Connectivity is pretty much limited to the PC via the USB cable, although if you've enabled your computer with Bluetooth you can go nuts with that too.

The range of options on offer in the Aino is a full complement, with all working well. Wi-Fi sometimes struggles to get going, but on the whole, everything powers up quickly and works when it's supposed to.

Sony ericsson aino

We're particularly impressed with the GPS on board - assisted GPS (which uses cellular towers to triangulate your position) boots up blindingly fast, and GPS has a lock on you generally within 10 seconds. Good show, Sony Ericsson.

Bluetooth and the MH100 work together nicely as well, with the latter coming online as soon as it's switched on. The same can be said for a entering a zone with a paired Bluetooth PC - it connects nicely with the Aino and makes content sharing easy.

Sony ericsson aino

We also liked the Wi-Fi as it brought Media Go - the only downside to having constantly updated media is you're often left feeling like you don't own enough, so a few too many trips to online MP3 stores were necessary out of sheer fear of being uncool.

PC software

Similar to the Sony Ericsson Satio (well, it's identical in actual fact, we used the same PC software as it was included on both phones) the phone will connect effortlessly to the PC with a minimum of fuss (once everything is installed).

Sony ericsson aino

Once again, one of the attributes we particularly like is being able to save and view your text messages in an inbox/outbox format - meaning you can back them up for another phone in the future.

Media Go and the Sony Ericsson PC Suite offer you all the media options you need, such as converting video files and streaming media to the phone, and it's hard to find any fault with this setup really - the new Samsung PC Studio looks a bit nicer and the iPhone has iTunes' might behind it, but that's about it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.