Sony Ericsson released the Mini Pro version of it’s popular Xperia series and this is a clear superior to the Xperia X10 mini pro phone that attracted many eyeballs last year.
A good QWERTY keypad
Sony Bravia Engine for display enhancement
XLoud technology for sound enhancement
Flash support in browser
Relatively smaller screen
Some noise in videos taken in quiet environment
Insufficient battery for a 1GHz processor powered smartphone
The phone has a 3 inch LED backlit display which is a little smaller than standard 3.2 inch displays that flood the Android market. Thanks to the Sony Bravia Engine support, you would not complain about the display. Such impressive is the 320 * 480 pixel resolution display.
You have two touch-sensitive standard android button for options and back one on either side of the center hard home button.
Volume rocker and camera buttons are on the right side. The impressive QWERTY slider keyboard slides along on the left. The buttons are fairly large and nicely spaced. Those with large fingers might find a little difficulty pressing the buttons.
The camera can shot great pictures in day light. In dark, the shots were not that impressive despite the help of an LED flash. Coming to videos, it can capture videos at 720p which were pretty good. Take a look at the following video sample to get a feel of it. There’s a glitch here that you need to know. In silent environments, you notice a strange sound along with the video which is possibly from the earpiece. Guys at Sony Ericsson have promised to solve this problem with a software update though the problem seems to be with a hardware component.
The front-facing camera is quite good for video-chatting.
Listening to music on Sony phones has been a awesome experience and this doesn’t spoil that reputation. Surprisingly, the sound quality was inferior to LG Optimus One P500 phone but still better by normal standards. The Xloud technology adds some zing to enhance the sound. You can notice the difference with and without XLoud technology in the following video(credit to http://www.youtube.com/user/sonyericssonrus):
Watching videos is also an awesome experience and the colors were very crisp. Without the default video player you can only play mp4, 3gp files. You got to get some other video player from the Android market like the Mobo player to extend support to mkv,Xvid and DivX files.
You get a 2Gb Micro SD card free with the phone which is obviously not enough for today’s phones. But the Micro SD card is hot-swappable which means you can change the memory card without removing the battery. That’s impressive but you will have to remove the battery cover to do this.
The 1200 mAh battery for such a high-end phone was definitely not enough and disappointed us. A 1500 mAh battery would have been good. On 3G network, the phone doesn’t provide much juice if you are playing with it for most of the time. Follow some standard battery saving rules to get more battery life. The charger set is a must-carry with this phone and you will need to charge this twice a day if you are a power user.
In normal use, and on 2G network, you can save the charge through a day and a half. By normal use, I meant 2 hours of browsing, 3 hours of music playback and an hour of video watching coupled with an hour of calls.
I would seriously cannot think of alternatives to this phone. Such awesome is the phone and the price that you would want to get this phone without much thinking. But, if you still want some, here they are:
If QWERTY slider is a must for you, consider Samsung Galaxy 551. But this is an unsuccessful model from Samsung because of it’s bad battery life and inferior specs. Understandably, Galalxy 551 is cheaper at sub-10K price and it even lacks the front camera.
You can consider Spice Mi-410 which is equally powerful but less costly. With this, you get a bigger 4.1 inch but unimpressive display without QWERTY slider.
The recently launched Motorola Fire XT is also a cheaper options sans the slider keyboard. Fire XT has a inferior processor @ 800 MHz and a larger battery.
I just can’t stop from recommending my all-time favorite budget Android- LG Optimus One P500 to you. This model is highly successful, surprisingly faster, has good features and most importantly, very cheap.