By GeoffreyFarinha | July 7, 2010 5:08 PM
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below!
If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review.
This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact that this is a custom skin of the Android operating system, users can still take advantage of the Android Market and applications such as Facebook and YouTube. The simple (yet addicting), game “Peggle” is also presinstalled on the device.
However, the X10 Mini utilizes Android 1.6. Which means that some applications may not be available for download on this device, as they are not compatible. The official Twitter application is an example of such.
The hardware of the X10 Mini is quite impressive considering its extremely small size. The smaller 2.5″ screen does take some getting used to, however its touch sensitivity is very accurate. Once again, Sony’s custom UI really makes this device usable. If you’re after a small form factor you’ll be filled with joy when you discover that you often forget that the X10 Mini is even in your pocket. Sony has gone a step further than most manufacturers by including four different color backplates. The user can choose which one to put on their phone, truly making it “theirs”. Combined with the included headphones, the X10 Mini can also listen to FM Radio stations. Finally, like many other smartphones, the X10 Mini offers GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.0.
Unfortunately, the X10 Mini’s screen lacks in the resolution department. At only 240 x 320 images do not look as “full” as they do on some of the higher end screens such as the Samsung Galaxy S. Also, the maximum size MicroSD Card that the X10 Mini is capable of reading is 16GB. It is possible that this could be addressed in a software update but until then, we do not know if this restriction is hardware or software based.
At the end of the day, the X10 Mini is a great device that certainly will meet the needs of many users. If you are after small form factor, this device is perfect. If you also find that you aren’t going to be writing lengthy emails or text messages, once again, this device may be for you. However, if you’re looking for a full qwerty keyboard, you may want to look elsewhere (or wait for the X10 Mini Pro).
Without further adieu, here is out final review video.