#MWC10. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Pro. First impressions, hands-on video
Finally, with the introduction of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Pro, the troubled vendor is displaying some innovative and original thinking, that made this company great once.
I’m not saying that all of the recently launched Sony Ericsson phones are bad. But, despite their claims to the contrary, during last 2 years and even more, I haven’t seen any SE handset that stood out from the crowd. Original Xperia X1 – interesting when announced, too little too late when it finally shipped 8 months later. Idou/Satio – the same again, too long from announcement to shipment. Plus, despite nice UI customizations on Satio, it still has an obsolete Symbian^1 OS inside, making for a pretty inconsistent user experience.
Vivaz/Vivaz Pro – again, nice phones, but on Symbian^1. And, with Symbian^3 based Nokia handsets hitting the streets soon after Vivaz launch, I don’t think that these phones have much of a chance.
But the newly announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Pro, are surprisingly fresh. And they really do stand out from the sea of Android devices introduced here, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
To tell, the truth, looking at all the Android handsets introduced by various vendors here, it is rather difficult to tell them apart. Yes, each phone has a slightly different specs and design, some have customized UIs on top of Android OS, some have QWERTY keyboards, but in the end, you are looking at roughly 16:9 shaped rectangular slab of equipment, with a touchscreen covering most of the surface front area. Most of these Android handsets even are roughly the same size.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Pro are different. Compared to other Android phones, they are really compact. And they have a nice UI on top of Android, optimized for a smaller screen of the device, which works really well. And I can see quite a few people for whom this combination of compact, easy to use, yet powerful smartphone might prove irresistible.