The Aino has a pretty common and fully expected set of connectivity options by today's standards, plus an ace up its sleeve with its fabled PS3 connectivity. Let's start off with the basic range of connectivity options, for calling we have a 2G GSM network of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900. High speed connectivity is handled via 3G HSDPA 900 and 2100, local connectivity is handled via Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and USB 2.0.
Okay, now for the showpiece, the PS3 connectivity. It is, at best, sporadic and at worst just plain useless. It can be used over 3G or Wi-Fi. First a series of codes must be exchanged and synced, then you must enter your PSN password and username, and then sit down to read a book or something because the phone is going to begin a very long and convoluted search process. As a general principle, Wi-Fi works better and faster then the 3G, while 3G rarely, if ever, works. Basically you can use the remote play function to play the content of your phone via a PS3. Both connectivity options are pretty slow and sometimes you may be forced to disconnect from the network entirely.
The phone has an 8.1 MP camera, which can also shoot in a semi-HD 16:9 resolution. Colors are reproduced in a stunningly colorful fashion, grey water appears as a lovely blue, white as a pearly white, colors are represented beautifully, but not realistically. Picture quality is above par, with sharp angles and almost zero pixelation on distant objects such as leaves or gate rails. The camera has an almost infinite amount of modes, you can seriously spend the whole day just playing around with the modes only. A short list of available functions includes -- Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilizer, smart contrast, red-eye reduction, touch to focus, auto focus, LED flashlight, screen split (up to 4 screens), panorama view and white balance. But, there is always something to spoil the party when it comes to the Aino. In this case, if you access the camera via the touch based menu, you have to deal with a very unresponsive screen, really quite an annoying issue to deal with, but wait! There is something even worse at work here -- it takes upwards of six seconds for a picture to snap and save. If you take pictures in a hurry, this is not the phone for you. Another major detractor from the overall experience is the very weak flash, it is almost useless, you'll be better off using it as a torch.
Video recording is also good. You can only shoot in VGA at 30 FPS, but the overall quality is pretty good and the NearHD means you can view decent videos on a large screen if you so wish, but again, this time the party downer is the long start up time. It takes 6 to 8 seconds to start. The good news is that videos save much quicker than pictures do.
Music is, in short, simply amazing. Sound quality can easily rival any dedicated music player you may have, and the Bluetooth headset only enhances the experience. Apart from the excellent sound quality provided by the on board Walkman 4.0 brand, the interface is spectacular when accessed from the pad based menu (which is Flash) instead of the touch based one. The tape recorder, gramophone, CD players and radio interfaces look wonderful and keep the entire experience fresh and funky. Plus you get a very wide range of formats to choose from, such as -- MP3, WMA, AAC+ and ACC and many more.
The video player is no slouch either, plain and functional are the main themes, with pause/play, fast forwarding and video skipping available, but then the Aino wouldn't be the Aino without something to spoil the party. This time round we have to deal with a lack of DiVX/XVID support, considering the fact that the original competition had XVID/DIVX support, it makes you feel like you've haven't gotten your full money's worth with the Aino. But at least video plays smoothly and at a maximum resolution of 640 x 360. The only niggle here is the slightly washed out look of videos.
Now for the list of miscellaneous features which includes -- GPS, A-GPS (put to use by the WayFinder app), JAVA, FM radio with RDS, Picture Editor, SenseMe, Voice recorder, Memo, Organiser, Document reader, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.