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Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Sony Ericsson Satio

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Similarly to all members of the motley Symbian S60 5th Edition family, the Sony Ericsson Satio is relatively sluggish, despite the fact it’s equipped with capable hardware. The menu transition effects are to blame to an extent, because they slow down the handset even further. Alongside the other models running the same operating system, it’s perhaps only the Nokia N97 that is as fast as the Satio. At least the in-call quality is really good. Sound is loud on both ends of the line and you will have to turn it down a bit to address the noticeable crackling. Things get much better once you’ve decreased the volume a step or two, with voices becoming clearly discernible and easy to catch onto. All told, the only issue that prevents us from rating the overall in-call quality as excellent is the slight voice sharpness.

Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Having told you what Sony Ericsson’s first 12-megapixel, all-in-one, Symbian S60 5th Edition based handset is all about, it’s time we passed our verdict. The only advantages of the Satio over its rivals are the almost impeccable in-call quality and splendid night shots. As a whole, the handset takes on the job of being a decent camera phone pretty well, but its arch-rival, the Samsung Pixon12 performs better.

The Satio is not a bad multimedia device, but the Samsung OMNIA HD is head and shoulders above, thanks to the integrated support for DivX files and larger display that delivers more saturated and appealing colors.

We need to point out that the overly steep price tag (contract free) of the manufacturer’s first Symbian S60 device influenced our opinion and overall rating of the handset. The difference to its rivals is significant and this is a cardinal sin, because it´s actually unjustified. If you need to know what we would advise you to go for, here is our answer:

1.    In case you need a capable camera phone with 12-megapixel sensor, you will be better off opting for the Samsung Pixon12 – it’s better on the overall and is available at a far lower price.
2.    If you are intent on getting an all-in-one Symbian S60 5th Edition multimedia smartphone, the Samsung OMNIA HD is the perfect choice. Aside from its pretty good multimedia functionality, the device will allow you to take good pictures in proper lighting conditions. Similarly to the Pixon12, the OMNIA HD is inexpensive alongside of the Satio.

If the Satio had rolled out earlier, say at the end of the summer, it would have had a better chance of becoming a popular device. However, it took Sony Ericsson about 9 months to release it on the market since the cell phone got officially announced at MWC 2009 - this is quite a long time these days, even more so because the competition, Samsung in this case, has managed to come up with a proper answer.

Sony Ericsson Satio Video Review:


  • The second cell phone with 12MP camera
  • Great night snapshots
  • Extremely good in-call quality


  • Outdoor pictures could have been better
  • Unjustified price tag
  • Sluggish operational speed
  • No 3.5mm jack
  • Doesn’t support DivX and/or Xvid files
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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: 41; 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: 41; 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
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.25 GB 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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