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Sony Ericsson Aino review

Will PS3 connectivity make this a mid-range media marvel?

Our Verdict

A phone that looks great on paper, but a large number of bugs scupper it in actual use

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 55 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8.1 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 432 x 240

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For

  • Good GPS signal
  • Easy to use media interface
  • Decent build quality
  • Well laid-out interface
  • BBC iPlayer included in the box

Against

  • Laggy operating system
  • Poor battery life
  • Sporadic PS3 connectivity
  • Constantly updating memory card
  • High price for a feature phone

Connectivity is pretty much limited to the PC via the USB cable, although if you've enabled your computer with Bluetooth you can go nuts with that too.

The range of options on offer in the Aino is a full complement, with all working well. Wi-Fi sometimes struggles to get going, but on the whole, everything powers up quickly and works when it's supposed to.

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We're particularly impressed with the GPS on board - assisted GPS (which uses cellular towers to triangulate your position) boots up blindingly fast, and GPS has a lock on you generally within 10 seconds. Good show, Sony Ericsson.

Bluetooth and the MH100 work together nicely as well, with the latter coming online as soon as it's switched on. The same can be said for a entering a zone with a paired Bluetooth PC - it connects nicely with the Aino and makes content sharing easy.

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We also liked the Wi-Fi as it brought Media Go - the only downside to having constantly updated media is you're often left feeling like you don't own enough, so a few too many trips to online MP3 stores were necessary out of sheer fear of being uncool.

PC software

Similar to the Sony Ericsson Satio (well, it's identical in actual fact, we used the same PC software as it was included on both phones) the phone will connect effortlessly to the PC with a minimum of fuss (once everything is installed).

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Once again, one of the attributes we particularly like is being able to save and view your text messages in an inbox/outbox format - meaning you can back them up for another phone in the future.

Media Go and the Sony Ericsson PC Suite offer you all the media options you need, such as converting video files and streaming media to the phone, and it's hard to find any fault with this setup really - the new Samsung PC Studio looks a bit nicer and the iPhone has iTunes' might behind it, but that's about it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory55 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourLuminous White
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time8.50 Hour
Product ModelAino
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution432 x 240
Weight (Approximate)134 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height104 mm
Width50 mm
Depth15.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameAino Cellular Phone (Unlocked)
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberAINOWHT
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get all the entertainment you've ever craved on the beautifully crafted Sony Ericsson Aino phone. Designed to match your life, you can pack the Aino phone full of your favourite music, photos, films and podcasts. Then take your mobile entertainment everywhere you go to enjoy on its stunning 3" touch screen. The super-stylish Sony Ericsson Aino touchscreen phone comes with a matching Bluetooth headset and desk stand charger.

Limited Warranty2 Year