Editor: This is a guest piece from beatonl, as I don’t have my hands on an X10 Mini Pro yet, I thought you’d like to hear first hand from a person that has one. Enjoy.
I got my X10 mini pro yesterday from the good people at Mobicity. Not being one to delay my gratification – I immediately started ripping off the shrink wrap
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My first thoughts – it’s going to take me a little while to get used to not having the rollerball of the HTC I was using – but if you’re coming from the iPhone that shouldn’t be a drama. It was surprisingly quick and easy to get set-up – and I actually really like TimeScape – it has a bit of that “wow – cool” factor – although it’s not really the most useful app in the world.
Not being able to add a million apps to the home screen may bother some – but I never had that many anyway.
The keyboard – although small – has a nice click response, and is easy enough to use if you have little girly fingers – which I do. My husband (who has man-fingers) also had a play with it and says it’s no worse than the average Blackberry. The keys had a nice firm feel and the rounding and spacing means it’s not likely that you’ll end up mashing multiple keys together.
It is seriously tiny:
I used as I would normally today at work – some listening to music, some random email checking – nothing particularly heavy, and the battery life has held up pretty well. I wouldn’t want to be too far away from a charging device for a couple of days, but for my sort of use it’s fine.
The included music player is good (as you’d expect from a Sony) and the included earphones are the in-ear kind making the x10 mini pro actually a pretty terrific little music player.
The 5MP camera takes a pretty decent picture. The one below was taken indoors, with no flash, and hasn’t been re-touched at all.
You wouldn’t want to use it to take professional photos – but as a happy snapper it’s really very good.
Finally – and possibly most importantly – how does it work as a phone? Call quality was crisp and clear, and I didn’t get any drop-outs on my travels today. However, I was in the middle of the CBD where reception is generally pretty good – I’ll have to wait and see how it deals with poorer reception areas.
So my first impression is that this is a tiny, tiny phone that packs a lot of punch. If you’re a fan of the hardware keyboard, you need a smart phone and don’t want one that’s going to ruin the line of your designer suit (or just fits in your jeans) you can’t go past this little gem.