Xperia X10 mini pro – First Impressions

Last night I discussed my first impressions of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. Tonight I unboxed the Xperia X10 mini pro. The full review is coming, but here are my first impressions.

The Xperia X10 mini pro comes with the same accessories as the X10 mini. There is a mini USB cable with wall adapter for charging and transferring data, an ear bud headphones/handsfree device, an instruction book plus tutorial software on the device.

Since the X10 mini pro comes with a slideout QWERTY keyboard, it is a little bigger than the X10 mini. See the pics below to see the difference.

The X10 mini pro comes with the same base features as the mini, but the slideout QWERTY keyboard makes it a lot easier to input text. It is a little bulkier to hold in portrait mode, but I find myself using it in landscape most often, using the keyboard. There were a few times I had to close the keyboard to use the touchscreen and then reopen the keyboard, but I am sure with practice it won’t be a big deal.

The keyboard works really well. There were a few stiff keys, but for the most part the keys are easy to press and I didn’t have too much trouble with typing accuracy. The keyboard is a lot easier to use than the one on the Motorola Backflip.

The battery on the X10 mini pro seems slightly stronger than the X10 mini. While using the X10 mini pro extensively for a half hour, the battery remained at 94%. The X10 mini barely lasted the workday with almost no use. I want to test the batteries a bit to be sure, but that may be one more thing the X10 mini pro has in its favor.

While there are software differences that make the pro stand above the regular mini, the keyboard is a pretty big feature. With a phone this small, the keyboard is almost a necessity. I am looking forward to getting to know this phone a little better. I’ll post a full review soon.

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