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Xperia X10 Mini Pro:Expectation meets Reality

Finally, I have decided to get an Xperia X10 Mini Pro. I really wanted to wait for the New Mini Pro but I guess it’s gonna be a pretty long wait if I’m reading reviews and watching videos about it every night and day.

Android is really inviting. So I guess a couple of bucks over the Sony Ericsson TxtPro is really worth it.

I was too stubborn not to believe that the battery life of the Xperia X10 Mini Pro is terrible.
After reading almost every forum and review about it, I was really confident that if others could get a way with it, I can, too!(EXPECTATION)
On the first charge cycle after using up the factory charge, it barely even lasted a day!

It’s really annoying. From 100% it drops down to 99,98 and so on by the minute. Like everytime I check it, it’s one percent less.

It’s terrible. I have rooted it already (with SuperOneClick), turned off all energy consuming features,calibrated the battery (using the Battery Calibration App by Marosige),install Advanced Task Killer, used a third-party app for the Homescreen, and installed an auto-airplane mode app.(REALITY)

Well, for the first time, its been up and running for 27 hours now but only with light use. For a few texting, a 30-second call,a 5-minute gaming, a test and play-around with the camera for a bit, and a couple of browsing, this is disappointing.

But anyway, I might be a little unfair to this little guy,I think it’s doing a pretty good job as a phone/gadget. The touchscreen is really nice and smooth,no hangs or lags so far, very usable interface(super-ultra-mega customizable for customer experience) and the technically good physique is impressive indeed.

Maybe coming from Nokia C3 and Samsung Chat 335 which both have long lasting battery life(2-3 days of normal use), an iPod Touch that lasts just as long(with heavy use!) and a Sony Ericsson phone that I have for almost 4 years and still uses the original battery, I may be just expecting the same, but too much.

I really love it and I have no plans of getting a new phone for the next 12 months(or maybe until the new Mini Pro and good reviews about it come out).
The best thing about it, is that, like an iPhone, you can have an app for almost everything you need and want BUT in an utterly small package.

The last three things I can think of to solve this is either to buy a new battery with a capacity higher than the stock 930mAh or if none at least a spare battery, or get the EnergiToGo XP1000 Portable Cellphone Charger by Energizer and carry it around all the time.

I am hoping to get the charger on the 4th week of August, or the battery next week.

Will update with photos soon!



“Phone freak” alter-ego pushes it to the limits

So I’ve been eyeing on Sony Ericsson phones for the past few weeks and Xperia X10 mini pro, Xperia Mini Pro and Txt pro is on the top list.

I had to make the best choice. Since I am just a student, spending on gadgets doesn’t really come easy.

And I’ve always had this theory, (that just usually comes to me when I’m about to get something for myself) that there are three things about these gadgets wherein each will always just satisfy two when you are comparing. They are pretty obvious though. But I just want to point them out.

Let me explain it futher.

Those three are:

Quality – Includes durability,performance of the features it already has based on your personal experience and/or by others, and having been from trusted company.
Features – Loads of features which you prefer such as 3G,WiFi,bluetooth, slideout keyboard,touchscreen,multi-touch,radio,camera and all the good stuffs that developers can surprise us with.
Price – Of course, the lower the better. We wouldn’t go for expensive stuffs if we need not sacrifice anything if we go for the cheap ones.

Here’s what I’m talking about.
Comparing LG cookie,Nokia 2700 and iPhone
iPhone – Quality,Features
LG cookie KP500 – Quality,Price
Nokia 2700 – Quality,Price

And it could probably for example if you are comparing two from the same company:
Samsung Punch 332 Duo and Samsung Chat 335 WiFi
Punch – Quality,Price
Chat – Quality,Features

And now I had to do the same comparison with Xperia x10 mini pro,Xperia Mini Pro, and Txt Pro.

I think Txt Pro would be a really nice choice (letting go of “Features here”) but I’m guessing it’s going be a hit and I hate having a phone that I would ALWAYS see on everyone else’s hands. I don’t know! I just don’t like it. And I’m terribly suffering because I’m using Nokia C3. Yes. Right.

3.2MP camera,capacitive touchscreen,full qwerty slideout keyboard and WiFi ready all for P5,690-P6,000. Is a lot! It’ll definitely become a hit in a month or so.

I don’t think I can wait long enough for the new Mini Pro. So I’d probably go for the old one, but the bad thing is, it has HORRIFIC REVIEWS. Trust me. The battery complaints could kill.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro:Will the battery life problem be resolved?

Sony Ericsson’s previous release Xperia x10 mini pro, a brother of the Xperia x10 mini, that boasts it’s full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, is jam-packed with unbelievable loads of features in its really small package. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard,WiFi connectivity, SNS integration, four corner homescreen, 5.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus, and of course, Android OS–all of these on the palm of you hands–LITERALLY. This has been out for quite sometime now, but I never really had the call for slide phones–until yesterday. I have been a fan of Sony Ericsson and I’m really impressed how my phone lasted for 4 years now, and still have no problem with performance at all! The batter still lasts up to three days. Unlike the other phones I had, for a few months of good charging and discharging, it wears out really bad eventually.

I was thinking, x10 mini pro could be my comeback phone to SE. No phone could ever be perfect. So I was looking for what is probably the problem with it. And there. The flaw: POOR BATTERY PERFORMANCE.

According to a lot of reviews, with a 950mAh battery a full charge of x10 mini pro would hardly last a day no matter how you try to save energy. Some sites such as have suggested ways to maximize its battery life. You have to turn off almost every energy-draining feature. And that’s a bust! What’s the point of buying a phone with all those features, if you have to deactivate all of them.

On the third quarter of 2011, the new Xperia Mini Pro will be released. It no longer holds the “X10” in its name but it is pretty much an improved version of of X10 mini pro. Improved battery (1200mAh),Bravia display, wider screen and all those fancy stuffs.

I compared the two on and here are the results. It is not completely accurate but it says a lot. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Xperia Mini Pro!

Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Coming soon
92.0 × 53.0 × 18.0 mm 90.0 × 52.0 × 17.0 mm
Available colours
Screen size and resolution
480 × 320 pixels 240 × 320 pixels
Battery time Talk
136 g 120 g
Memory card included: 2 GB microSD™ microSD™ support up to 32GB Phone memory up to 320MB RAM: 512MB MicroSD™ support (up to 16 GB) Phone memory up to 128MB
Flash / light type
LED Photo flash
QWERTY + Onscreen QWERTY and 12 key QWERTY
HD video recording (720p)
3.5 mm audio jack
FM radio with RDS
Bluetooth™ technology

Full facts

Camera Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Flash / light type LED Photo flash
Touch focus Yes
Aperture f/2.6
Geo-tagging Yes
Front-facing camera (VGA) Yes
HD video recording (720p) Yes
Image stabiliser Yes
Face recognition Yes
Auto focus Yes
Digital Zoom up to 8x
Video light Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Face detection Yes
Video record Yes
Camera 5megapixel
Picture blogging Yes
Video stabiliser Yes
Smile detection Yes
Music Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
xLOUD™ Experience Yes
Music tones MP3, AAC
TrackID™ music recognition Yes
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Yes
PlayNow™ Yes
Sony Ericsson Music player Yes
Album art Yes
Web Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Android™ Market Yes
Bookmarks Yes
Google Voice Search Yes
Google™ search Yes
Pan & zoom Yes
Web browser WebKit
Design Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Auto rotate Yes
Wallpaper animation Yes
Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Smart Keyboard Yes
Four corner home screen customisable icons
Picture wallpaper Yes
Keyboard QWERTY + Onscreen QWERTY and 12 key QWERTY
Messaging Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Google Mail™ Yes
SMS long (Text Messaging) Yes
Handwriting recognition Yes
Sound recorder Yes
Predictive text input Yes
Conversations Yes
Picture messaging (MMS) Yes
Type & Send Yes
Email: Yes
Instant messaging Yes
Entertainment Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Radio FM radio with RDS
Media Browser Yes
3D games Yes
Video streaming Yes
Video Clip Yes
YouTube™ Yes
Organiser Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Stopwatch Yes
Document readers Yes
Alarm clock Yes
Tasks Yes
Google Calendar™ Yes
Calendar Yes
Flight mode Yes
Timer Yes
Phone book Yes
E-manual Yes
Infinite button Yes
Calculator Yes
Android™ platform Yes
Notes Yes
Connectivity Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Synchronisation via Google Sync Yes
USB mass storage Yes
ANT+ technology Yes
Synchronisation via Facebook™ Yes
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync Yes
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation Yes
NeoReader® barcode scanner Yes
Bluetooth™ technology Yes
aGPS Yes
DLNA Certified™ Yes
3.5 mm audio jack Yes
Google Latitude™ Yes
Google Maps™ with Street View
WiFi™ Yes
Modem Yes
Synchronisation Exchange ActiveSync® Exchange ActiveSync® via RoadSync client
USB support Yes
Micro USB support Yes
Communication Xperia™ mini pro Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Vibrating Alert Yes
Twitter™ Timescape™ integration
Noise shield Yes
Facebook™ application Yes
Video-chat ready Yes
Google Talk™ Yes
Sony Ericsson Timescape™ Yes
Speaker phone Yes