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Sony Ericsson Aino U10i - Sony Ericsson Aino U10i

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Particular highlights include the web browser, which also does a great job of rendering complicated web pages, though it's not quite on the same usability level as those found on the best smartphones; and the media interface, which as on most of Sony Ericsson's phones, takes on a PS3 style crossbar arrangement for quick and easy browsing through your extensive music, photo, and video collection. Games are also included in this section but only two come pre-installed, fun though they are. Others can be downloaded through the PlayNow web portal, along with extra apps and music, but only one is free and the rest all seem to be £5, which is a little pricey for such basic apps. A microSD slot sits below the back cover and it supports cards up to 16GB so there should be plenty of room for all your media.

As a messaging device, the Aino is reasonably accomplished with texts grouped in conversations and support for push email. Facebook also comes installed and it's a very nice app to use, though contacts aren't integrated into the phone like on the Palm Pre and INQ range (we don't actually mind this omission too much). Wi-Fi is included to keep your data connection as speedy as possible when at home or work. It's also a quad-band phone so should work throughout most of the world and the latest 3G networks are supported for speedy mobile browsing. Featuring GPS too, this phone ticks all the essential boxes, though you'll struggle to use it as a proper in-car sat-nav. GoogleMaps and WisePilot turn-by-turn navigation are included, but they're really only good for use on foot.

We found the Aino's call quality to be excellent with plentiful volume and clear and crisp audio. Battery life also impressed with it easily lasting three days during our testing.

Verdict

The Sony Ericsson Aino doesn't have any major headline grabbing features but it certainly makes for a very accomplished slider phone. It's well built, looks elegant, is easy to use, and has a multitude of features including GPS, push email, an 8.1-megapixel camera, and comes with a dock and very nice Bluetooth headset adapter. If you don't want a fully-fledged touchscreen smartphone this is definitely an alternative to consider.

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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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