Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini range combines all the best smartphone features into a pint-sized handset. But if you and your X10 Mini or Mini Pro aren’t seeing eye to eye then we might be able to help. We’ve compiled a list of apps available on the Android Market and included some useful tips to solve the most common problems, as well as information about improving your X10 Mini experience.
My phone doesn’t run as fast as I thought it would do/the battery runs out quickly.
While smartphones can be very handy for things like multitasking and supporting a huge range of different features, this can affect the battery life and the speed of your X10 Mini. However, you will be pleased to hear that there are some great apps out there that can help everything run smoothly.
If you want your X10 Mini to work at top speed, make sure you only keep the apps that you actually use. Saving them onto your phones internal memory will slow things down, so if you can’t bear to part with all your novelty applications, download App Saver to back them up on your memory card. This will relieve some of the pressure from your poor phones brain. Apps are also a key culprit for draining battery life, so make sure that you close them when you’re finished. If this sounds like something you might forget to do then Task Panel might be right up your street. It automatically “kills” any apps that you choose, as soon as it goes into sleep mode. Problem solved!
If applications aren’t the reason behind your battery life woes then don’t worry there are a few other things you can do to help. The screen brightness on the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini comes set at 100%. Simply turn it down and you’ll notice your battery lasting longer. Data connections can swallow up your power too, so switch off 3G and Bluetooth when you’re not using it. Try saving free app, Quick Settings to one of your homescreen corners for a shortcut to all of your X10 Mini’s settings including these connectivity options. Alternatively, you can download the Toggle Data Widget which turns all your connections on and off with a simple tap.
Pictures, videos and music can also take up a lot of storage on your X10 Mini and really slow things down. The easiest way to free up internal memory on your phone is to put any media files onto an external microSD card, but the AstroFile Manager app can also show you where you might be going wrong. This free application allows you to view all your photos and videos as well as see what files are saved where. If you find your memory card filling up quickly, transfer any pictures and videos onto your computer from your X10 Mini for safe keeping and delete them off your phone to keep everything freed up.
Improving your home screen features
Even though your X10 Mini comes with a tiny display, this doesn’t have to limit the amount of widgets and features that you can add onto your home screens. Try the Open Home application for starters as this can extend your desktop to accommodate up to 7 home screens to create any extra space that you might need.
Understandably, different people like different things and if you were left disappointed by the cornered layout of your X10 Mini then you can get the original Android look with the ADW Launcher. This rids your handset of the home screen corners and replaces them with desktop widgets instead, creating a more generic phone navigation system.
If you want to take your home screen experience one step further, you can decorate it with animated weather wallpaper thanks to the Beautiful Widgets app which also delivers the latest forecast direct to your phone.
Is there any way I can improve my Sony Ericsson X10 Mini’s web browsing?
Though your X10 Mini’s Android operating system can be updated with the latest version Froyo, you don’t have to wait for it to be released to improve your web browsing features. If you’re not so keen on the default browser installed on your phone, you can download some alternative ones to enhance your user experience.
If you fancy having a desktop like browser on the move, then you can now get the full version of Opera Mini which has features including a virtual keyboard for easier typing and visual tabs so you can quickly switch between sites. Skyfire is another browser available for download onto your X10 Mini which already comes with built in Flash support.
The Android Market also has some apps available that can enhance your browsing experience beyond your X10 Mini. Take Bookmarks to SD for example, which can save all the bookmarks on your Dolphin Browser to your phone’s memory card. This can come in useful if you find yourself switching between devices. While we’re on the subject, you can also make your X10 Mini a Wi-Fi hotspot using the Easy Tether application. It’s $9.95 on the Market (that’s around £6) but provides a great alternative connection to the Internet on devices other than your phone. You can download the Lite version of this app for a free trial.
Messaging shortcuts and solutions
If you find getting around on your X10 Mini a bit a fiddly at times, then there are plenty of free app solutions. The best way to access these essential functions fuss free is by installing shortcut apps such as Superdial. Simply spell the name of the contact you want to call on your screen and this app will bring up all the matches. Handcent SMS provides a similar solution for texts. It has an easy to view layout and enables on screen pop ups for whenever you receive a new message. You can extend your searches to your media files too by downloading the Google created GestureSearch app. Just write a letter on the blank screen to find the matches for your picture, video and music files, as well as people in your contacts list.
Voice messages are another great way to get in contact with someone quickly, TiLK is a walkie-talkie style app that can do just that. Though the other person needs to have it installed on their phone too, this application uses your X10 Mini’s data connections to allow you to talk to each other without having to mess around with any buttons.
If you often find yourself missing important calls or messages on your X10 Mini, the Missed Calls app may be exactly what you’re looking for! It changes your phone’s service light depending on what’s new, for example a missed call, new text or email.
I’m bi-lingual, but my X10 Mini doesn’t have all my languages I speak on it. Can you help?
Yes we can! Just download MoreLocale2 off the Android Market to add extra languages to your X10 Mini that aren’t already pre-installed. Regular travellers may also find the Talk to Me app useful. Just type in a word and this will translate it into 40 different languages and even speak the correct pronunciation back to you too.
How can I get the most out of my phone’s GPS feature?
Your Sony Ericsson X10 Mini comes with all the trimmings when it comes to connectivity including GPS tracking. This feature can prove to be a lot more useful on your phone than you may have initially thought. Take Places Directory for example, which finds all the businesses and attractions that are close to your location. Your X10 Mini can also become your very own sat nav with the Google Navigation app. This application is available as a free trail on the Android Market and does just about everything from voice navigation, to street and satellite view and live traffic info en route.
While we’re on the subject of travel, Traffic4England provides live motorway updates. You won’t need a GPS signal for it to work, but can prove to be a real treat for those who find themselves hitting the road often.
Are there any other applications out there worth knowing about?
The missing piece to your Sony Ericsson X10 Mini problem may just be that need for a little extra special something on your handset to make the most out of the features on your phone. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a gamer, try Labyrinth Lite which is a pinball style game which uses your X10 Mini’s built in motion sensors. You can even watch TV on the go with the Yamgo.mobi application, which streams live UK television programmes directly to your phone and you don’t even need an Internet connection to use it.
Smartphones are all about packing in as many great features as possible, so why not treat your X10 Mini’s music player to your favourite tracks by streaming them onto your phone using Spotify. You will need a premium subscription to use it on your handset but if this sounds like your cup of tea, it will be money well spent! Applications can also be mighty useful, as well as being plenty of fun. Key Ring scans all your reward cards onto your X10 Mini to save you having to carry them all around and Xperia Flash turns your phone’s light into an easy to access torch.
We hope that this guide has solved any problems that you may have encountered with your Sony Ericsson X10 Mini or Mini Pro handset. If you are still having trouble, let us know below and we’ll get our experts on it.