Also present and correct are all the usual modern smartphone trimmings including stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, and RDS FM radio and MicroSD storage expansion. Get your Mini from Three and you also get free Skype-to-Skype calls, pink and black back covers and a 2GB MicroSD card.
A remarkably usable little device
I was worried that the small form-factor would be detrimental to call quality - hold the handset to your ear and the microphone is pretty far away from your cake hole - but in use this proved not to be an issue, the Mini performing every bit as well as my usual phone.
The battery is apparently rated at 900mAh but be that as it may, I found a full charge was good for two days of average use if you don't leave the Wi-Fi or GPS radios switched on for any extended length of time. Even with heavy use, a full day between charges is easily achievable.
Incidentally, I did notice a number of games missing from the Android Market when accessed from the Mini, along with the BeebPlayer iPlayer app. Possibly a case of them simply not working on a screen this small.
At the time of writing, Vodafone, Three, Orange and O2 are all offering the Xperia Mini free on contract, with Three - who kindly supplied the review unit - offering arguably the best deal by providing the handset for nowt on a £15-a-month tariff for two years.
On paper, the X10 Mini looks like a bridge too far in the attempt to reduce the size of a touchscreen smartphone, but in the hand it proves to be a remarkably usable little device. The size and jewel-like looks will appeal to many, and my only reservations are the lack of a virtual Qwerty keyboard and the built-in battery. ®
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I bought one of these at the weekend and it does have a user replacable battery, as well as the physical keyboard and is only £20 more than the Mini.
The tiny screen is remarkably usable and the form factor is such that you don't notice carrying it around.
You say the X10 mini is "free with contract" from several providers. This is a contradiction in terms, and it is definitely not free -- the monthly costs are increased over standard contracts so as to cover the cost of the phone.
If you want to mention a price, mention the minimum total cost during the contract period. All other prices are suspect, and "free" most of all.
picked up a mini pro on monday...
Really good phone, one thing to consider if you pick one up (a pro) is that it doesn't have any sort of prediction or spellcheck.
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A Xenon bulb flash would have been welcome, but at least there is an LED one, rather than not at all.
I'd go for the mini pro though for the qwerty keyboard as predictive text becomes tiresome sometimes.
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