phone, where the touchtype pad is so small one has to type everything again and again. Good sound quality
Bad: For carrying the Sony name I find the music playing ability dismal.
Comment: Playlists have to be synched across manually, e.g. .wma files are not supported and even when managing to synch palylists across manually - 3/4 of my tracks don't get hooked up to their respective playlists on the device. I mainly listen to compilations so tracks being saved by Artist not by Album makes digging them out from the phone's file system very annoying.
Never had these problems on 'old' SE walkman or camera phones
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