Expert Review of Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Black
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is an Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson that has Sony mobile BRAVIA engine software, which enhances the sharpness, colors and contrast of the image on its 3-inch Reality display. The handset is designed to be stylish and compact with a size of 92 mm x 53 mm x 18 mm and holds a weight of 136 grams, which though not a light weight but is easy to carry in hands without aching the muscles. This smartphone comes in black, white, white with pink and white with blue variants and these vibrant colors give it a fresher appearance. The quite heavy body is the result of sliding QWERTY keypad, that slides out with a sight push from left side. The display on top is capacitive in touch and thus it is a touch and type smartphone that provides the facility of touchscreen as well as QWERTY keyboard. The users can simply slide out Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro’s ergonomic keyboard and start typing, as the keys are so aptly spaced that there are no chances of any accidental press. Smart functions like the Type and Send widget and the Smart Keyboard feature make messaging as fast and easy as it should be and the users will never feel tired using this keypad. When the keyboard is slid away out of sight, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro looks exactly the same as Sony Xperia Mini. Below the touch sensitive display there is a slightly big home button with two capacitive touch buttons for Menu and Back either side of it. Apart from the touchscreen and capacitive and physical buttons, the front also hold a secondary front facing camera that produces low-resolution video and stills for web chats, along with Accelerometer, Proximity and Digital compass sensors. This smartphone is entirely made of plastic and the battery cover has glossy finish. The left side of Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is completely bare and the only thing to notice here is a small slit to use and pull the battery cover open. On the right-hand side the users will find the volume rocker on top and a dedicated camera shutter key at the bottom. The volume rocker is reasonably comfortable, the up and down keys are prominent and solid to press. The shutter key is super soft, with very deep half press. The top of the handset is the house for power/lock key, the microUSB port, the 3.5 mm audio jack and the secondary microphone used for noise cancellation whereas the bottom has the lanyard eyelet only and the primary microphone pinhole is on the QWERTY keyboard near the bottom of the phone.
User Interface and UI functionality
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a touch-and-type Android smartphone where the reality display has Sony mobile BRAVIA engine that helps in providing a clear and sharp view on the 3 inches wide LED-backlit LCD display that has capacitive touchscreen, which is made up of scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass. This amazing screen comes with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and gives numerous color combinations from 16M colors. The pixel density of 192 ppi makes the screen more visible and provides differentiability to the various objects in a picture. It is running on Android v.2.3 Gingerbread platform and on top of it, there is Timescape UI that brings many amazing and good features at the users' footsteps along with Android platform supporting features. This smartphone is powered by Scorpion processor that is clocked at a rate of 1 GHz and has Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset along with Adreno 205 GPU that provides amazing graphics performance and also plays a key role in the smooth working of applications. This smartphone bring customizable Android experiences by allowing the users to personalize their homescreens and adjust widgets and icons according to their choice and preference. This interface allow the users to avail the facility of five customizable homescreens. Each page comes with a customizable icon in the corner where the users can stick anything they want in there, simply by long-pressing on the corner or dragging a shortcut in from the main applications screen. When the QWERTY keyboard is pulled out, the home screen and everything else automatically flips to landscape mode, making the 3-inch screen feel roomier. If the users want to organize everything, the main application menu on the smartphone can be sorted alphabetically, by popularity or date installed, or users can touch the little grid icon to the bottom-right of the list to detach all the icons so they can be dragged around and organized according to their own preference.
The music player on Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a quite simple option, but the users do get a few nice custom interface features, a home screen widget and comprehensive playlist creation and management options. The music player has a like button that will ping out the details of what the users are currently listening as a Facebook status update and along with this there is an infinite button, which performs a YouTube search using the artist details and returns a list of related clips, or searches Google for lyrics, or Wikipedia to look out for the exact detail of an artist or a band. There is a search bar on top of the playlist screen that is very useful to download audio files instantly. The FM radio with RDS very well integrate with Sony Ericsson's TrackID system that records a sample of a song and send it to a server for identification. Various audio formats for music playback that are supported by the music player are MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA and Ogg vorbis and the formats that supports the recording of an audio file are 3GPP, MP4 and AMR. As for video playback, the options on Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro are quite limited as it supports H.263 Profile 0, Profile 3 Level 70, H.264 High Profile Level 3.1, MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile and Advanced Simple Profile Level 6 formats for video playback and for video recording 3GPP and MP4 video formats are supportable. One can also attach speakers or woofers to this smartphone via 3.5 mm headphone jack that also works as an A/V connector. This phone also has xLOUD Experience, which comes with audio filter technology and thus increase the multimedia experience of the users.
Pictures and Video quality
The 5 MP auto focus camera of Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro comes with LED flash and is loaded with features such as geo-tagging, image stabilization, smile and face detection and touch focus that adds more fun to the photography experience. This camera is capable of capturing images with a size of 2592 x 1944 pixels and can also record full HD videos with a resolution of 720p. The users can zoom the picture to view even the minute details of the image with the help of 8x digital zoom feature and the images captured supports JPEG format only but it supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and WBMP formats for image playback. There is a secondary camera also that captures VGA videos and also enable the users to have video chats with family and friends.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro provides Internet connectivity options such as GPRS, EDGE, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and WiFi hotspot via WLAN. The preinstalled HTML, Adobe Flash browser helps in quick uploading of a web page and also enable the users to easily toggle between one web page to another with ease. In terms of connectivity with nearby devices options such as Bluetooth v.2.1 with A2DP, microUSB port v.2.0 and DLNA are supportable on this device.
Internal and External Memory
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro comes with an internal storage capacity of 400 MB along with 512 MB for RAM that is sufficient memory to run heavy applications smoothly, but if the users want to store more data in the device then they have to expand the external memory of the device by providing a microSD card to the smartphone. One can extend the external storage capacity up to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card slot (2 GB card comes included).
Applications and Gaming
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro comes loaded with loads of applications, such as Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View, etc., that the users can take benefit of. One can also download various applications from the Android market, which has more than 1,50,000 applications. In terms of games, this smartphone supports 3D games also that are downloadable from the Android market and many online game sites.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro has a standard Li-Ion 1,200 mAh battery that can keep the device working for long time and allows a talktime up to 5 hours 25 minutes on 3G and 5 hours 40 minutes on 2G. This strong battery provides a standby time up to 331 hours on 3G and 340 hours on 2G. The users can also enjoy music playback up to 29 hours.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro offers connectivity to GSM 2G and 3G networks at a frequency of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz for 2G and 900 / 2100 Mhz and 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 3G network. The users can upload data with an HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps and can download a file with an HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a well-featured Android smartphone that has many nice and latest features preloaded in it and has very nice user interface skin, Facebook integration that is not too intrusive, usable web browser with Flash player support, solid hardware with usable keyboard and nice featured camera with powerful processor that all together make this smartphone a smart choice but it has some drawbacks also, such as camera images exaggerate strong colors, 720p video output lacks detail, the handset is filled with Sony promotional applications and video codec support not extensive and this results in facing a tough competition with smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, Samsung Galaxy S, Nokia 500, HTC One V and many other smartphones that are well-doing than Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.