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Sony Ericsson Aspen

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 Sony Ericsson Aspen Discontinued
2nd February 2010

The Sony Ericsson Aspen is a Blackberry-style Windows smartphone, and is the first handset of its type from this manufacturer.

Sony Ericsson say that the Aspen is a handset with a conscience, a silly bit of marketing fluff in support of the Aspen's slightly greener than usual credentials, which place it in Sony Ericsson's "GreenHeart" range.

The Aspen is shipped in recycled packaging, uses water-based paint and comes with a "GreenHeart panel", an "Eco mate application" and a "Power Saving Mode" (don't all phones do that?). As with previous GreenHeart devices, these little improvements are useful but are hardly going to save the planet.

Looking beneath the greenwash, this is a marginally interesting Windows Mobile device. There's a small 2.4" 240 x 320 pixel touchscreen panel, a compact QWERTY keyboard, a basic 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, 3.5G support, WiFi, microSD expandable memory, a USB connector, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio connector and an FM radio.

 Sony Ericsson Aspen The 2.4" display is very small for a touchscreen device, but when you consider that most competing handsets lack a touchscreen then it is a bonus.

The software is Windows Mobile 6.5.3, and it seems that Sony Ericsson have added a little polish to it by using their own "Panels" which include YouTube, Facebook, an On-The-Road Panel, CNN and Weather plus others. And of course there's all the usual stuff here such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Mobile and windows Media Player.

Sony Ericsson say that the talktime on the Aspen is an impressive 8 hours with up to 25 days standby time on 3G. This battery life plus the supplied applications and the overall smart but sober design make us think that the Aspen might make an interesting choice for businesses, but there are frankly sexier consumer handsets on the market.

The Aspen is slated to be available during Q2 2010 in "Iconic Black" and "White Silver" colour schemes. No guidance was given on price, but Sony Ericsson say that it should be "affordable".

Sony Ericsson Aspen: Promo Video

Sony Ericsson have a brief promo video of the Aspen, or remember that we have our own YouTube channel too!

Sony Ericsson Aspen at a glance


Q2 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100 or 850 / 900 / 2100




2.4" 320 x 240 pixels, 65k colours


3.2 megapixels


Messaging device
117 x 60 x 12mm / 130 grams



Memory card:











Windows Mobile 6.5.3

Battery life:

8 hours talk / 25 days standby (3G)
10 hours talk / 18 days standby (GSM)

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