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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Smart Phone Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini packs some serious specifications in a tiny casing, and does not disappoint users interested in a budget device but are hungry for a decent display panel. Although the phone is noticeably tiny as the name (Mini) suggests, it’s packed with flourished features and impressive hardware, topping most devices we’ve seen in the same category. If you’re a smart phone fanatic with tiny pockets or a cheapskate searching for an efficient handset, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini will fit the equation. It’s hilariously tiny with a simple user interface, so you won’t get mixed up when exploring the available goodies. The Xperia Mini comes as an upgrade to Xperia X10 with minor tweaks such as a newer version of Android OS (Gingerbread to be precise) and a larger screen while maintaining the low pricing portfolio. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini’s display panel is noticeably larger than its aforementioned sibling; 3.0inches and 2.4inches respectively.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini’s 3.0inch screen can afford up to 320×480-pixel resolution and a decent 192ppi pixel density which is not the best we’ve seen but enough to guarantee crisp text and vivid images while browsing web-pages. At 192ppi pixel density, the phone outsmarts Samsung’s best selling and close competitor, Galaxy Ace S5830which has a larger 3.5inch screen at the same 320×480-pixel resolution. It has a 5.0 Megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p videos; you won’t be disappointed viewing at 192ppi pixel density.  Apart from the silver strip, there’s not much to talk about the left hand side, the power button sits on the top edge of the handset. The right hand-side houses a volume up/down rocker and an amazingly decent dedicated camera button. Unlike most devices, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini has its 3.5mm headphone jack placed at its bottom alongside the USB connector. There isn’t a definite separation between the USB connector and 3.5mm headphone jack, causing some concern if both ports are connected at the same time.
The front panel isn’t as confusing as the phone’s bottom; there is a big physical Home button which is typical to most Sony Ericsson’s devices and the touch sensitive back and menu buttons are large and easy to find. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini’s 1GHz processor coupled by 512MB RAM makes the device snappier the response under the finger isn’t disappointing. 5.0 Megapixel camera sitting at the Xperia Mini’s back is fair enough considering the pricing and additional touches such as auto-focus and led flash are a plus.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Android v2.3 Gingerbread (Planned Upgrade to 4.0)
  • Processor: 1GHz, GPU: Adreno205
  • Display : 3.0inch (320x480p) (167ppi) LCD Capacitive touch screen, 16m colors
  • Primary Camera: 5.0 Megapixel (2592x1944p) auto-focus, Led Flash
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 320MB storage, 512MB RAM
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiFi hotspot
  • Other features: FM with RDS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1200mAh
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Price in Kenya: Kshs.18k to 30k

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