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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

Review by Mobile Phones 4 Students on Monday 14 June 2010

5 Star Rating

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 MiniThe Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is, as you can probably guess, a smaller version of the outstanding Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Built on the Android platform, the X10 was, and still is, an unbelievable smartphone and has been recognised as one of the best mobile phones released so far, in 2010.

It's popularity and excellent functionality has lead Sony Ericsson into creating a mini version of the phone, catering for those people looking for a small, light-weight 'super smartphone'.

  • 5 MegaPixel Camera with autofocus and flash
  • Video Camera with Video Light
  • Display: 16 million colours, TFT touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels (2.55 inches) with auto-rotation
  • Media player with album art, TrackID and PlayNow
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • MP3/AAC Ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • aGPS with Google Maps
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, conversations
  • 3D Games
  • Picture Wallpaper
  • Personal organiser functions
  • Vibration alert
  • Internet: WAP 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, web browser, RSS feeds, YouTube
  • Memory: 128MB plus microSD memory card (upto 16GB)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Quadband GSM
  • Size: 83 x 50 x6mm
  • Weight: 88g
  • Talktime: 3.5 - 4 hours
  • Battery Standby: 285 - 360 hours

Good Points

As a student, you'll want a phone that you can show off to your mates, but won't cost you the earth. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini certainly fulfills this criteria, particularly as there are a number of cashback deals available to those taking out pay monthly contracts.

Of course, the price isn't everything and the X10 Mini has a whole lot more to offer. A 5 MegaPixel camera with autofocus and a flash is just one feature which is rather useful. Just imagine, if you're off to university in September and you've got this little phone, there's no need for you to invest in a separate camera…you can catch all of your crazy nights out with this - and the quality is so good, you'll be able to remember every last detail…even if you'd rather forget what you got upto!

If you end up having too much fun on a night out, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini can be of further assistance. It has built in aGPS with Google Maps, meaning you can find your way back to your student halls in one piece the following morning, when you're not feeling so delicate and you've shaken your hangover!

As for performance, well, the X10 Mini has a processor which is pretty quick, it has support for an expandable memory (upto 16GB) and the WiFi and HSPA connectivity is excellent. It also has an awesome media player and a built-in radio, and so, with just a set of headphones, you won't be needing to buy that iPod you've been saving up for either. Talk about a money-saving result!

Bad Points

As for the bad points, well, there aren't many. Many reviews highlight the screen size as a negative but when you're in the market for a small smartphone, you've got to expect the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini to deliver. If the screen is too small for you, and you can't cope with the endless scrolling when surfing the net, maybe you should be looking to buy the X10 Mini's big brother.

What do we make of it?

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is awesome. It's small, light-weight, has a slick design and amazing functionality. With social media applications, you can instantly access Facebook and Twitter, and with the 5 MegaPixel camera, you'll be saving yourself loads of money in the long run, as well as getting cashback when you buy certain deals (obviously, the cashback only applies if you choose those deals!). Whether you decide to go for this little gem or the bigger Xperia X10, you're in for a right treat and we thoroughly recommend this device as an ideal student mobile phone (and camera…and MP3 player…).

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