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Hands-On: Sony Ericsson Xperia Minis

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The Xperia Mini Pro differs from its smaller sibling mostly because it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. In order to accommodate the keyboard, Sony Ericsson stretched the length and width by a teeny bit, but made the Xperia Mini Pro much, much thicker. The overall feel of the materials and controls is almost identical to that of the Mini, right down to the annoyingly placed camera button.

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Given that the major difference between the two is the keyboard, I am disappointed with Sony Ericsson's efforts. The slider mechanism isn't spring-loaded, and grinds open and shut. The four-row keyboard is spacious, but not overly wide thanks to the short stature of the phone.

The keys, however, are pretty bad. They have a grainy soft-touch covering on them that feels unpleasant under the thumb. THe keys are also too flat and have too little travel and feedback. I am disappointed that Sony Ericsson didn't do a better job with the keyboard.

It shares the same user interface as its smaller brother. Here's some video.

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