The Xperia X8 takes the Mini idea, but isn’t as accomplished as its predecessor. It already feels quite retro: until recently it was running the Android 1.6 Donut version of the Google OS.
Sony Ericsson scored a big hit with last year’s X10 Mini handset , proving that you can pack power and navigability into a compact form factor without sacrificing usability.
It has a 3in capacitive touchscreen, with a half-VGA resolution of 320x480 pixels on which icons seem to recede into the blue background. Combined with the plastic, cheap-feeling design, first impressions aren’t great. This is a shame, as some of the technology inside is good. You get GPS and location tagging, plus 3G and 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for microSD cards up to 16GB. There’s a parsimonious internal memory allocation of just 128MB.