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Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

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Our Sony Ericsson Satio Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and Software:

The three themes of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Basic - The three themes of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Shortcuts bar - The three themes of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
 

Basic

Shortcuts bar

The three themes of the Sony Ericsson Satio

As we mentioned at the beginning, the Sony Ericsson Satio is the first device of the manufacturer to run Symbian S60 OS. Well, it is virtually the same as the one powering the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Samsung OMNIA HD i8910. Similarly, the standard interface has been modified to more closely resemble other phones of the company..

Let´s get started with what you see when you power the phone. You will find yourself on the home screen, which has been personalized with a new theme. However, the standard ones for the operating system are here as well – Basic, Shortcuts bar in two varieties, with 4 and 6 icons respectively and Vertical Icon bar. We are not going to review these anyway, since they sport no changes whatsoever.

Let´s take a closer look at the Sony Ericsson´s personalization:

You have 5 tabs, at the upper part of the screen, that allow access to different functions. They can be switched between by sliding a finger or simply pressing them.

•    The first one allows you to visualize your favorite contacts in a vertical scroll list. Another list of options pops up when you select an entry that allows you to give the person a call, send them a message or edit the entry.

•    The next tab contains up to 8 of your favorite internet pages.

•    The middle tab is, by default, the home screen and pressing the end button gets you back there automatically. The interesting thing is that there is shortcut at the bottom of the screen that leads to the Sony Ericsson´s audio Flash menu. Even if you leave the audio player working in the background, you will still be able to see the song name and all necessary playback controls. There are four other shortcuts at the bottom that get you directly to the dialing menu, multimedia Flash Menu, messages or Phone search.

Favorite contacts - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Favorite internet pages - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Home screen - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Favorite contacts

Favorite internet pages

Home screen


Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Dialing a number - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Messages - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Phone search - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
 

Dialing a number

Messages

Phone search



Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
•    The fourth tab is gallery of pictures taken with the 12-megapixel camera of the Sony Ericsson Satio. They are all visualized in huge size on the large 3.5-inch display and can be scrolled by sliding your finger up or downwards. If you spot a picture you like, you can as easily as several clicks set it as wallpaper, send it in a message, share it on the Internet or see it in the fully functional Gallery app.

•    The last shortcut leads to a vertical menu where you can place up to 8 shortcuts to applications and functions of your own choosing.

As a whole, the rest of the interface is not different from what we have seen on other makes running the same operating system (you can take a look at our reviews of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Samsung OMNIA HD i8910). The theme changes both icon color and design, but everything else remains pretty much the same. Selecting things in vertical menus is again implemented by double clicking on items.

You wouldn’t see anything new in either Organizer or Contacts. Messages are typed away just like on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic – through handwriting recognition, small but fully fledged QWERTY keyboard that can be moved around on the screen, full QWERTY keyboard on the whole screen when in portrait mode or standard numeric keypad.

Text input methods - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Text input methods - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Text input methods - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Text input methods



Internet browser is the standard one that comes along with the operating system – a Webkit based software that supports JAVA and Flash content. We have never had any problems using it on other devices, so we figure it is as good as ever.

Still, there is quite some time until the Sony Ericsson Satio is finally released, so it is not unlikely to see changes in its interface.

Internet browser - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview
Internet browser - Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Internet browser


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. aks316 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


waiting for it.. looks good.. specs are awesome.. this will give serious competition to the apple iPhone, Nokia n97, omnia hd, diamond 2, touch pro 2, blackberry storm, sony ericsson's own aino and Samsung pixon 12.. i will buy this phone if given a choice.. SE RULES!

posted on 13 Jun 2009, 00:39

2. SkyNet.TX (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


Wow! I can't wait to get my hands on this phone.i am looking forward to buy this phone.However its going to be expensive.I got to begin to save some money now.I luv every thing so far.I hope they put the equalizer.

posted on 15 Jun 2009, 12:13

3. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)


I do hope they install a 3.5mm jack later on......

posted on 16 Jun 2009, 20:01

4. Tsais (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)


The Satio's front looks more classy than the other phones, although I do wish they would quit using these humongous, clunky lens covers. . . When it comes to features, it becomes obvious why Sony Ericcson is loosing market share and paring down their work force. . . I don't know behind what rock their product managers are hiding behind... . its your top of the line device? . 1) give us headphone jacks (yeah, try not to annoy your customers with little shit for once) 2) give us HD recording, (beat Samsung with 30fps and better audio recording) 3) give us HDMI output and a wide variety of codec support. 4) lose that clunky lens cover and use the space for more battery 5) given that you're the Cybershot company, put a lil tripod attachment on the bottom! . For a Sony device (the one non-apple company with a long standing claim to specializing on supplying gear to the creative talent of the planet) This should definitely have HD video recording, (coming out a half a year after Samsung's i8910) Maybe a less obvious reason HD recording is so great, is cause its enough resolution to pull really nice stills from the footage. And stills pulled from video footage will often give you a capture of the very best moment, when you slow-mo through them in your video editor. . . So, Don't be lamers and many more people will buy your phones.

posted on 05 Oct 2009, 07:19

11. rineshbarway (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2009)


I do agree with you to some extent but not fully. I'd been using SE for long time, but switched over to Nokia 5800 for the reason obvious to all. SE has been living in denial for long time. They have even gave statement that nobody wants full touch screen without keypad (such a short sightedness). They had quite a head start as compared to Samsung and LG but they lost the advantage when they tried to impose on users their choices. Now things are getting back to where they should be. Satio is just an example of that. They are behind the competition in many fronts such as HD recording, 3.5 mm Jack and most importantly in innovation. Nobody wants to buy a new mobile just because it has got extra megapixels. One looks for features which are innovative and exciting, at the same time easy to use. They have got to get it right this time. Give what customer wants than give them what you think they want. And give them at the price they can afford. Be more competitive. I still feel that SE can recover from this mess but surely it will be their last chance.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:35

14. htainlintha (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Hello please think like someone who knows a way to think a bit further..... Hello!! It needs lens cover and this lens cover is so much better than Nokia and Samsun( opps .....many doesn't have proper OS and lens cover like pixon 12). LOL 1) DOn't be stupid...as there's MW600 hifi bluetooth connector 2) It can record WVGA (864x480 resolutio @ 25fps which you can edit it to HD or go to Vivaz if you prefer HD recording with auto focus) P.S-Audio recording is completely fine 3) There's HDMI port for Satio ( Don't judge like an idoit cos someone will think you are an idoit) 4)Lens cover is so much better than Pixon 12 ( as it doesn't even have lens cover) 5) Who needs a tripod for phones(May I know if you are a handicapped person like born with no hands?) . . In conclusion, here it is (comparison of 12 mp camera phones) 1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwrepHizha0 ( both are not updated phones, but Satio wins) 2.They got best camera phone awards in 2009 (http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2009/11/06/satio-update-voted-best-camera-phone-in-sweden/ )

posted on 19 Jun 2009, 02:10

5. Andrewtst (Posts: 251; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Awaiting for Samsung Pixon 12. This prototype 12 mega pixel quality not impress me. The image quality is just so so. I can't judge on it since it is prototype. Wish SE look more on it and final product will give us wow, don't only up the mega pixel but not the quality of the lens.

posted on 22 Jun 2009, 15:39

6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


yeah everyone wants a nice camera on their phone (2+ mgp) i have 5 on mine look at how expensive the memoir is w/o contract the full retail $500 yeah cuz that is real affordable but 12? come on that is taking it a little to far dont u think S.E.? really who needs that who knows how expensive this will be.........

posted on 28 Jun 2009, 13:21

7. deepak_nr (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 May 2009)


They call it Entertainment Unlimited and it neither has a 3.5 music jack nor usb micro, not to mention lack of music equalizer.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:27

13. htainlintha (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Use a connector or buy a MW600 wifi 3.5 headphone if you can afford.... don't talk like an idoit there's an equalizer you can download from official site. Man you are sooo noob.

posted on 20 Jul 2009, 14:17

8. darci (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)


Hey everyone, does anybody know if there's a confirmed release date for the Satio? I just heard about this phone the other day and I'm way excited for it. I've been trying to upgrade to a next-generation phone for awhile now, but hadn't found one I really wanted until I saw the info video for it (which you can see athttp://modestcomplexity.blogspot.com/2009/07/satio_17.html). I really think this is finally a phone that's not just a poor man's attempt at an iPhone - a 12 megapixel camera alone is already better than my normal digi cam! And not that this really makes the phone any better, but I really dig the song in the info video, "Under Control" by Rootbeer. It's fun, fit the whole image well, and still doesn't come across like one of those iPod commercials.

posted on 31 Jul 2009, 12:09

9. edoftech (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2009)


i have had a play on this device, and it was very nice, a few lagging issues withthe keyboard when switching from portait to lanscape, it doesn't automatic switch from mini qwerty to full qwerty, which is a shame but hopefully they should update that before the release, but the typing is really good, almost as good as on the htc magic

posted on 29 Sep 2009, 05:52

10. mfong (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2009)


I called the Sony Style store in my area and asked if they're going to receive the Satio. They said that they never even heard of it before. I know the release date is next week, but I can't find it for the US.

posted on 05 Oct 2009, 07:21

12. rineshbarway (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Oct 2009)


PSP phone will be a killer. I am waiting for it and purhaps many like me.

posted on 09 Jul 2010, 10:51

15. mobilegeek (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2010)


Wow...man I love this phone this is my best phone in 2009 :), I choose this over Pixon 12 despite its display and wider lens. They don't have much difference. Moreover, Pixon 12 has no proper lens cover, no proper OS and ugly UI :'(. I love this Satio 16:9 nHD ( which does better in direct sunlight) with proper OS and proper lens cover. For more update of google voice maps, go to m.googlemaps.com from your phone there's voice command in google maps. Super koollllll XD

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Sony Ericsson Satio

Sony Ericsson Satio

OS: Symbian Symbian^1
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Display3.5 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (210 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.41 x 2.17 x 0.52 inches
(112 x 55 x 13.3 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery950 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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