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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 MiniThe Xperia X10 Mini packs a lot of features into a small design. Not everyone will like the phone's compact touch screen, but it mostly satisfies as an Android smartphone.
[ Music ] ^m00:00:03 >> Hi I'm Kent German, senior editor here at CNET.com. Today we're going to take a first look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. Now the X10 Mini came out the same time as the X10 Mini Pro. Both phones are modeled under the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which came out in late 2009. This is an android phone so you will find these controls very similar to other android handsets. You have just a menu button right here that will open the menu for that touchscreen, and then a back key as well. You can also pull up the main menu by clicking on the arrow here, slide it up, and then you can just cycle through the different menu pages. One feature on this phone is you will find 4 points around the home screen where you can access certain functions. You have the messaging, you have the music, you have the keypad dialer, that's for dialing numbers, and then you have the phonebook. These are great because they don't have to go through the main menu to find things, these are often used features so I love it they're right there on the corners. You just tap on them and they open right away. Here in the back you'll find a camera lens, there's a volume rocker right here. It is pretty thin. I was able to find it and use it when I was on a call, but like it if it was just a little thicker. And there's a camera option as well. Now on such a small phone, it is important to note that you won't get a full coded keyboard, so when you're messaging you're going to have to be pecking, and peck over and over again to find the things that you want. Another thing to note is this does have accelerometers so the screen will rotate when you change orientation, but it's not going to do it for everything. It's very similar to the X10. You'll find it in photos, some media options, but you're not going to find it especially in that keyboard, as I said. Android users will find most of the options that they're accustomed to seeing. However Sony Ericsson on this phone, along with the other X10 models, did use what's called a user experience interface. So it's very similar to what Moto did with Motoblur, or as you see since, it's just taking that android interface and then laying over their own graphics, and a little bit of their own design. As far as features it does have the camera and the music player, as I said. You're going to have the messaging. You're going to have email. You're going to have organizer options, GPS, maps and stuff. Most of what you'd expect on a smartphone. It's just a very small smartphone, so that's important to keep in mind. I'm Kent German and this is Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. ^m00:02:03 [ Music ]