It's been a big day for Ericsson announcements, and it's not quite over yet. We've saved the most impressive new Sony smartphone for last. The Aino is a slim little gizmo with a sliding numpad and a 3 inch touch screen. It comes packed with an impressive 8.1 megapixel camera and a whole array of Internet and social media tools pre-loaded.
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As just another smartphone, the Aino looks like a pretty solid buy. When you have a PlayStation 3 though it becomes truly exceptional. Using the Remote Play feature you can access your PS3 via the Internet from anywhere you happen to be. You can even use the PlayTV feature on your PS3 to watch (as well as pause or record) live television from a variety of free channels. The Aino also utilizes the new MediaGo program, which allows you to pull media content from your PC to your phone every time you sync.
Sony Ericsson has been behind the mobile curve for a while now, but this latest batch of releases makes me think that they might have learned their lessons. The Aino smartphone allows users to integrate multiple pieces of technology together during their daily lives. It keeps its users more connected to their world, as well as giving them a whole lot of new options for mobile entertainment. The Aino is the first mobile phone to link up directly with a gaming console, but it won't be the last.
The Aino ships in early Q4, along with an 8GB SD card. Considering everything this phone can do, that memory card is going to be the first thing you'll want to upgrade. So far, both Obsidian Black and Luminous White color options have been confirmed.