Sony Ericsson Xperia mini and mini pro are the 2 phones making a loads of buzz these days. And why not? If you are not obsessed with the large size mobiles, both the phone definitely offers a great value for money.
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro is like a clone to Xperia mini with only 3 additional features, a slide-out Qwerty, Front camera for video calling and a higher price . At this point of time Xperia mini is selling for Rs. 12k while you can grab a mini pro for 14.8k. The entire scope of this story is to see whether both the handsets are able to justify their price or we should look for some other android phones in this price budget.
Sony ericsson Xperia mini, mini pro review
Both the phones are successor of earlier released SE Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. This time Sony has loaded them with almost all features to make a complete phone. Except of front cam in mini, you won’t feel anything missing from your phone. The relatively small screen of 3-inch is super-clear due to inclusion of Sony mobile bravia engine and makes video viewing or web browsing equally pleasure.
- 3.0 inches led backlit 320 x 480 pixels Scratch-resistant capacitive multi touch screen
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, timescape UI
- QWERTY keyboard (only in mini pro)
- 512 MB RAM, 320MB storage (for mini), 400MB storage (for mini pro)
- 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, DLNA
- 5 MP with autofocus and LED flash, video : 720p
- VGA front camera (only in mini pro)
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
- Li-Ion 1200 mAh
- No Front camera (in mini)
- 3 inch screen may seem small to some (however I think its fine)
- Poor video recording
In the box – Handset, Battery, Charger, Headset, 2 GB micro-SD Card, Data Cable, Back Panel, User Guide
As described earlier, the 3-inch screen may sound a bit small. However it seemed fine to me, probably due to the super clarity powered by Bravia engine. The capacitive display is led-backlit, scratch resistant and pleasingly responsive to touches. There is no lag in navigating, swipe, pinch and zoom etc. The outdoor performance and sunlight legibility are excellent.
On the other side, viewing angle on the screen is limited.
User interface :
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro are powered by Android 2.3 covered with Sony’s own Timescape UI. The corner based desktop gives you kinda containers (semi circles on the corners) to put your favorite shortcuts there. You can also gather all the widgets of all the home screens on a single screen by pinch and Zoom.
It posses a cool Android market interface. Downloading and installing apps are as easy as 123.
And the Angry birds:
Web browsing is smooth and supports pinch and zoom:
You won’t feel any unpleasant lags. The 1 Ghz processor does it works pretty well. Overall I have no complaints with the display and user interface. It’s a pleasure to operate these phones.