Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

I'm debating getting the Xperia Mini Pro (2011) for my wife, as an upgrade to her ancient LG Eve. The screen and keyboard are about the same size, but the hardware/software is a *huge* upgrade. Just waiting for our "early upgrade fee" to drop below $100 to make it worthwhile. It's a nice looking piece of hardware. And there's a *very* active modder community around it (such that searching for information on "Xperia Pro" is littered with about 10:1 info on the Mini Pro).

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Johnnybutternuts Member since:
2012-03-20

I have recently received the Xperia Mini pro from Rogers (I live in Canada) free on a two year term, with no data plan needed (ie just voice). I can confirm that the solid reviews it has received (search the web) are spot on. It is a great phone - fast, small, screen looks great, keyboard feels great.

I don't usually like to support Sony either but the Sony Ericcson branch is really supporting the modding community right now. Free easy bootloader unlocking, releasing specs etc. Plus they're supposed to release ICS by the end of this month for this little guy, which is nice.

The only issue is that the screen is quite small, but if you don't do a lot of text reading or gaming on your phone (ie if you use it mostly as a phone) then I can tell you it is great.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Just curious, is the Rogers version unlockable? Meaning, can you use the official Sony-Ericsson method for unlocking the bootloader in order to install other ROMs?

I have the Fido Xperia Pro, and they've removed the option to unlock the bootloader using the official methods. ;) The only way to unlock it is to use fancy software you have to pay for (although there's a couple of people on xda-forums that will help you do it remotely).

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