Global mobile manufacturers may be moving from large to LARGER touchscreen smartphones but Sony Ericsson has not forgotten about the compact smartphone market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is a one of its kind with a compact 2.55 inch full screen display.
The X10 Mini Pro was recently released (June 2010) as an improved alternative to the X10 Mini. Both the Mini smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm 600 mhz processor and have Android installed as their operating system. The Mini Pro was initially installed with Android OS version 1.6, but is upgradeable to the quicker Android OS version 2.1. The newer version of the Android OS comes with essential upgrades such as an improved virtual keyboard and HTML 5 web browsing capabilities.
With the release of the Mini Pro, a common question roamed the minds of interested buyers. Why should I get this phone when the Xperia X10 Mini Pro comes with an additional slide out keyboard? The slight difference in thickness of the two phones measures 2mm, a figure that doesn’t seem to make a difference.
One thing that made a huge difference though, is the slide out QWERTY keyboard. Sony Ericsson perfectly analyzed the ergonomics of a handheld QWERTY keyboard and strategically positioned the keys for an extremely comfortable typing experience. The effort has reaped them huge rewards, as positive feedbacks have been overwhelming.
As a member of the Xperia family, the X10 Mini Pro comes with the elegant Xperia gallery and the accommodating Timescape UI. Timescape is Sony Ericsson’s solution to social network integration. The application monitors updates from your social networks and unify them on a 3D animated timeline. Additionally, contacts in your address book displays recent status updates and tagged photos. Don’t forget to visit Sony Ericssons’s “PlayNow” mobile store that sells games, apps and music.
Aside from the attractive interface, the Mini Pro comes with a 5 megapixel camera to satisfy your photography needs. The camera snaps high-res photos and includes useful features such as video recording, LED flash and camera modes. Music lovers will also stand to benefit from the Sony Ericsson handsfree kit as it isolates noise to bring you crisp music and solid bass.
Plenty of negative feedback have been heard about smaller touchscreen smartphones. It has, however, been a great experience with the X10 Mini Pro. Navigation has been a breeze and you shouldn’t expect to meet with difficulties such as small virtual buttons. One considerable downside is the lack of compatibility with a couple of Android applications, due to the slightly lower resolution display. On the other hand, the upside is the QWERTY keyboard. The precise keyboard facilitates accurate typing for people with larger fingers. This reduces the need for usage of the onscreen virtual keyboard.
Should you be looking for a compact and affordable smartphone that is great in handling multimedia, pick up the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. You’ll love this friendly and intuitive mobile companion!