Review: Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro

Before you start reading this review, I would advice you to read my review for Sony Ericsson X10 mini because these 2 phones are very similar. So I will not be a broken record and repeat those similar stuff. Instead, I’ll touch on the 2 main differences, the battery and the keyboard.

Hmmm….. OK, actually there isn’t much to talk about the battery except the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro has a removable battery. It’s not exactly a feature since we have such technology since my first handphone. But it’s always good to know that the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro has removable battery. Not sure how useful will that be though. Oh well.

Another difference is the slideout keyboard. The slideout keyboard isn’t exactly very spacious but still comfortable to type with. I find myself getting used to the keyboard very quickly. Although the X10 mini pro is small, you still get a good grip of the phone with the slide out keyboard. I do like the left and right button beside the SPACEBAR. They come in handy when you make some small typo. However, the up and down button is missing here. But I can understand the omission as there is space constrain. Well, you can always use the touchscreen or just press left/right button to move the cursor to the place you want. Not a deal breaker here.

The slideout keyboard is pretty sturdy. But I’m not sure if it will remain this sturdy after prolong usage.

One thing I do hope that Sony Ericsson would consider for future model is to include a Ctrl button. This will allow users to use the standard keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl-C or Ctrl-V.

The Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro is 9.0 x 5.2 x 1.7 cm and weighs 120grams. Slightly bigger and heavier than the X10 mini.
So which phone should you choose? Sony Ericsson X10 mini or X10 mini pro? It really depends on your phone usage. If you message a lot, then X10 mini pro is the obvious choice for you. But if you consume more than you create, then the X10 mini would be a good option.

The X10 mini pro that I reviewed is still running on Android 1.6. The last time I heard from Sony Ericsson is that the Android 2.1 update will come in Q3 this year. For those using the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro now, this might be the longest quarter ever.
In short:
A small yet powerful phone, now with a slideout keyboard.
Small form factor
Simple and responsive user interface
Sturdy slideout keyboard
Android 1.6 (will be upgraded to 2.1 in Q3 2010)
No Ctrl button

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