Sony Ericsson Satio

Sony Ericsson Satio

The 12 megapixel camera is supported with dual LED flash for maximum lighting in poor-lit areas. The photo quality is superb matching the performance of Sony Ericsson’s Cybershot line.

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Our Rating: 92%

Our Sony Ericsson Satio Review

Satio Front Black

Design

We’ve been waiting to put our hands on the Sony Ericsson Satio for some time now. Previously marketed as the Sony Ericsson Idou, the handset’s named changed to Satio just before the release. The Sony Ericsson Satio is definitely one of the most elegant handsets we’ve met this year. Available in black, silver, and Bordeaux colours, the Sony Ericsson Satio boasts a slick minimalist design. The sides of the Sony Ericsson Satio host the important functionality controls reducing the clutter and contributing to the clean fresh look it has.

Screen

The Sony Ericsson Satio’s touchscreen provides saturated, rich colours that speak for themselves. While it is not one of the most responsive screens we’ve used, it brings solid performance and great brightness and contrast levels. The glossy screen does not flatter under direct sunlight; the text remains fully legible and the reflections to minimal.

Left Side

User Interface

The Sony Ericsson Satio’s homescreen is one of the friendliest out there. Utilizing a tabbed user interface with tabs (contacts, home, photos, shortcuts, and bookmarks), the Sony Ericsson Satio’s user interface is simple, direct, and easy to handle even for a non-Sony Ericsson user.

Keypad

The Sony Ericsson Satio’s on-screen QWERTY keyboard provides great feedback. Though the letters aren’t as spaced out as we’d like them to be, the user will find it easy to type in an email or message. Unlike the iPhone, the Sony Ericsson Satio does not use a dictionary to auto-complete your words but we don’t see that as a necessity. The dedicated controls on the sides provide great feedback and usability. We didn’t have to click hard to get a response, which gives the Sony Ericsson Satio great points in the keypad department.

Satio Back Open

Camera and Multimedia

The Sony Ericsson Satio’s back is adorned with one of its key features. The 12 megapixel camera is supported with dual LED flash for maximum lighting in poor-lit areas. The photo quality is superb matching the performance of Sony Ericsson’s Cybershot line. On the downside, the colours are a bit too saturated for our taste and some reflections were lost in the shooting process. However, that does not really bother us given the quality is much better than that of any cameraphone in the market. The embedded geo-tagging feature helps the user tag the image’s location – a great feature for anyone scrapbooking or simply travelling around the world.

In the multimedia department, the Sony Ericsson Satio is equipped with the Walkman Music Player – which we absolutely love. The sound quality is crisp and warm when hearing different music types from classical, folk, trance, to rock. The built-in accelerometer enables you to switch between landscape and portrait mode facilitating music browsing. The user interface of the player is simple and ready with active filters to arrange your playlist.

Satio Back Closed

Video playback is as great as it gets with the Sony Ericsson Satio. The video player brings great quality and performance for the various file formats supported.

Connectivity and Battery Life

The Sony Ericsson Satio is packed with connectivity features ranging from 3G HSDPA and Bluetooth to Wi-Fi and DLNA integration. The web browser is user friendly and surfing is enhanced with the fast speed the 3G network offers. It comes with great HTML and RSS support for better web browsing. The microSD cards provide extra storage for your files facilitating data transfer from your PC to your handset.

The Sony Ericsson Satio’s battery life is praised given the multimedia bundle it operates. You can use the Sony Ericsson Satio’s multimedia department freely for two days or so before needing to recharge, which is great for anyone on the move.

What We Liked

We liked the Sony Ericsson Satio’s camera, connectivity features, and music player.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Sony Ericsson Satio’s resistive touchscreen.

Our Final Verdict

The Sony Ericsson Satio is one of the most balanced handsets in the market. Bringing performance, quality, and design under the same roof, the Sony Ericsson Satio excels in providing the user a pleasurable viewing and browsing experience. We fell in love with the Sony Ericsson Satio from the moment we first saw it. With such a great price tag, no one can possibly regret purchasing the Sony Ericsson Satio.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 55 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 340 mins
Standby Time 290 hours
Weight 126 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 12.10 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 68MB
Memory Card Type microSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 360 x 640 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 16M colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
EDGE Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Sony Ericsson Satio Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 55 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 340 mins
Standby Time 290 hours
Weight 126 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 12.10 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recognition Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 68MB
Memory Card Type microSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

MMS Yes
Photo Messaging Yes
Predictive Text Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 360 x 640 pixels
Screen Colour Depth 16M colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

User Comments

The emotional buildup for this one has been quite high since Sony has been publicizing it for a while now. The design and features live up to the hype created. Can't go wrong with sony

Panji submitted on 1 November 2009

I have to disagree with the review, as the resistive touchscreen is great to keep your mobile phone under control. A lot of capacitive touchscreens unlock and starting dialing numbers and opening applications while in your pocket.

DanitheMannie submitted on 28 October 2009
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Images of the Sony Ericsson Satio

Satio Front Black
Left Side
Satio Back Open
Satio Back Closed

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