Sony Ericsson Aino Review
Let´s get this straight – Sony Ericsson and Nokia do not currently have own interface specifically developed for feature phones equipped with touch-sensitive screens. That is why all touch-screen handsets of the Finnish company are based on Symbian S60 5th Edition only. Things are, however, different in the case of Sony Ericsson as it seems. The Aino is the manufacturer´s attempt to come up with a proper feature phone, equipped with touch sensitive screen, but the result is quite disappointing, since the only place you can use the display to control functions is in the dedicated multimedia menu.
Frankly, the menu itself is not bad really. It allows access to the camera, radio, audio player, you video files and gallery. Handling it feels comfy and reminds us of the website of the manufacturer – picking an option makes it stand out and appear in the foreground, but you can still see the other in the background. With the properly sensitive screen and snappy performance of the handset, the app feels really pleasing to use indeed.
Save the multimedia functions, there are far too few other things you can actually do with the touch sensitive screen – answer/reject incoming calls, stop/snooze alarms by sliding a finger and, of course, use it in the camera interface.
As a whole, Sony Ericsson has done a great, but inconclusive job. Doing simple things like dialing a number, using your calendar or setting an alarm means that like it or lump it, you will have to open the slider and get deeper into the…
It comes with the overall Sony Ericsson styling that we know well from their latest feature phones. Its appearance can be changed via various themes, although we don´t particularly like the ones that come preinstalled on the Aino, but more are easily available. The larger display resolution (as compared to the other models of the manufacturer that are, without exception, QVGA handsets) has had a positive effect on certain interface elements – you can now see more entries at a time when browsing your phone contacts, there´s enough room for a picture in the calendar and it changes depending on the season etc. We cannot say the interface sports ground-breaking changes really, but as a whole, it is easy to use and you will get used to it quickly.
We do like the option to browse messages in threaded style, because it´s a really pleasing feature that´s actually rare with feature cell phones. Setting up your email account can be really easy, because the Sony Ericsson Aino does everything for you automatically, at least if you´re registered with a popular service provider. The app visualizes emails in HTML and you can save attached pictures on the handset, but unfortunately, any other file types are disallowed.
Additional software for the phone is available at PlayNow Arena, but frankly, we couldn’t spot anything worth your while and our attempt to get minifring to run fell out to be a disaster. The application is too heavy for the phone and the Aino gets really sluggish while running it.
The Sony Ericsson Aino sports decent connectivity options – 3G (HSDPA 3.6Mbps), Wi-Fi with support for DLNA (allows wireless connection to other devices) and you can control the multimedia functions of your PlayStation 3 remotely.
Unfortunately, the browser performs pretty badly as per today´s standards. Complex websites take ages to load even if you´re connected through Wi-Fi hotspot and scrolling pages feels clumsy, because you have to use the D-Pad. You have pan view, but using it involves some serious lagging. For some reason the browser hates our own page, won´t load it and that´s that. This is rather odd indeed, because all other high-end and mainstream Sony Ericsson models, say the W995 and W705 don´t seem to have any problems with the page. The handset doesn’t support Flash, but you can still watch videos at the mobile page of YouTube. As a whole, we are disappointed at the internet capabilities of the Sony Ericsson Aino.
Like most high-end handsets of the manufacturer, the Aino features built-in GPS and comes preloaded with a navigational app, in this case Wisepilot. The program utilizes standard NAVTEQ maps and is extremely snappy and needed about 10 seconds to pinpoint our location after hardware restart with active internet connection. Unfortunately, it´s not free, so you will have to shell out some cash to buy it if you like it. .
1. djmuzi (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)
Photos seems to be good, but try to make some photos in a sunny day and you will see that they will get completely overexposured and there is no setting to reduce the exposure. In ESATO forums are lots of such photos. The camera of this phone is pretty crappy in my opinion.
2. luistoluca (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
are in great error, how can make the W995 the highest grade? is much better Aino wifi it say it is bad only because they do not load your page and the others did? please be realistic Aino is better see the qualification the users, user rating Aino is best and you review is bad
3. ChooseWhat (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
can anyone give some comment about the touch screen of aino? and the camera?