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Sony Ericsson Aino U10i - Sony Ericsson Aino U10i

By Edward Chester



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On top of this, the screen is touch-sensitive, and uses capacitive technology so responds to the lightest of touches, though doesn't work with gloves on (as resistive screen's do). However, bafflingly, Sony Ericsson has made it so the screen only works when the phone is closed. Not only that but, when closed, you can only use the media interface. This gives access to the camera, which likewise can only be used when the phone is closed, as well as to the music and video players, picture viewer, and FM radio. We can see that Sony Ericsson has decided not to have touchscreen enabled all the time to avoid confusion and also to prevent the need to completely overhaul the operating system and we certainly value the resulting simplicity. However, we're pretty sure there could have been a bit more crossover without too much effort.

According to Sony, a major focus of the Aino is its use as a multimedia player. As such you get a rather nifty docking station and Bluetooth headset adapter in the box. The docking station holds the phone on its side ready for viewing videos – this is of course where the touchscreen comes into its own – and has plugs around the back for a charger as well as an AV connection, a cable for which is provided. Sadly said cable is nothing as fancy as HDMI but instead provides composite video and analogue stereo audio output. There's also a plug on the dock for charging and storing the headset adapter so it should always be charged and ready whenever your phone is.

The Bluetooth headset adapter itself, which measures 63 x 16 x 19mm, has a call answer button on the front, music playback controls on one side and a touch-sensitive volume slider on the opposite side. A power button on the bottom and a 3.5mm jack on the top complete the button roster. A downward facing clip on the back makes it easy to attach the adapter to an item of clothing or bag strap.

Obviously the unit connects via Bluetooth and, when turned on, is instantly recognised by the phone. It's very nice to use and provides great audio quality, though we'd rather have normal buttons for the volume rather than the touch-slider. Furthermore, the very short cables on the supplied headphones (42cm from the plug to the left, 80cm to the right) rather limit how you can wear the ensemble. This is a shame as the earphones are perfectly decent, feature good noise isolation and come with a selection of rubber tips in different sizes.

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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?


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.


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).


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?


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.


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 :-)


January 27, 2010, 4:16 am

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



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,


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


February 15, 2010, 12:39 am

@Ed - I thought as much!!

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



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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