Review: Sony Ericsson Aino

All respect, at the brand new Sony Ericsson Aino Sony Ericsson designers have done an impressive job. So, the UMTS slider should belong to the most elegant models of the Japanese Swedish House. The Matt White housing of the device with its subtle dark Glanzinlays is the Sony Ericsson Aino to face very well.

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This outfit already gives a high value before the touch test. Sony Ericsson Aino, which is available in a black version, once in hand, is confirm the good impression the superb craftsmanship, the backlash-free Slider mechanics and the high-quality materials – the display cover made of scratch-resistant mineral glass and the back of the pull-out part of the frame made of metal. That may be the reason why the very long open Sony Ericsson Aino is slightly top-heavy – it is so advisable to hold the phone open so that it is not accidentally a out of hand.

Practical accessories included

The look in the box of the Sony Ericsson Aino revealed technology treasure trove and relativizes the fairly rich price of 549 euro a bit. So, the slider comes with a Bluetooth stereo headset (MH100), that colour is adapted to the mobile phone. The MH100 consists of an in-ear – headphones with ear adapters, recently cable and 3.5 mm jack plug, which docks directly to the Bluetooth adapter. Alternatively, retrofitting eavesdropper can be verbandeln as also quite comfortable with the Aino. The Bluetooth adapter itself is simply clamped to the clothing and allows you to control the music player. So, the adapter has three Hardkeys for play/pause and the track search in both directions, somewhat slow-reacting sensor buttons adjust the volume. In addition, there is a button for the answer, because a microphone for talking is integrated as a small LED light show on the front as well as in the adapter.

But the Sony Ericsson Aino has even more to offer, finally, the battery-powered MH100 must be charged somewhere. Therefore, a stylish docking station comes with the slider, which absorbs also the slider in landscape mode in addition to the Bluetooth adapter and supplied with energy. Sony Ericsson Aino is it slightly bent and therefore particularly look cheap in the docking station, so that you also comfortably can – watch a video film loading, for example, in the evening in the hotel or on the train.

The supplied data cable for PC to the docking station can be connected in addition to the charger, the required software for the PC Suite is stored directly on the phone. Speaking of memory: here Sony Ericsson is very generous and delivers the Aino with a large MicroSD card 8 GB. Place enough, to have a large music collection with you.

Finally, the free software “Media Go” takes over the management and synchronization of all media content between Aino and Calculator, similar to iTunes from Apple.

Simple handling in everyday life

A special feature of the Sony Ericsson Aino is the hybrid operating concept: the slider provides a 3-inch touch screen; in addition to a standard keyboard with number and call keys a concept as already ultra touch or LG GD900 Crystal at the Samsung S8300 to use. The keyboard of Sony Ericsson Aino offers clearly defined pressure points, separate call buttons and a trigger for a handy quick menu. However the number keys are minimal too small and the two soft keys just below the display can be poorly operated with large fingers.

As user interface, the in-house user interface be used with its usual good structure and quickly understandable user interface. The twelve entries in the main menu with its beautiful icons, which visually vary according to the design theme, lead directly and without waiting for the desired function. The integrated position sensor also enables the automatic display of Web pages, the media menu and the media player look competitive landscape. Messages such as SMS or E-mail can be written only in portrait mode using the numerical keypad, an expandable QWERTY keyboard is not available.

Touch screen controls media menu

The touch screen is used in the Sony Ericsson Aino exclusively in the closed state. Here, the large display of the slider shows a cute designed multimedia menu in landscape mode with entries for the camera, the photo gallery, the FM radio and the music and video player. The operation of individual functions work the touch screen intuitively and easily, responds very well and input will be implemented as quickly. Also the display with a detailed and crisp sharp presentation of the content inspires playback of photos, especially and Sony Ericsson Aino with outstanding quality masters videos – so the thing is fun.

Camera, navigation and co.

As it should be for a multimedia phone, the Sony Ericsson Aino boasts facilities-great. So, not only all current wireless standards and whose data Accelerator, but also Wi-Fi with DLNA dominates the Quad model. So it can be comfortably surf in the local network or even at hotspots, because the integrated Web browser can convince in terms of tempo and operating all along the line.

This also applies to the 8-megapixel camera, which can come up with a great image quality and simple operation. A photo light provides illumination of the motifs, images you can request with the geo data provided (Geotagging) and choose between car and finger focus. In the latter case, a tip on the touchscreen is sufficient, and at that moment the Aino the point selected on the display and raises its own. The slider in attractive VGA resolution and thanks to image stabilizer records securely free videos.

Even a full-fledged navigation has the Aino with the Offboard solution ‘Wisepilot’ on board. However the user should have booked here necessarily a data flat rate, since the map data for each line on the network. Other highlights compliant? No problem: As the Aino via “Remote play” on the data of a Sony PlayStation 3 can be accessed, also you can download for free on the Aino several movies under www.playnow-arena.com/movies.

No endurance

Sony Ericsson Aino with great transmission and reception quality, as well as a clear and therefore understandable acoustics on the phone scored highly in the laboratory. The standby time of no more than twelve days and the typical endurance with something fell out but over four hours of anything but exhilarating; only the talk time in the E-network was able to convince with well over eight hours.

Sony Ericsson Aino

Manufacturer Sony Ericsson
Price €279.00
Rating 367.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Touchscreen / multitouch capable eingeschr. /
Qwert keyboard
User interface proprietary
internal memory (MB) 55
Memory card slot MicroSD
Battery type / replaceable battery Li-ion /.
Java engine
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Memory card size 8 GB
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
DISPLAY
Width x height (mm) 38 x 65
Resolution (pixels) 240 x 432
Number of colors / type 16700000 / TFT
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / /
HSDPA / HSUPA speed (Mbps) 7.2 / 2.0
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g
Bluetooth
Profiles: Dialup / object push / file transfer / /
Handsfree / headset / A2DP / /
Phone book access, generic access / SIM access / /
USB / storage / charging via USB / /
IrDA / headset connection / 3.5 mm jack on the headset
PHONE FUNCTIONS
Caller groups / – sonderrufton / language selection / /
Situation profile (number) / flight mode > 6 /.
MESSAGING
SMS / MMS / E-Mail client / /
SMS: memory slots (number) / user folder 1000 /.
E-Mail: Display of HTML emails / attachments send /
PIM
Contacts: Addresses / phone numbers / E-Mail address (number) 2 / 6 / 3
Appointment management / notes / to do list / /
Alarm clock / Outlook sync / SyncML / /
WEB BROWSER
Web browser / WAP /
CAMERA
Camera / photo resolution (mega pixels) / 8
Auto-focus, optical zoom / photo light / / a LED light
Videoaufn. / (Pixel) resolution / FPS / 640 x 480 / 22
MUSIC AND VIDEO
Music player / FM radio / video player / /
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
MULTIMEDIA OTHER
Number games / TV receiver / video telephony 2 /. /
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / license / route planner Wisepilot / K.a.. /.
MEASURED VALUES
standard radiation factor / SAR value (-/ W / kg) -0.34 / 0,740
ENDURANCE
Stand by time (days) 12
typical endurance (hours) 4:15
Talk time D-network 6:03
Talk time E network 8:37 am
Talk time UMTS network 2:05
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Weight (grams) 135
Dimensions (L x B x H) in mm 104 x 50 x 17
TEST RESULTS
Endurance (max. 115) enough (60)
Endurance conversation / operation (80) 38
Endurance standby (35) 22
Facilities (max. 175) well (138)
System [: (15)] 7
Scope of delivery (10) 8
Display (25) 21
Connectivity (20) 19
Phone functions (15) 14
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 13
Office (5) 2
Web browser (10) 7
Camera (15) 12
Music and video (15) 14
Multimedia miscellaneous (5) 2
Navigation (10) 7
Handling (max. 125) satisfactory (92)
Manageability (40) 29
User interface (60) 43
Processing quality (20) 17
Documentation / support (5) 3
Measured values (max. 85) very good (77)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (33) 28
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (17) 14
Acoustic measurements send (17.5) 17.5
Acoustic measurements receiving (17.5) 17
connect judgment (max. 500 points) satisfactory (367)
tested in connect 12/09