Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro
Keyboard gives the edge?
You can't drag and drop shortcuts and widgets onto the home screens, but each corner also features a different shortcut - dialler, music, messages and contacts - as well as a menu that slides up from the bottom and the usual Android updates list that slides down from the top. It's a decent way to pack a lot of easily accessible info into the diminutive dimensions of the screen.
The Timescape social networking feature we first saw on the original X10 is back and it's still a winner, even in these cramped circumstances. It will pull together all updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as emails and text messages into a single linear stream which allows you to thumb between your various updates in strict date order.
The X10 Mini Pro has 128MB of memory on board which you can bump up to 16GB with a Micro SD card, of which a 2GB version comes bundled.
Battery life wasn't very impressive, and I barely got a full day of moderate use out of it.
Size is the key factor here, and the X10 Mini Pro is an extremely pocketable smartphone. If you're likely to be doing a lot of texting, it's a clear choice over the X10 Mini and its fiddly virtual keyboard. The Pro has yet another look for Android and makes the most of the screen's small dimensions. While it lacks all the capabilities you'd expect from larger touchscreen phones, it's a very decent effort to cram full smart phone functionality into a titchy space. ®
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