BARCELONA, Spain--Sony Ericsson's Mobile World Congress the company the X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro. It's all about size with these puppies. Though they retain the feature set of the Xperia X10 (with the exception of a lower-resolution camera), they deliver it in much smaller packages.hit the streets, but the company already is introducing new models based on the same design. At
We understand what Sony Ericsson is trying to do here, but whenever you shrink a phone there are always trade-offs. And in this case, we think the trade-offs might be too much. Part of the beauty of the X10 is its gorgeous 4-inch display. You could type quickly on the virtual keyboard, swipe through theapplication easily, navigate the menus, watch videos, and browse the Web comfortably. The X10 Mini's touch screen, however, measures just 2.5 inches. That's small for any touch-screen device and we couldn't escape a cramped feeling when using the handset. What's more, we don't like that you have to plunk at a virtual keybaord that resembles a alphanumeric keyboard on a standard phone.
Fortunately, the X10 Mini Pro offers an alternative with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Though small, the keyboard was more comfortable than we expected. We'll have to wait for a full test-drive to give a real assessment, but for now it appears to work. Click on theabove for a closer look.