Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro

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Typical Price: £250.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 13 user reviews

The Good Easy-to-use keyboard; amusingly tiny; expandable memory; user interface has been cleverly tweaked for the very small screen.

The Bad Tiny screen may be too small for some; slightly chunky; Timescape feature needs work; runs the relatively old Android 1.6 operating system.

The Bottom Line The tiny Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro packs a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, making it surprisingly usable, as long as you can bear the small screen. The power of Android makes the Mini Pro much more than just a novelty phone, but a more recent version of the operating system would have been welcome

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7.5 Overall

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 Tesco VX1 Party Phone and the keyboard of an email powerhouse like 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.

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.

With the keyboard stowed away, the Mini Pro looks remarkably small

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.

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