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  • Aino U10I Black Mobile Phone

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent call quality

Cons

  • Pricey apps
  • Slow to operate
  • Limited LED flash range

Key Features

  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 135g
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • MicroSD
  • 3-inch screen
  • Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
  • Review Price: free/subscription

If the Satio is the big, brash, headline-grabbing, yet ultimately underwhelming star of the Sony Ericsson show, it's the Aino that plays the more staid and modest yet ultimately more impressive supporting role. In other words, while the Aino doesn't have an awe-inspiring 12.1-megapixel camera or a full touch-screen interface, it does make for a much better handset overall.

The first thing that impresses with the Aino is its build quality. It's back and sides are finished in soft touch plastic that feels nice and doesn't show up fingerprints and scratches half as much as the oft-preferred glossy black. The screen is also very tough so should resist scratches well. Sliding the phone open doesn't reveal any weaknesses either thanks to a sturdy all-metal mechanism. All this strength does result in the phone weighing a fairly hefty 135g, despite relatively slim-line dimensions of 104 x 50 x 15mm, but we think it's a small price to pay.

I also like the buttons that sit below the slide-out mechanism. Despite being quite small and low-profile, they are easy to locate and thanks to a short and sharp action they respond quickly. As a consequence, you're always sure when you've pressed a button or not, which is great for typing speed and accuracy. In fact, the Aino's numpad puts many full QWERTY and touch-screen-enabled rivals to shame.

Moving back to the screen, it's not just its solidity that impresses, it's also great to look at. While its resolution of 432 x 240 pixels is not the highest, it still provides ample room and can show enough detail to make browsing the web and checking email a non-too-laborious task. Moreover, due to very impressive black levels, rich colours, decent brightness, and class-leading viewing angles, it's simply a joy to view. This makes every aspect of using the phone easier and more enjoyable, and obviously lends itself well to watching video, which the phone excels at (though you're required to re-encode your files to a compatible resolution and format as with most handsets).

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MrGodfrey

January 25, 2010, 10:35 pm

Back to the proprietary connectors again? Numptys. Why do Sony make these little forays into common sense, only to retreat back up their own backsides?

rav

January 25, 2010, 11:49 pm

My sister in law just got one of these. Couldn't care less about the phone but I do have my eye on the stereo bluetooth clip.

Peter

January 26, 2010, 1:05 am

Does the FM radio work through the included bluetooth headset? (All other phones I have used usually use the headphone cable as an antenna).

ChrisC

January 26, 2010, 1:44 am

Hang on, did I hear you use the word 'only' before the words '8 megapixels' when talking about a phone camera?

Ed

January 26, 2010, 2:21 am

@ChrisC: Yeah, it was supposed to be ironic. Don't think it quite came across in the presentation though.

Stelph

January 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

I really like the idea of having a touchscreen phone with a slide out keypad for texting, best of both worlds IMO.





Now if someone could bring out an android version which is thinner (12mm thick) and with standard connectors (i.e. 3.5mm and micro USB) then that would be perfect, at least until technology comes along enough for me to get that folding touchscreen phone that im hankering after. thank you :-)

DrDark

January 27, 2010, 4:16 am

@Ed: Nice glove comment about capacitive screens :P.


;)

Voldenuit

January 27, 2010, 6:55 pm

It's nice to see Trusted Reviews responding so promptly to allegations of favouritism against resistive touch screens (even though I personally abhor them).





In the meantime, fans of capacitive screens who live in cold climes can get a pair of dots gloves that work with capacitive screens,





http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshir...





I expect many more will follow, especially given nike's collaborations with Apple on iPod-friendly exercise gear in the past.

ChrisC

February 15, 2010, 12:39 am

@Ed - I thought as much!!





@Voldenuit - I see your geek gloves, and raise you a meat stylus ;-)





http://www.gadgetrepublic.com/...

digant

December 18, 2010, 3:51 pm

i bought this phone last month. its having too many problems from sound to touchscreen. w995i is a far better choice in the same range. please dont buy this phone.

Monzur hossain

January 16, 2014, 9:08 am

dear sir, i am facing touch problem please advice me how to recover the problem i am not working screen touch. U10i modle

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