Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review
|Review: July 2010|
Last updated March 2011
In a nutshell: The X10 Mini Pro is an ultra-compact Android smartphone with a slide-out physical keyboard.
A strong contender for the mobile phone with the longest name ever, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro was released in the UK at the start of July 2010. We've really been looking forward to the release of the X10 Mini Pro, as we have a soft spot for phones with real keyboards. So, does the Pro deliver on its promise?
The X10 Mini Pro is almost exactly the same as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, except that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This adds a little to the weight of the phone, although it's by no means heavy. Amazingly, Sony Ericsson have managed to sneak the keyboard into the design without compromising any of the phone's hardware, and adding only a millimetre to its thickness. Astonishing! It's not a perfect keyboard, with a somewhat dead feel about it, but the keys are a good size and they're well spaced out. After an hour of use, you get used to the feel and can type quickly.
Apart from the keyboard, it's basically the same phone as the X10 Mini, so read our review of that phone for more insight. We like the keyboard very much, but we dislike the poor battery life, small screen, less than perfect reception and general clunkiness of the software. The new Sony Ericsson Mini Pro fixes many of these shortcomings.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
- Video camera with video light
- Display: 16 million colours, TFT touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels with auto-rotation
- Media player with album art, TrackID and PlayNow
- FM radio with RDS
- MP3/ AAC ringtones
- aGPS with Google Maps, geo-tagging and WisePilot Turn-by-Turn navigation software (demo)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, conversations
- 3D games
- Picture wallpaper
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: WAP 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, web browser, RSS feeds, YouTube
- Memory: 128MB plus microSD memory card (up to 16GB supported)
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G UMTS/HSPA (900/1700/2100)
- Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm
- Weight: 120g
- Talktime: 3.5 - 4 hours
- Battery standby: 300 - 360 hours
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Average rating from 132 reviews:
Reviewed by Fareed
on 28th Mar 2014
Honestly, I really luv this 4n bt now it embarrassed coz it stuck on Sony ericson logo even I try to turn off it won't. Simple smart 4n bt try to fix such problemz.
Reviewed by Sophie from UK on 26th Sep 2012
So many people are complaining about this phone, but I don't think its that bad.
So whats good: -touchscreen is very sensitive. (which is a plus in comparison to the Sony Vivaz.)
-it's bright and clear.
-has good apps already installed that come in handy. the -buttons are also useful (back button, home etc and volume button)
-The internet is good.
-very easy to unlock.
-widgets are handy and customizable(?)
-sits good in your hand.
Bad: -SOME apps/games run slowly or freeze.
-Battery life isn't bad but not great either (what do you expect from a touchscreen? takes more battery to run it, and all the stuff you have running in the background) but batterys dont last forever. especially when you use your phone alot and do alot of hefty stuff.
-no qwerty touchscreen.
-numbers on the qwerty pad are awkward to use when dialling numbers. have to use touchscreen for that
-camera quality isn't great (for 5 megapixels) and the button is stiff so the pictures come out blurry or the moments gone.
-Couldn't add music to my phone easy. and when I did figure it out it refused to play.
-My texttone that I downloaded is very tempermental. sometimes it goes off and sometimes it doesnt.
-the pictures it comes with arent great.
-(tbf I had quite a few messages,) but it randomly deleted them all one day :/
-never figured out bluetooth.
Another thing, when I go looking for apps to download and download them, it always feels like my phone isn't made for the Android Market. So the apps run a bit slow etc.
Sounds like alot of bad things but tbf it's not a bad phone... It's average. I feel like it's Sony's first attempt at a touchscreen and overall it came out okay.
To those of you who complain about battery life. whether it's this phone or other phones. Battery life doesn't last nowadays. especially when people are constantly on their phones nonstop like alot of us are. The battery alone is running a mini computer, practically. Your laptops only last an hour to 3 or 4 hours. If the battery is a problem. get a new one. they're like £5 off amazon.
If you expect an iPhone then go and buy one.
Reviewed by :) from London on 14th Mar 2012
Loved this phone at the start now i HATE it! although its superfast and great for texting , messages always seem to get muddeled up and i could recieve a messge from weeks ago! also you dont normally recieve most messages. The internet is pretty useless and the facebook never seems to update itself. Also like everyone else said.. the battery life is awful but so is most phones these days! its only because its android this is why its so bad. My phone 'also' stopped charging a number of times! i got it fixed the first couple of times, then the last time i sent it away i recieved a letter saying that they refused to fix it as this is my own fault and that i damaged the software on the inside of the phone (immposible). I didnt even have this phone for a year and it completley broke! thats just £120 completley wasted.. I would STRONGLY recommened you dont buy this phone!
Reviewed by Charles Ellis from UK on 1st Mar 2012
Useless on Pay As You Go. Costs far too much, whether you actively use it or not!
Reviewed by Sasha from UK on 25th Feb 2012
I've had my Xperia X10 Mini Pro since December 2010, and has work fine for the first year. I noticed a problem beginning to occur with the battery and charge in early 2012. I love this phone but very disappointed with the fault in charge. I ordered a brand new battery and charge and the small red light just seems to flash wheneverI attempt to urn it on. I ended up contacting Sony Ericcson to complain about the fault a few weeks ago, and i'm now waiting for my Xperia X10 Mini Pro to return. After reading these reviews it seems this fault is a regular occurence in this particular model of Sony Ericcson's, and i'm feeling scpetical about the return of my beloved X10 Mini Pro. Certainly gone down in my estimations, rather dishearted.
Reviewed by nad from philipines on 15th Feb 2012
sony xperia mini pro u20i,.hell 2 use.charging fast but After an hour of use,battery life is just horrible,.1 month i buy it,the phone hang up and shorted
Reviewed by pop from uk on 14th Feb 2012
at first I loved it, and then it broke after 6 months. The battery life is abysmal and after about five months, refused to charge due to the awful charger provided. So I went onto ebay and bought ANOTHER charger in the hope that the phone would charge, nope. It did not work. Do not waste your money on this awful phone.
Cons - ALARMS DON'T WORK ! Poor battery life, battery, camera etc...
Reviewed by Lemon girl from England on 5th Feb
all ok apart from the fact that its not well built and it broke after 9 months and sony ericsson are refusing to replace it, despite it being broken by the charger supplied with the phone (charger was ill fitting and not well made). Also, bluetooth and wifi doesn't work. If you want a good android phone, get a samsung or htc, NOT a sony ericsson!!!
Reviewed by Paul Etherton from England on 4th
This is the worst phone I have ever used and I'm stuck with it for 24 months, the respose time is awful, the battery life is poor, the back-up facility deleted all my contacts rather than saving them. It won't go on the internet thrugh wi-fi, the touch screen doesn't work, the list is endless.
Do yourself a favour and don't buy this phone, buy anything else! You WILL regret it!
Reply by caitlin from scotland on
7th Apr 2012
i agree my phone is already broke and i have only had it 4 3 months worst phone u can ever get
Reviewed by Penny from UK on 31st Jan 2012
I've had this phone for just over a year. When I first got it, I loved, loved, loved it. I still love the tiny size which makes fitting it into a clutch bag or pocket really easy, and the slide out keyboard, which makes texting or writing emails really easy. But as time as gone on, I'm starting to have problems with it which are really putting me off. The battery life isn't the best, and it is developing a tendency to freeze up and crash. But my 2 biggest bugbears are 1) the alarm function - hit snooze, and that's it, it stops going off; cue waking up 5 minutes before I'm due to start work! 2) the message function - messages in a stream get mangled together, so I may receive a message that is half of the message that was actually sent, and half of a message from weeks/months previously, or I may send a similar kind of message without knowing it. It's happening increasingly frequently, from a one off a few weeks ago to a daily occurance now. All in all, I'm glad this was bought outright so I'm not tied into a contract with it. I'm now shopping for a new phone.
Reviewed by emma from uk on 30th Jan 2012
Had it for almost a year. like it once i got used to the keyboard. Messenger fails when i have a draft message, theres no zoom on the camera which is a downer. Even the cheap phones have zoom nowadays. I have never been able to update it, it just says cannot connect to network? Its a good hone but frustrating when it freezes or turns itself off when its obviously had enough of me working it.
Reviewed by anil from india on 29th Jan 2012
good but battery life is not upto the expection...
Reviewed by SOtai from Uganda on 25th Jan 2012
A friend bought for me 2phones from Phones - Sonny Ericsson Mini XPERIA 10 and it is great except that, I have recently got charging issues. Its handy and simply good to use.
Reviewed by bethany from uk on 22nd Jan 2012
i have had this phone for almost a year and when i first got it i thought it was amazing, now i realise there are quite a few problems with it. the messaging system is horrible, it always freezes and is just a pain. sometimes it crashes and turns off and the battery life is dreadful.
Reviewed by Sefat from Bangladesh on 21st Jan
this phone is OK.. but battery life is just horrible.... make it much powerful SE... or stay behind...
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 18th Jan 2012
I agree with Barry, I thought this was a great phone when I got it but I absolutely despise it now, having owned it for 18 months. It is slow and barely works as a phone; I've lost count of the number of times it has refused to let me accept an incoming call. The messaging system is terrible, choosing to store a random message as a draft that must be deleted each time you need to message a contact. The alarm function is probably the biggest joke, hit snooze and then wake up hours later to find it hasn't gone off again. If the phone is off, the alarm function will not wake it. It feels like SE have given up on this phone as a lame duck, I cannot discern any difference in any of the software updates issued. Avoid at all costs, I envy my friends with iPhones, that is how bad it is!
Reviewed by barry from uk on 15th Jan 2012
Used to be fantastic - smart little phone with good keyboard and a good camera, but love soon turns to hatred. battery life was always sinfully bad, it lasts a day if you go out and leave it behind. slow, clunky, crashes alot. lately earpiece speaker has given up, but I have little faith they will want to fix this. when I charge it, it either doesn't, or turns itself off and then doesn't charge + alarm won't go off following morning. signal rubbish. battery life rubbish. calling rubbish (too glitchy). STAY AWAY. BUY A PHONE THAT WORKS, NOT JUST A NICE ONE.
Reviewed by farid from yemen on 14th Jan 2012
This phone is great except the battery life i have to charge it every night
Reviewed by cheeky from london on 9th Jan 2012
i love this phone has everything i need in a phone plays perfect music n loud battery life is perfect for me last long enough for me and can travel around nice and small dont know why you guys are complaining i normally buy a phone every 3 to six months not on contract ive had nokias iphones blackberrys name it ive had but i actually love this phone!
Reviewed by Trish from UK on 7th Jan 2012
Thought I had got the perfect phone how wrong I was. First one the battery lasted about 2 hours at most. The replacement after 6 months refused to charge at all. Sent it away and guess what I have been told it is my fault (strange that as I had been told by the provider that there was a fault on that model)and the warranty won't cover it.This phone was on a contract. Payment stays the same but no phone. I will now have to buy another one.
Reviewed by Dani from UK on 28th Dec 2011
I, and a lot of people it seems on many different websites and forums, have had serious problems with the battery. Eventually it refuses to charge no matter what battery or charger you choose. I did find this phone perfect until these battery problems but not i cant even use the phone due to no battery so all of the great features are useless
Reviewed by Old Man Jenkins from Czech Republic on
21st Dec 2011
Most of these fools writing these reviews weren't aware of what they were purchasing and/or don't even know how to use the phone's features. For me, this phone is perfect for socialising, which is the reason I bought this phone. Bluetooth and Wifi work perfectly, at acceptable speeds. Starts up rather slow, as with all phones, but works at a perfect speed once it's running. The keyboard is a nice implementation, allowing you to type quickly, and allows to slide it back in very quickly. It has a nice build quality, I've dropped it a few times and it's still in perfect working condition. The battery lasts for an acceptable amount of time. I don't necessarily use my phone for calling, but I imagine if you do very often, then you may have to keep recharging everyday. Perfect phone for me, best one yet.
Reviewed by RaNgErS from INDIA on 19th Dec 2011
Looks better feels better.. Its a proffessional phone right.. Twohings i found allergic is battery back up.. very poor, also storage in phone because of 2.1 eclair. Better updation may cause a lot hangs. I prefer Galaxy Y but not for photographers. Because of 5MP cam i took this.
Reviewed by Rhiannah from scotland on 18th Dec
I love this phone, the way it looks and works and the camera is excellent! But I can't get some parts to work; the voicemail icon is always at the top, no Bluetooth conectivity and lately it has been freezing quite abit.
Reviewed by praneethdevaraju from india on 11th
this was my 1st smart phone which I took . internet sucks my battery with in an hour an half. always I use to charge nearly 3times a day. I paid so no worth of it always APN gets off automatically its to hard to hang on net. to solve this problem I must have to reset my phone to solve from this APN. This cell contain low ram too.it is much slower than china cells. Compare to china , china is better. I used sony ericsson lot I found complaint in every sony ericsson cell phone. No worth to by this company cell.
Reviewed by Zfar Awan from Pakistan on 10th Dec
I'll simply say it is hopeless. For the last 10 days I am trying to connect internet but in vain. It detects wireless connection, connects but no internet. Through the settings given by phone company it connects without any delay. HOPELESS>
Reviewed by ricky from india on 8th Dec 2011
a rubbish phn.....hell 2 use.....paid enough for phn but not got that much....no zoomin...btrry back up sucks....got heated very much 4 few hrs.... no video call......phn hangs up...not supporting any software.....a rubbish phn...
Reviewed by Jordan from New Zealand on 26th Nov
I had a couple of sonys, my last being the K850i which was the best phone I had yet. Thinking I'd buy another Sony Erricson when android first hit I bought two of these for me and my wife. After a week of screen freezes, graphics glitches and constant crashing I regret ever buying one! And that's not mentioning the battery life. I joke that since I have to drive everywhere with a charger it's like a glorified car phone from the 80s.. it lasts a day if I just look at the time and if I use anything else while I have it im my pocket it's dead within hours. Don't buy Sony Erricson, they had their time. Shoulda gone for that Samsung like I wanted to!
Reviewed by Natasha from NZ on 18th Nov 2011
Have had this phone a year. Small screen is ok - can zoom in to see websites. have had a massive problem charging lately though. sent phone in for repair and now doing same thing 2 days later. have just looked up on internet and seems to be very common problem. also quite slow messaging when you start to get a few messages in there!!
Reviewed by Raj from Bhutan on 13th Nov 2011
I always liked SE phones. And earlier to this one I had SE W850i, it was one of the best phones I ever had. Then I thought of changing from walkman to camara and bought x10 mini pro. But I found this phone, one of the worst phones. I wonder what happen to sony ericsson producers. Its battery life time is so dissapointing that the phone needs to be attached to the charger most of the times. the nex is no zoom in cam, no cam settings. No proper file manager, unwantted pre installed applications cannot be uninstall.... People dont go for this phone....
Reviewed by robert from scotland on 11th Nov 2011
I have this phone and it got ipdated to android 2.1 wich is pretty good it can get basicaly every game and the screen isnt realy a problem when you get used to it it served me well and um it is a great little phone!
Reviewed by James from United Kingdom on 25th
this phone is very good for its size. it is very good if you're the sort of person who pulls their phone out every few minutes to text message their friends, or check their facebook. Although the amazingly bad battery life does affect this, it will last a day with a good charge. I'd had this phone for about 10 months, and it is getting to be a bit of a pain, I wouldn't advise getting this phone now, as you may love it at first for the first few months, the months after that its loveliness will deteriorate and you will become sick of it. But basic usage & turning the networking off, will make battery life somewhat satisfactory. For this market, the phone is a solid 3 stars. good: Camera, Keyboard, Responsiveness. bad: sluggish (after at least 6 months), out of date software, UN-removable external apps, small screen, battery life.
Reviewed by pouL from Denmark on 24th Sep 2011
Had the phone for about half a year now. Probably the worst phone I ever had. The screen remain black if you fail to connet in a phone call and you cannot disconnet in a simple way. Software is painful slow in response. Some commercial apps that comes with the phono can't be removed and you have to look at them for the rest of the phones lifetime. I have to change to another phone. It is simply to poor.
Reviewed by kevin luo from london on 22nd Sep
Reviewed by jodi from uk on 21st Sep 2011
I brought this phone with high hopes but the battery is terrible, the idea of a mobile phone is to be able to take it out , but if you use this then the battery just dies, thats if you can get it to charge at all, then when you send it to repair they say its your fault it wont work because you have charged it to much . i would never buy one of these gain stay away this looks good but it breaks after only a few months
Reviewed by zhao from liverpool on 8th Sep 2011
Reviewed by shamil from srilanka on 6th Sep 2011
i thought it is a best mobile phone i ever saw, so i am correct but 50%, i love this phone because it give me good mobile experience. i love you sonyericsson........
Reviewed by zhao from luo on 2nd Sep 2011
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 1st Sep 2011
I got this phone as an Android replacement for an ageing Nokia Nseries. The build quality is better than many of the "junky" phones (Huawei, HTC, etc) but is not as good as the Nokia, although it was much cheaper. First thing I noticed was the short battery life, and had to install apps to manage the CPU and battery. Now it works for a full day even using WI-FI and internet. BUT to get the most from Android phones requires quite a bit of technical knowledge as to how the operating system works. My biggest gripe with this phone is the lack of zoom on the camera which means buying extra software. Otherwise the picture quality is superb. I would definitely recommend this phone to a friend as a "budget" quality Android phone.
Reviewed by dave from UK on 27th Aug 2011
Honestly it has some good points but the bad points outweigh them by far. Good points - Keyboard is decent - good sound - looks pretty darn sexy. Bad points - BATTERY LIFE SUCKS - phone gets quite slow when you have downloaded a few apps and tends to freeze quite a lot - VERY VERY limited space for downloaded apps - can't send songs and ringtones via bluetooth - no pre-pic zoom functionality - phone gets quite hot when it's in use. All in all a disappointment from possibly one of my fav phone manufacturers.....WAKE UP SONY AND SMELL THE COFFEE...YOU NEED TO DO BETTER IN THIS MARKET!!!!!
Reviewed by babs m usman from nigeraia on 22nd
Reviewed by Ian B from UK on 15th Aug 2011
I think its a great little phone, always had HTC up to this one and I must admit I'm surprised by it, so much that I am considering upgrading to the Mini pro 2 with the 1GZ Pro and 3" Screen. Cant recommend it enough. If you like big screens then this isnt for you, but I am getting fed up with large screens of the current 'super phones' IMO 4.3" is just to big to be a phone.
Reviewed by yeasmin from london on 11th Aug 2011
im realy sorry to say that this phone phone is that good coz the battary life is very bad. im useing the phone from few weeks and the battary doesen't less 24 hours even. i don't even use that much.. i only use it for call and receive call..... thanks..
Reviewed by amy from scotland on 10th Aug 2011
i love the phone one of the best iv ever had and i had a lot, the only thing im coplaining about is the credit. after sending a message and being a teen i send a lot of them, but its not showing me how much vredit i have after every text and its getting me very paranoid about it, i dont want to wast it on unimportant texts because i only get a top up once a month so what am i going to do with a phone i cant text with when thats mainly what i do?
Reviewed by Jen from uk on 9th Aug 2011
worst phone i have ever had! battery life is rubbish, i have to charge it at least 2x a day even though its hardly used, screen cuts off and freezes too much. cant hang up a cll cause the screen doesnt switch back on as it should meaning me leaving countless, pointless voicemail messages of me trying to hang up! cant see the screen if its remotely bright, cant send a message or open a message without it taking 5 mins to load and coming up with application error you must force close at least 6 times! headphone jack never worked, was told it zoomed and only realised when at a gig that it didnt! wifi connects but wont load stuff, and loses signal constantly when people on the same network have full! its rubbish and i wouldnt recommend it to anyone
Reviewed by Dama from England on 7th Aug 2011
Initially loved this phone, it really is rediculous the amount of stuff we can now do/use, and how quickly the technology has come on from my first 'brick' about 14yrs ago! So firstly, we should remember these things and give props where due... HOWEVER! I have a few similar grumbles to some of you lot.. BATTERY LIFE. Winds me up more than anything on this earth that I have virtually the smallest phone on the market, yet I have to carry my charger round with me if I intend to speak to anyone past midday or travel anywhere, as it only lasts 3-4hrs at best... Which SE, as I'm sure you'd admit yourselves, is awful! Drives me insane. Also its your latest handset, but it doesnt support the latest tech? Whats the point in that? SO I BUY A STATE OF THE ART PHONE, AND THEN AM TOLD ITS NOT GOING TO GET THE ANDROID 2.2 UPDATE? Yet older versions are? How does that work? Isnt that sticking 2 fingers up at your customers abit? Thats like building a Lambourghini Reventon that runs on banana skins... :S Actually not a bad idea..... I'm on it!!! Big up Sony. F sven Goran Ericsson. I'm pretty sure its him thats responsible! :P
Reviewed by clare from england on 6th Aug 2011
it is a nice little phone but i've got fed up with it after 6 months. first there is no zoom on video or camera, only has zoom after you took picture which i don't see the point as you can't save the zoomed version. screen sometimes freezes when on internet and turns it off halfway through writing something.only good thing about it is the music. says uploads are disabled so can't upload pictures to any other site apart from facebook. last of all the battery lasts about 3hours. internet takes up half the battery
Reviewed by haidar from uk on 6th Aug 2011
I have now had this phone for about 9 months and I have to say it is an okay phone, but I do agree with some people the screen is to small and the bluetooth is rubbish, but you can get around this by upgrading but that in itself takes forever i would not recoment this phone NOW because there are better options like an htc wildfire if you do wish to purchase this then get it cheap on ebay for around £80
Reviewed by Marcus from England on 2nd Aug 2011
I have now had this phone replaced 2 times by Vodaphone and have now gave up. Screen freezes, when try to send texts states unable to send, cuts of in mid conversation. Quite simply the worst phone I have ever had. It states it all that when u try to trade this phone in the maximum you are offered is £24 !!! I have offered to take out a NEW 24 month contract with Vodaphone and pay them a BIGGER monthly tarrif just to get rid of this junk and they wont accept, Iam currently using a 8yr old phone, Vodaphone will be losing a loyal customer of 9yrs
Reviewed by richard from uk on 31st Jul 2011
Bought 3 of these. First one lasted about 2 weeks. Replacement lasted 6 months and is now scrap. The next one has just packed up and has been sent off for repair. The 3rd one is playing up, (charging and touch screen problems). Only one of these phones has made it past 6 months (and that has problems). We have never had a single phone go faulty on us before. Now using old Nokias that we had laying around. Only changed because we fancied something "better" (sat nav, apps etc). I can live without all the gimmics if it is reliable, but my teenage daughter is now using a "tramp phone" as she calls it. Even she admitted that the old Nokia is much better as a phone, and that she has not charged it for a week. Maybe this is the price of consumerist progress. Desireable junk. Once you own it, who cares if it actually works.
Reviewed by paul from hudds on 21st Jul 2011
great phone ive had htc and this phone does what htc does i do recommend you buy a car charger has you need to charge it every day batt life does last a bit longer if you turn your screen brightness down
Reviewed by Billy Finch from USA on 19th Jul 2011
Good Points: - Attractiveness - Sound Quality. Bad Points: - Everything else. Awful Points: - BATTERY LIFE (hardware) IS DESPICABLE! Overall Rating 1.5/5. This phone is a 'pain', terrible battery life, rubbish hardware randomly restarts while browsing the web and I can keep on going for ages... Forget this phone and buy something more reliable such as Samsung or Nokia phone, always avoid Sony Ericsson. I am telling you this from experience. Thanks for reading.
Reviewed by sue from england on 19th Jul 2011
love the phone but hate always charging battery, sometimes screen freezes and have to switch phone of then back on but what i hate most is the fact that when you are speaking to someone over phone the sound is very poor i can hardly hear what they are saying and have to keep walking up and down when i am speaking i dont know what to do have only had it for a few weeks.
Reviewed by zhao luo from uk on 14th Jul 2011
Reviewed by Julie from N Ireland on 9th Jul 2011
This phone is ok apart from the amount of space you get to write texts, if i'd known before hand i would of gone for something else. Battery life is not good, seem to be constantly charging it.
Reviewed by Suedonym from UK on 9th Jul 2011
Great keyboard made up for a lot, but abysmal battery life and far from intuitive operating system. Only lasted couple of days as it got very hot when charging and refused to download Android 2.1 so I returned it. My 4th faulty so called smartphone,so I show no mercy now! The others were 2 htc's & 1 blackberry bold. Plodding along with ancient mobile held together by elastic bands but at least it functions as a phone. You have to question quality control when phones costing under £50 appear work better than those costing six times as much.
Reviewed by Mat from Uk on 8th Jul 2011
Awful. Avoid at all costs. Been back to supplier 5 times - still have same problems. Battery was at 21% when put on charge 5 hours ago, it's now at 27%? - sometimes doesnt charge at all. Will NEVER buy SE again. WORST PHONE EVER. End of.
Reviewed by moose from wales on 28th Jun 2011
at first you think aagh ive got myself a mighty fine little phone here, then the battery starts running down fast, then the phone starts freezing,the screen wont come on the it wont chrge change your minds and get a differnt phone.
Reviewed by Brian from UK on 26th Jun 2011
Very good phone. Compact and user friendly. Love it!
Reviewed by Bennie from South Africa on 15th Jun
Was dissapointed in some things like out of box voice recorder..... The worst is the poor reception issue. While other users arround me have good reception and signal strenth, I will have none......
Reviewed by Holly from Uk on 28th May 2011
Battery life is rubbish and occasionally it turns off-and very often it presses random buttons on the screen. I've only had this phone since December and I don't really like it.
Reviewed by James from Uk on 22nd May 2011
Lost my iPhone and reluctantly bought a £100 replacement to keep me going until iPhone 5. For the money this phone is the business. Amazing keyboard has left me wondering how I lived without it for 18 months...apps not so great but that's an android issue, not the phone...tinkering with the camera settings makes this a brilliant little snapper too. Browsing the web is a disappointment, and the whole android interface is limited by the screen size and the Sony overlay on android which isn't as good as a friends htc. Battery life is truly appalling, and I say this as an iPhone user! But for £100 I really don't feel like I could ask for anything else. When I've got a new phone on contract this will be a happy standby phone with some nice little features.
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 17th May 2011
Just got this today - so far so good - first thing to do was download Apps Killer - charged phone up at about 1100 and by 2300 it was already very low - so not sure about this yet - other than that love the phone - both touch screen keyboard and slide out keyboard are workable - I don't have by any means small fingers but it works for me - as I said it's just shame about the battery will just have to work out what is still running that shouldn't be... not taking it back just because of that though. but will have to lose a star
Reviewed by ChrisS from UK on 13th May 2011
Just a quick note to anybody struggling with battery life. It's worth downloading the free Task Killer app from the Android marketplace; programs that you don't want running in the background will stop working unless you reactivate them. This app itself has improved battery life from around 1 days charge to 3 :)
Reviewed by Jennifer Griffiths from Wales on 3rd
Had this phone since Christmas been back three times with it now gone back to be checked battery dreadful tried everything having to charge it twice a day if you don't leave it on charge overnight it goes flat. Keeps telling STD card removed you have to take battery out and restart it . Really frustrated with it £180 of rubbish never been so disappointed with a phone.
Reviewed by wr6897 from england on 26th Apr 2011
this phone is actually very impressive. TURN OFF BACKGROUND DATA, and battry life is perfect
Reviewed by katie from england on 21st Apr 2011
i like it.
Reviewed by Barney
on 19th Apr 2011
Starts off as being a good phone but it has just slowed down dramatically and sometimes after you try and launch an app it will sit there will a blank screen for up to 30 seconds. This happens several times a day. After phone calls it can crash and reboot itself. The battery life is the worst I've seen also. I've charged it up to 4 times a day on heavy use and at least once a day when it was hardly used at all. I could use the phone even with the bad battery life if it didn't freeze up all the time but I am getting rid of it this week.
Reviewed by souljah from uk on 16th Apr 2011
its been one month and 2 weeks since i've bought the phone and i thought i'd update my thoughts on the phone. battery life has improved, but mine still only lasts a day because im constantly using it, seriosuly, i don/t ever leave it alone, if im not playing games then i'm fiddling with other applications, so even though i'm hammering the life out if it, i still have about 20%-25% battery left which i think is good. i know if i cut back on playing games and stuff, it would last longer, but i dont mind charging it because it charges like lightning. the battery doesnt drop to 80% anymore, it's running pefectly now. for some reason, the flash doesnt work on the camera all the time, im thinking it may be because of the light sensors, like it flashes when it's dark enough. the camera button is now easier to press though, because i've been taking pictures. picture quality is good but not filled with enough colour (as opposed to my older Sony Ericsson phone) the problem i have with it though is that it drops signal in certain areas. like at my uni, there's a cafeteria and it loses signal everytime i go there. so for me, that's a real disappointment, i want to be able to rely on my phone to always have a signal. my older sony ericcson never dropped signal, and they're both on O2. so for that it's 4 stars still. but it's still a really good phone, i love it.
Reviewed by macca from uk on 15th Apr 2011
I think the phone is really good,but thebattery life is poor,ive only had the phone for a day,happy so far.
Reviewed by becky from england on 25th Mar 2011
I love my cute little phone. It does what I need it to do and it does it well.
Reviewed by jenny from uk, london on 21st Mar
want the x10 but cant afford it? buy a mini-pro!! thiis phone is truely amazing. i love it
Reviewed by zhao luo from liverpool on 20th Mar
Reviewed by BJ Lim from Singapore on 16th Mar
Excellent compact credit card size and definitely better than the Xperia X8. Mine is came with 2.1. Battery life is fine if you don't load up with too many apps that run in the background and surf or retrieve data too much. Battery performance improves after a few rounds of charging. I like the form factor and the voice clarity and sound quality. Very dependable overall performance and no problems with reception even in when in an elevator. About the only negative is that there is no quick and straightforward way to group contacts to send out text messages to different people at the same time. Even though the built-in camera has no zoom, the image quality is actually very good. Would have liked a good photo editing app included. Very satisfied with this phone.
Reviewed by SouljahGirl from UK on 16th Mar 2011
i've had this phone for 12 days now and i think it's great(at the moment). The user interface is slick and doesn't lag, it's so smooth and better than some of the other touchscreen phones i've tried. it registers every touch, and i never have to click anything more than once, it does exactly what i want. even though the processor is only 600mHz, it's still fast and manages to keep up with all the applications. My battery life isn't great even though i have the screen brightness at its lowest, i only use wifi for about one hour each day, it's never running in the background, i switch everything off, and my battery still only lasts a day. okay, i admit i do play games on my mobile probably more than the average person and this does drain my battery. it's strange though that i had charged my phone to full 100% and within 20 minutes of sending and receiving some texts, it went down to 80%, sending and receiving text messages seems to drain the battery. Anyway, the phones looks great and it feels great, it fits perfectly within your hand and it's quite weighty and has a great slide out keyboard, which is easy to type with and feels so professional. thank god they gave that with it because i find it really difficult to type on the onscreen keyboard even though i have very thin fingers. the music player rocks, it's really loud and the quality is very good, i didn't think such a small phone would produce such good sound quality. for me the camera is lacking because there isn't a lot of features unfortunately, like i would have liked to be able to change the light balance and to be able to use flash in the other camera modes, for some reason it only works in auto mode. also, the camera quality is too dark in my opinion, i would have preferred brighter, crisper pictures, but the macro mode is amazing because the amount of detail captured is excellent. it's also hard to press the camera button, it's too hard to press and you end up shaking the phone and co ming out blurry-need to practice getting used to it. another thing is that some of the games i play seem to lag and does not always register my touch, i dunno if that's the games fault or the x10 mini pro. it runs on android 2.1 and i have found no problem in finding applications for it, so far every app i've downloaded have worked. The vibration of the phone is too low though, and i can't ever feel the vibration. the internet was surprising, i thought i wouldn't be able to read the text and that it would be too small, but that's not the case, i can read the text perfectly and the internet pages loads really fast, yes you do have to do a bit of scrolling since it is a pretty small screen, but that's okay with me. anyways, it's a really cool phone, and i recommend it to those who want a small smartphone. by the way, it charges like its been hit by lightning because it takes about 1 and a half to 2 hours to reach full charge (depending whether its switched on or off while charging). i just think it's a cool phone and it looks good, lots of people compliment it. it gets 4 stars!! i would have given it a 5 if it had better battery life and more camera settings
Reviewed by Ian Thompson from UK on 6th Mar 2011
ONE WORD: JUNK
Reviewed by louise from uk on 5th Mar 2011
love this phone. would be the best phone in the world if it had bbm. even tho you have to download bits to it and it disconnected itself sometimes from wifi i still love it! there only every been one other phone before this one that i loved this much which was a sony ericsson c902. sony ericsson is the best model i always go back to it. if only it had BBM =[ still a good damn good phone
Reviewed by Daniel from UK, newcastle on 3rd Mar
overall this is an excellent phone, however mine does has its issues, after downloading the game angry birds it started to become slow and glitchy especially when typing texts. Also another fault in the phone is when phoning someone you can mute the call or even hang up when putting the phone to your face since its touch screen, but this can be avoided by locking the phone after dialling the number. battery life is not a problem for me, always lasts at least 24 hours even when listening to constant music and regularly using facebook and texting, I normally charge my phone every night so it is ready in the morning. although I rarely use the camera I have found when I do use it it takes great quality photos, a for those of you who regularly upload photos to facebook you'll be happy to hear to takes only seconds to upload your photos. but I have to say, the best feature of this phone is it's slide out keyboard which makes texting so much easier and faster, however i was gifted with nimble fingers, for the bigger people among you i would say get the original mini were the keyboard isn't included. I would highly recommend this phone to everyone! (as long as your fingers aren't to fat so when you go to press a key you just press one and not 5.) it is possible that this is the best phone I have ever had now that I am used to it.
Reviewed by Richard from England on 14th Feb 2011
Firstly, I love this phone and highly recommend it, I know it has some bad points as most people have been saying below, but a lot of these can be fixed. Amanda Grobler, RE: the messaging. There's not meant to be an inbox, outbox or draft. It's all handled in one constant stream, showing a list of the conversation you had with that person. If you start to type a message but back up out of that screen, it will save that message as a draft. If you send a message but there is insufficient signal, it will say "message queued for sending", which is essentially what an outbox does. Having the whole conversation in one stream means you can view the text that was sent to you, and all others with that person, as you write your response which is hugely useful. The only problem with messaging that I haven't found a way around is that there is no way to save photo messages you are sent to an SD or to transfer them to a PC, not great if your significant other sends you a saucy pic :P The battery life is not amazing. To lengthen it, reduce screen brightness/timeout, ensure wifi is off when you're not using it and data traffic if you don't care for facebook updates, and if an app or game crashes on you, it may continue to run in the background, simply go to application settings, select that app and press "force stop". I charge every night, just like everyone does, and it always lasts the whole day, what more do I need? Not all apps work with this phone because of the screen resolution, but there are always several apps that do the same thing, try different ones. Angry birds and angry birds seasons has also been released for free android download and works fine for me. Oh, a tip for free games on this phone: turn off data transfer (ie. the internet) this means the phone cannot load advertising banners into the games, which should stop lagging. Oh and Amanda again, download Picasa for free photo editing. This phone is great for a casual user who wants a phone that does pretty much everything, I even use it as a guitar tuner. I wouldn't recommend it for business though, if that's what you need, get an ugly old blackberry.
Reviewed by ABZ from uk, london on 13th Feb 2011
would you believe this phone has 5mp camera?? i love this phone, hardly use the camer, but its nice to impress friends. i love the shape and software int that bad. battry life can be improved, however need to take to account this isnt a samsung, nor a iphone. its much smaller, hence battry isnt as log lasting. cant complain much. phone does the job
Reviewed by HALIM from ENGLAND LONDON on 13th
THIS PHONE IS AMAZING!! THE BEST PHONE I HAVE HAD. ITS SMALL, TOUCH SCREEN AND HAS A KEYPAD. I UPDATED MY PHONE AND NOW HAV ANDROID SOFTWARE 2.1, AS FOR THE BATTRY, MUSIC PLAYS WELL, AND IF YOU ADJUST UR SETTINGS BATTRY IS ALMOST PERFECT.
Reviewed by Jack from England on 10th Feb 2011
I think it can be safe to say that there are no definate facts about this phone, as it's your personal opinion. Some love, some hate. Some complain it's too small ( it is MINI!!!), and some love it that way. Some say the battery lasts a few hours, others last a few days. I think many of these reviews can be taken with a pinch of salt. Some prefer nokia, others blackberys. But one thing I can say is that if you have little to no experience with android, this is the phone for you. However, if you are into higher range phones like HTC's and Samsungs, don't get it. Obviously, the bad reviewers expected far too much from this phone.
Reviewed by sam from UK on 6th Feb 2011
I love my x10 mini pro and for about five days it was running fine and now ive updated to android 2.1 the battery seems to last less time and the phone freezes when playing simple games like angry birds a game I love and my phone cant even play it :( not best pleased I dont know how o2 will deal with my situation because I exchanged my phone twice before and this time I want a refund I think its o2 that have preloaded thier own software on the phone and if I fkash the phone it will invalidate my warrenty boooo .
Reviewed by Amanda Grobler from George Western Cape on
4th Feb 2011
I love the phone except for the messaging having no inbox out box or draft? and then the camara that cant zoom and apart from that almost none photo editing options....thats bad! But execpt for all that i am happy! Battery life not all that good thouhg!
Reviewed by george from UK on 3rd Feb 2011
Ive had my x10 mini pro for acouple of. Days I love every ich of the device and I love the android OS but some of the apps in the apps store dont always work because they were never inteded To work on such a small screen but thier has to be compromise but to me this is the perfect phone does it for me over and over again woooo SE cant wait for the arc to come out
Reviewed by Shcender from Germany on 31st Jan
Reviewed by robin werkman from willemstad, curacao on
30th Jan 2011
i love this device, costumization, free applications, small(supersmall baby) size, nice look, well built, good performer. bye bye billgates
Reviewed by Katie from UK on 25th Jan 2011
I am now about to take my second handset of this phone back to vodafone. I am currently using my second xperia which is a week old and has already given up on life. The one I had previously for three months, I say three but really it was two as the third it spent in and out of the vodafone repair centre each time coming back with them not finding a fault. After fiddling around trying to get used to the ridiculously difficult to understand phone for a couple of weeks it started switching off on a regular basis when I closed it, locking the screen so I couldn't answer calls and the battery lasting substantially less time with every charge, anyone who has one of these phones will know that it having a slide out keyboard means that if it switches off when you close it, it was switching off A LOT. Also the only way that I know to answer a call is using the slider on the touch screen and if the touch screen locks, well that just makes things a little tricky. And another issue, the charming phone hoarded up all the messages I sent and was sent over the period of a few days and then sent and received all of them in one go, leaving me and a few other people a little confused when getting messages like "where are you" when you are sat with the person who you just received that message from. Like I said I am now on my second phone and I now have a whole host of other problems. It keeps switching to flight mode so I cannot receive calls or messages or send them, it has cut out a few times and wont turn back on (this is not related to charge as it eventually responds) and it has wiped all its memory clean twice, which is a pain as I have lost all my messages from the last week and lost a couple of numbers. This phone has been nothing but trouble for me and I have spent more time in the vodafone shop than I care to remember. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!
Reviewed by ChrisS from UK on 16th Jan 2011
Update from my previous review: I opted to return the phone from Tesco and get the same replacement model. The keyboard issue is now NOT an issue, ie, it's fine. But the problem now is that it takes about 2 minutes to start up! So I returned to Tesco once again, demonstrated the fault. The till monkey agreed that it was faulty, but he spoke to the manager and showed him out the back. Annoyingly the phone started to behave itself and the manager pretty much accused me of lying about it in order to get a refund. In front of the other customers! So I'm keeping the phone, it seems to be ok now, but do NOT buy your phone from Tesco, they just treat you like dirt!
Reviewed by Adam from UK on 13th Jan 2011
I am fully open to the chance theres an extraordinary large batch of mini pros with faulty batteries, but fortunately I have one of the amazing ones. My battery uses 30-40% per days use which includes 45 minutes of 10 second delay GPS tracking for cycling. 1 hour 30 minutes of max volume music, 30 minutes of calls and about 50 texts and I have GPS and autosync on at all times. I have backgrounds apps including ebay, gmail, cardiotrainer, antivirus, battery watcher and 6 hour weather updates always enabled too. On top of this it can give me a days use from 30-40 minutes charge if I forget to do it voernight, probably due to the small battery. Maybe these other guys are running wifi, bluetooth and some CPU hogging apps and no taskiller but I doubt that would make such a difference compared to how intensively mine is setup, I'm still leaning towards bad batches. So it does seem like a luck of the draw, if you get a good battery you have a heck of an amazing phone if Android fits your needs (I have to laugh at the mini pro being used as a business tool), but a bad battery means your pretty much screwed.
Reviewed by David from UK on 12th Jan 2011
I decided I wanted the smallest qwerty keyboard phone on the market - and this phone is exactly that. I made an assumtion that a company the size and status of Sony would be switched on enought to write quality software for integration with Microsoft Outlook. BIG MISTAKE - its hopeless - and worse, the Sony moderators solutions to synchronisation are woeful - IE its a duplication process - not a synch. To backup and restore - you must use internet back facility - you cannot made local backups - bizarre! However, there is a free 3rd party solution that resolves the issue - but that does not absolve Sony from being naive about who would use this phone. In summary - it's a beautiful, well designed and engineered phone in the physical sense - but the common apps built in are woeful. Basics like Contacts, Appointments, Notes etc bear no realtion to the data held in Outlook. Whereas Nokia makw the effort to integrate - Sony are in a world elsewhere. As for the back/restore - don't get it! At the end of this (long) 18 months - its back to Nokia for me - their software is top class - and you cannot separate the phones from the quality of the desktop app that supports it.
Reviewed by JC from UK on 12th Jan 2011
I reviewed this phone 2 days ago, as was expecting a replacement, that was done, and I have the replacement phone. Same problem. Currently 100 percent charged at 8am this morning, 12% remaining at 4.30, biggest contributers to this battery demise, standby and cell idle, accounting for 70% of the battery usage. So by conservative estimates, if nothing else were being used on the phone and it sat on the desk doing nothing I might get 15 hours out of it, not the 250 it promises. Very disappointed.
Reviewed by JC from UK on 10th Jan 2011
Had the phone for a week and it's being replaced today. Charged at 11am and dead by 11pm, without a single thing happening just phone idle (46%) and cell standby (42%), so sent it back, as that's an obvious fault so if you are having that problem, get it replaced. As for the phone, it's nice to use, the need for a keyboard is obvious, glad I didn't get the mini now, as input with the on screen alpha numeric is very slow and tiresome when you want to type something not recognised as first choice (or recognised at all) by the predictive text, it's nowhere near as easy as using a seperate 'old fashined' alpha numeric keypad. If your a first time Android user getting around and working out how things work takes some time, and having used SE for about 6 years now, I much prefer their interface and working system on their non smart phones than this, things just worked better and more logically, like default numbers in the contacts, you don't get that. Perhaps I'm just out of my comfort zone, but I prefer to not have to spend ages trying to find an app that does what I want it to do, bwhn before I could just pick it up select an option from a menu and it was done. Made a few phone calls on it, nice and clear, speaker is good, and it connected to my bluetooth handsfree in the car no problem at all. Doesn't have voice dialling which is a definite downside for me, and it doesn't sync with outlook on your desktop, which is a massive negative for me. You have to download a couple of apps for it, and the one recommended by SE is an alpha release that doesn't work very well!!! You can sync with the cloud and SE's servers and googlemail (again SE recommends that you sync your outlook with the googlemail and then with phone....errr no) and everything you want, but not if you just want to sync with the outlook on your desktop or laptop. I notice that nearly all other manufacturers have addressed this and built in the functionality, but SE support can't be bothered on this one. Camera is alright. basic 5mp camera phone, can take a few decent shots when your out and about on the spur, but if you want proper display photos then look elsewhere. I'll come back and review again when I have the new one to update on battery life, but for now it's two stars, it does what a phone does pretty well, but the lack of outlook sync and voice dialling lets it down.
Reviewed by Chris from Cyprus on 4th Jan 2011
After owning xperia x10 mini for two months i was very pleased with it but the need o keyboard was obvious. So i upgraded to xperia x10 mini pro. After using the telephone for a week i must say that is one the best telephones out there. Battery last up to 2 days, telephone is very responsive and fast plus you have the opportunity to download unlimited apps from android market. This is not a telephone for gaming but can handle anything you like. Sound quality is superb! Excellent device!!! Buy it!!!
Reviewed by ChrisS from Cambs, UK on 3rd Jan 2011
This is quite a nice little phone. The interface is very smooth and user-friendly, and it even has a guide built into it if you get stuck with any issues. I absolutely love it. The screen, although small, is crisp and responds well to the touch, and there are several widgets to try out. Are most of them useful? Probably not... some of them are more or less "shortcuts". As I said, I love the phone. Well, most of it. What I don't like: The keyboard sometimes catches a little on the phone when you slide it out, and, on my phone at least, the Space Bar hardly works at all. It's also frozen on me a couple of times, and to relieve this problem I've had to take out and put back in the battery. Finally, the battery life itself is not brilliant. In three days I've had to charge the phone up FOUR times. I admit that I used the WIFI for about 20 minutes a day, but come on... other than that I only used for occasional texting and even more occasional calling. Tesco agreed that the battery shouldn't need to be recharged as much as it does, that the space bar does definitely need to be fixed, and the freezing issues shouldn't be there. They said I could return it and either get a replacement or a refund. I'll probably go for the refund and wait for the price to drop as the phone ages.
Reviewed by Tom from England on 27th Dec 2010
The Phone broke after 2 days of use, touch screen unresponsive, no indications of physical damage visible. Sony Ericsson support website has no relevant information.
Reviewed by ZZ Steve from Staffs, UK on 27th Dec
I had the Xperia X10 miniPro about a month ago; the first SmartPhone I've had! I wanted a phone that would also enable me to keep track of email on the move, and allow me to search Google if I needed to find out about anything... It does all that and, with the impressive range of Apps available, one heck of a lot more! It not only keeps me in touch, but provides what seems endless forms of entertainment besides. I agree Battery life isn't the best around, but if used the way I intended to use it, then it's not a problem! Killing background Apps, dimming display, turning off WiFi when not needed, etc, all help to preserve Battery life! I realise there's a lot I need to do to my phone to get it exactly as I want it.. upgrading to Android 2.1 (or higher), adding bigger memory card, and various tweaks and hacks.. It's a pity Sony Ericsson hadn't done a bit more before the phone shipped! The phone is a bit small for my 'sausage fingers' but it's not impossible to use with a little practice! I'm glad I bought the miniPro though, as the slideout keyboard is a life saver! The one thing that annoys me... Why use a non-standard form of mini-USB connector on the phone? I have a number of leads with the standard mini-USB plug, and could have used them at different locations to avoid having to sometimes take the charger with me!!!! My Advice?.... Buy one, or at least Try one!
Reviewed by Abdul from united kingdom on 21st
FABULOUS!! jus updated my x10 mini pro and now i have firmware 2.0... cant remember the last time it froze.. only takes quite some time to switch on due to the firmware update.. but no other problems. Touch Screen - excellent (sometimes freezes but rarely on upgrade) Buttons - very useful Battry - music upto 10hrs/talktime 4hrs.. texting around 3hrs (constant texting) Really this phone is the best so far, its small yet has everything. Why walk around with a brick in your bag when you can have a x10 mini which fits in your pocket? U CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING ON THIS PHONE THAT YOU CAN DO ON X10!!
Reviewed by Johir from Clapham South on 16th Dec
this phone got everything!! well almost except 2 little things *battery not very good *pressing back button makes cheap plasticy noise with quality touch & key it's a good compact phone, just bort something diffrent after Nokia E72 video freez! I'm happy :)
Reviewed by Mark from England on 12th Dec 2010
The handset is very good as i wanted a small phone. The android software is a real bore and basic use is poor, going back to my windows phone