The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro should succeed at its market goal – attract the heavy texters and those who need a compact smartphone.
Its form factor gives it an attractive look, makes it unique. That is important in a market flooded with Google Android smartphones which look somewhat all the same.
Although the handset has a small screen, its well-organised interface compensates for it, and users will surely navigate freely throughout menus and apps.
The hardware slide-out keyboard is one of Sony Ericsson’s biggest weapons, and although the keys feel slightly cheap, they are well-spaced and provide a good feedback.
The operating system itself needs updates, but many apps and games were installed successfully, and the widgets played a crucial role in offering a good experience in the home screen.
I didn’t give much attention to Timescape and Mediascape. They do give a Sony Ericsson branding to this device, but it didn’t affect much of my operation. The Google integration on the other hand is quite welcome, as it synchronises all contacts, emails and calendar entries without any effort.
The camera on the device has a small sensor, but captures decent pictures. The low performance is noted in low-light imagery, and in the lack of user controls and options.
The X10 Mini Pro is a recommended buy, but owing to the form factor, we advise every prospective owner to have at least a hands-on experience before deciding.
Advantages: Hardware keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, compact form factor, well-organised interface .
Disadvantages: Software needs updates, low performance in low-light image capture, lack of camera controls, lock button too thin.