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Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro SK17a Unlocked Phone--U.S. Warranty (Black)

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  • Brand: Sony Ericsson
  • Category: Mobile Phone
  • camera pixels: 5.0M
  • screen size: 3"

Features

  • Unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone with US/International 3G plus GPRS/EDGE connectivity (not compatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint)
  • Android 2.3-powered smartphone with brilliant LED-backlit 3.0-inch multi-touch display, slide-out QWERTY Smart Keyboard, and 1 GHz processor
  • 5.0-MP camera with HD 720p video capture; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking; Bluetooth stereo music; GPS navigation; microSD expansion
  • Up to 5.5 hours of talk time, up to 340 hours (14+ days) of standby time; released in August, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, USB/wall charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide
  • Android 2.3-powered smartphone with brilliant LED-backlit 3.0-inch multi-touch Plasma display, slide-out QWERTY Smart Keyboard, and 1 GHz processor

Technical Details

 

  • 1 GHz single-core processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 3.0-inch multi-touch display (Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine) with LED backlighting, scratch-resistant glass, and proximity sensor (320 x 480 pixels).
  • Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard with Smart Keyboard functionality
  • Onboard GPS with Google Maps featuring turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views, and more.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • DLNA compatibility allows you to stream media content from the phone to any other DLNA-certified device as well as play a file from a server on your phone.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 320 MB internal memory (user accessible)
  • 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, image stabilizer, auto-focus, touch focus, and red-eye reduction.
  • HD 720p video capture capabilities with video stabilization.
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats.
  • Multimedia player compatible with MP3 and AAC music formats, and MPEG4, H.264, and H.263 video formats
  • FM radio with RDS capabilities
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Access to Facebook and Twitter
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync accounts.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.

Description

 Though small in size, the unlocked, 3G-enabled Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro mobile phone (model SK17a) comes packed full of innovative features. Powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, you'll get access to a wealth of Google mobile services as well as hundreds of thousands of apps from the Android Market.

The 3.0-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine multi-touch display delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image thanks to its LED backlighting. It's also outfitted with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard that includes fast Type & Send functionality, which eliminates the need to open a dedicated application for each type of message. Additionally, the Smart Keyboard triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when you slide out the keyboard.

The 5.0-megapixel camera has a f/2.6 lens, enabling you to capture high quality, bright still photos and HD videos even in low light. The auto-focus camera includes stabilization for still and video capture, smile detection, geotagging, an LED flash, and red-eye reduction features. It also captures HD 720p video. And you can enjoy on-the-go video chats via the front-facing VGA camera.

Get direct access to your 16 most used apps by dragging icons from your desktop into the corners of the homescreen. Synchronize your e-mail, calendar and contacts thanks to Exchange ActiveSync. Plus, with the pre-loaded OfficeSuite, you can view documents sent as e-mail attachments.

Other features include a single-core 1 GHz processor, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation (using built-in Google Maps) and location services, 320 MB user accessible internal memory, microSD expansion (up to 32 GB), access to both personal and corporate e-mail, DLNA wireless media streaming, and up to 5.5 hours of talk time.

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Smart Keyboard

Your keyboard knows what to do before you know what to type. When you slide it out, the Xperia Mini Pro's Smart Keyboard function predicts what you want to do. Reading an e-mail? "Reply, Reply all or Forward?" automatically pops up. Online? The address and search field is activated.

Get Social

A highly social mobile phone, the Xperia Mini Pro includes Sony Ericsson Timescape, which lets all your communication with a person come together in one place. Facebook posts, calls, text messages are all gathered, so you don't have to open loads of different apps to see what's going on.

And with Facebook inside Xperia (developed in close cooperation with Facebook), you can make your entertainment truly social. Your Facebook albums pop up in your phone's gallery, and you can comment directly on the pictures. Share recommendations and likes from the music player. Don't miss any of your friends' birthdays or other exciting Facebook events--they're all automatically visible in your calendar. You only need to sign in once to Facebook during start-up of your Xperia Mini Pro.

Vital Statistics

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro weighs 4.8 ounces and measures 3.5 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches. Its 1200 mAh lithium-polymer battery is rated at up to 5.5 hours of talk time, and up to 340 hours (14+ days) of standby time. This 3G-enabled phone runs on 800/1900/2100 3G frequencies (compatible with AT&T) in the United States, and international 900/2100 MHz 3G frequencies. Additionally, it runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies for voice and 2G data.

What's in the Box

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro handset, rechargeable battery, USB/wall charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Xperia Mini Pro runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Xperia Mini Pro also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Unlocked Phone

This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider.

This phone can be paired with 800/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G networks in the United States (as well as 900/2100 MHz 3G networks found around the world, including in Europe and Asia). In areas not served by a 3G network, you'll continue to receive 2G data service via the EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

This phone comes with a full manufacturer's warranty (1-year).

Comments

emptystreets130 "Chris" 5.0
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I recently purchase a white version of the Mini Pro for a friend and got around to playing with it. All I got to say is that I'm amazed with the amount of feature and build quality that this phone has; which has got me jealous and I just order one.I'm just gonna touch on a few key features. Specs can be founded online.3" HVGA capacitive touchscreen - highly responsive and clear pictures showing vivid colors. Granted the screen is small but everything comes out in great detail. Best of all, the s ... creen is glass. That's right; it's not plastic but the 3" screen is glass.Sliding Keyboard - slide open and closed smoothly and firmly. No flimsy construction here. The keys are space out nicely for your thumbs to type away.Battery life - This point is kinda useless since everyone has different usage. My friend who makes a lot of calls and text a lot of people with very light use of the internet manage to get a little over a day. I'm guessing if you use the phone a lot for music, videos, web and so on, you might need to bring a charger with you. 5MP camera - This phone has a front facing camera and well as the rear. Both produces sharp, clean image. Not that great in low light, even with flash. Flash only on the back of phone. Construction - The build quality is great. This phone is a little heavy (a little heavier than lets say an iPhone)but it has a nice solid feel. The heaviness is expected from a sliding keyboard phone. The body is made out of plastic but the screen is glass. The Mini Pro is small so it may be easy to lose. The interface is nice. You have four corners to throw your stuff in along with the desktop to throw more apps on. This is Sony's own interface. All of it is running on Android 2.3.3. No lag at all thanks to 512MB Ram it has on board and the snappy 1 GHz processor. It has enough storage space for all your apps, 400MB to be precise, but less than that due to the other apps and system files on the phone. One last note, the battery cover is hard to take off. I had to use a little force to get it off. I'm not held responsible if you damage your phone. Update 6/7/2012 I just updated the OS on this phone to ICS 4.0.4 and I have to say, this new OS brings new life to this phone. It's faster and more responsive. If you haven't updated, you should do so now. More >
ekkimeira 5.0
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I have had a Sony cell phone for years and have been very happy with it, but lately it started losing power and just not working well. i travel a lot and often switch SIM cards so i wanted an unlocked phone. i looked at gazillion different options but finally settled on this one (xperia mini pro SK17A) and it is wonderful. i was instantly able to insert my SIM and hook into the service provider (tmobile in the US) i didn't have to sign up for a 2 year(slavery)plan and no need for the expensiv ... e data plan as it works just fine on WIFI. It is easy to use and small enough to fit nicely in one hand, an issue for me as i found most phones to be too big and clunky. i also like to have the option of a full keyboard as touch screen texting can be very annoying, but both work really well on this phone. the only very minor drawback is that the battery drains quickly and it has to be charged every day, but that is generally how all smart phones are, i.e. mini computers so they use more power. More >
JFC 4.0
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I bought this phone, the black model, direct from Amazon for about $270 and have been getting used to it the past several weeks. It's my first Android smart phone, so I'm having to learn both the new handset and a new OS, after having used E-Series Nokia phones for many years.One of the things that drew me to this model was its hardware keyboard (in addition to the on-screen ones it offers in both portrait and landscape modes). With the Nokia E-Series Symbian models being discontinued, there are ... n't a great number of quality, high performing smartphone choices with hardware keyboards. But after doing a lot of research, I settled on this one, and thus far am glad I did.I'm a tall guy with large hands and long fingers, but the keyboard on the MiniPro works fine for me. The keys have a firm click-type (non-audible) touch and are nicely spaced and tactile. The slide out mechanism as others have noted is solid and firm, no jiggering or bending when the keyboard is extended. I too found the build quality to be quite good, notwithstanding the plastic case materials. Despite reading the comments in prior reviews here, I had no trouble snapping off the back of the phone to access the battery and SD card and SIM card slots. On my model at least, the back snaps on and off securely, but easily. I was never worried I was going to break anything trying. When closed, the size of the phone is surprisingly small in terms of height and width, but it is a bit chubbier than non-hardware-keyboard phones as you'd expect. But it feels good in the hand, is easy to hold and handle and doesn't feel slippery. That said, it easily fits inside a man's shirt or pants pocket. Even though it's not a dual core processor, the response of the phone is swift and smooth, no lagging or stuttering. The screen image quality is quite good, though at about 3 inches, you wouldn't want it any smaller. But I have ready access to desktop and laptop PCs most of the time, so I wasn't looking to carry around a large screen in my pocket. I do have a couple of gripes about the phone, though. --One is the design of the small plastic cover of the micro USB slot that's used for data connections and charging the phone. It's a small plastic piece that you have to pry open with your fingernail and pivot out from its resting place. Then once open, the little plastic piece just hangs loosely and dangling there attached by a very tiny connector. A sliding cover or some other approach would have been much better for an otherwise elegant phone. The way the little cover hangs there annoyingly, I almost want to cut it off and just leave the micro USB port uncovered. --Another is when I set up the phone, I followed the very minimal paperwork included in the box, and used common sense based on my familiarity with computers and smartphones. But when I tried to use the main camera on the phone, the images were all blurry, even after I cleaned the exterior lens surface with a soft camera lens cleaning cloth. So I ended up taking the phone into a Sony shop to have them take a look at that problem. And to my surprise, they said there had been a small (I assume protective) plastic film sheet covering the main camera lens. I swear, I never saw it, and didn't see any info about it on the phone's setup info. But once removed, the camera takes very nice photos for a 5 mp snapper with auto focus. Other misc things, the sound quality and loudness on calls and playing music etc. I found quite good. I liked the feature in the camera whereby you can focus and take a phone just by tapping anywhere on the view screen (apart from also having a physical camera shutter key). Also the accelerometer that automatically shifts the phone's display between portrait and landscape works smoothly and quickly. Add in full access to the Android Market, good video recording, FM radio included, a 2 GB memory card included, the included Flash video playing capability, WiFi N, and stereo Bluetooth, and Sony has packed a lot of powerful capabilities into this small package. It's not the slimmest or most elegant or highest specced Android smartphone on the market, but it's a great phone at a great price, especially if you're buying it out of your own pocket and not on a carrier contract discount, that pretty much can do anything you want to do for business/work or for personal entertainment. PS - Just as a quick follow-up, now Jan. 2013 and this phone is still going strong and performing well. Just last month got the Ice Cream Sandwich OS via download, and it seems to work OK with that, at least for me. Everything I said above in my original review I still hold to. One thing I managed to solve was the dangling micro-USB slot cover issue. Following another user's suggestion I read on one of the Sony forums, I took an Xacto knife and cut/shaved off a tiny portion of the interior part of the cover (the part that fits into the micro USB slot cover). I DIDN'T cut off the dangling cover itself. But after trimming the inside tab a bit, the cover now can be inserted and removed with my fingernail much easier, and no longer drives me crazy as it did when I first got the phone. Sony, unfortunately, just made the original cover fit a bit too snugly. But that's something any user can easily remedy. Lastly, having used the phone for more than a year now, I want to comment also on what a good camera it has for just a 5 MP model. As anyone familiar with such things knows, it's not automatically the case that a higher number of megapixels is going to mean better quality images. There are lots of mobile phones out there with 8+ MP camera, but read the reviews, and you'll see many, many produce noisy, artifacted, oddly shaded photos. After having had a year to compare my mobile phone's photos with those of friends and family members using other smart phones, I'd certainly say the MiniPro's photos are among the best quality that I've seen. More >