Say Hello to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro

Say Hello to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro 1

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Its Android time again after a very long break. The last Android smartphone that was reviewed here on Mobility Nigeria is the T-mobile G1 way back in May 2009.

This time, we bring you a unique Android smartphone that was recently released in June, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. It is the smallest smartphone that I have ever seen. It is so small that at first I was scared that it would be absolutely unusable. Here are the specifications:

  • Android v1.6 (upgrade to v2.1 coming in Q4 2010)
  • Weight: 120g
  • Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm
  • 2.55-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen of 240 x 320 pixels
  • Scratch-resistant surface display
  • slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED
  • GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Wi-fi, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB cable
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor
  • 170mb RAM
  • Memory: 212mb + microSD slot (2GB card in retail box)
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS

First Impressions
I have had it for a few hours, and have found it quite usable. Surprise, surprise. The QWERTY keyboard is good and the display responsive.

At the moment, I am installing and configuring it to my taste, and in the next several days, this cute babe will be put through its paces. Let me know if you have any particular questions that you would want addressed in the upcoming reviews.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures:
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Say Hello to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro 3
Size Comparison - X10 Mini Pro and W595, a slider feature phone
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X10 Mini Pro with slide-out keyboard extended
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Size Comparison - X10 Mini Pro and the Samsung B7610
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Size Comparison - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Samsung B7610
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21 thoughts on “Say Hello to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro”

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  2. Good specs sheet and nice qwerty with well spaced and raced key.

    What I love to know is that ‘Can we (Nigerians)now buy apps from the App store?’.

    what i know.
    iPhone = u cant even download free apps unless u register ur credit card and Nigeria is not in the Country list.

    Blackberry = Tried downloading the AppWorld but says not available for Nigeria.

    Android = I know we can download free app but paid apps not sure.

    Nokia = we can get free apps for sure paid app i feel so.

    Windows Mobil = Not sure

    There are certainly different ways one can get apps into these phones but what am looking at here is from the Official App Stores.

    Or Yomi do you think we can get a special review for this.

  3. Now this is one of my dream Android phones…but at N52,500, would like to pay for it in two installments (if it’s possible) else i’ll just save up and then pick it up from the phone store.

  4. But with all these impressive specs, why would Sony Ericsson, as late as June 2010, release this phone with Android 1.6. When I first noticed it, i immediately lost interest in the phone. But since it’s now upgradable to Eclair, any chance that you could give us info on that, Yomi?

    Like bosun99uk, I would also like to know how favorable the Android Market is towards Nigeria.

  5. spacyzuma,

    From the Sony Ericsson products blog:

    Previously on this blog we communicated that we will update our 2010 Xperia phones (Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro) to Android OS 2.1 in Q4. We are today happy to confirm that all of these phones will now get the update to Android 2.1 from the latter part of Q3 and onwards (timing will vary from market to market, some will be in Q4

  6. From what I’ve read, android smartphones get their updates automatically over their home networks [Verizon, AT&T etc]. Unless the phone companies release eclair and froyo on their websites, i think it’ll be a real challenge to Nigerian android users to update their phones.

  7. Spacyzuma,

    That’s not quite correct. Unless in cases of network crippled devices, Android devices get their updates as released by the manufacturer.

    For example, I got an update on the X10 mini pro yesterday. I also got an update on the G1 last year. When SE releases v2.1, you can be sure that X10-series users in Nigeria will get it without any issues.

  8. @Yomi. I would like to know about the RAM. Good specs altogether. But I am still hoping for a Samsung Galaxy S review. I could kill for that phone!

    @ bosun99uk
    Yes, you are correct. You cannot buy apps (whether free or otherwise) from the apple itunes apps store if you are based in Nigeria. This is because of that there is no apple presence in Nigeria in terms of apple itself or corresponding network providers for the apple iphone. It’s strange, but in a country like Cameroon which has Orange networks, you can actually have an itunes store account and buy an iphone 3gs phone right from apple itself via the orange networks! The same goes for Android. You have to have a valid credit card and physical address from where Apple has an online store to get an account!

    Now, are all hope lost for the iphone or android?. Not so. There is a way to circumvent this. What I did was that I asked a friend to get a VISA pre-paid credit card from England for me. And with his Home address in England he was able to open an apple itunes account in England for me. AS a result, I am now able to buy apps, both free and paid, officially from the apple i-tunes online store. That was why I never needed to jailbreak my phone! I only upload pounds into my prepaid card if I so wish to obtain paid apps!

  9. @Afewgoodmen

    Many Thanks, because not having access to the Apple Store if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch not jailbroken is like using a BlackBerry without subscribing to BIS/BES.

    I will try work on that considering the new iPod Touch am in Love with.

  10. bosun99uk, I’ve been downloading apps from the apple appstore to my iPhone 3G without problems. The free OperaMini I use on my iPhone was downloaded from the appstore. The secret is to register using iTunes on your Windows or Mac desktop. That way you will have the option of not specifying any credit card details. You also need to enter a U.S address. You can use a friend’s address if you have any there. If you don’t, then that’s where you have to lie cos it accepts any U.S address.

    DISCLAIMER: Try it at your own risk 🙂

  11. @IG

    I tried using my iTunes and it asked for credit card details which certainly is not a problem if not because Nigeria was not accepted.

    But i dont think Apple registers a user the way u explained it.

    Feel free to expatiate and other people should also please confirm.

  12. @bosun99uk, I tried to go over the process again and it seems you are right. The registration process has been updated and you need a credit card to proceed. I think I was lucky for registering before the changes were made.

    I guess you just have to to get a credit card issued from any of the countries accepted on the iTunes/app store.

  13. @bosun99uk.
    perhaps you didn’t understand me. Because there is no apple online itunes store in Nigeria, Nigeria is not supported in the itunes store. You have a US online store. You also have for the UK. You cannot purchase anything in the US store for instance if you are registered in the UK store.

    The criteria that Apple uses, for instance in the UK store, is that the credit card whether prepaid or debit or a full credit card must be from the Uk. The second criteria is that you have to furnish a UK address for your billing information!

    So, if you have a friend or a relation in the UK or US for instance, he could open an itunes account for you using a credit card from the US or UK, and also use his US/UK address in the fields while filling the online forms in itunes.

    Like in my case, my friend used a prepaid credit card which he got for me in the UK. A Nigerian credit card won’t WORK! Then he generally assisted me to register using my E-mail address and a password which I gave him. Which ofcourse I have now changed. I can now control my itunes account from Nigeria online. Since it is a prepaid card he opened for me in the UK, whenever I exhaust the pounds credit in it, I just need to re-load it with pounds that I send to my pal to help me do, so I can make purchases for paid apps. Apart from that, I can download any free apps that I wish.

    It is worth given a try. If you do not have a friend over-seas, just let me know. A pre-paid credit card is better because of the flexibility in this situation! Because even if your credit is finished, you could still buy free apps, and make reviews on the itunes store!!

  14. Countries like Niger and Cameroun are listed in iTunes. If one can get a credit card issued in any of those countries, I believe it will work. I am not sure of Benin Republic, but one can check to see if its listed.

  15. @IG. You are correct. I know that Cameroon is listed. Because of their Orange network. I know a friend and former school mate who bought an iphone 3Gs from orange there in Cameroon and was able to link up with the itunes store.

    My problem with Nigeria, is this, What are all the Networks doing? COuldn’t MTN or even Glo go on an exclusivity agreement with Apple or Google Android? It beats me! No innovation whatever, All they are after is only our hard earned cash! There is just no form of subsidized premium smartphones offer in any network in Nigeria!

  16. @Afewgoodmen, I think the networks are afraid of introducing iPhones because of the Nigerian culture of using more than one line. Maybe they are afraid that we will be Jailbreaking and unlocking the phones instead of sticking with the contracts which will enable then to recoup the actual price of the phone.

    That’s just my thought. I may be wrong, maybe they are just not serious about taking adavantage of the new generation smartphones.

  17. Sony Ericsson have announced a revised plan is to start the roll-out of Android v2.1 updates for their X10 line from end of October and onwards.

    Improvements coming to the X10 mini pro (and X10 mini):

    • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
    • New backup and restore application with extended content back up
    • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
    • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
    • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
  18. Why cant they upgrade it direct to Froyo [2.2]?!?! Eclair [2.1] is about 8 months old already!!

    I came close to ordering for an Android phone. After researching it for weeks [and being a super geek], it seemed the right choice for me. However I’m disillusioned by all the modifications to Android. Froyo was released in May, yet the majority of phoens being released are still Eclair. And there’s talk of Gingerbread [3.0] coming in a few months. To me, the rate of change is too rapid. A top rated android phone can become average in just 6 months, and I didnt want that.

    1. spacyzuma,

      The Android fragmentation issue is a direct consequence of the platform being work in progress. Eventually, it will steady out when most missing features have been implemented, but it will not fully disappear. Fragmentation exists for Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and iOS too in varying measures.

      Right now, Android is a fast-growing lab project. So long as consumers understand what they are buying and can live with it, no stress. Lots of people are ranting at Sony Ericsson over the v2.1 update being late and not up-to-date. But SE promised us only v2.1 from the word go and said it would come Q4. People make decisions and then cannot live with the consequences. I purchased the X10 Mini Pro knowing upfront that the best I would get is v2.1. It was my choice to buy it. I’ll live with it.

      Cheers.

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