Sony Ericsson Aino mobile phone
Sony Ericsson's Aino mobile phone can wirelessly connect to a PlayStation 3 to stream multimedia content
- Play with PS3, large display, included accessories, stylish design when closed
- Top heavy design, touch screen is limited, Remote Play feature is not easy to set up, no 3.5mm headphone jack
The Sony Ericsson Aino's ability to wirelessly connect a PS3 is a great feature, but the limited touch screen functions and its top heavy design diminish its wider appeal.
Price$ 949.00 (AUD)
Boasting the ability to control and access multimedia content wirelessly from a PlayStation 3 console, Sony Ericsson's Aino mobile phone also features a 3-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi and an 8-megapixel camera. Unfortunately, a top heavy design, the touch screen’s a perplexing limitations and a frustrating implementation of the Remote Play feature make the Aino difficult to recommend.
Aesthetically, Sony Ericsson has certainly broken the norm when designing the Aino. We've long criticised the company for producing the same, dull-looking handsets when most competitors are innovating, and they've clearly listened to customer feedback — when closed the Aino looks sleek and stylish, and its long curved design is a hit with us. The large 3-inch touch screen takes up most of the front real estate, and a handy unlock button at the top of the phone unlocks the screen.
Unfortunately, first appearances aren't everything and sliding the Aino open is when things take a turn for the worse. The Aino's 3-inch touch screen means the phone is rather long when opened and the result in a top heavy design. To make things even worse, the Aino's keypad is positioned right at the base of the phone — when messaging, the weight at the top of the handset makes it feel as though it will easily topple out of your hands. The keypad is also rather small and the controls are awkwardly positioned and squashed together — specifically the selection buttons and shortcut and clear keys.
The biggest disappointment of the Sony Ericsson Aino’s design is that its 3-inch touch screen can only be used when the phone is closed. In this mode, the touch screen is used specifically to access the multimedia menu. You can use the camera, view photos and images, listen to music or the built-in FM radio and watch video files, but absurdly you can’t access the Web browser using the touch screen. The screen itself is responsive but the interface isn't very intuitive — it's not clear how to go back a level (you have to touch the top half of the screen where there are no icons) and the options are very limited. For example, you can listen to already created playlists but you can't edit them without sliding up into non-touchscreen mode, and you can only sort music by albums, not artist, genre, song or any other category.
Hooking up with a PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console is one of the highlight features of the Sony Ericsson Aino. Running through the myriad of options, settings and menu screens on both the PS3 and the Aino to get this feature up an running is a pain in the proverbial, but once the set-up was completed we were impressed with the results. The exact cross media bar (XMB) on the PS3 is displayed on the Aino when connected so it’s a familiar look and feel. Videos looked superb on the Aino's display and streaming can be done over Wi-Fi or 3G. The latter will certainly power through plenty of data and does take a while to load, so you've been warned.
PS3 streaming aside, the Sony Ericsson Aino is a fairly standard handset. An 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and HSDPA capabilities are all included. The camera takes less than impressive photos and the LED flash isn't capable of providing enough light for decent low-light shots. Google Maps and the Wayfinder Navigator application are both included but the latter requires an extra subscription cost.
Sony Ericsson is generous with included accessories — the Aino comes packaged with a charging/synchronising dock that’s positioned at a good angle to watch videos, as well as an MH100 Bluetooth headphone adaptor. The latter allows you to use a standard set of headphones with A2DP Bluetooth. It is rather large but has a convenient shirt clip and its built in microphone means you can also take phone calls. Turning on the MH100 automatically pairs it with the Aino (provided Bluetooth is on), so it's easy to get connected. The bundled adapter still doesn't excuse the Aino's lack of 3.5mm headphone jack — sound quality over a wired connection is still better than over Bluetooth and you're stuck if you forget or lose the Bluetooth adapter.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google WiFi review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Blackberry KEYone phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Pixel 2: Everything we know about Google’s next flagship phone
- OnePlus 5 rumors: Everything we know about the upcoming budget flagship
- Google makes the best Android apps easier to find with Android Excellence
- Motorola's Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods
- Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
- Linksys Velop mesh WiFi review
- D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- Google WiFi review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCFleet Management System SpecialistSA
- FTAutomation TesterVIC
- TPProject Manager - Implementation Lead - CS restucture**NSW
- TPProject Manager (SharePoint)VIC
- FTOnsite Helpdesk TechnicianOther
- TPDigital/Application ArchitectNSW
- FTChief Information OfficerACT
- FTTalend DI DeveloperOther
- CCWS02 Senior DeveloperNSW
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- FTSoftware EngineerOther
- TPETL DeveloperNSW
- FTSoftware Engineer (Java with DevOps)VIC
- CCProject Manager - TelcoVIC
- FTSAP Data Migration SpecialistsACT
- FTSenior Systems EngineerNSW
- CCVMware EngineerNSW
- CCInfrastructure Operation ManagerNSW
- CCProgram DirectorNSW
- FTWeb Developer - VR 3D WebGL - Lake MacquarieNSW
- TPSenior Systems AnalystVIC
- FTAgile Scrum Master/TrainerOther
- CCSupply Chain Management Business ArchitectQLD
- FTDesktop Support Engineer - L1Other