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Aino Becomes 2nd Sony Ericsson Phone to Fail In a Week

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Aino Becomes 2nd Sony Ericsson Phone to Fail In a Week

Oh dear...

It's not proving to be a good week for Sony Ericsson. Just 48 hours after it was forced to suspend Satio sales the troubled manufacturer has also admitted touchscreen issues with its sister handset, the Aino.

"At the moment, we don't see any damage or harm done", said a Sony Ericsson official spokesperson. "It is a contained issue affecting only a small number of consumers... Obviously we are working as quickly as possible to solve it."

The exact nature of the problem wasn't expanded upon (it's a resistive touchscreen so they're all pretty unusable! *starts comment war*). Still, I'm not sure this is the best public statement I've ever seen, effectively: no need to panic, no one has bought it anyway. As with the Satio there was also no indication of what caused the fault, but given these handsets were first announced way back in May you'd think there was enough time for thorough beta testing.

Again, the timing is also a disaster. As we mentioned previously Sony Ericsson "has suffered dismal financial quarter after dismal financial quarter. In fact it's latest results saw quarterly sales drop 45.1 per year sale on year, revenue almost half to $2.4bn and a need to bring in $678.8m in outside funding."

The Satio and Aino were part of a triple handset launch by Sony Ericsson, the third being the Yari. Bets on it going down before the month is out...?


via Reuters

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Lon Bailey

November 27, 2009, 9:33 pm

Forget about system testers- how do you pronounce this product name in a English-speaking environment: Aino? (anal?) I think some of the marketing types may also need to get their act together too.

Peter 20

November 27, 2009, 9:43 pm

Another shot in a foot and another toe blowned off. I must say after owning few of their cell phones I'm not even sorry for them anymore. It would appear Sony Ericsson is doomed for a failure if they really don't turn things around. Yes, they come out with some nice products and most of them either fail soon after purchase or are produced with some sort of design flaw that seriously handicaps the device.


November 27, 2009, 11:04 pm

@Lon Bailey - that was my first reaction too! It's officially pronounced 'I know'...


November 27, 2009, 11:11 pm

Oh, come on!

There are pros & cons to both resistive AND capacitive touchscreens.

None are outright better, and there a plenty of people who like either one of them.

In fact, the two best touch devices I've ever used are a resistive Wacom screen in a HP tx-series tablet, and the capacitive pad in a Macbook.

Please be objective and take into account the fact that it's a very personal choice and no-one is in the wrong for liking a certain method of user-input.

It's like denouncing all silver keyboards, just because you prefer black!


November 28, 2009, 12:16 am

"(it's a resistive touchscreen so they're all pretty unusable! *starts comment war*)."

Yes you're absolutely right Gordon, that's why the T-Mobile Pulse is the best budget phone of 2009 because it's screen is so unusable http://u.nu/5unz3 .

*Pours more fuel on the fire.*


November 28, 2009, 2:50 am


Oh, come on!

Why do you even care if he prefers one or the other! Reality check....its just a screen


November 28, 2009, 5:11 pm

@Lon Balley: The phones were originally to be called the Slutti, and Aahnus and the the Yanqmiov, so called because you if touch it too many times, it goes off in your hand.

Thank-you and goodnight.


November 28, 2009, 6:58 pm

"At the moment, we don't see any damage or harm done"... er, except the damage to what is left of your reputation and the value of the brand? Or was the spokesperson effectively saying "No-one was killed or injured, so what's the problem?"

Although SE are only half-owned by Sony, they seem to have a lot in common with other Sony divisions; namely the intriguing combination of design genius and technical know-how with spectacular blundering idiocy. Sometimes I think I could do a better job of running SE, SCE and various other Sony departments/subsidiaries. In fact, I suspect a dead goldfish could do a better job. And I say this as a big fan of the Playstation, Walkman and various other Sony products and whose favourite phone was a SE. Surely Sony and SE's designers and engineers must be going insane, the way their good work is undermined at every turn by terrible marketing, complacency and greed?

P.s. SRS - Hehe... Naughty.


November 28, 2009, 8:35 pm

They have messed up big time. SE and Nokia you both produce too many varieties of phones... Cut your range down to say 4 handsets 1 Candy bar / 1 Flip / 1 Touch / 1 BB rip off and get rid of the rest. These are phones people not clothes/shoes.


November 28, 2009, 9:52 pm

Is there any truth in the rumour I just made up that says Sony is bringing out two more new phones, the Nogo and the Saino?


November 28, 2009, 10:18 pm


The Pulse's screen is capacative.


November 29, 2009, 12:54 am

@ravmania "Sadly, because it uses resistive touch-sensing, the screen needs to be plastic, making it more scratch prone than glass fronted rivals (of which there are few, it must be noted."


November 29, 2009, 3:54 am


The quote from http://www.trustedreviews.com/... about the Pulse includes incorrect information, namely about the touchscreen technology which is as ravmania said, capacitive.

Phones like the LG cookie uses resistive screens and you may note that a stylus will usually be provided. Capacitive screens such as the Pulse and iPhone will not work with solid objects such as a stylus.


November 29, 2009, 5:15 am

@Ryan - you're mixing objective and impartial. Big difference ;)


November 29, 2009, 5:16 am

@Olly, if it's incorrect then why hasn't TR changed the review accordingly?


November 29, 2009, 3:41 pm

Just wanted to pitch in that my Nokia 5800 XM crashes regularly, as well. Not all the time, but maybe once or twice a week. That's what you get with ever increasing cell phone OS and software, I guess.


November 30, 2009, 11:59 pm

I do prefer capacitive screens personally but resistive does have one major plus point and that is the fact you can use it with some form of glove on and with the snow already falling that (and a deacent input method) could be classed as a killer feature


December 3, 2009, 6:37 pm

^what Jay said, before I managed to get here.

And was I seriously the only person who instinctively pronounced it "I know" from the off?!


December 4, 2009, 9:32 pm

I believe it should be pronounced (in Finnish) a as in hay, i as in sin, no as in not.

Fruedian explaination ? Therefor A - i - no, (three seperate silly bulls).

I'm glad Nokia are taking this course of action, when they are properly organised I'm sure they will provide another great alternative to WinMo.

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