Xperia™ mini pro specifications
|Available colours||White Black Pink Turquoise|
|Size||92.0 x 53.0 x 18.0 mm / 3.6 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches|
|Weight||136.0 g / 4.8 oz|
|Screen||320 x 480 pixels (HVGA) / 16,777,216 color TFT /|
|Memory||microSD™ support up to 32GB / Memory card included: 2 GB microSD™ / Phone memory up to 320MB / RAM: 512MB /
* Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration
Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configuration, and phone usage.
| Standby time
|GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900||5 hours 40 min||331 hours|
|UMTS/HSPA 900/2100||5 hours 25 min||340 hours|
|UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100||5 hours 25 min||340 hours|
- • Eco-smart packaging
- • GreenHeart™ headset
- • GreenHeart™ charger
- • Aperture – f/2.6
- • Video stabiliser
- • Flash / light type – LED
- • Red-eye reduction
- • Image stabiliser
- • Video light
- • Touch focus
- • Smile detection
- • HD video recording (720p)
- • Front-facing camera (VGA)
- • Face detection
- • Auto focus
- • Digital Zoom – up to 8x
- • Camera – 5 megapixel
- • Music tones – MP3, AAC
- • xLOUD™ Experience
- • TrackID™ music recognition
- • PlayNow™
- • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
- • Radio – FM radio with RDS
- • YouTube™
- • Video streaming
- • Media Browser
- • 3D games
- • Micro USB support
- • NeoReader® barcode scanner
- • Google Maps™ – with Street View
- • WiFi™
- • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation
- • USB mass storage
- • Modem
- • DLNA Certified™
- • Bluetooth™ technology
- • aGPS
- • 3.5 mm audio jack
- • Twitter™ – Timescape™ integration
- • Video-chat ready
- • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
- • Noise shield
- • Google Talk™
- • Facebook™ application
- • Keyboard – QWERTY + Onscreen QWERTY and 12 key
- • Four corner home screen – customizable icons
- • Touchscreen
- • Smart Keyboard
- • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Well that was the list I got from the Sony Ericsson site(I removed a few obvious ones like Android Market).So I got myself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro a few days ago and by far this is the smartest purchase I have ever done . Xperia Mini Pro has alot of features and shouldn’t not be under-estimated by its small size. And trust me the display is not so bad as people say it is.Also it does look pretty good with the all black look. Let’s get into more details .
After unboxing I found myself with
- Xperia Mini Pro
- USB cable/Charger
- Screen Guard
- In ear Earphones
- Another Backpanel
- 2 GB microSD card
I really didn’t have much trouble with the unboxing part and found that the fact that a screenguard coming along with the product to be really cool and that will save a person the trouble of going around in search of one . Another thing I like is the USB/Charger (I think this is a Sony Ericsson standard thing) but the idea is really good as it saves up the space and well lesser wires to get untangle .
Phone got a dedicated camera button and the volume (up/down)buttons on its right side .
On the top it sports a 3.5 mm audio jack with a mircoUSB port next to it. One thing i have experienced is that it’s really hard to open the USBport or to remove the protective cap . It took alot of tries for me to remove the cap (It gets really frustrating at times ) . And next to the USB port is the power button/lock button.
The back of the phone has a 5 mp camera with LED flash. And on removing the back panel we can see where the SD card is which hot swappable . The phone claims to have a battery life of 331 hours on 2G network and up to 340 hours on 3G with a talk time of around 5 h 40 min.
I can’t comment on wi-fi or 3G as I don’t have both . The phone lasted for around 12-13 hours for me with “normal” usage which includes a constant GPRS connection, 30 mins of arcade games +with background apps like Facebook,Twitter,Gmail etc.
The UI changes to landscape mode the moment the keyboard is slid out . I am not a fan of QWERTY or keys as I have big fingers. But the QWERTY keypad is comfortable for me as they keys are spaced adequately and is really comfortable to type.
The phone has a LED backlit LCD screen with 16 M colour display . Screen has a display of 320 x 480 pixels and is 3 inches. And the screen is scratch proof and supports multi-touch and Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine .BRAVIA Engine does everything that Sony Ericsson promises it will do. It enhances sharpness, increases contrast and saturation and tries to tackle digital noise. Of course, that only works with photos and videos, so you shouldn’t be looking for its effect elsewhere.
Xperia Mini Pro has a customized UI with launcher similar to the one in Xperia Arc. And it certainly does manage to impress the ones who look for eye candy . The animations and transitions are beautifully done .
There is no Mediascape application but there is Timescape. I am not impressed by Timescape as I find it to be a bit buggy and cluttered, the Timescape widget shows tweets,messages,missed calls and Facebook posts. But when you try to click on a post it opens up the Facebook/tweet in the browser rather than just showing it completely.
And the phone goes into an overview mode when you pinch zoom it(or that pinch zoom action on your homescreen) where you will be treated with floating widgets which looks really neat and is something which you can show off to your friends.
Contacts are pretty neat and organised and you will be able to see your contact’s Facebook pictures and interests. Also you can create a shortcut to a contact and put on your home screen .There is no smart dialer so I suggest you give Go Contacts a shot.
Messaging is simple and Sony Ericsson didn’t do much to the messaging application and everything is more like standard android stuff other than some minor UI changes .Its to type thanks to the QWERTY keypad. Sliding out the keyboard switches the UI orientation into landscape.But I really would loved it if there was some way to blacklist numbers.
Gallery has some pretty cool animations, like when you pinch zoom on it. Also one can browse his/her Facebook albums, photos and Picassa pictures in the gallery .And another neat feature is the Facebook integration thanks to which you can like and comment on the pictures from your gallery .
The phone has a 5 mp camera which is capable of recording videos at 720p resolution.The camera app is pretty basic and simple to use. There aren’t much options to mess around with. And thanks to camera button on the phone the experience is ok.Overall quality is good-average and is perfect for your pictures to put on Facebook and twitter.
As for videos ,the phone is pretty fast and responsive .Again there aren’t much options other than the basic ones like Face Detection ,Auto Focus etc .
The music player is simple and easy to use with basic features. It has a equalizer and the Sony Ericsson so called Infinity button. The infinty button is basically a cool name for a really common feature, it just searches the artist’s name in YouTube and Wikipedia. The sound quality is satisfactory and the given earphones are of average quality.
As for the radio it needs a headphone/earphone to work.Thats fine I guess . As usual the interface is just basic. You can use TrackID and find the current playing song which is pretty cool .
The phone can play only mp4 and WMV files .I really wished they had increased the file formats they supported. To play other files just download an alternative media player from the Android Market as there are many free ones. Sony Ericsson didn’t do anything to the video player and it’s just the standard android one with the very basic controls. As for the video quality I am impressed and it’s absolutely fine . I don’t think the Bravia Engine makes any noticeable difference.
I got a pretty good number of apps bundled with the phone.
The bundled apps include
Adobe Reader –read PDF files
Application Installer-Searches for apk files on the SD card and offers to install it
AppXtra-Pointless thing. Really don’t know what this does other than offer to install Opera Mini,Evernote and Imdb
Connected Devices- Shows the devices connected to phone through wi-fi
Data Monitor – Keeps a track of mobile data usage like 3G Watchdog
Extension Search- Opens up Android Market to search for Timescape addons
Friends and Music-Lists all the video links shared by your friends on facebook.
Games by PopCap-Three demo games Peggle,Plants vs. Zombies,Chuzzle
Getapps-Pointless app which lists some applications and opens up the android market
Get games-Same as the pointless app which lists application and redirects you to the Android Market
Moxier Pro- Mail Client with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Neo Reader – Really simple barcode scanner
OfficeSuite – Reads word files but asks you to buy the pro version to edit
PlayNow Store- Sony Ericcson’s expensive music store
TouchNote- Allows you to send postcards from pictures taken from your camera or in your gallery there is 1 credit available
WisePilot – GPS navigation
Whats App- Like BBM
YouTube – Really not going to tell what this is.
Performance and Benchmarks
Xperia Mini Pro comes with 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon (info from gsmarena ). And thanks to the processor the phone is fast and doesn’t lag .Here are the screenshots of the Benchmarks done using LinPack,Quadrant and AnTuTu. The phone performs as expected and doesn’t not disappoint in terms of performance.
The Xperia Mini Pro is a great phone to have especially for its compact size and QWERTY keypad . It has got the looks and a long list of features . In short it has *almost* everything a Xperia Arc has packed into a Xperia X10 Mini Pro . It’s a great deal especially for the QWERTY + HD video recording + snappy 1ghz processor and UI . The price tag of 15.6 k approx is justified . And as I mentioned earlier this is a really smart purchase option .
* A bit heavy
* Small resolution+Screen Size
*The QWERTY keypad is a bit easy to flip out ,so it shakes a bit when you try to make a call(Hard to explain,but this is not a strong point)
*12 hour battery backup(under my normal use)
* 1GHz Processor
* HD recording +front camera
*QWERTY keypad(Really well designed )
*UI(Facebook Integration,Timescape )
*Android 2.3 + for the nice list of apps(bundled)
*Awesome loudspeaker with Xloud
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