Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson have worked hard to fit everything they can into this tiny phone. Although itís just the size of a credit card, although a bit thicker, and weighs only 86 grams, thereís a lot of power here.

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Our Rating: 81%

Our Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Review

Itís clear that designers at Sony Ericsson have worked hard to fit everything they can into this tiny phone. Although itís just the size of a credit card, although a bit thicker, and weighs only 86 grams, thereís a lot of power here.

Itís another Android touchscreen, but one wonders why Sony Ericsson have opted for the older 1.6 operating system, now that 2.1 is available. However, update will be available in the future. But this is not much of a drawback as everything you could want is here. The Sony Ericsson X10 mini comes pre-loaded with loads of useful apps which will appeal evento those outside 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 is TrackID, brilliant song recognition software which links to Sonyís PlayNow service. More than a gimmick, it works really well.

The default browser is the Android WebKit and on here it works at warp speed. Also, thanks to its accelerometer, rotate between portrait and landscape is supere-fast.

Itís 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.

One drawback of this tiny screen is that a QWERTY keyboard just wonít fit, so itís back to the T9 keypad for texting.

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 cameraís macro feature, which really works. Youíre blessed with crystal clear close-ups and not something blurred or unintelligible, which was the case in older camera phones.

Although itís small enough to be misplaced and perhaps not found again too easily, the X10 Mini is the ideal way to enter the world of Android, with a price of around £200.

What We Liked

The X10 Miniís extremely fast. Most of us used to looking away for a couple of seconds while waiting for a page to load will be disconcerted to find that itís viewable in no time. Also battery life is brilliant compared to most other Android phones.

What We Disliked

As a work tool its size or lack of it may be too limiting for some users, especially those with large fingers.

Our Final Verdict

The X10 Mini makes no boasts other than it does exactly what it says and, more importantly, it does what you tell it to. It is a great little tool for social networking, web browsing (thanks to the magnifying square) and the sound quality, both when speaking and listening cannot be faulted.

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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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