I got a chance to play with the Android XPERIA handsets at CTIA and Sony Ericsson did a great job with skinning Android on the XPERIA X10 and X10 Mini. In my opinion, the X10 feels a bit on the light side, though still a solid handset–from the large screen I had expected something a bit heftier. The X10 Mini was a joy and still delivers all the power of Android in a small, sleek package. There is also the X10 Mini Pro, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, that adds a sliding keyboard in landscape orientation to the diminutive X10 Mini chassis. The UI is really rich and sleek, especially in the Timescape and Mediascape applications. The one thing that we found a little bit annoying is that the white text on the light blue background made visibility a little hard. However, aside from the minor readability issue, the apps are gorgeous and we really dig the UI element.
The smaller X10 Mini also has programmable four corners where you can assign an app to the corners and quickly launch them. Mac users will find this feature similar to the Active Screen Corners feature in OS X.
In addition to the nice software and UI, Sony Ericsson really stressed the design of the hardware as well. The company said that the back of the device was designed with ergonomics in mind–the curved backing on the X10, X10 Mini, and the X10 Mini Pro were made to fit the palm comfortably.
Sony Ericsson still hasn’t announced any carrier partnerships for the US yet for either handsets.