I just bought this phone from the mobile store for 13K. Amazing deal. They had a demo piece of a X8, which seemed a little laggy. The Xperia Mini, however, flows like....well, better than water. The menus are smooth, ABSOLUTELY NO LAGS WHILE SCROLLING.
The phone looks amazing. I have seen the Galaxy Ace and even the Galaxy S, both look like ordinary phones, but this one looks amazing. If anyone is worrying about it being bulky, trust me, a few minutes with it and you won't feel the thickness. Its really tiny though, and I like it, but that is just a matter of personal preference (I can barely hold the Galaxy S, but this one is seriously Mini).
I'll be honest- I have used a Nokia all my life, mainly for their trusty build, and good call clarity. But this phone is by far the best phone I have ever come across. The build is superb-glass front, chrome side strips, high quality glossy plastic for the top and bottom, and the silky smooth rubberized battery cover. This phone will draw attention, because it is unusually tiny (I never felt it so, as my old Nokia 5800 had a screen slightly bigger than this). But you feel good when you hold this phone.
And call quality is amazing. There is a secondary noise cancellation mic, and it works really well in traffic. Even without it, no party has any problems hearing anything.
The screen is clear- and I mean like really clear. The bravia display engine is seriously mind-blowing. This is the kind of picture clarity you can expect from a phone which costs double. The text is sharp, colours are vivid, contrast is great, and while the blacks may not be as good as AMOLED, they are amazing nonetheless.
The camera is good, not great, but certainly good for casual shots. The macro mode is great- perfect if you need to quickly copy some documents. Text is crystal clear, and this is probably the only phone (along with the mini pro) that has an actual 2-stage shutter key. The picture looks good on the screen, and acceptable on a computer.
Now on to the bad points. The phone seems small and petite, but the thickness can be a problem if you wear tight jeans. My advice-get looser pants, cause they would be worth it. The phone's 3 inch display will be awesome for anyone upgrading from a nokia, or a feature phone, but for anyone using something like a Galaxy S, or Desire- it will feel faster, but you will probably not like its size.
Also, my major gripe is with some features of Android. I have an iPod Touch, and while iOS may be less sophisticated, and less fluid, but it is a lot swifter. I am used to moving my fingers fast, and this phone can't catch up. It is fluid, but not swift enough, whereas iOS feels springy, but with faster response. The touchscreen is very sensitive, and the phone can often not recognize the difference between the gliding motion of the fingers to normal keypresses, but I guess that will get solved with practice.
And lastly, when I got this phone, more than 75% of the apps and widgets were redundant w/o an internet connection. So I switched to wi-fi in my house, and found websites load fast- like Google Chrome fast. But the biggest problem is something I can expect from Apple, not Android- I can't register my Google account with a Wi-Fi connection. I need a mobile data pack, which would be acceptable if I was tethered to a single carrier, but on an unlocked phone- this is unacceptable.
For those worried about audio quality, if you have a good pair of headphones, this phone can run it. My iPod Touch certainly sounds better, but not by much. This can easily drive the Sennheiser HD203. The box came with some ordinary SE in-ear headphones, which, if you can afford it, should instantly be replaced with sennheiser earphones as soon as possible. They are certainly better than the crap other companies (Cough?!?Nokia?!?Cough) have the stones to provide, but the phone can do much better. If music is your main priority, this is a must.
Now, for those slightly spec oriented phone-hunters from GSMetropolis, without any market installed apps, my phone shows 295MB of internal memory free and 125 MB used, which is not bad at all. The Ram however, shows 174MB free, and 130 MB used, which I'm not sure is good enough, but I will allow you the freedom to choose. Also, the SAR is about 0.75 (EU standards) according to the SAR info sheet.
The battery seems pretty good. 5 mins of calls, 15 mins of music, 1.5 hrs of tinkering with wi-fi and GPS, and that caused a 12% drop of battery (95 to 83%). If you plan on using internet on this 24x7, better charge it atleast every night, or you know, consult a shrink to get over your addiction. But seriously, SE has probably produced a phone with no equal- 1GHz proccy, smooth youth oriented interface, a really petite and cute design, which appears real classy in Black, and a price tag lower than the Wildfire S. If this is your price range, get this- you will not regret it. Don't bother with the Defy+ (unless you want to sacrifice SE brand name for the probably useless ruggedness- come on, you don't swim and talk at the same time, do you?) or the Live with Walkman (I seriously doubt they will change the audio chip, the .2 inch extra screen estate hardly makes a diff, neither does the 2 mm thickness. Also, you won't get the bravia engine). Go for this- you will not repent your decision.
Will update after a week, one I have installed a couple of apps and games. Any other query, please let me know. Ciao.
is the vedio recording noise in the xperia mini pro in this phone also or not?
Anonymous, 07 Sep 2011Go for Xperia Mini Pro, expecially u like to sms (with real keyboard is much fun for typing). ... moreThanks for the reply. I saw and checked both the live phones today and mini seems to feel better in the hand while ace seems like a china one. I have decided to go for mini. Let me know about any more cons which I need to know...
I got dis today. dis is good. dis is great. menus are smooth and attractive(not smooth as apple4 bt dis is smooth enough for this price). go for this. this is better than galaxy ace.
Is there any specification for memory card which can be used in mini?
Will installing app in memory card affect the speed of the app?(nw i use nokia in which it affects)
Rinn, 06 Sep 2011How do you connect 3G via xperia mini?I went to setting and click wireless and network,but cou... moreTo connect with 3G go to Settings - Wireless & networks - Mobile networks - Network Mode - GSM / WCDMA pref. To switch off 3g choose GSM only network.
Jeetu, 06 Sep 2011Anybody got the white version ?
Does it looks better than black ?
Please let me know.
ThanksGo for black it look gr8 than white
Anonymous, 07 Sep 2011Go for Xperia Mini Pro, expecially u like to sms (with real keyboard is much fun for typing). ... moreThanks a lot for replying. I have a corby pro right now and I do understand that texting is easy and fun on physical keyboard. If I am ready to sacrifice the physical Keyboard for an onscreen qwerty, then Xperia mini is the one u suggest, right? because my other needs are better met my mini....
Saad, 06 Sep 2011I am really confused between Galaxy Ace and Xperia mini..I know mini has better specs and feat... moreGo for Xperia Mini Pro, expecially u like to sms (with real keyboard is much fun for typing). Galaxy Ace video capture is bad (only qvga @15fps) compare to Mini Pro (HD @30fps).
Processor on Mini Pro is also better 1GHz vs 800Mhz, even the ram is better 512MB vs 128MB.
Just compare them at gsmarena and u will find Mini Pro is alot better then Galaxy Ace (accept for the screen .5" diff)
Saad, 06 Sep 2011I am really confused between Galaxy Ace and Xperia mini..I know mini has better specs and feat... more- Galaxy ace better for messaging only if you need a bigger screen to use the keyboard. Alternatively you can buy the xperia mini pro because it has qwerty keypad.
- In my opinion SE phones have better music playback than Samsung phones. I think xperia mini music experience about the same like some Nokia xpressmusic.
- Xperia mini definitely has a better video recording capability than Galaxy Ace.
- I think both phone is smooth. But if you want to use apps for MS office like documents to go, quick office and so on, galaxy ace will lag while xperia mini smooth. Thanks to the 1ghz processor.
- So far I played Nova, NFS Shift, Asphalt 6 and other HD games on xperia mini no lag at all.
Conclusion: I highly recommend you buy xperia mini. You might want to buy xperia mini pro as sometimes I got problems in typing and when playing psx emulator or any other emulator, using physical buttons definitely better.
PRIDE, 05 Sep 2011Not sure yet. Still playing around with the phone after update.
I think the battery is lastin... moresay me about the battery packup after the date... try giving a statistics of mini tests...
Thanx in advance
Jeetu, 06 Sep 2011Anybody got the white version ? Does it looks better than black ? Please let me know. ThanksWhite version is nice. I have it. Back cover is in matt finish while the front is glossy. Better than black...well that's down to personal taste.
n00b, 06 Sep 2011Update for Xperia MINI.? which place are u from ? do u mean u have installed the custom ROM? Update was notified from within the UK. The update is the official release by S.E.
It is not the android update as such but rather a system update.
Oh, and you cant do this one over the air. It has to be dont connected to PC/Laptop.
How do you connect 3G via xperia mini?I went to setting and click wireless and network,but couldnt find 3G. And also how do you switch of your 3G?
Saad, 06 Sep 2011I am really confused between Galaxy Ace and Xperia mini..I know mini has better specs and feat... more- Messaging(200 sms a day)--Ace
- Looking for nice music experience--Mini
- Better video recording-Mini
- Smooth working experience without lags--Mini
- Should play games without lags-Mini
I am really confused between Galaxy Ace and Xperia mini..I know mini has better specs and features and Ace has better screen. Here is my usage and please suggest me anyone :
- Messaging(200 sms a day)
- Looking for nice music experience
- Better video recording
- Smooth working experience without lags
- Should play games without lags
- Battery backup is not an issue as I will be able to recharge the battery every evening
Please suggest me anyone of this device....
I have purchased this phone four days before . This is a great phone . Battery is a bit disappointing , but not much problem . It can easily compet with many big android phone .