Sony Ericsson Aino Review
Now we´ve made it to the section of the review where we will tell you more about the multimedia functions of the Sony Ericsson Aino. It is equipped with 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash. Its interface is entirely controlled via the touch sensitive screen, but offers a limited number of options – presets, focusing mode (faces, auto, macro), geo-tagging, flash mode and... that´s all. You can choose the object that should be in focus by touching the screen. Our major gripe relates to the fact that saving a snapshot takes about 6-7 seconds.
We´ve got this creeping suspicion that the slow saving has to do with software post-processing of the pictures that improves their quality. Whether or not this is the case is irrelevant - we need to congratulate Sony Ericsson on the quality of the snapshots taken with the Aino. Images are sharp, both colors and details are among the best we´ve seen an 8-megapixel cameraphone deliver and the handset is much better than the Sony Ericsson C905 and W995, at least when it comes to outdoor pictures. The flash performs relatively well indoors, although the increased image noise leads to worse overall quality.
The Sony Ericsson Aino will allow you to capture videos at 16:9 aspect ratio, resolution of 640x352 pixels (or VGA) and 24 frames per second. They play really smoothly, but their colors are slightly thin and they lack enough details. On the overall, videos are passable (and actually better than QVGA content captured with the W995 and C905).
Sony Ericsson Aino sample video at 640x352 pixels resolution
Watching videos on the Sony Ericsson Aino is an enjoyable thing, despite the limited codec support. We managed to play MPEG-4 files only, but at a relatively high resolution of 640x360. The video player offers you the option to stretch the stream to full screen and the image quality is quite good. As a whole, you won´t have any problems with the video playback of the Sony Ericsson Aino, especially if you use the stand. Finally, there is a really handy solution to the issue with the scanty codec support – Media Go is a program for your PC that comes with the handset and automatically converts video files using the necessary settings.
The same software can be used to synchronize music and we must say the audio playback is something we are extremely impressed by. The “touch-insensitive” audio player interface easily changes its appearance and sports ample equalizer options. Even if you don’t fiddle with any of them, you´ll enjoy excellent sound quality through the boxed Bluetooth hands-free. We used the Sony Ericsson Aino as a music player all the way while writing the current review and there was no single moment we felt displeased or annoyed at the audio quality, even with the music going at full blast. Still, we would recommend that you plug in your own earphones, because the boxed pair doesn’t deliver rich bass. The loudspeaker is relatively weak, but music through it is clear and pleasing.
Our Sony Ericsson Aino comes with two preinstalled games - Crazy Penguin and Quadrapop. The former is one of our all time favourites and we believe you will enjoy the time spent managing a team of penguins in their fight against the big, bad polar bears.
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?