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Sony Ericsson Aino review

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

The internet experience on the Sony Ericsson Aino is a little disappointing too - the browser is pretty basic and seemingly can't render sites with any kind of aplomb.

Well, that's not strictly true - it can, but Sony Ericsson has made a big play about the fact you can search on Google either right from the home screen or via the bookmarked home page. But on this handset, Google strips all the picture functionality away, leaving users with a basic text only version of the sites.

As far as we can tell full HTML is only a very last resort on the Sony Ericsson Aino - we were constantly redirected to mobile versions of sites, which is annoying when you need some functionality from a full site version.

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One problem that had us truly stumped for a while is the lack of internet options or settings on the Aino. A touch on the softkey to open the toolbar gave only a few basic bookmarking options - it was only after hunting through nearly every menu on the Aino did we realise a secondary menu became available once the toolbar was enabled.

Perhaps that was just us being slightly slow on the uptake, but it's hardly the most user friendly option and placement.

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GOOGLE'S CHOICE: How the search engine renders web pages on the Aino

Web feeds, such a great part of the Satio, have weirdly been integrated into the Xross Media Bar, rather than in the browser itself. We actually prefer them there, as more often than not we use RSS feeds to ignore the browser, not as a reason to use it.

Finding the feeds and adding them in is a little harder, but it's the same on most feature phones - and once you get them up and running it's a great little feature.

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BACK AGAIN: And in 'normal' HTML mode

One problem, and one we touched on earlier, is connectivity to data is pretty slow on the Aino - both over 3G and Wi-Fi in fact. From two separate routers and the local 3G coverage we were left hanging waiting for websites to load on countless occasions - we're not sure why as once they render, the pages actually load pretty quickly.

The internet browser is pretty basic on the Aino. Most people will be used to the mobile internet on their phone, and will simply have a bog standard list of mobile friendly sites they like to bookmark.

But that's no excuse, and with the nice long widescreen, plus the media-centric nature of the Aino, we just expected slightly more from it in terms of web browsing - and not being able to use the touchscreen makes it all the more annoying.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height104 mm
Width50 mm
Depth15.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
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