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Sony Ericsson Satio Review

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We have already told you the Sony Ericsson Satio is the first model of the manufacturer running Symbian S60. Actually it´s 5th Edition, the same version that powers the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 etc. Similarly, the interface has had a facelift to keep it in step with the overall styling of the other Sony Ericsson models.

You will see the first novelty feature on starting up the phone. The StandBy home screen theme is totally different from the standard ones that come with the operating system, although these are also available. Sony Ericsson´s theme consists of 5 tabs, located at the top of the screen that allow access to different functions and are easy to switch between by sliding your finger or simply pressing them. So, here´s what the 5 tabs have to offer.

•    The first allows you to take a look at a vertical scroll list of your favorite contacts. If you select an entry, you will be able to take your pick from the options that pop up, i.e. give the person a call, send them a message or edit the entry.

•    The second tab hosts shortcuts of up to 8 of your favorite internet pages.

•    The third is, by default, the home screen itself and pressing the end button gets you back to it 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 running in the background, you will still be able to see the track name and all necessary playback controls. There are four other shortcuts at the bottom that get you to the dialing menu, multimedia Flash Menu, your messages and the search function that you can use to locate information on the phone itself as well as on the Internet (via Google).

•    The fourth tab is actually a gallery of pictures taken with the 12-megapixel camera of the Sony Ericsson Satio. They get 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 easily set it as wallpaper, send it in a message, share it on the Internet or see it in the fully functional Gallery app with just a few clicks. Come to sharing content on the Internet, you get two preinstalled services – Picasa and Blogger. Certainly, more can be added manually, but it would have been nice if at least Facebook was here.

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

Favorite contacts - The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Favoriteinternet pages - The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Home screen - The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Gallery - The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Shortcuts - The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Favorite contacts

Favorite
internet pages

Home screen

Gallery

Shortcuts

The StandBy theme of the Sony Ericsson Satio


Handango Store - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Handango Store

Тhemes alter the colors and overall design of the icons - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Тhemes alter the colors and overall design of the icons - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Тhemes alter the colors and overall design of the icons

The other new feature of the Satio is the phone theme alters the colors and overall design of the icons… and there are eye-catchy transition effects when switching between menus. Since Ovi Store is only available with Nokia phones, Sony Ericsson offers you the option to go shopping for applications at Handango. Unfortunately, there is this slightly annoying problem that the online store doesn’t actually support the handset… This basically means you will have to look for software elsewhere.

The Sony Ericsson Satio comes with several preinstalled applications that can be found in a submenu called My Apps. Aside from the two games, Labyrinth and Sudoku, here is what you get:

•    SMS Preview shows you the latest text message directly onto the home screen - we do like both the idea and implementation of the app;
•    YouTube – sports quite an appealing interface really, that sadly works in landscape only. On the other hand, it packs beautiful transition effects, well-made video player, handy buttons and allows easy navigation;
•    Facebook application that shows the current status of your online buddies, the number of your unread messages and nudges you´ve got, all add-me-as-a-friend requests and all of your event participations. If you press any of the options available on screen, you will be re-directed to the internet page of the popular social network service. In our opinion, the Facebook app is designed to notify you of various events only and its functionality is a far cry from what the iPhone and Windows Mobile versions deliver. In this case, we would rather use the touch screen version of the official webpage available at touch.facebook.com

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SMS Preview - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Facebook - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
 

SMS Preview

Facebook


The YouTube app of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
The YouTube app of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

The YouTube app of the Sony Ericsson Satio


The rest of the interface is not any different from what we have seen on other handsets running the same operating system, so please take a look at our reviews of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 and Nokia N97. You will have to put up with the lack of kinetic scrolling and the fact that you need to double tap to select options in the menus that visualize as vertical scroll lists.

Calendar - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Contacts - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Calendar

Contacts

 
There are no changes in the phone organizer and contacts and they are just as good as the versions found on other handsets with the same operating system. You have several entry options when creating messages and similarly to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, you can use handwriting recognition, small, but full QWERTY keyboard that can be moved around the screen, full screen, landscape QWERTY keyboard and standard numeric keypad. The email client is the standard app that´s integrated into Symbian S60 5th Edition and it supports several email accounts. Switching between them is not exactly handy, because you need to log out of the currently selected account to log into another. As we have already mentioned in our reviews of other Symbian S60 5th Edition handsets, we would rather use Nokia´s alternative application – Nokia Messaging. Unfortunately, Nokia doesn’t have plans to support other than its devices.

Writing messages - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Writing messages - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
Writing messages - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Writing messages



Internet browser:

You will have to use the standard WebKit-based browser that comes with the operating system to browse the Internet. We have already taken a detailed look at the app in our reviews of the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910, Nokia N97, 5800 XpressMusic etc. The available options are not any different - you have Overview mode, zooming in and out on things and full screen mode. All pages visualize almost as they would have on a normal computer, except for certain Flash elements like the video players of Vimeo.com or Viddler.com. In addition, there isn’t a kinetic scrolling, like in the N97, but as a whole, we are pleased with the browser. Not last, the 3.5-inch screen makes surfing the Internet a pleasing experience.

The Internet browser of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
The Internet browser of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
The Internet browser of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review
The Internet browser of the Sony Ericsson Satio - Sony Ericsson Satio Review

The Internet browser of the Sony Ericsson Satio



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


wow really? no 3.5mm jack?? SE's being so cool without it on their phones. SO COOL.

posted on 05 Nov 2009, 18:02

2. iberrystorm (Posts: 67; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


really? a 12mp camera only has a 8.5...

posted on 13 Dec 2009, 10:49

3. Krilynck (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2009)


The resolution does NOT mean it is a better camera. There are two main disadvantages about more pixels on the same size sensor: - More noise - Larger files That means you can store less pics on an MS Micro and with higher ISO settings the images will show noticable noise. Unfortunately, you cannot set the ISO yourself, which means the photo's will be a lot crappier than taken with a 5 or 8 MP resolution. Moreover, even on an advanced dSLR like the Canon 5D MKII (21.1 MP) the low-light shots will be of less quality than those taken on a Nikon D700 (12.1 MP).

posted on 31 Dec 2009, 05:14

4. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)


Also, the limited dynamic range in such tiny detectors (basically, all black or all white with very narrow range inbetween) means that pictures taken against bright backgrounds are very prone to blooming, that pictures with light and dark areas are both underexposed and overexposed at the same time, and that there is lacking color depth. If there were a single aspect of a camera that would have the largest impact on image quality/detail, it would not be the number of megapixels, but rather something like focal length. (Larger focal lengths allow for larger detectors at a given zoom level).

posted on 13 Feb 2010, 17:41

5. ongoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2010)


never use such terrible cell, advice everyone don't buy!!!

posted on 13 May 2010, 14:05

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


I think you are a mere liar,are you an iphone user? lol... >:-P

posted on 13 May 2010, 14:04

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


It is totally a kool phone, some people,pls don't bash the phone when it comes to technology with your insignificant low-IQ brain,because you'll never be able to achieve impossible when someone can do it. The 3.5inch display has 16:9 with 360x640 pixels which can handle well to the 3000x4000 dimension pics and it works well too. There's no noise as you can see it on flickrs or on facebook,they are sharper than ever. I just want you all to see the truth, don't juz imagine and post it. Just go out and test or play it at any retaliers shop before you comment something with jealousy.Cheers..

posted on 03 Dec 2010, 18:38

8. mark (unregistered)


i have this fone 6 months. its crashes several times a day. the battery last 14 hours with very low use, 5 hours if you want to use internet or apps. its very slow. the touch screen is terrible, you find yourself stampin the on screen keyboard. there is no downloadable apps, the sonyericsson store has 17.... most of which dont work. if you install apps the phone slows down horribley....the list go's on and on

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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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