Xperia X10 Mini Pro Sony Ericsson for AT&T
An X10 minimized plus keyboard PHOTO
The Xperia X10 mini pro is small and light. Measuring 3.5 x 2.0 x 0.7 inches and weighing 4.2 oz it is cute and capable. Sony Ericsson has done a good job of fitting as much as possible into the mini Pro. You can still use a microSD card up to 16GB for storage. It is impossible to create this version without losing some capabilities found in its big brother the Xperia X10. To me the big loss is the size of the screen. We are all getting used to 3.5 or 4 inch screens and the 2.6” screen, though very clear and readable, is a little small for scanning web pages. Pinching to change the size of the screen contents is replaced with a + or – magnifying glass that does give you some sizing capability. There is an icon on the lower left of the screen that gives you an overall look at the current page. It is too small to read details but allows you to get an idea of where you want to see so you can zero in on it. I guess I am spoiled.
The Slider QWERTY keyboard is a great asset even though it is a little small for me. It has a good feel and does light up. My only issue is the changing of background lighting when the keyboard is used in low light situations. Sometimes I could not see the keys and other times they were very well lighted.
Below are some other items that were dropped, added, or changed to build the Xperia X10 mini pro for users.
Mediascape (a Sony Ericsson photo video App) is not included. I do not think it will be missed.
The Xperia X10 mini pro Camera is 5MP, as compared to the X10 with 8.1 MP, and takes good photos and video. It does have a flash and video light. It does not include Anti Shake, Face or smile recognition, zoom, send to web. CLICK HERE to see more test photos and video on Flickr.
The smaller battery means shorter time between charging.
X10 is on the left and the mini pro on the right.
Connectivity has been increased with the addition of USB mass storage as well as syncing ability.
Instant messaging and Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® have been added
The virtual keyboard on the mini pro does not move to a horizontal QWERTY as the X10 and others do. It leaves you with the usual three letters per box (ABC) (DEF) etcetera. This is not a big minus as the slider QWERTY keyboard does it job quite well. However, the screen does allow you to view photos and other items in portrait or landscape.
As you can see there are some additions and some reductions in capability. These changes for the most part, do not reduce the overall functionality of the Xperia X10 mini pro.
The reason for wanting this phone is more its small footprint than its functions or lack of them. It is a great phone for a purse or a small pocket. It does not make a big bulge in you clothing. It is quite capable of most tasks you need to handle on a cell phone. You are the only one who can decide if the Xperia X10 mini pro will make you happy. I found it had a lot of capability in a very small format.
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