Sony Ericsson Experia Minipro

Android vs Blackberry vs Apple. This is a debate that has been raging for a while now and it doesn’t look like there will ever be a clear winner. Personally, I think that anything would be better than a Blackberry, but then again that’s just me.

As a recent member to the Android family I must say that I am extremely pleased with what I have bought. The Sony Ericsson Experia Minipro is a phone that has the latest Android OS and it runs very well. I am a person who communicates primarily using text messages and the fact that this phone is one of only two touch and type androids in the market presently made my choice considerably easy. The keypad is extremely simple to use and is very comfortable for typing mails and texts alike.

For a person who is not exactly a gadget freak and who doesn’t need a very high level of output from a phone, I have found this phone to be very useful. It supports multiple applications that can be directly downloaded from the Android application market. Better than everything else is the fact that the phone has Angry Birds. The phone also supports social networking applications like Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter. It also has video chatting and Youtube applications which have perfect quality.

The phone has two cameras – 5 megapixel lens at the back and a front-facing lens for video-chatting. The quality of pictures taken with the camera is very high. Those used to having cameras, which can be zoomed in and zoomed out might be a little disconcerted by this camera where you need to choose the setting for the pictures before clicking and then you can’t zoom manually on shot.

As far as making calls goes, here is one flaw in this device. The phone doesn’t catch signals very well and often calls get cut mid-way. Another thing that could throw people off who are switching phones to this one is the fact that this phone doesn’t have a feature, which can save text messages. Another complaint that many users have with this phone is the fact that it doesn’t have a very strong battery life. The number of applications used reduces the amount of time that the battery can work and for those who have a very high number of applications, this is quite a problem. The phone has up to 5 h 40 min of talk-time charge on 2G and up to 5 h 25 min on 3G.

The ease with which contacts are stored and integrated is excellent. The phone syncs contacts with your Gmail account and your Facebook account, thus making the use of WhatsApp, SMS’s and mailing very simple. The phone comes with a 2 GB memory card and has an expandable memory of up to 32 GB. It also has an internal memory of 400 MB with a 512 MB RAM.

Since Sony Ericsson is known for walkman phones, the sound quality of this phone is also unbeatable. It has radio and with the storage capacity that it offers, this phone eliminates the need for another music device. The phone costs Rs. 15500 in the market and is available online for reduced rates. Sites like Flipkart and Indiatimes are offering this phone for sale.

Users have scored this phone very high on design, usability and features. As a first time user and as someone who has used a basic Nokia phone for a long time, it took me some time to get used to this phone. But I must say, everything said and done, this phone has made me very happy. And yes, I am an Android convert.

Ayesha Sruti Ahmed