Conclusion: We like what Sony Ericsson is trying to achieve with the Aino. It's a great multimedia phone, and we hope PS3 Remote Play becomes par for the course in its future blowers. But the lopsided design flaw and half-baked touchscreen tech suggest it could have spent a bit more time in the labs. If you hoard movies on your PS3 hard drive, the Sony Ericsson Aino is a must-have, but otherwise, it might be best to hold out and see what follows.
Pros: The good news: PS3 streaming to the Sony Ericsson Aino does work, though it took us a fair bit of mucking around with passwords and menus to get going. It's a nice touch and works well though, essentially letting you keep up to 250GB of media on your handset - so long as you have signal. There's always a microSD slot to stash it locally, and you can quick launch it all through the clever lock screen media bar. The 8.1-megapixel camera is more than decent, and connecti...
Cons: The Sony Ericsson Aino's landscape screen is fab for watching movies on the move, but in a portrait sliding shell, it causes a weird side effect. It leaves the phone incredibly top heavy, so make sure you handle the Sony Ericsson Aino in the shop before slapping down for it. And how come the touchscreen only works with the lock screen media bar? Why not with regular menus and apps too? And needless to say, there's no 3.5mm audio jack for your own headphones. Come on, ...
Summary: Sony Ericsson Aino is a prolific performer in the camera & multimedia segment achieving consistent scores across all the tests and truly stamped its authority, as one of the best high-end mobile phones to be tested.
Pros: Introduces Remote Play - support for PS3 console, Top notch multimedia performance, Excellent build quality
Cons: Lacks HD video recording capability, Limited touchscreen functionality, Definitely expensive
Excerpt: If you’re wondering what the name Aino (no apparent model number) means, your guess is as good as mine. It means different thing in different languages. In Finnish it can be a person’s name that means ‘The Only One’, in Japanese it’s the native name of ‘Man’ and a race of people that came before the earliest Japanese settlers. The handset is obviously neither.
Conclusion: Like I have said before, this isn’t a smartphone, and with a pricetag at $600.00. I just don’t see how it’s worth it. I’ll have to admit that it is very stylish since it is a long phone and the 8.1 megapixel camera, while not the greatest, is quite impressive. I also love the multimedia interface and how the touchscreen is dedicated for it but the biggest mistake was to not include a 3.5mm headphone jack which will turn consumers away from this device.
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson Aino is definitely suited to people who currently use this form factor of a slide out key board. It’s jam packed with features and seems to perform fairly well. As you have probably gathered it’s not my cup of tea but like most devices this all comes down to personal preference and what you are going to use the device for.
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Aino U10i doesn't bring anything new to the table with its moderately strong vibro alert, a bit too loud ring tones and decent call quality.
This device is actually a twin of W995, added with a touch-sensitive screen that works only in the closed state. How many people do need such a limited screen size? It seems to be sensor-like, but not always. The confusion arouses at once. The answer is the device sales – only a few need such a functionality.
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson just released a trio of phones for the Singapore market on October 24th, with Satio being the high-end one ( S$1,098 ), Aino the mid-end one ( S$858 ), and Yari the lower-end one ( S$548 ). Prices listed here are the recommended retail price without any contract with a telco. I had the opportunity to play around with the Aino for about two weeks, and like Alf’s take on the Satio , I have mixed feelings about it.