The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro manages to pack loads of features into an eye-squintingly small package, just like its sibling, the Xperia X10 Mini. But the Mini Pro adds a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, making it the most usable miniature smart phone we've tested.
The Mini Pro is available for free on a £20-a-month, 24-month contract. You can also buy it SIM-free and unlocked, so you can use it on any network, for around £250. Finally, it's available on a pay as you go deal for around £200.
Mini messaging maestro
The Mini Pro manages to pack a full Qwerty keyboard into a phone that's shockingly tiny to begin with, measuring only 52 by 90 by 17mm when closed. The keyboard makes the phone feel rather chunky, but you should still be able to slide it into a pocket without too much bother.
When we first heard of the Mini Pro, we had a hard time imagining who would want a phone with the body of the Motorola Milestone. But the Mini Pro's keyboard is a pleasant surprise, and makes the handset easier to use than its sibling, since you don't have to fumble around with an on-screen keyboard. When the slider's closed, the Mini Pro also offers a virtual keyboard that's well optimised for the little screen.and the keyboard of an email powerhouse like the
The physical keyboard has small keys, but there's plenty of space between them and they're raised slightly, so they're easy to use. We had no trouble typing emails and text messages accurately, although staring into the tiny screen tended to make us go cross-eyed.
Combined with the great social-networking apps that are available for Android, and the phone's fast Wi-Fi and HSPA connectivity, the keyboard makes the Mini Pro a good phone for chewing the fat online.