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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia ProThe Xperia Pro is an Android 2.3 powered device with sliding Qwerty keyboard. The keypad is slightly smaller than the Motorola Milestone's but the sliding mechanism is smooth and the keys are easily accessible. The buttons themselves are tactile and have sufficient gaps between them making it difficult to tap the wrong key by mistake - great for manic texters! Above the excellent sliding Qwerty keyboard is the 3.7 inch screen featuring Sony's BRAVIA Engine renowned for ultra brightness and clarity (same display as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc, the only real difference between the Xperia Pro and the Arc, Neo, and Ray is the size and the slide out keyboard.). Although the Xperia Pro runs Android Gingerbread it features Sony's own user interface lightly laid on top. The "pro" in the title is directed at professionals, or business users. That Qwerty keyboard is designed to appeal to those who do a lot of typing and emailing and Office Suite Pro comes preloaded, giving users the opportunity to view and edit documents on their handsets. The new email interface is particularly impressive on the device. Although the Xperia Pro excels as a business device and is obviously a Blackberry competitor, the Xperia Pro was built on the architecture of the Xperia Play, therefore provides the processing power to play even the most advanced 3D games.

The 3.7in screen has a high resolution of 854x480 pixels and looks sharp and bright. There is also a micro HDMI port to connect the phone to a HDTV, projector or monitor. The 8.1 megapixel camera uses the Sony Ericsson Exmor R technology to take better quality photos in dimly lit conditions and performs better than many smartphone cameras out there. Producing sharper, more evenly lit pictures than the iPhone 4 for example.

With Android 2.3 Gingerbread and TimeScape, a 1 GHz Scorpion processor, up to 32GB on microSD memory card, 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R CMOS Sensor, a Sony BRAVIA Mobile engine, Scratch-resistant 3.7-inch FWVGA TFT LCD, 3G support, HDMI, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0 and accelerometer and proximity sensors, the tech spec of the Xperia Pro is competitive to say the least. The Xperia Pro offers the perfect amalgamation of business and pleasure in a mobile device, featuring a stunning display with a slide out QWERTY keyboard that is great for typing out documents and emails (that also works impressively as a game controller). Combined that the easy to use TimeScape interface from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Pro offers stiff competition in the business handset market.

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