We recently tested the XPERIA X10 Mini, which struck to us as an odd-ball handset amongst the incrementally populating mid-level Android phone range. Although we appreciated many a things about that phone, from a functional point of view, the X10 Mini fell short due to one major reason -- the screen size. Everything from web-browsing to reading mails to typing on that non-QWERTY num-pad wasn't as ideal as other big-screened Android phones in that range.
In the end, the X10 mini felt like plane with a high-power engine inside that has its wings clipped to make it look pretty. We were eagerly waiting for its slide-out QWERTY wielding cousin, the X10 mini Pro to resurrect this downer feeling of ours. And today we have it in hand. Let's check out the good and bad of that QWERTY board addition.
Note: Since the X10 mini and Mini Pro are identical internally and similar looking externally, we will only cover the differences between the two. To know in-depth about the phone, I'd suggest you read the previous review before hand.
Major Differences in Design:
Overall, both the phones are almost similar looking. Despite the addition of the sliding QWERTY mechanism, Sony Ericsson claims that the thickness of the Mini Pro has gone up by just 1 millimeter. But when placed next to each other, the Mini Pro seems about 3 millimeter thicker. When held in hand, it does feel bulkier too due to the increase in weight by almost 30 grams. But the phone is still pretty petite when compared to 3-inch+ touchscreen phones of today. The QWERTY part has a kick-slide mechanism that pops out as soon as you apply little pressure to the sides. The durability of the slide feels firm.