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C'mon Sony, who is going to pay $600 for a feature phone?

I received a press release today from Sony Electronics regarding the new Sony Ericsson Aino unlocked mobile phone and have to really wonder if there are enough rich people who are willing to pay $600 for a feature phone. The Aino doesn't run any smartphone OS, but Ericsson's proprietary system. It does have an 8.1 megapixel camera and ability to work with a PlayStation3 for media sharing. It was reviewed on CNET UK and they were not at all impressed with the touchscreen interface and functionality of the device.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer on

I received a press release today from Sony Electronics regarding the new Sony Ericsson Aino unlocked mobile phone and have to really wonder if there are enough rich people who are willing to pay $600 for a feature phone. The Aino doesn't run any smartphone OS, but Ericsson's proprietary system. It does have an 8.1 megapixel camera and ability to work with a PlayStation3 for media sharing. It was reviewed on CNET UK and they were not at all impressed with the touchscreen interface and functionality of the device.

With amazing devices like the iPhone 3GS, Motorola DROID, and others available in the $200 to $300 subsidized range or even the Nokia N900 in the $550 range as an unsubsidized phone I don't quite understand why someone would spend $600 for a limited phone. Sony is known for making high end, expensive products and it looks like the Aino is no different. I would like to see them come out with a more standard Android device since they do make quality products in most cases.

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