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Sony Ericsson Aino Preview

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Our Sony Ericsson Aino Review is now published - click here to read it.

Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
Introduction and Design:

It was a nice, bright, sunny day when Sony Ericsson first announced the Aino – a feature phone that delivers large, touch sensitive screen and interesting multimedia functionality. We were happy indeed that the manufacturer was about to finally release something like this. Now, it´s another bright, sunny day and we are holding the prototype in our hands, scratching our heads how it is possible for Sony Ericsson to come up with such a concept.

Of course, we are talking about the idea of a 3-inch, 240x320 resolution screen that is only usable in the multimedia and camera menus. We’ve have seen similar idea on both the LG Secret and KS360 (Neon) and we can´t say we fans of the whole thing.

Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
Sony Ericsson Aino Preview

The Sony Ericsson Aino doesn't have any navigation keys on its front side - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
The Sony Ericsson Aino doesn't have any navigation keys on its front side - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
The Sony Ericsson Aino doesn't have any navigation keys on its front side - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview

The Sony Ericsson Aino doesn't have any navigation keys on its front side


Sony Ericsson Aino Preview

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Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
The latter two at least feature navigational buttons on the front side, so both devices can be operated even when closed. Sony Ericsson blazes a trail with their “extremely innovative” idea of using the phone only when the slider is open, because otherwise you don’t have access to the navigational keys. It´s quite an irony that the camera can only be operated with slider closed, meaning you can easily end up navigating the menus (Aino is open), selecting the camera function, then having to close the slider to take pictures then opening the slider to get to the menus again when you have finished. Not really intuitive!

Volume rocker and camera shutter are on the right hand side, charger port is on the opposite and microSD card slot is under the battery cover. Oh, you got this right, it´s microSD and not M2. Sony Ericsson is taking the first steps adopting popular standards.

Right side - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
Left side - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview
Sony Ericsson Aino has a microSD card slot instead of an M2 one - Sony Ericsson Aino Preview

Right side

Left side

Sony Ericsson Aino has a microSD card slot instead of an M2 one



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


BAD DESIGN! should have been a slider and get rid of the nav pad FULL FUNCTION TOUCHSCREEN come on sony ericsson but now, uh dont u think it might be a little bit top heavy???

posted on 28 Jun 2009, 13:28

2. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)


Gosh SE has so completely lost it, this is not at all a proper touch phone.

posted on 12 Aug 2009, 10:03

3. tomp (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


So hang on, what you're saying is that when you are browsing the net, you can't scroll through the pages and click through the links using the touchscreen, you have to use the buttons - is that right? If so that seems totally pointless, having such a lovely huge screen but not being able to scroll through internet pages like you do on the iphone. Can you confirm?

posted on 18 Oct 2009, 05:19

4. youareidiots (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2009)


Wow, you really suck at reviewing phones. It is so obvious that you have something against SE. Sure, the phone has flaws, but you made it look like EVERYTHING is bad, which is far from the truth. I think the phone is great, the slider included. I definitely won't go to this shitty site again!

posted on 09 May 2010, 04:32

5. skybucks21 (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Dec 2009)


Yes, phonearena is biased. They always make a bad review regarding SE and then if they are going to make one for samsung, it seems that it is the best manufacturer in the mobile industry. Well, samsung did a pretty good job but all they did is offer affordable handsets with touch sensitive screens which as we all know, are very popular nowadays. Personally, I don't like the handsets of samsung. They cannot match the versatility and good functionality of the symbian software. Morevover, the boring touchwiz interface cannot match the aesthetic value of the standard OS used by SE. DivX and Xvid support offered by samsing which is always praised by phonearena is not a big dealbreaker at all for nokia and SE because a phone is a phone and there are dedicated multimedia monsters out there to play your so called HD VIDEOS and Music!! Phonearena sucks.

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 432 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.09 x 1.97 x 0.61 inches
(104 x 50 x 15.5 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)
Battery950 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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