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£10 pounds quidco make it 109.99
•Android 2.1 OS
•2.55" compact touchscreen
•5 Megapixel camera
•Slide-out QWERTY keypad
•GPS and Sat Nav
•3G and Wi-Fi

With the credit card sized Xperia X10 Mini, one hand is all you need. The touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard make this phone easy to use. This little package is fully loaded with entertainment, a social networking hub and 5 Megapixel camera

This is the cheapest i found this phone, the best off out there is still 129.99+10credit=£139.99
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2 Likes #1
but this is locked on O2!
#2
A very good price if you dont mind the O2 lock, but I understand they are a bit of a b*gger to unlock (despite what sellers on fleabay may promise). Good phone though - got one for my daughter and she absolutely loves it. I ended up getting mine on contract from T-mobile - free phone and 24 months at £10-ish for unlimited texts, 100 minutes and 500mb of data. I figured that as I was going to be paying for her calls/texts/data anyway I might as well have a cheap monthly contract and free phone rather than paying a lot for an unlocked one and the monthly fee to giff gaff or whoever.
#3
i bought one so i ll report if it comes unlocked or not, also someone mentioned you could call o2 and they will give u the code to unlock it?
#4
http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/04/sony-ericsson-x10-mini-pro-successor-spotted-as-sk17i-sports-gi/

New one coming out soon!!!

Edited By: rob585 on Apr 05, 2011 15:54
#5
Nice budget phone for those who need the physical keyboard..though the screen is bit on the smaller side...wish they increase the screen size in the next model..
#6
And worth pointing out this is stuck with android 2.1 so some newer apps wont work and it'll have a few security flaws.

Edit: HTC wildfire isn't much more and has 2.3 on it - SE have stated no more updates for this.

Edited By: cheesemp on Apr 05, 2011 16:45
#7
Also be aware that you can only put 1 widget on each home screen(even if it's a tiny 1x1 one)
#8
what does that mean? whats a widget?
davedixson
Also be aware that you can only put 1 widget on each home screen(even if it's a tiny 1x1 one)
#9
how does wildfire compare to this, for some reason this seems a lot more popular than wildfire, not sure why, there must be something better about this.
cheesemp
And worth pointing out this is stuck with android 2.1 so some newer apps wont work and it'll have a few security flaws.

Edit: HTC wildfire isn't much more and has 2.3 on it - SE have stated no more updates for this.
#10
reading reviews, they all seem to recommend the sony much more than the wildfire and that was when the sony was nearly twice the price
#11
im wondering which one to get at the moment. my Nokia 5800 is slowing failing. i want something that can do all the things my Nokia can do.

the best i have found the wildfire is 139.99 at phones 4 u which has a newer version of Android OS

looking at the resale prices of these the wildfire is £88 and the sony is £48.





Edited By: grommachine on Apr 05, 2011 18:43: found cheaper wildfire price
#12
i was in your same position, the wildfire on phones 4 u was 129 + 10 credit u have to buy, both phones have low resolution so might affect some apps, so in that respect neither is better than each other, but what swayed me to the sony, are the reviews, loads of reviews state the sony is much faster, better touch screen while the wild fire lags and freezes etc. Also from an old fashion nokia user like myself i thought the keyboard that comes with the sony is a safe bet as i ve never used a touch screen, on the flip side u do get a more upto date OS with the wildfire, is there a hugh difference between andriod 2.1 and the one on the wildfire? maybe one of the technical buffs can tell us.

grommachine
im wondering which one to get at the moment. my Nokia 5800 is slowing failing. i want something that can do all the things my Nokia can do.

the best i have found the wildfire is 139.99 at phones 4 u which has a newer version of Android OS

looking at the resale prices of these the wildfire is £88 and the sony is £48.




#13
I was hoping this was the original X10 as they are releasing an official Gingerbread update ...
#14
davedixson
Also be aware that you can only put 1 widget on each home screen(even if it's a tiny 1x1 one)


Plus four on the corners. And the rest only a very quick swipe away...I prefer it. Less cluttered.

Nicolas
what does that mean? whats a widget?


It is what is on the standard screen, your most used functions/apps. Quick links. For example, on the corners of my x10mini I have message inbox, facebook, contacts and the game I'm playing most atm. In the centre I have the clock. Swipe left I have bbc news, right is sky news...then more after them. Puts what you use most closer.



Great phone for a great price. I find I never use the keyboard, touch screen is fine even with heavy texting. Gaming is ok...although I do get a bit jealous seeing Angry birds on a bigger screen





Edited By: Constantine on Apr 05, 2011 19:42: avoid double posting
#15
thats excellent, i have a friend who sold her iphone and got this cause she said iphone battery didnt even get her through the day and it was a constant problem. only problem is that the resolution is small, and apparently not all apps work on it?
Constantine
davedixson
Also be aware that you can only put 1 widget on each home screen(even if it's a tiny 1x1 one)

Plus four on the corners. And the rest only a very quick swipe away...I prefer it. Less cluttered.

Nicolas
what does that mean? whats a widget?

It is what is on the standard screen, your most used functions/apps. Quick links. For example, on the corners of my x10mini I have message inbox, facebook, contacts and the game I'm playing most atm. In the centre I have the clock. Swipe left I have bbc news, right is sky news...then more after them. Puts what you use most closer.



Great phone for a great price. I find I never use the keyboard, touch screen is fine even with heavy texting. Gaming is ok...although I do get a bit jealous seeing Angry birds on a bigger screen




#16
Nicolas
i was in your same position, the wildfire on phones 4 u was 129 + 10 credit u have to buy, both phones have low resolution so might affect some apps, so in that respect neither is better than each other, but what swayed me to the sony, are the reviews, loads of reviews state the sony is much faster, better touch screen while the wild fire lags and freezes etc. Also from an old fashion nokia user like myself i thought the keyboard that comes with the sony is a safe bet as i ve never used a touch screen, on the flip side u do get a more upto date OS with the wildfire, is there a hugh difference between andriod 2.1 and the one on the wildfire? maybe one of the technical buffs can tell us.

grommachine
im wondering which one to get at the moment. my Nokia 5800 is slowing failing. i want something that can do all the things my Nokia can do.

the best i have found the wildfire is 139.99 at phones 4 u which has a newer version of Android OS

looking at the resale prices of these the wildfire is £88 and the sony is £48.






I've got a full sized x10 and my sister has a wildfire. All I can say is I preferred her wildfire in every way compared to my x10 minus the screen res. The new OS gives faster apps, the ability to move apps to the SD card and few other things.
#17
Nicolas
thats excellent, i have a friend who sold her iphone and got this cause she said iphone battery didnt even get her through the day and it was a constant problem. only problem is that the resolution is small, and apparently not all apps work on it?


My battery gets hammered while at work due to very poor reception, no fault of the phone, its the same for all networks/handsets. I have yet to find an app that has not worked.

To try and compare these to a "normal" sized handset is a bit unfair - Of course there are limitations based on the small screen, but that is its Unique Selling Point. No other smart phone is so small, yet (near as dammit) fully functional.
#18
u r getting me excited about the phone lol, i just got the email confirming its out for del tomorrow :), it seems to get a lot of positive reviews. The only one phone i m comparing it to is the htc wildfire.
Constantine
Nicolas
thats excellent, i have a friend who sold her iphone and got this cause she said iphone battery didnt even get her through the day and it was a constant problem. only problem is that the resolution is small, and apparently not all apps work on it?

My battery gets hammered while at work due to very poor reception, no fault of the phone, its the same for all networks/handsets. I have yet to find an app that has not worked.

To try and compare these to a "normal" sized handset is a bit unfair - Of course there are limitations based on the small screen, but that is its Unique Selling Point. No other smart phone is so small, yet (near as dammit) fully functional.
#19
so what about all the lagging issues etc that a lot of reviews mention, also is it easy to text on her touch screen, apparently the sony has a much more responsive screen.
cheesemp
Nicolas
i was in your same position, the wildfire on phones 4 u was 129 + 10 credit u have to buy, both phones have low resolution so might affect some apps, so in that respect neither is better than each other, but what swayed me to the sony, are the reviews, loads of reviews state the sony is much faster, better touch screen while the wild fire lags and freezes etc. Also from an old fashion nokia user like myself i thought the keyboard that comes with the sony is a safe bet as i ve never used a touch screen, on the flip side u do get a more upto date OS with the wildfire, is there a hugh difference between andriod 2.1 and the one on the wildfire? maybe one of the technical buffs can tell us.

grommachine
im wondering which one to get at the moment. my Nokia 5800 is slowing failing. i want something that can do all the things my Nokia can do.

the best i have found the wildfire is 139.99 at phones 4 u which has a newer version of Android OS

looking at the resale prices of these the wildfire is £88 and the sony is £48.





I've got a full sized x10 and my sister has a wildfire. All I can say is I preferred her wildfire in every way compared to my x10 minus the screen res. The new OS gives faster apps, the ability to move apps to the SD card and few other things.
#20


Ooh, fingers poised over a Motorola Defy, but I really want a slider. Nice find.
#21
Using a custom rom you can get much better performance results and you can put more than one widget on a screen. I am currently using Cyanogen Floyo 3.6 (which is android 2.2.1) with a Nexus skin and would recommend it.
Using a Quadrant(an app which test CPU and video capabilities) I got a score of 924 - which is better than a Samsung Galaxy s and a Htc desire.

Useful forum for info on custom roms:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=727

Link to Floyo 3.6:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=961783

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Edited By: Numpti on Apr 05, 2011 22:16: pictures
#22
grommachine
im wondering which one to get at the moment. my Nokia 5800 is slowing failing. i want something that can do all the things my Nokia can do.

the best i have found the wildfire is 139.99 at phones 4 u which has a newer version of Android OS

looking at the resale prices of these the wildfire is £88 and the sony is £48.

Get a San Francisco mate. I sold my my 5800 for a San Fran and haven't looked back since. The San Fran blows the 5800 out the water and is better than both this and the Wildfire.
#23
Can the Turbo SIMs be used in this to use a non O2 as described for the X8 here?
#24
Although this phone isn't going to be officially supported by sony, a Gingerbread 2.3 custom rom has been developed.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=974392
#25
nidgesy
Can the Turbo SIMs be used in this to use a non O2 as described for the X8 here?


I tried a turbo sim I bought of ebay using a 3 sim card ( the phone being locked on o2), and had some success - I could send and recieve texts and make calls, but would not recieve calls at all :/

not sure if this was due to the sim card, the phone or the turbo sim, although I suspect it may have been a dodgy turbo sim.


Edited By: Numpti on Apr 05, 2011 23:10: details
#26
is there much need for the keyboard? there is some of the x10 mini without the keyboard. refurbished for 99.99 (£10 quidco)

is it worth £20 more?


Edited By: grommachine on Apr 05, 2011 23:37: extra ?
#27
Anyone know if you can pick these up in-store, or is it only online?
#28
you said it mate, refurbished, this is new, with refurbished you dont get any of the accessories that come in the box nor do u get the actual box itself, u get a white fill in box, also although i had some good refurbished i also had some bad refurbished. for 20 quid more i ld pau it to just get a new phone including all the accessories. As for the pro Vs mini, its not just the keyboard, the actual phone is a bit bigger.
grommachine
is there much need for the keyboard? there is some of the x10 mini without the keyboard. refurbished for 99.99 (£10 quidco)

is it worth £20 more?



Edited By: Nicolas on Apr 06, 2011 08:23: mistake
#29
can u notjust call o2 and get the unlock code?
Numpti
nidgesy
Can the Turbo SIMs be used in this to use a non O2 as described for the X8 here?

I tried a turbo sim I bought of ebay using a 3 sim card ( the phone being locked on o2), and had some success - I could send and recieve texts and make calls, but would not recieve calls at all :/

not sure if this was due to the sim card, the phone or the turbo sim, although I suspect it may have been a dodgy turbo sim.

#30
taksim red i have looked at the san fran but i am contract to o2 until august. And as far as i have seen the san fran is locked to orange.

When october comes my apple early adopter brother will be selling his i4 to get the iphone 5. family discount on his old i4

Edited By: grommachine on Apr 06, 2011 10:33
#31
i am delighted for u! lol
grommachine
taksim red i have looked at the san fran but i am contract to o2 until august. And as far as i have seen the san fran is locked to orange.

When october comes my apple early adopter brother will be selling his i4 to get the iphone 5. family discount on his old i4
#32
grommachine
taksim red i have looked at the san fran but i am contract to o2 until august. And as far as i have seen the san fran is locked to orange.

san fran is unlocked online for free !!!
#33
Sony are awful at supporting their phones, they hardly ever push out updates for their Android handsets - once they have your money they don't care. Read the comments on the official Sony Ericsson blog to see how many unhappy customers they have
#34
can anyone confirm that these are indeed locked into o2 or not ?
#35
can u notjust call o2 and get the unlock code?


I believe you need to be an existing o2 payg customer for a number of months before they give you an unlock code. I may be wrong though...

You can request an unlock code online from o2 from here, and see if they will give you a code if you are a new customer:
https://www.o2.co.uk/apps/help/help?qid=1&q1=2&route=unlocking&case=Handset%20Unlocking%20Form&cm_mmc=affiliate-_-skimbit-_-blank-_-blank

Edited By: Numpti on Apr 06, 2011 13:53
#36
i do know that on contracts after 12 months you can request unlock codes and they have to give them you !!
#37
http://www.mobot.net/sony-ericsson-xperia-x10-mini-pro-120-o2-payg-o2-shop-20720#viewComments
Thanks Nicolas - well spotted :D
We've shared this over on HotUKDeals' new sister site, mobot.net
#38
grommachine
is there much need for the keyboard? there is some of the x10 mini without the keyboard. refurbished for 99.99 (£10 quidco)

is it worth £20 more?


It will partially come down to preference but I'd say the Mini Pro's keyboard is well worth the extra as it's a very good keyboard particularly for the small size that allows you to type at a reasonable speed with two thumbs. The on screen keyboard suffers with the small screen which makes it fairly slow going on a number pad layout.

John
#39
not just the keyboard but apparently the mini battery is built in while the pro is changeable. i got mine today,its a gorgeous responsive phone and i am not using the keyboard a lot but i do find the screen small, i ld love to have this phone just bigger screen, specially with the app text swipe, its so cool
Johnmcl7
grommachine
is there much need for the keyboard? there is some of the x10 mini without the keyboard. refurbished for 99.99 (£10 quidco)

is it worth £20 more?


It will partially come down to preference but I'd say the Mini Pro's keyboard is well worth the extra as it's a very good keyboard particularly for the small size that allows you to type at a reasonable speed with two thumbs. The on screen keyboard suffers with the small screen which makes it fairly slow going on a number pad layout.

John
#40
the screen is tiny... but happy so far.

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