Sony Ericsson Satio Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.
The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.


It was not that long time ago when Sony Ericsson announced the Idou at MWC 2009, although the handset got renamed to Satio later. The interesting thing about the cell phone is it´s manufacturer´s “first” in several respects – the first with 12-megapixel camera, the first based on Symbian S60 and the first all-in-one multimedia smartphone in the company´s range of products. It is equipped with 3.5-inch resistive screen with native resolution of 360x640 pixels (and cinematic 16:9 ratio) and 16 mln color support, Wi-Fi, GPS, 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor and is OpenGL ES 2.0 capable, so hardware-wise the newcomer does have what it takes to grip the attention of high-tech buffs, but let´s see if the device performs well enough to win over their love.

What´s in the box?

•    Sony Ericsson Satio
•    Stylus
•    8GB microSDHC expansion card
•    Wall charger
•    USB cable
•    Stereo headset
•    User guide in several languages


The Sony Ericsson Satio is by no means a compact cell phone, but let´s not forget about the 3.5-inch display it´s equipped with. We are surprised the handset is really light-weighted for its sheer size and we do like that. It´s made of plastic almost entirely, with the only exception being the metal, sliding camera cover. As a whole, the device feels neither cheap, nor expensive when you hold it. In terms of overall design, the Satio looks like a close relative of contemporary digital cameras with touch sensitive screens. It neither has an imposing, austere presence, not cuts a fine, elegant figure and aside from the grey color solution, the Satio will be available in black and red and latter looks quite eye-catchy indeed.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Satio with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Similarly to most cell phones with touch-sensitive screens, there are no many things to see on the front side. The 3.5-inch resistive display supports 16 mln colors, has native resolution of 360x640 pixels and good overall sensitivity, but we must say we´ve seen better resistive screens, say the ones the affordable Samsung Star  S5230 and LG Cookie feature. It delivers good, saturated colors in artificial lighting conditions, but doesn’t perform this well in direct sunlight. It´s not that you won´t be able to use the Satio in the open, it´s just that details are somewhat hard to distinguish in bright lighting conditions, plus its love for fingerprints makes things even worse.

The three thin buttons below the screen have well pronounced travel and you shouldn’t have any troubles with them. The send and end keys bear standard designations, the button in between takes you to the main menu when pressed or the phone task manager when you hold it pressed for a while.

The microSD card slot is on the left hand side of the Sony Ericsson Satio, along with the screen lock/unlock slider and manufacturer´s standard charger port, while the camera shutter, mode switcher and gallery access buttons are clearly visible on the opposite side. The volume rocker can be used to zoom in and out on things as well. Completely in character of Sony Ericsson, taking pictures with the phone upright in your hand feels as if you were operating a digital camera. Unfortunately, the Satio is not equipped with 3.5mm jack, meaning you will have to fork out for a proper converter, because as usual, the manufacturer doesn’t provide one.

The upper part of the back side appears raised, because the 12-megapixel camera with xenon flash is hidden right there. Aside from them, the phone is equipped with auxiliary LED light to help the handset bring objects in focus more easily. Once you slide the cover open, both the camera shutter and a small light indicator under the lens will start glowing in blue, which reminds of the Cyber-shot lineup and is something we do like.

Sony Ericsson Satio 360 Degrees View:

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1. shgam2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 2009

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

2. iberrystorm

Posts: 67; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

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

3. Krilynck

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 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).

4. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 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).

5. ongoo

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 13, 2010

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

7. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

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

6. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 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..

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
  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 0.128 GB
  • Battery 950 mAh(4.83h 3G talk time)

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