Sony Ericsson Aino Review
The Sony Ericsson Aino delivers good in-call quality. During out tests our callers sounded slightly monotonous, but still loud enough. They didn’t have any gripes and said they were able to hear us properly and realistically and invited us over at a pancake cookout.
For a cell phone with a large screen and enjoyable multimedia capabilities, the Sony Ericsson Aino offers surprisingly good battery life. A full day of continuous audio listening and abusing both the Wi-Fi and the boxed Bluetooth hands-free constantly couldn’t use up even half the battery charge. According to the manufacturer, the handset should provide up to 4.5 hours of continuous talk or remain operational for over 300 hours over 3G networks.
Now it´s about time we use our imaginary scales, weight up the positive features of the handset against its shortcomings and see if it´s ultimately worth it. On the one hand, we´ve got excellent multimedia capabilities – great camera, super audio quality through the boxed Bluetooth hands-free and a large screen ideal for videos. On the other, the browser is quite bad, the keypad is unhandy and the touch-sensitivity of the screen is limited, meaning you would have to open the slider anytime you need to do even simple things. Oh, we almost forgot something really important - the retail price tag of the Sony Ericsson Aino is about $645.
The latter prevents us from being able to recommend the Aino. Don´t get us wrong, this is a truly capable multimedia handset that will keep you entertained all the way. In time, you will even get used to the touch-sensitive menu and the whole idea about the screen and its limited functionality. Unfortunately, the rather steep price tag places the handset in the vicinity of the Samsung OmniaHD i8910, Omnia II i8000 and Pixon12 M8910 and this is, by all means, a losing battle. They offer better video capture functionality, DivX and Xvid video playback, and the former two are smartphones equipped with larger displays.
Similarly to the Sony Ericsson Satio, the Aino rolls out too late to make a difference. If the handset had been released at the beginning of the year, it could have stood a chance against the multimedia cell phones. The market has, however, developed really fast and the Sony Ericsson Aino looks obsolete at the end of 2009.
Sony Ericsson Aino Video Review:
- Excellent audio quality through the boxed Bluetooth hands-free
- Really capable camera
- Robust battery
- Wi-Fi with DLNA and the option to control PlayStation 3 consoles
- Very good screen sensitivity (where available)
- Unhandy keyboard and navigational keys
- Sluggish browser with lots of software bugs
- Limited touch-screen functionality
- Far too expensive
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?