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The main reason I chose this mobile phone was for the camera, as an 8 megapixel camera, I was promised it would not disappoint. The camera itself was very good and I have been able to take some lovely photo's with it.
The phone itself however, did disappoint.
The front screen of the phone is touch screen and extremely tempramental. It worked perfectly for the first couple of weeks of having the phone but it soon stoped working. I found the only way to get the screen working again was to turn the phone off and restart it, which as you can imagine, is nothing short of annoying.
When sending text messages, the phone would freeze for a few minutes after the message had been sent meaning you couldn't exit the messages folder at all until it decided to co-operate. The phone was also slow to respond when ending phone call's too.
The most annoying factor was if you put it in your pocket, music would start playing without you even touching anything. And with the touch screen also broken, it was frustrating to actually turn it off. I'm even more disappointed in that I was highly recommended this phone from my mobile phone provider!!
I originally purchased the phone primarily for its advanced media applications, and yes it is good for this. This phone looks good and the screen is big but that's about all that is good about the aino, with everything else there have been little problems arising.
It has a touch media menu which is quite easy to get used to initially, although there's no kinetic scrolling in sight, it's your basic grab and drag. I did however, find it extremely slow alot of the time, it crashes and shuts itself down. The touchscreen is very iratic in when deciding it will work properly. I also found that it has a tendancy to play music and videos on it's own whilst in your pocket even if you put it on lock.
The phone is easy to navigate around, although i have used Sony Ericsson's for years now so the screens are familiar. All navigation on phones these days is similar anyway.
It has an 8 mega-pixel camera, including everything you'd expect from a Sony, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection and the list goes on. On the surface the camera is good, however it is important to note that it only works in broad daylight. Even though it has a flash, you cannot see anything when taking pictures in the dark unless you stand about half a metre away from the lense otherwise the picture comes out pitch black.
If you love your PS3, you'll love the Sony Ericsson Aino. It uses some very clever and new technology. Sony has re-created the remote play feature, (We've already seen it on the PSP) meaning you can control, interact and stream any of the stuff you've got stored on your PS3. Which is one of the reasons i bought the phone and i must say for this use its been very good. You can also download stuff you may be hoarding on your computer straight onto the Aino.
They have really gone for a flash-based graphics style very similar to the PSP or PS3 and this phone seems to be laying the foundations between a merge of phone and fully fledged gaming.
I would say that on the outside this phone is excellent and deffinately worth considering. It has all the features of a great phone, i just found that there were too many little niggles with using the touchscreen and multimedia. Considering the £400 that i paid for this, i would have expected a non faulty phone.
Obviously this is just my experience with the phone, i may be a one off with the faults i had.
After having a Samsung Tocco, i was determined to purchase a mobile phone WITHOUT touch screen! I decided on the Sony Ericsson Aino, and although it does have minimum touch screen (which you can live with if youre anti touch screen - like me!), its is the perfect phone! I have one in white, and love it! The phone is a slide phone and looks the bomb! Nice big screen for texting, internet and playing games! The Sony Ericsson Aino is a smart phone, with everything you need. The camera is amazing, 8.1 megapixels and the pictures are of a fine quality. The video recording is medioca, but does the job if youre filming a short clip of a party etc. This phone gives you Bluetooth, wi-fi and internet. You can also play your PS3 remotely from it! A definite must have! I swear by Sony Ericssons! They have never let me down! The ring tones are nice and loud, and so is the alarms on the phone - so youre sure to wake up in time for work! If youre considering a Sony Ericsson, please, take my advice and see for yourself! A lovely phone, with lots to offer!
The Sony Ericsson Aino is one of Sony's latest Multimedia Phone releases. Its sleek and smooth looks oozes style and modernness. Its currently available in Luminous White or Obsidian Black. A good media phone requires a big screen and the Aino doesn't disappoint. The 3 inch TFT display delivers vivid video and photos in 16.7 Million colours, similar to your home PC monitor. With 432x240 pixels it projects your favourite photos and videos with sharp detail and you certainly wont be sort of media to display with the included 8GB memory card. Capturing those special moments will be more memorable with its 8.1 MP touch focus camera. Sharing your media couldn't be easier with pre installed Facebook, Youtube and Myspace apps. The built in web browser will let you access your fav sites with good speed and detail. Can't use the "I got lost" excuse with the built in GPS and pre installed Google Maps. Waiting for the bus and walking to and from work is more enjoyable with Sony's reputable Clear Bass Mp3 player and premium earphones. Listen to your fav stations with built in Radio. Very powerful email functionalities and for the lucky folks who also own a PlayStation 3, the Aino can access the consoles stored videos and photos via WIFI or remotely using 3G enabled network providers with the Remote Play function. Input is made with the slide out keypad or with touch when closed. Battery life is good. Lasting an entire media bashing day. This phone will entertain you all day and night, just make sure to charge it up afterwards.