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Sony Ericsson Aino U10i - Sony Ericsson Aino U10i

By Edward Chester

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8

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All told, the headset and dock combination is very useful and it certainly adds value to the package as a whole. However, we can't help but think that an optional universal dock system like that used by Apple would be a more sensible solution. Not only could it make this phone cheaper, you would also be able use it with another Sony Ericsson phone further down the line (not that it doesn't work with other handsets but they don't fit properly on the stand).

As you will probably have guessed by now from all this talk of docks and headset adapters, the Aino U10i doesn't have a normal 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, it uses Sony's long-standing proprietary charging/USB/headset socket. This can be found on the left edge whereas the right edge is home to the volume rocker and camera button. A lock button sits atop the phone while the microphone and loud speaker ports are on the bottom.

An 8.1-megapixel camera sits unprotected on the back and it has only a single LED for company – the lack of a Xenon flash marks this out as not being in the upper echelons of the camera phone fraternity. Nonetheless, it's nice to use, thanks in part to the touchscreen, which not only provides quick access to the camera's settings, but also an interface for selecting a focus and metering point in the scene you're about to capture. There are also extras like face detection and geotagging. Operation can be a little slow and the LED flash only has a range of a couple of metres or so but for most everyday social photography the Aino is quite adequate. Video recording at resolutions up to 640 x 480 (30fps) is also supported and the LED can also be used as a lamp.

The Aino's software is fairly simple but very capable and makes for a very easy user experience. Being controlled solely through buttons, there's no attempt to make a particularly fancy interface and it's all the better for it. Menus are simplistic but elegant and reasonably logically laid out, though having all the pre-installed utilities, including the calculator, torch, and file manager, in the organiser section is a little counter-intuitive. Most importantly, though, is the whole system is really fast as is nearly every aspect of the phone.

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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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