I had never seen the Xperia X10 Mini live in flesh so i was excited to see that Sony Ericsson had it on display at their booth. And it could be awhile before I see it because the current plans include a European distribution but nothing in North America. In any case, the simplicity of the phone was nice and above all this thing really lives up to its name… it is really REALLY mini!
Don’t get me wrong, the hardcord Android heads aren’t going to love this phone – it simply doesn’t have great specs. But with SUCH a small screen it is able to become arguably the most pocketable Android phone. The UI is dumbed down and contains 3 main elements:
- 4-corner UI with an icon in each corner
- Top tier of horizontal screens to use widgets
- Bottom tier of horizontal screens for app drawer
Essentially this phone is like a two-story Android house where you can swipe left to right to go room to room within widget or app floors and can change floors by swiping up and down. That’s actually probably making it more complex than it is!
Despite launching on Android 1.6 I think the X10 Mini could be a pretty big hit simply because of its size, simplicity and sexiness in that little package. The people who choose this phone aren’t getting it because of the high-tech nature alone. They are people who will upgrade from a feature phone and have something more capable and more awesome.
Looking good SE… now can we speed up the process a bit?