Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/- Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Jun 07 2010
Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/- Review
DIGIT RATING
80 /100
  • design

    90

  • performance

    80

  • value for money

    80

  • features

    80

  • PROS
  • Introduces Remote Play - support for PS3 console
  • Top notch multimedia performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • CONS
  • Lacks HD video recording capability
  • Limited touchscreen functionality
  • Definitely expensive

Verdict

Sony Ericsson Aino is a prolific performer in the camera & multimedia segment achieving consistent scores across all the tests and truly stamped its authority, as one of the best high-end mobile phones to be tested.

Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/- detailed review

The Sony Ericsson Aino introduces Remote Play that enables the phone to playback the Media content on your PlayStation 3 console. It is available in two colour variants: Obsidian Black and Luminous White. The sleek and stylish Aino comes with a bluemoon silver metal lining decorating the smooth contours of the body, with an elegant sculpted matte finish on the front and back panel. It has a hard plastic battery cover that clings on neatly to the body frame.


Sony Ericsson Aino (front panel view)
Sony Ericsson Aino - Docking station

The Aino's rich assortment of features include an 8.1MP camera lens, a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen (that strangely works only with the slider closed!) and an 8GB microSD card. The volume/camera zoom control and camera buttons blend into the metallic lining across the contours of the body frame. In addition, it has a sliding keypad with protruding, well spaced keys. A special notable accessory is the docking station that allows the user to slate the mobile horizontally, suitable for movies.

 

Sony Ericsson Aino - vertical slider keypad (regular)
Sony Ericsson Aino - 8.1MP camera, power/headphone port

The Verdict:

The Sony Ericsson Aino stands out for camera and multimedia capabilities, but its USP is Remote Play and you could give it a good thought if you own a PS3. It holds the pole position in the phone earpiece volume and bundled earphones test, scoring 10 on 10 in each category with exemplary performance in terms of producing consistent voice clarity and balanced sound output without rough overtones, even at maximum volume.

It had a consistent outing in all the other tests. It also ran very close on the heels of Vivaz in the video playback quality test while not doing so well in the captured video quality test. With the final results tipping the scales in favor of Aino, it remains one of the top performer considering the overall score across all the tests. It has an estimated price tag of Rs. 28,950 and hence about Rs. 3,300 dearer than the Vivaz model. Aino is the among the best phones tested, finishing with an overall score of 8.5.

Our Ratings:

Features

8.5

Ergonomics

8

Build Quality

9

Performance

8

Value for Money

8.5

Overall Rating

8.5

Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/- Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹28950
Release Date: 07 Jun 2010
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    NA
  • Camera Camera
    NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA
  • Battery Battery
    NA

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Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/-

Sony Ericsson Aino sizzles - 8.1MP cam, capacitive touch at Rs. 28, 950/-

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