Has anyone made a name-is-longer-than-the-phone joke about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini? Well, joke about the name all you want but this phone is no joke. The X10 Mini is a fantastic little Android phone.
The X10 Mini is a follow on to the Xperia X10 (previous posts here and here) in a very different format. While the X10 is a high-end device with a large 4 inch screen the X10 Mini is…well, mini. The display is 2.6 inches making it easily the smallest Android phone. The size overall is just 83 x 50 x 16 mm (3.3 x 2 x 0.6 inches), and it weighs just 88 grams (3.1 oz).
The X10 Mini is available from Rogers for just $29.99 on contract, or $324.99 outright. Good price!
Shrinking Android down to work on this device took a fair bit of work by Sony Ericsson, which is the reason this is only running on Android 1.6. But Sony has done a very good job of making Android work on such a small device.
[follow link for more impressions and pictures]
Left to Right: Samsung Captivate, X10 Mini, HTC Hero.
Click the image to see a larger version.
This is most definitely not going to be the phone for everyone. Obviously, with such a small screen you are not going to want to watch 2 hr movies on it, read a lot of web pages, or do your taxes. But those coming from a dumb phone (no offence to all the stupid phones out there) would probably take to this right away.
With such a small screen you may be wondering about entering text; well, it is all done with a T9 keyboard. The T9 works well and with the capacitive screen it’s a breeze to get used to, but you probably need to already like T9. I’m betting Swype would actually work well on this, but doubt there is a version for the Mini.
The X10 Mini – click the image to see a larger version.
My initial impressions; I love it, love how different it is. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to carry an iPhone and be the same as millions of others. the X10 Mini certainly stands out in the crowd and gets lots of oohs and aahs. My 15 year old son thought it was fantastic and used up the battery before I had a chance to even try it much. BTW, girls forget all about your cute little dog and gravitate to your cute little phone…so there’s that too.
I’ll post a longer review soon (or maybe even do a video review), but I wanted to post a few thoughts on the X10 Mini.
For now, here are the specs, right from Sony’s site:
– 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
– 16,777,216 color TFT
– MicroSD™ support (up to 16 GB)
– Phone memory 128MB*
* Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration.
– GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
– UMTS/HSPA 900/2100
– UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100
– UMTS/HSUPA 850/1900/2100
– Black – Pearl White – Lime – Red – Pink – Silver
Possible limited market availability.
– 83.0 x 50.0 x 16.0 mm
– 3.3 x 2.0 x 0.6 inches
– 88.0 gr
– 3.1 oz