Sony Ericsson Aspen in the Test

Although Windows Mobile 6.5 just before the off, Sony Ericsson will send even the Aspen in the ring.

  1. Sony Ericsson Aspen in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The anticipation of a connect editor on a new smartphone is always great, unless an Android, BlackBerry, Symbian or Windows Mobile device. The Microsoft representatives are a somewhat ambiguous matter but right now. Because the current operating system version 6.5 is replaced by Windows phone 7, which is to pursue not only a new philosophy in the operating concept – what is certainly to be welcomed – but will be not compatible with the software tools developed so far for Windows Mobile.

We have to do it, which brings the well-known Windows Mobile diseases, but also its advantages here with a discontinued model. We have let the near end of course not fool us, but sent the Sony Ericsson Aspen, like every other new Smartphone through the measuring laboratory.

Environmentally friendly

From an ecological point of view everything in the best order is with the Aspen named after the glamorous American winter sports anyway: the Smartphone comes from Sony Ericsson’s Greenheart eco series and protects the environment by a recyclable plastic enclosure, an energy efficient charger and the renunciation of an operating instructions supplied in paper form. For lookup-willing users the latter certainly a nuisance; Operating instructions can be read either on the manufacturers Web site in the support section, or in the main menu of the Smartphones under “Help”.

In the processing of housing components, is Sony Ericsson in turn gave no nakedness and done a good job. Despite visibly plugged together parts, whose transfer is almost free of edges and smooth. Improvement, however, is the ugly crackly battery cover, which somewhat tarnishes the haptically attractive overall impression.

Stumbling block touch screen

For the operation of the Aspen Sony Ericsson has provided even a touch screen two Hardkeys besides a mechanical Schreibtastatur, the proven Navikey as well as left and right. Because the device is in the classic bar format a la BlackBerry is running, it invites to the one hand operation – unfortunately, in practice, this is hardly possible, because certain commands run only on the touch screen.

And if that comes into play, the fun doesn’t stop quickly: the resistive screen does not respond to light finger touches like about the iPhone, but only to pressure. You must lend a hand so vigorously when you telling something with the phone; Failed attempts are not uncommon. The popular multi touch control with finger gestures is technically not possible.

Worse still, being quite quickly plastered to the screen with a diagonal of 2.4 inch not just large and the user interface with widgets and program links. Especially in the deeper levels of the menu or in manage multiple email accounts the individual entries and option fields are just too small advised.

Without the pull-out from the housing pen – stylus also called – the touch-operation of the Aspen is expected to drive quickly its users crazy. Of course you can do the most necessary inputs with the Navikey, but just not all that long ago why the use of the touch screen is essential – and the trouble at the typos unfortunately.

The sluggish user interface doing its other exacerbates one dealing with the Aspen: fast consecutive input, the device responds slowly; especially when running multiple applications in the background, it comes more often to disturbing hangers. This is nothing new for Windows Mobile devices, yet should be aware of before buying themselves.

Aside from these weaknesses, the user interface can be fun but also properly. In the multi-part Launcher, various widgets, shortcuts can be or even favorite contacts place discretion. So for example, busy always their next appointment in the look and music lovers of the MediaPlayer after your finger at hand.

The whole scenario of individualization is really interesting only by the topics called “Panels” user interface, which is the different situations according to make. Sony Ericsson has installed six different home screen views; in Sony Ericsson’s Web shop is a lush selection of further skins play now available for free download. The trick with the panels: If desired and advance set switch cover to the desired time automatically.

Everything in butter, but…

The best Aspen finally running in the core discipline of Windows Mobile: the professional use. Exchange links, Outlook messages on your Smartphone be pushed while is intuitive and easy to synchronize calendar entries, contacts, and notes via ActiveSync. Who view and edit Office documents on the go want – PowerPoint except-, is equipped with appropriate software also.

An easily operated Schreibtastatur with the the Aspen can also dominate is of course indispensable: the large-sized keys are clearly demarcated, equipped with a comfortable rubber and react with a cleanly defined pressure point. Umlauts have unfortunately no own handle, they can via a special key right below to be entered on the keyboard.

So not too early, the steam run out the Smartphone in labour-intensive business use, a 1565 mAh large battery with a determined typical endurance of six hours is installed – the Aspen thus creating a full working day in any case. Otherwise, the laboratory performance was successful: especially the transmitting power is better than average, so the mobile also maintains contact with the antenna system, if the conditions are not ideal. Facilities the current standard is met with HSPA, Wi-Fi and GPS receiver.

At the end, mixed feelings remain because the sluggish, little intuitive operating system gives a bitter taste good handling, good measurements, the high functionality and the great keyboard.

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Windows phone 6.5
Processor / clock speed (MHz) MSM7227 / K.a.. / 0
internal memory (MB) 100
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / / K.a..
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 / 2.0
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 2.4
Resolution (pixels) 320 x 240
Number of colors 65 thousand
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 4-6 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites K.a.. /. / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 3.1
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard – / /
Navi / route planner /
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 117 x 60 x 13
Weight (grams) 130
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 10:20
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 10:23
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 4:20
type. Endurance (hours) 5:10
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.13 / 1.050
TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) outstanding 96
Endurance talk (35) 32
Persistence display mode (65) 64
FACILITIES (170) sufficient 92
System (15) 6
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 16
Connectivity (15) 9
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (15) 15
PIM (15) 12
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 7
Camera (15) 3
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) satisfying 96
Ease of handling 41
User interface 42
Processing quality 13
MEASUREMENTS (90) well 76
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 27
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 24
Acoustic measurements send (15) 12
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 13
tested in issue: 10/10

 

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) outstanding 96
Endurance talk (35) 32
Persistence display mode (65) 64
FACILITIES (170) sufficient 92
System (15) 6
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 16
Connectivity (15) 9
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (15) 15
PIM (15) 12
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 7
Camera (15) 3
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) satisfying 96
Ease of handling 41
User interface 42
Processing quality 13
MEASUREMENTS (90) well 76
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 27
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 24
Acoustic measurements send (15) 12
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 13