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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Sk17i is just a little marvel, with little being the key word. The device is a recent attempt by Sony to Prove in certain countries that they too can make great phones at decent prices. 

We took in the Xperia Mini Pro with a lifted eyebrow, wondering why in the world would one carry a mini fat phone. But as days passed, the device suddenly changed our opinion and Ranked amongst the best devices in out list.

 

Build Quality

The Xperia Mini Pro is built in a wonderful shell with a great slider mechanism. The black back cover is soft rubber touch and feels great in the hand, the slider is smooth as butter yet snaps into place like the phones in the original Matrix movie. The front display has an anti scratch coating and the buttons are clickety and tactile offering great feedback and impressive control.

Hardware

Model
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Price 15,399 approx.
Frequency GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; HSDPA 900 / 2100; HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Phone Style

Touchscreen with QWERTY Slider

OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Thickness 18mm
Length 92mm
Width 53mm
Weight

136 grams

Built-in Memory 320MB + pre-installed 2GB memory card
Additional Memory MicroSD up to 32GB
High-speed Data GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS
Screen Size 3-inch, 320×480(hvga)
Secondary Screen Size N/A
Screen Colours 16 million
Camera Yes, with LED Flash and Auto Focus
Camera Resolution 5-megapixels
Flash Yes
Ringtones Yes
Music Player Yes
Music Formats MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, AAC+, WAV
Radio Yes
Speaker Yes
Processor Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor 
Internet Yes
Browser HTML With Flash support, Webkit browser
Games Yes
Battery Talk Time: Up to 5 Hours 40 Min (2G) 
Up to 5 Hours 25 Min (3G)

 

Multimedia and Camera

The Camera on the Xperia Mini Pro Sk17i is good for a 5MP camera, it does not have a rear illuminated CMOS sensor, but it does feature a quick focus shutter and nice depth of color. Pictures can be composed with great detail. The camera also focuses pretty good on close objects in macro mode.

Sample Images

The video capture is what one can call “so-so” we were not to impressed with the video quality , the video was grainy in bright sunlight and not to mention the infamous red halo in the middle of the video capture. See our Sample Below.

The display is possibly the best display you can buy for the price. We are so impressed with the Mobile Bravia Engine Reality Display, that we feel the price of the device should be enough for the display by itself. Stunning image showcase and HD video playback on the screen, although the pixel density is fairly lower compared to other devices, you can hardly notice the lack of pixels. The gaming and video playback is smooth and vivid, not forgetting the 1GHZ Snapdragon procession that plays a major role.

Audio playback is satisfactory and up to the mark, we didn’t expect more than what SE delivered and got just that. Earphones however are excellent and deliver great sounding music.

Phone and Messaging

The device has had mixed reviews when it came to phone quality. Lets not get confused here, the device is an excellent phone, Network is strong, zero to none when it comes to dropped calls, and great connectivity throughout. The problem lies in the earpiece – Although the unit we received has no problems what so ever, A lot of users have emailed us telling us about the Xperia Mini Pro’s Static noise in the earpiece. 

In a case like that Sony Ericsson is obligated to fix your problem and a service centre is obligated to provide you with the right resolution. Or even a Refund/ Replacement if the case arises. So ensure you fight your case and hang on to the warranty booklet and present it to your service provider stating the policy.

In either case, such problems are not easily resolved in out Brilliant democracy, so we tend to consider this ear piece problem ( which we haven’t faced incidentally) a downside.

Messaging on the other hand is awesome on the new butter slide QWERTY magic that pops out from the side of this mini genius. The keyboard is fast and fun to use, very very tactical and offers great feedback along with the clickety sound. Alternatively you have the new Gingerbread Keyboard with pull handles and the works. In both cases the keyboard is marvelous and does its job  whether you are messaging or emailing, or simply browsing the Web.

Internet and Hotspots

The device has a silky smooth experience when it comes to surfing the inter-webs. The browser with its subtle yet responsive Kinetic scrolls, Accelerometer, and full flash capabilities rocks the cell phone stratosphere. Video streaming and flash games run well on this device and turns out to be an overall performer.

The device also features a portable WiFi Hotspot feature, which enables users to share the devices 3G connection with unto 5 connected devices.

 

Battery

Be prepared to charge your device several times if you are an Internet Hoe. The device sucks the juices from the power source when on 3G lasting only a couple of hours at the most. Talktime ranges from 3- 5.5 hours depending on how you use the device otherwise dusting that period , stand by time on the other hand runs into days. 3-4 days to be precise.

If you are using Wifi constantly the device lasts 8 hours, but on 3G the device can only do 3- 3.5 hours. Turn on the Portable hotspot and see your battery die out in a couple of hours tops. 

 

TimeScape

The new Timescape UI gives this device a  lot of flare and panache, adding interactivity and a clean interface to the otherwise splashy Android UI. With lots of customization features and layouts the Xperia Mini Pro SK17i can really become custom for each user. The addition of custom apps and features from Sony is welcome too.

Conclusion 

The device is a great mix for a user, Great multimedia and hardware specs, excellent display and Mobile Bravia Engine, not to mention the slide out keyboard. The device features Android 2.3.4 with Timescape, a 1GHZ processor and 512 MB of Ram. There is really not much more one can ask for. Sure there are the few problems, the red tint in camera ( which we don’t mind) the earpiece problem ( which we don’t have, but know that a lot of these device have) and poor battery on 3g data use ( well, Android is known for that )

We really can’t think of any QWERTY Touch slider that does better, Oh and did i forget to mention the device also has the Nexus S TV animation, during display power off, as standard.

[xrr rating=3.75/5 label=”We Rate it: ” imageset=shiny_yellow_star display_as=fraction_stars]

Price 

Indian Rupees 15,000/-

US Dollar : 300/-

 

 

Unboxing Video 

 

Video Sample

Full Video Review

 

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Bharat Nagpal
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  • mukeshttttt

    hdmi support ?
    is possible in any way software of hardware correction or breaking boot loader break installing costome softwared?

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  • Hs09999

    is sony ericsson xperia mini pro good or samsung galaxy ace plus

  • Tejas

    does this support motion gaming..?

  • Availableamit

    is the xperia mini pro sk17i upgradable to the android ice cream sandwhich
    os??

  • Shubham Nitin007

    what is asap……..plz and how to update

  • Creed90

    What kind of application should i use for video recording for this device?

  • nike

    is it worth buying this phone for 15k? are there any other good option? plz help

  • vaibhav

    i want to buy xperia sk17i bt it doesnt suppot video calling ……so which 1 is better xperia mini st15i or mini pro sk17i?

    • Gopikrishna

      As per our known , It doesn’t support 3G Video calling but does support Skype and Fring…

    • Shubham Nitin007

      who told u that it dosent support video calls……….it do support it …………bst phone rather than ski5i

  • Aakash Singh

    pls anybody tell what is the release date and price of xperia neo v.Plsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Haisebi

    what is the ame of the wallpaper…? from where can i get that..??

    • Shubham Nitin007

      animated weather u can find this on android market

  • uods

    which  do you think would be better, mini pro or xperia neo? tnx

    • Aakash Singh43

      wait for neo v which is also good

    • Gopikrishna

      Xperia Neo

  • Leroywilliam

    i am planning to buy a phone of the same price range … wich phone would u suggest me ??
    a galaxy ace or the xperia mini pro ?

    • Sid

      Mini pro beats Ace in every dept , except screen size its a much much better phone than ace .

    • Gopikrishna

      Better would be of course Xperia Mini Pro

  • CaBBageGarDeN

    I got this device recently. As mentioned in this post, i didn’t feel any noise from the earpiece. But of course there is some sort of noise in the videos recorded with this device

  • Achilles9546

    hey bro plz tell the name of the wallpaper….awsome wallpaper….plz rpl…..

    • Gopikrishna

      Rain i guess

  • Aakash Singh

    Please give me the release date of xperia neo v & xperia pro.

  • Gopikrishna

    Hows it going guys ?

    I am on this reply aiming to solve most of your doubts and query which you have posted below

    1 . @f13fa5a7e2b05c2682d2ead214336c11:disqus   
    It do have motion gaming and as this includes the hardware required for the motion gaming known as Gravity Sensor or G-Sensor .

    2 .  @c9370f944dc3134a3ed3f120d3034b61:disqus  
    SE Have still maintained their audio quality even in a handy device like this and to our surprise they have done a good job even in Audio .

    3 . @f1aa607c01bd4cce8383d392cf45d1e7:disqus 
    SE Have announced that the USB port can be used as an HDMI out , but am not sure about it as i haven’t tested it for myself and i ensure you that i will update it ASAP

    If anyone have more doubts on this phone please do ask it to me as a reply here.

    Regards
    Gopikrishna.K

    • Aakash Singh

      Please give me the release date of xperia neo v & xperia pro.

      • Gopikrishna

        @Aakash Singh The release date have not yet been official put out by SE . Lets wait and we will update it ASAP.

        • Aakash Singh

          Thanks Dude & please notify me when they release and also post the price of both.

        • Gopikrishna

          Ohk we will update it ASAP

    • Prady_sahu

      gopikrishna: i want to knw how to increase battry life.

      • Gopikrishna

        @b653b997e6c58a4b4d2f377adf8e808d:disqus  Do what we do to increase the Battery life in all the Android phones. That is Switch off the Data Usage , Wi-Fi , GPS And all other things to decrease the processor load and Thus increase the Battery Life . If you are an heavy 24Hr user of  internet , I would suggest you to buy a new spare battery…

    • Aruneshtherockstar

      can we play hd games and
      can we use keyboard for hd gaming 

      • Gopikrishna

        @d8e8c6be4ff24803715395ee9221fe5e:disqus  Yes with the support of your 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and Sony’s Bravia Engine Display. You surely can play HD Games

        • Aruneshtherockstar

          dude i mean 
          can we play them 
          the screen size is small 

        • Gopikrishna

          Yes surely you can …

    • The ear piece problem which is mentioned is it there in all the xperia mini pro phone

      • Gopikrishna

        I dont think so as we have’nt noticed anything like that before…

  • Somesh Singh

    please review  Motorola Fire XT

  • Aakash Singh

    It does not have motion gaming is i am right.

    • Sid

      every android phone has motion gaming :| .

      if u didnt get it yet , yes this has motion gaming ..

      • Aakash Singh

        Thanks

  • Jackin 2non

    Nice review really appreciated.  But did not get a feel of sound quality of this device in this review video.

  • Parmeet Bhatia

    how is this phone for guys?

  • Mini Pro Owner

    The static noise problem you mention is not a problem with the ear piece, that’s why you can not hear it! ;)

    The problem accurs with the microphone when recording videos. The Mini
    has the USB port on the bottom, but the Mini Pro has the USB port on the
    top as well as the microphone. The Mini Pro microphone picks up
    electrical noises that can be heard coming from the back of the phone.

    Sony have been aware of this problem since mid-August and have yet to
    communicate to Mini Pro owners about what/if they are going to fix this
    problem. Numerous reports have been given by owners that say SE support
    have told them something totally different to what they have told other
    owners through support.

    My Mini Pro is brilliant, you are right when you say the screen is
    impressive, but as of yet the Sony Ericsson support has been totally
    none existant, to the dismay of customers.

    • Sid

      Sony had already promised 2.3.4 in october with their own changes which are brilliant , and already annouced ice cream sandwich for all xperia 2011 phones ,Seriously ? WTF are u talking about ???

      plus hop on to XDA if u want the latest firmware +root+custom kernel  

  • Sid

    Hi u mentioned in the review , that via ther own cable u can hdmi out on the phone ? , are u sure about that ? because i know thers a SE live dock coming up but i think hdmi out only works if the phone has an hdmi slot in it .

    Could u please confirm this ? because an hdmi out via some cable or ther own dock would be awesome and i’d buy it right away :D 
    PS: i already have the phone was talking about the dock

  • what do you think

    This phone seems an awesome buy at this price-point. The only things missing in the phone is a ‘good battery life’ and ‘gorilla glass’.Should I buy this or wait for the ‘Motorola Defy Plus’ – which would not have ‘Qwerty’?

  • Gopikrishna

    Hi 
    In your full review why do you say that the front camera can be used for just Fring and Skype video calling ? Cant it be used for 3G Video Calling ?

  • Karthick

    btw.. wats d live wallpaper dat u r running man.. its awesome…

  • Karthick

    review is fine.. why have u given rating  3.75 for xperia mini pro whereas 4.0 for spice mi410 both have same specs xcept for d large screen n HDMI out.. but it possess a keypad n bravia engine.. actually i was confused in between these two phones .. waited 4 ur review , but u still confused me..:) lol..

  • Romir

    Thanks for review. Appreciate note on earpiece and video issues. Bit disappointed I had to read the full text for more info about battery life, network etc. Still don’t see proper review of SE Timescape UI (not in full text/vid). Wot r those corner icons? Customizable? Is UI easy/user friendly? Bad battery life may kill an otherwise osum phone! Want 2 gift wife, but can’t if bad battery life. Phone too solid 2? have it flung at my head! Bad battery SE. For want of a nail d kingdom was lost…..

  • nisar

    pls give us in detail comaparison between Mini and Minipro

  • Sid

    Resoultion is 320×480 , and its android 2.3.3 . 
    Using the device form 2 weeks already :D its a brilliant brilliant little device .

  • Kiran

    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming to all ’11 Xperia phones, company confirmed that all those Xperia phones will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, when that becomes available
    sourse- gsmarena

    • raja

      Including Xperia mini pro….:D
      be happy people,we r gonna get ICS update (dated to hit SE’s phone of ’11 most probably december this year only)….