Sony Ericsson Aino : The Truth About Its Touchscreen - Plus Philippine Price, Specs, Demo Video

Sony Ericsson Aino

A lot of Sony Ericsson fans (TP included) became excited when the company announced that Aino will don a capacitive touchscreen - similar to that of the iPhone or Palm Pre. It is probably the first phone from SE to have this feature. If you remember, the two wifi touchscreen phones from the P-series and Xperia X1 all had resistive screens. Not that capacitive is a lot better than resistive, but Aino having a screen that's similar to iPhone's gave fans an idea that Aino will finally support touch gestures and can somehow give the iPhone a run for its money.

As it turned out, however, fans expected far too much of poor Aino. SE just didn't design it to be 'that' amazing. While the phone indeed came out with a capacitive touchscreen, Sony Ericsson decided to just make 'touch' work on the phone's media mode -- that is, for playing music and taking photos with the phone's 8MP camera. As for tinkering with the proprietary OS and UI and browsing the net, no -- not really.

It came as a bit of a let down, at least for me. And other fans soon realized that Aino's slide-out keypad is not a bonus feature but rather a necessity for using the phone...

Add this to the fact that Sony Ericsson didn't even bother to give the phone a good third-party Operating System nor a quite powerful processor to handle relatively demanding tasks and you get a phone that is a bit of an upgrade from the rest of the phones in its category but is definitely not an iPhone killer - not even close.

Here's what PhoneArena had to say about Aino:

Sony Ericsson Aino:

8.1 MP camera with LED flash (3264×2448 pixels)
* Touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging, video stabilizer, videocalling
WiFi 802.11 with DLNA
55MB internal memory, supports up to 32GB on microSD
FM radio with RDS
HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
GPS with A-GPS support
Bluetooth with A2DP
Accelerometer Sensor
3.0″ display - capacitive screen @ 432×240 pixels

Sony Ericsson Aino is now out in the Philippines. It retails for Php 22,450 in some stores and comes in Obsidian Black and Luminous White

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1 comment:

  1. I think it's better to just think of this phone as a multi-media phone rather than a smartphone. That way, we could judge it fairly.

    The comparison with the iPhone is a bit unfair.


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