I bought this phone in 2014 for approx $150. Now in Oct 2017, the price has not dropped much. You know why? It's an absolutely great phone -- for those who just talk and text and take amateur pictures. Contrary to what marketing strategies would have you believe, the majority of the population still does not need to carry around powerful phablets. Six years after it's release, the Sony Xperia Pro is still a perfectly good basic phone. If you are going to use a lot of apps, look elsewhere as you will have problems with this phone. I have streamed music and used facebook and check email and google maps occasionally. But many newer apps will require a more up-to-date version of android.
Aside from the price, the main reasons I bought this phone and still use this phone is the tactile keyboard and the call quality. I have access to my laptop all day long with wi-fi. So I was not looking for a phone for which I would need a data plan. Compared to today's powerful phones, the battery life is amazing especially if you do not use a lot of data. Moreover, the battery is removable/replaceable which is a feature that is getting harder to find in new phones. The Sony Xperia Pro accepts memory SD cards in order for you to have more storage than the tiny amount the phone comes with.
Friends who have spent over $500 for their phones complain that they cannot hear their calls well. For me, my Sony Xperia Pro is crystal clear 95% of the time. There have been just a couple of people who call me who never come through clear so it must be because of their phone. With a tactile keyboard, I type texts faster. However, the Sony Xperia Pro gives you the option of touch-screen typing if you really prefer that. For some reason, texting/emailing mistyped words is becoming more and more acceptable. But if you find it annoying, then you would probably prefer a tactile keyboard. I love the word prediction that suggests words for you to tap on rather than you having to completely type out long words. It remembers words that you have typed before. The rear camera has a flash and is just fine for non-professionals. It has geotagging, exposure adjustments, focus modes, and a resolution of 8MP is more than enough to get decent 4x6 prints. The front camera (no flash) is not much to speak of. Unlike most of today's newer phones, the size of the Sony Xperia Pro is small enough for a woman to use with one hand, and it fits easily in most pockets. I've dropped it many times, including on pavement, and somehow it's never broken; the screen has never cracked. I hope this review helps someone. I've been highly satisfied. I can recommend this phone especially if you are not used to touch-screen texting or want to type more accurately, and if you are looking for a good basic phone to actually call people, to play your music or listen to FM radio, and to take decent pictures.
Bought this phone some years ago, at first it was a dream, everything worked fine, could play some nice games, even did some programming on it...
...but everything change when the updates attacked.
Suddenly there was not enough RAM anymore to run my apps, my wifi also broke, to the point I can be sitting right beside the Router and it simply won't work. Checked online for the update manager, maybe there was a fix, or I could do a downgrade, failed, Sony Ericsson's software doesn't support my model anymore, what a disappointment.
Serious Dude, 04 Apr 2017You're still using 512MB RAM phone in 2016? You gotta be kidding..my lg g flex 2 is on service..so im also using this lol..
i wanna break it
bostonblackie, 03 Nov 2016Hate this phone as it can't download the Uber or Waze Apps. Sony help was a waste of time, e... moreWhy make this comment about going straight to iPhone? why not buy an up to date Android they are gallons of funnies is boring and overpriced.
Best phone ever, Love it.
Using LegacyXperia CM13, the phone is DEAD slow, but works without a charm, and no hardware issues whatsoever.
Love Sony, my next one will be a Sony too.
(BTW LegacyXperia cm10 is very fast)
Hate this phone as it can't download the Uber or Waze Apps. Sony help was a waste of time, effort and oxygen. iPhone for me from now on and throwing my two Experia Pro's in the garbage.
I bought mine in January 2012 and used it since. Thanks to Android 4.0 update it works well enough to this day and never let me down when I lived abroad and travelled in multiple countries. Its storage capacity for apps etc. was always a problem, sometimes a minor one and the other times a frustrating handicap. Now that I'm packing my backpacks again I've upgraded to VKWorld T2 which seems fine with its numpad but I know I'm going to miss the full keyboard and this overall excellent device.
What John said.
Alas had it since 2011 and it was awesome, even though I had to change the flex cable once it was in all ways near perfect.
Still have it now battered but even whatsapp gets real slow when loading picures. Good phone.
too slow and can't handle new apps like timeplay and tinder properly
served it's purpose back in the day but cannot do the job anymore
will miss the keyboard tho
kokki, 01 Jun 2016When I use this mobile amazing I can't forget about that moment so now I am searching long tim... moreYou Can Get from Ali Express
Smartphone Geek, 19 May 2016is it still availvable in the market today?Where ??? Can u tell me that place
When I use this mobile amazing I can't forget about that moment so now I am searching long time I want to by please help me
Hey guys..please help me out
I'm confused which phone to buy..I need to have good cameras rest and front..need to use too much net like whatsapp infra and download lot of apps..and need a phone of size 4.5" or more. Which one will be suitable for me??
VB tapout, 30 Sep 2015Okay. so much to say about this phone. where to start. it's 2015 and i needed a really good li... moreYou should check this two links:
Sure, you should choose Xperia pro MK16a insted of MK16i
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VB tapout, 30 Sep 2015Okay. so much to say about this phone. where to start. it's 2015 and i needed a really good li... moreYou should cek this two links:
Sure, you should chose Xperia pro MK16a instead of MK16i.
Okay. so much to say about this phone. where to start. it's 2015 and i needed a really good little phone with a qwerty pad, so i got this one. was hard to decide between samsung captivate glide i927 or this. knew it was from 2011. my computer is older then this thing. ho hum. i got it. now i come to find out, there's two versions of this phone. an mk16a and an mk16i. was on endgadget.com and noticed in the specs read out, i basically got the mk16i (international version....omg did i make a mistake!!!!!! question. anyone...can this phone work with american carriers? second, im so upset how i keep finding all this upgrade ice cream sandwich os for the xperia play and the x10 mini and the mini version of this phone. i know it's 4 years later but wow, i'd like to atleast get the android 4.0 os that was said to be "planned" for this device. bu lo it's 4 years too late maybe....so long wanted apps. if i can't use this phone for american carriers, im just gonna have to swap it in for another one, maybe the lg optimus f3q, or the samsung.....sigh if anyone knows about the us vs international phone service use, please reply. and all that being said, this is a super awsome little phone. so far.
Seriously, does any body know how to increase its internal memory ? It is hands down one of the best phones I have seen. I had this phone since 2012, for more than 3.5 yrs God knows how many times it has fallen down (100+), but still the phone is intact. Applications still run smoth as butter (although can't install bigger game apps because of low internal memory- 512 mb).
My friends and colleagues meanwhile has purchased and thrown Moto's, Iphone's etc several times within these years because of non-performance after the initial few months. But, this phone is still going strong ! I just hope somebody finds a way to increase the RAM in this device otherwise I too, will have to buy a new phone soon (which I don't wanna do 'cause I love this one !!)