In a day and age of high tech, touch screen smartphones with extra large displays designed for multimedia and Internet consumption, a handset the size of a credit card could seem so 1999. Sony Ericsson doesn’t seem to think so though, as it has just unwrapped its latest creations: the tiny XPERIA X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro handsets.
Running the Android operating system with a Sony Ericsson user interface layer on top, the XPERIA X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro are both mid-level smartphones. What’s more interesting is that both of them are the size of credit cards — in other words absolutely tiny.
Looking like props out of Honey, I shrunk the kids, the XPERIA X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro share almost exactly the same specifications, though the X10 Mini pro boasts a slide out full QWERTY keyboard — a real design accomplishment considering the size of this thing.
In the brief play we had with both of these devices, the X10 Mini Pro certainly looks to be more effective for text input — the X10 Mini only has a touch screen T9 predictive text keyboard for text input and the tiny display means it's challenging to type with. The X10 Mini Pro’s QWERTY keyboard is surprisingly intuitive and relatively comfortable to type on.
Commendably, both the X10 Mini Pro and the X10 Mini share the XPERIA X10’s Timescape feature, though the Mediascape menu is replaced by a basic music player. Both phones are quite easy to navigate and use despite the tiny screen and form factor, though text input as mentioned is a severe limitation on the X10 Mini.
Sony Ericsson hasn’t confirmed Australian availability for these models.