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I got the Sony Ericsson Satio in early winter 2009; it has a 12 megapixel camera, which is probably the only useful feature of this phone. Even that feature is limited to the photo camera, and doesn't extend to the video camera.
The Sony Ericsson Satio is a Symbian phone; this means it has a very limited application support. Therefore, it's extremely difficult to find a decent set of applications for this phone. The operating system version is S60v5, so I tried many applications that are supposed to support this operating system version, out of which only a handful of applications worked. In rough figures the amount of applications that I've tried on this phone would come to about 800, out of which less than 30 applications work.
Alternative reader is the only PDF and DJVU reader, which are managed to install successfully on this phone. Quick office trial version came with the phone, but I never used that. I also installed documents to go, which is a free application to view office documents. This can be used to view word processor documents, spread sheets, and slideshows. It can also be used to view plain text files. An application called SMS preview came pre-installed with the phone, I rarely use this application; nevertheless it's a useful application to have.
The form came pre-installed with two games; one is Labyrinth, which is a game where you tilt the phone to move a little ball through a maze, while trying to make sure it doesn't drop through one of the holes. The other game is Sudoku, which is quite self-explanatory.
I haven't installed any games on this phone, because I couldn't find games compatible this specific phone. I have however installed a few other applications, which I think are quite useful. These applications include egg timer, which is the only count down timer I found for this phone that actually works. Secondly, an application called random, which is simply a random number generator. And finally, I installed SisEditor, which is useful for installing applications that have an expired or missing certificate. I found this very useful for installing alternative reader.
I've haven't found any mobile security software, which works properly on this phone. Therefore, I never use this form for browsing or surfing the net. I have tried installing several mobile security applications, such as Kaspersky mobile security. Just like the rest, this failed to install. I contacted several mobile security software companies, via their message boards and e-mail services, most of them told me that there are other customers will also experiencing the same problems with the Sony Ericsson Satio. They advised me to change the phone, rather than looking for a mobile security application.
Sony Ericsson - now known as Sony, refused to provide any further updates for this phone, despite the fact that many of its users have been requesting firmware updates for a number of features. Some of these features I have already listed above, I briefly mentioned the video camera. Many users requested a firmware update, which would enable the video camera to record 720p videos. I wrote a rather lengthy request via their contact service, requesting the above features to be updated, along with several others, which would include a firmware update that would enable the user to record phone calls. I also pointed out that I have to restart the phone every few hours, so that the standard phone call service works. This is because, the phone call feature often freezes or rejects incoming and outgoing phone calls, and the only way to make a phone call - is to restart the phone, sometimes this includes taking the battery out and putting it back in again.
It would appear that phone with so many bad features, might have no useful features at all. This phone does actually have some very good features, especially when it comes to multimedia.
The video and audio player features are the strengths of this phone, due to the high quality of playback. Although this phone doesn't support many multimedia formats, it plays those that it does support at a fairly high playback quality compared to a lot of phones of its time, which I have tested.
I also like its multilingual support feature, which means this phone can correctly display text of languages that aren't installed on the phone. This includes languages using complex scripts, symbols, and special characters.
Weighing the good and the bad aspects of this phone, I'd never recommend it to anyone. The simple reason is that most of the important features, which we look for in phones today - have either malfunctioned in this phone, or are missing altogether.
I purchased this phone when it first came to market and like many others who also got one I was sold very much on the ultra powerful camera that was built in to this handset. 12.1 mega pixels to be precise! This phone worked great for me during it's first year and although the touch screen is not as responsive as some alternatives such as the IPhone it was more than adequate. Problems then started to develop for me personally when I was suffering fairly regular call drop outs which I was able to get fixed at the store. Beyond this the touch screen started to misbehave and the calibration had every touch thinking it was in the very bottom right of the screen. With no physical buttons as an alternative this phone was then rendered virtually useless. This was again fixed by the store. However, this happened on 4 occasions and I persevered all the way up until I was entitled to an upgrade. Although the camera is impressive it is in fact overkill for a mobile phone. Quality of images on screen dont really change beyond 5 megapixels anyway and then the only difference can be seen in the print quality of your images beyond 8 megapixels. So my advice would be that if you want to be a photographer, you would be better off just buying a pro cam like most would and then getting a phone that would principally do all the things a modern phone should do these days (phone, text, browse) and do them well.
I waited for this phone to come out before renewing my contract as the reviews looked good.
The most amazing feature of this phone is the 12.1 MP camera. I took it to Spain with me instead of my digital camera. The photos are fantastic. The camera has all the features you would expect from a decent digital camera. You can turn the flash on/off or to auto, you can change the picture quality as well as made adjustments on pictures already taken, for instance to remove red eye.
The phone is very easy to use as the menu is set up much in the same way as other mobile phone manufacturers. I do however have several issues with the phone. Firstly it seems to suffer from 'freezes' very frequently. I have had the software updated and I have also had a new handset yet this is still an ongoing problem. Another issue I have is that the phone likes to reset itself particularly when I am in the middle of a call or sending a text message. I get a white screen and the phone will switch on and off several times before finally working. Again I have had the phone sent off to the manufacturer and they cannot understand why this happens. The phone also suffers from appalling battery life. It does have a very good quality screen which eats into your battery life. I have had to reduce the screen brightness right down in order to get a decent battery life.
All in all not a great phone. I suppose that's why Sony have ceased to manufacture it!
I've had the Sony Ericsson Satio phone for a year now and I've gotta say it's just superb. When it was released there were problems and the phones were called back in but now all is hunky dory.
With the 12mp camera the photos are crystal clear even when enlarged on a computer screen or on paper. Plus the camera is really easy to use.
To actually use the applications of the phone is really easy too - just touch and go !!!
The talk quality on both normal and loud speaker is exceptional and texting is a breeze with a choice of a dozen or more languages.
After a year I'm still not bored with the phone and that's saying something.
The one and only slight negative comment is the battery life. Yes, it's ok but could be just a tad better.
Main thoughts - fantastic phone with everything you need at your fingertips.
When I went to upgrae my phone the Sony Ericsson Satio - smartphone was new out. Its Dimensions are (WxDxH) 55 mm x 13 mm x 112 mm and the Weight is 126g . They said on the phone that just because the camera is a 12.1 megapixel it doesn't look any different on the phone then a camera of 2 megapixel would take - it just effects the print out. I decided I wanted this phone anyway and I beg to differ about this statement because even on the phone the quality of the pictures are outstanding. Even though I would say this is the best feature on this phone It also has a Camera on the front for video calling, an FM Radio, Bluetooth and a Video and voice recorder. I use the internet and email on my phone alot and these are both built in to the phone itself. I fine providing the network is good (I am with orange which has improved since teaming up with T-Mobile) then internet is fast unlike other phones I have had the past. Also it has a long battery life which is good!
There are so many things in this phone that I havn't even discovered yet!
I have had a few problems with it however.. Now and again it has a mind of its own and when I go into the menu option it freezes. Also yesterday I tried to look at my pictures and it was flashing between two of them and wouldnt stop! I'm not sure if this is something everyone experiences or maybe its just my phone?
Anyway if you want something simple and not complex this is probably otthe phone for you - It is also touchscreen which can be hard work if you havnt used one before!
But if you want a challenge with some great outcomes this is the phone for you :)
This phone isnt one of my favourites. Despite its fantastic camera.
It does come with Its own AV cables, should you want to play you videos and show off you photos on your TV, which is fantastic, and easy to do.
As with most phones, it comes with a wired handsfree kit and headphones, which I never use as my car has bluetooth handsfree.
All the cables you need connect to the same socket, which is on the side, rather than the bottom like most other phones, which makes using a phone stand possible when charging.
The navigation of the phone can be very frustrating. The touch screen is quite unresponsive and sluggish. And there is no way of going back to the previous screen...you have to go back to the main home screen. This can get very annoying if you select a wrong menu that's 3 levels down.
The 12MP Camera is this phones main, and only, magnificent feature. Its picture quality is phenomenal and its different functions are incredibly easy to use, with them all being accesible from the side of the viewing area. Each feature works perfectly, including the face recognition..and smile recognition!.
The camera and its functions have taken their toll on the weight of this phone. Its no helium balloon.
Great if you want a magnificent camera for your pocket. If it wasnt for the camera, this phone would be pretty dull and boring
A long Ciao one for you!
Since I have had my little Satio for nine months now, I feel I have had it long enough to be able to give it a detailed review from my long experience of it, and trust me it has had it's moments. Especially disappointing after I had waited long enough to get it. The first time I saw this phone was around eighteen months to two years ago - back when it was called the Idou, it was featured in a show, showcasing some of the best new mobile phones in Germany. By this point I was halfway through my contract, and I knew by the time I was able to renew - this phone would be out. So my sights were firmly set on the newly named Satio. To my great excitement two months before my January renewal a lovely man from T-mobile called and offered me an upgrade, so jumping at the chance I placed my order and waited for Royal Mail Delivery. Unfortunately that is when the problems began!
~*~ Quick Specifications ~*~
Without boring you all to death with lists that are a million miles long, I will give you some of the most important features.
12.1 Megapixel Camera...
GPS and Wifi...
If you want to know more about the phone have a look here...
http :// www.sonyericsson. com/cws/corporate/products/phoneportfolio/specification /satio
~*~ Initial Problems ~*~
Now not wishing to put you off completely I will tell you about my bad experience with this model. So, I had eagerly awaited the phone's delivery for a couple of days, so was quite excited when the doorbell rang, and saw the postman holding my parcel on the other side. I had been warned on the phone at the time of purchase that a batch of Satios has been returned due to malfunction - reassured however that mine would be from the new batch manufactured minus the malfunction, I was happy to recieve it. How upset, that is right upset, was I when I found out my shiny new phone was malfunctioning too. The phone wouldn't stay on long enough for me to use it, this was a definate problem - one that upon research was one of the many problems the initial Satio's had. Along with touchscreen problems, it caused the Satio to start it's life very negatively - T-Mobile thankfully changed it for me without question the next working day. So a week after ordering it, and on my second phone I finally got what I had wanted for months! So if you are going to buy a used Satio, ensure you get the U1i version made in December 2009, else you might find your phone is a little flawed.
Learn your lesson Sony, don't put out a phone that can't handle it's contents! Also get on with making a new 12.1 megapixel camera phone, I only have nine months left of my contract and I don't want to go down in camera size!
~*~The Phone In General~*~
~*~Size and Handling~*~
The phone when I first saw it I thought was quite big - it is across the screen but it is not very thick at all. It is quite squared around the edges - but not so square it is uncomfortable to hold, the top and bottom are rounded to the back of the phone. Which makes holding it sideways to take a picture or to text using the fullscreen QWERTY keyboard far more comfortable. Holding it to do most tasks is fairly pleasant it may have squared edges but it doesn't dig into your hand which is what I was slightly worried about when I first got hold of the phone! The actual measurements are as follows...
11.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 cm..
Which makes it look long but the thickness is tiny in comparison.
~*~ Making and Recieving Calls~*~
Making calls is simple, by accessing the keypad on the homepage, you dial the number and either press the green button or the call button on screen. Similarly to recieve calls you can press the green button or accept the call on screen. To end a call it is the opposite use the red button to end it, or your button on screen. Now during the call is the issue I have found with this phone that it has a hold button onscreen when you are in a call, and I seem to press it a lot with my earrings when I'm in a call. As it seems the screen never properly locks, which in one way is useful if you find yourself on the phone to a company and need to press option 2, then option 5, you get the idea! I however end up putting people on hold unintentionally so I have to say it is a pain in the backside!
~*~ Sound Quality ~*~
In both calls and when listening to music through the earphones or just through the phone speaker, the quality is pretty good. The only time I miss a word of conversation is when I am in somewhere with low signal, which to be honest doesn't happen a lot, since T-Mobile, has some cracking coverage. The earphones emphasise the sound quality as they are good quality earphones - but not quite as good as my iPod but then again it is only a phone! My only complaint in all of this is that the earphones connect stupidly, through the same part as the charger - why Sony couldn't have opted for the headphone jack that MP3 players and iPods carry I don't know but that's just my opinion!
For a smartphone I am going to say it's not too bad. Personally for me I can make it last 3 days on one charge, providing I don't use the internet all that much, as that is what drains the battery.In my research into this phone I have heard the main reason for this is that the battery runs on a different system to the rest of the phone, and apparently the two don't interact properly. Tut Tut Sony, you didn't think that one through!
Stand by time is as follows: up 360 hours...
Talk Time is as follows: up to 11 hours...
Video Call Time is as follows: up to 2 hours..
~*~ Other Bits ~*~
Before I forget to mention it the phone comes with an 8Gb memory card!
The profiles for silent are all available as usual, though I have had to create myself a new one for when I am on placement that doesn't vibrate - as it is incrediably loud. On a ward of sleeping patients a large buzz wouldn't be appreciated I don't think! So if you are looking into buying this phone make sure you don't have it on a hard surface when your teacher or boss is around!
The phonebook is simple to use from your main menu, adding people is simple from the options menu and you can add as much or as little information as you like. It is meant to save to the SIM Card, but that depends on how much space you have and how many contacts you have. However not entirely sure why my phone does it, but numbers that don't start with a +44 it won't save, it's really irritating and I still don't have all my numbers even now! The usual features of an alarm clock and calculator, however I am yet to find a way of changing the tone because mighty me it is annoying - mind you I suppose it does do it's job! The calculator is a little bit useless for me, because for some reason it genuinely doesn't go fast enough. Not sure why but it takes ages to realise you have pressed a number but I can live with that!
~*~ The Camera ~*~
Well I will not deny it, the camera is the main reason why I wanted this phone. Who can see a phone with a 12.1 megapixel camera and not want it; well probably lots of people but not me! My own digital camera is only eight megalpixel so it is slightly neglected now - poor thing. The picture quality is equally as good as many of the high street digitial cameras due to the digital zoom and Sony lens that I am informed is use on some of their digital cameras. I am no photographer and I will not profess to be, but I have a friend who is and she was very impressed by the results when she used it. There are many added features that make this camera even more spectacular - especially considering it is in a phone. Now you may not have seen the adverts for the Sony cameras that boast panoramic shots, well this phone has it! So no longer do you need to squash people into a photo, as you can now take three and merge them. Warning is they are not the easiest of things to take as they require accurate matching at the edges. Not to worry though you will get some vague onscreen instructions. The photos however do look really good, when you print them out nice and long, the only problem is finding a photo album that fits them! The camera also comes with the usual stuff like black and white, sepia and negative effects, but you get them with most camera phones by all accounts.
Now the exception to all these other phones, is something I haven't heard of in many phones except the iPhone is geotagging. It may be on other phones but I do not know of any specifically. Geotagging is where you can take a photo and thanks to satellites can be tagged with information about where the photo was taken. To switch geotagging on it is as easy as going into the camera menu and selecting on. However I do not have Flickr or anything similar so it is not a lot of use to me personally. I have struggled to see the location tagged on any of my photos so far but more than likely I am going to be looking in the wrong place.
As with most camera phones now (well some) you get the luxury of red eye reduction which means you will not end up posted on facebook the next day looking like the devil in your drunken photos - no promises you won't feel like it in the morning however! Unlike my previous phone which claimed to reduce red eye - this phone does actually reduce ir, and even gets rid of it comepletely in some photos. The red eye has been really useful on this camera for me especially since I use it quite a lot instead of my digital camera, I have taken lots of pictures of people and there is not one photo that has been ruined by red eye! Just in case you are taking pictures of people or things that are moving you have the option of Sony's trademark BestPic, meaning you get to pick the best of nine photos that have been taken all in one second, so there should be at least one that takes your fancy! The video camera has extra light so if you are recording in the dark it makes it a little easier to see what you are shooting. It is easy enough to get shooting video but it is not anwhere near as good quality as the pictures will be. So don't expect a brilliant quality video but it will mean you can fit more onto the memory card included with the phone. That said the size of the photo files is fairly large, which is not suprising at all, all things considered but you can make the quality lower but personally I will not be doing that!
Now what I should have said first was how to get the camera working - flip open the camera cover on the back. Or you can sldo go to the camera icon in the menu but it will just ask you to open the shutter anyway!
~*~ Screen and Touching! ~*~
The phone comes with a 3.5 inch 16million colour HD screen according to the Sony website, until now I had not taken a lot of notice of it - but there is a reason for that. Mainly the fact that the menu and such are not that graphically or colour fantastic - not compared to the iPhone 4 anyway. When you have photos as your wallpaper, you will see how good the screen is - but to be honest that is going to be the only time you will notice it in day to day use. Sony haven't really worked this phone to it's obvious advantages, especially with this quality screen. They do give you the option of watching movies, which I have tried and does make films look fairly good. It just isn't big enough to make a real impact - on long journeys without a laptop or something similar it could be fine, but I would not pick it over something with a proper screen. Similarly with using the internet, I am far happier using a normal screen but if needs must - and a facebook moment is a must!
The actual touch capacity of the screen I cannot complain about at all. Even at nine months old it has barely slowed. As with any mobile phone that is touch screen - they are not keen on being touched with wet fingers. Purely because it ruins them, get water damage to any touchscreen phone and the screen with randomly being to malfunction. I actually unintentionally murdered my LG viewty bt getting a raindrop in it, they are so sensitive. This phone has had a raindrop or two but seems to have made no difference - yet! The screen is very sensitive to touch but not too sensitive - it does however prefered to be pushed with nails or the pen included rather than the pads of your fingers for some reason. It does mean though that you are unlikely to push something you don't want to. My only complaint about the scrren on this phone is that it is slow to change. It is quick to recognise that you have selected the item, but it doesn't load very quickly. I think however that is a software problem not the screen. I am proud of myself for this - I have not managed to scratch this screen! That may be because the screen is made of glass, and comes with a screen protector on it, so it shouldn't scratch, break or crack as easily as a normal phone screen.
~*~ Messaging ~*~
As normal you have text messaging, but there are a number of way in which to input that message - some more useful than others. You can use a full screen QWERTY keyboard, which is good because you can turn the phone on its side and have both hands - with a bit of practise it is the fastest option especially if you type a lot. The only thing that annoys me about this is the fact that you have to keep turning your phone around, it's good for wanting to use both hands but for texting under the table - not so good! There is also the option of a mini QWERTY keyboard but it is tiny, and unless you intend to use the pen included all the time, or you have childrens fingers - you will push the wrong letter. The next option is your usual alphanumeric keypad, which is what you will see looks like the normal numbers on a non-touchscreen phone. However it does mean you end up with three words per line as the buttons on screen are huge - so if you make a mistake it takes a little while to get back to that mistake, especially if it's near the start! I would definately vote for the full screen QWERTY keyboard as it is easier, however you can have handwriting for your messages - which is a bit of a giggle if you are bored and want to spend double the time writing your message. Though you do get the chance to train the phone to recognise your handwriting - which is great, as you don't end up with any dodgy looking words if the phone doesn't recognise your handwriting.. Which mine wouldn't normally because I genuinely have odd handwriting at times!
The picture messaging in this phone is pretty much the same as any phone, you can include message as well as the picture. Beware however that if you take a picture, your reciever will more than likely not be able to open it because the file is too big! It does however remind you of this before you try to send one - so you won't just send one randomly. Obviously you have your usual delivery reports, and you have a specific folder telling you which messages have been delivered and which are pending. The impressing part of the messaging section is the amount of messages to can hold, at the moment I have over 800 messages and it shows no signs of telling me that I need to clean them out. When dealing with your sent messages it offers you how many you would like in your outbox before it starts deleting them, it has a high limit but mine is set to fifty and it just erodes the old ones as it goes - saves me having to do it!
The one thing that bugs me is when you recieve a message it just tells you it has a new message, but doesn't tell you who it's from until you open it. I would rather have a name there so I knew who it is that has text me, since I do spend a lot of time waiting for replies from my other half. I like the rest so I think I can overlook that!
~*~ Internet ~*~
Browsing the internet on this phone is really simple to be honest. You select your internet icon, signified by a planet, which for me says 'web'n'walk' underneath it, but that's only because I'm on T-Mobile. Every network will have something different to call their internet no doubt. It will ask if you wish to connect to the internet via wifi or through your network - now I have noticed my phone has it's moments where despite having full signal it doesn't like being online! Now I cannot be too specific as it is different for every network, but you will find it loads efficiently but it will depend on your networks speed obviously. When it has loaded however it is simple to use as the touchscreen is nice and responsive. For using mobile sites there is nothing wrong with this phone as they load full screen are are easy to decide which bits can be pressed on to activate a new page. However it is not the best phone when it comes to loading full on websites - majority of the time it doesn't even half load. It is usually because the browser the phone comes with is not set up for many sites, the internet browser is good for mobile sites like Facebook, BBC News and Wikipedia but not for much else. It is such a shame really considering the phone already has competition from some phones that are pretty fantastic online!
~*~ Connectivity ~*~
This phone comes with some pretty useful features, one being GPS/Google Maps. Meaning you can get in a city you don't know that well, put in your postcode and you can explore your surroundings without getting lost. However it can be a little slow to react and does mean you might end up on the wrong street or road. Which is my experience and ended up in a row with myself and my other half, wasn't a pleasant experience, so don't trust it completely! As a basis, with a little bit of common sense you can make it work and it is quite a useful thing to have. However it is not advised to use for driving, use your sat nav instead...
You also have your average bluetooth, which you can send pictures, music, videos and general files. The bluetooth in this phone is very reliable it's never malfunctioned on me when I've needed to use it so I'm not going to complain. It's speed depends totally on how big a file you are sending, as with the picture messages on this phone you have to be careful how big a file you send because as usual some phones may not be able to take the size pictures or videos. If you are sending pictures to a computer then not to worry because I'd imagine it could take them, or at least I would hope in this day! Just in case you don't fancy bluetoothing your pictures to a computer you can always connect the phone via it's USB connector, which can also charge the phone at the same time. It provides the option to basically use the memory card in the phone as a storage device, it is really simple to do, it doesn't take much working out where to find your photos. On the other hand putting pictures into the memory card is not so simple - in that I haven't worked out how yet, so I tend to just put it on my phone memory instead which is just as good especially since my photos don't tend to stay on the phone memory for long anyway.
This phone also gives you the option of synchonizing with your computer so you can connect your phone to your PC and sync it with your calendar, and other items on yor computer so you are never without a birthday or meeting reminder. I haven't actually tried this because I have a really good memory for birthdays but still, if you need that kind of thing it would be worth giving it a go! The phone also has capability of connecting to your TV, using a cable that comes included in the box, I don't use it as it means unplugging my xbox to be able to input it. Having never used it myself I can't say if it is any good or not, but I have heard its a bit difficult to use since you need to look at the screen to push any buttons but for films and videos off your phone or youtube application it is fine. Providing you don't have a huge TV!
~*~ Things To Play With ~*~
Well as I have briefly mentioned there are a certain number of things on this phone you can play with if you get bored or have a few minutes to kill. As with a number of the smartphones out there, you can have applications for this phone, included with the phone you get the Facebook app, Youtube app and a couple of picture applications but nothing special or even cool unlike the new Samsung or the iPhone. Which is really disappointing because even though this phone has a symbian running system, finding applications that work on this phone are a little bit difficult, and if you can find the right ones then they aren't the right ones for the specific phone! Sony Ericsson provide users with a free memebership to PlayNow, which is their Trademark company which gives users the opportunity to buy applications, ringtones and wallpapers but be warned they are expensive and not all that great which is a shame.
The media bits and bobs on this phone to be fair are good, they are nothing out of this world but they do their job well. On the main menu you can select media which contains photo, music and video. Selecting one of these you can do a few things.
The most interesting thing you can do in the photos section is editing them, giving them pretty borders and make them lighter or darker - depending on how gloomy you fancy your facebook photo to be! It is all basic editing, and to be honest as far away from photoshop as you could get on a phone, it is effective though just not as detailed as I would have liked. Other than that all you can do is put your pictures into folders or into your favourites folder - nothing at all that interesting. It is a similar story with the music section, the only thing you can really do is put your songs into playlists, and order your playlists - which when you are at the gym it is good because you can get some music on that is good for spurring you on, instead of something slow. I am not going to lie to you, the video is not much better, especially if you don't have any on your phone! If you have mobile TV included in your price plan you can access it from here, similarly with the Youtube application - but you can get that within the second tab on the homepage, which also has your facebook application and Flickr, so it has good access!
The games included with the phone - well I got one called Labyrinth which involves rolling a ball around the screen without it rolling into the holes on screen. Which is not as easy as it looks! The quality of the game is fairly good, as with most things on this phone it isn't that special, but it is liveable. Games are available to download if you want to pay for them, via the PlayNow site that Sony offer, unfortunately being a poor student I cannot afford to do that. There is always the option of bluetoothing them from someone else, but beware it might not work, since not that many things are compatible with this phone I noticed! Oh, one thing I like that I almost forgot, is Sony's TrackID, which means you can play music to this application and it is meant to give you the name and artist of the song, but it appears today it doesn't like my music! However if you do something more mainstream it will happily bring up track information, however be warned if you have no internet included in your priceplan it will cost you to get the information because it has to go online - thankfully I don't have to pay for it!
~*~ Overall ~*~
Useability - 4/5 - Somethings aren't quite fast enough for me!
Technology - 4/5 - Cracking camera, but the applications or lack of disappointed me!
Entertainment - 2/5 - Applications are too hard to get, too expensive, the game it comes with is shocking!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The phone is available on all networks apart from 3, which is good because 3 are useless in my opinion but still...
It ranges from £35 a month to £70 a month depending on how much you want included in your price plan..
My particular contract is £36.50 with 800 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet with T-mobile but, I am sure that contract is now closer to £25 than £35... I definately think that T-Mobile has the best deal for this phone if you like it!
I received this phone as an upgrade at the end of last year due to renewing my contract with vodafone.
What attracted me to the phone was the 12 megapixel camera, which I think is still a market leader as far as camera phones go. I found this didn't disappoint giving me many excellent pictures and it also has a flash for taking pictures at night. Recently though I did get a separate camera as no matter how good the camera was or how many mega-pixels it had, no zoom lens meant for me it just couldn't replace a normal digital camera. Also, due to the size of the inbuilt camera, it makes it stick out at the back, giving it a rather odd shape. I always found the photos were quite large as well ~ 10 MB average size.
There is very little memory within the phone its self, but there is an 8GB mciro SD card included, which is useful for storing photos and music.
The phone also has a video recorder, which isn't the greatest resolution at 30fps, but does record sound pretty well.
The phone has no keypad and is just touchscreen, again this was the first touchscreen phone I'd used and I found it pretty good. Being able to have a QWERTY keyboard on screen made texting a lot easier for me. The screen was also ultra high resolution and supports 16 million colours, which at 3.5" makes the screen a definite plus. I would say it is comfortable enough to watch TV programmes on, if you don't need to see fine detail.
The phone also has wi-fi allowing you to use the internet through it and there are quite a few apps also available for it (though I never really used any so can't really talk about this).
Other features I used were the FM radio and the mp3 player, which are both pretty good. With the radio it can automatically scan for stations or you can tune it yourself. Either way, you can then 'save' them to your favourites. The sound quality is pretty good and the phone has a decent in build speaker so you can listen without headphones and be able to hear the radio/ music clearly.
The headphones supplied are also pretty good and are the type that fit into your ear, meaning you can put the volume down, as you don't only receive the sound directly,rather than some going into the surrounding environment as with normal earphones but also they help block out some of the surrounding noise.
Many people make a big deal of the fact SE don't support the 3.5mm headphone jack, but this doesn't bother me at all. Considering how widely known it is that SE use the own type of adapter, I'm surprised how often this complaint comes up. The headphones are also supplied free with the phone and seem pretty robust.
OK - most important part - as a phone I found it was pretty good, no signal issues no bad reception, easy to dial a number and easy to stores contacts. I believe it can almost hold unlimited contacts in fact. The only thing I would say is because of the touch screen, especially at first it is pretty easy to cut the call off accidentally.
The phone has a few other problems as well - for starters it wasn't all that easy to 'lock' and sometimes I ended up calling people accidentally and not realising, or cutting off calls.
The touch screen was also unresponsive a times and the min qwerty keyboard was too small to use with your fingers. A stylus is supplied, but since it doesn't fit in the phone you have to carry it around separately.
I've been told by vodafone the phone has now been withdrawn, but there still seem to be a few knocking around. I would pay maybe £100 - £200 for this and the cheapest price you normally see is £300+ (RRP is £600). Don't think it would be worth it for that price.
I have had my Satio for 2 months now and I love it. I had it free on orange on a £30 per month contract for 24 months which is along time but oh well. I was a bit wary of having a touch screen phone having never owned one before I was paranoid I was going to break it but a cover for it has soon sorted this and it had the best camera 12.1 megapixel which is the main thing I was interested in. It is easy to use and you are able access music, pictures, contacts text messaging with little effort.
Size 4.4 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches which is quite big but the features it has would be a little bit lost on a smaller handset. Can be a little awkward with case on.
Weight 4.4 oz easy enough to carry around not really much heavier than my previous cybershot phone.
The battery I charge every night and not sure it would really last much longer perhaps a couple of days but this of course depends on how you use the phone throughout the day.
It has a 68mb memory but I would recommend getting a micro sd card it supports upto 16gb I have a 8gb one at the moment which is fine you need extra memory if you are going to be taken lots of pictures.
The 12.1 megapixel camera with 16x zoom, xenon flash, auto focus, best pic (which takes upto 9 pictures in one second), photo fix, image stabiliser, red-eye reduction, geo-tagging (adds where you are to each picure) and smile detection means you would not need didgital camera again. The camera function is what drew me to this phone as I love to take pictures everywhere I go.
What else can it do......
It has a 3.5", 16:9 ratio screen which allows you to watch movies and dvds which can be downloaded to your phone I was especially excited when I realised I could download shows from bbc iplayer then watch them whilst travelling makes any journey go quicker.
MP3 player allows you to carry your favourite tracks everywhere you go and listen to them as you wish as well as using them for ringtones.
Browse the internet using either wifi connection or 3g the internet connection on the whole has been good but any faults are more due to signal than the handset. It is easy to navigate the net on the go with this phone.
It also has fm radio, media player, links to you tube, 3d games, video recording features,
The phone can also be connected to your TV so you can view your pictures and videos on a big screen.
It features Wisepilot navigating to dfifferent places uses GPS-powered location based services and also google maps
The phone has bluetooth technology for quick transferring between other phones great for sharing pictures with friends.
All of your information can be stored on your computer using a usb cable easy to use and a good idea incase you ever use it I would hate to loose my contacts and photos.
It of course has call, text messaging, picture messaging, planner, alarm function, speaker phone, vibrating alert which you find on most phones these days it also has video call though I have not used this feature so cannot comment.
Overall its a great phone with lots to do the screen is sometimes jumoy as it adjusts to the way you are holding the phone this is sometimes annoying but apart from that its great especially the camera.
I have owned a Sony Ericsson Satio since November 2009. It is a great phone with only a few minor problems. The picture quality is excellent. The camera is spot on!
The only problems i have found with this product is that you cannot highligt and copy text from a message you are sending. This is a real letdown as many times i have needed to do so and couldn't! The other big fault is that unlike the Iphone, the App store on the Sony Ericsson is prety poor quality. The range of Apps available are Very limited as to what you can get. The plus side to these Apps is that they all download relatively instantly. Very fast download to the Memory of the phone. The final thing i find wrong with these phones is that they start to fault after a while. My phone has just started glitching and not reading properly on the screen as my friends did a few months back too. This is more or less typical of the Sony Ericsson branch. Even though you can expand all memory, the phones seem to lose effectiveness.
12.1 Megapixel camera, great video footage too.
So a couple of months ago, I reviewed my Motorola which I adored as it did everything I needed. Turns out it was missing one simple app. The app for idiots losing it on a bus somewhere. So with no phone I decided to invest in the smartphone market and being the contrary type refused to go for the iPhone. Primarily because everyones got one, but if anyone asks, I have issues with the dodgy antennae.
So I've got this, the Sony Ericsson Satio on contract and so far i'm impressed. It's substantial enough as a piece of equipment without being a burden. You'll always feel it in your pocket which for me is a good thing. Measuring 112mm x 55mm x 13mm and weighing in at 126g, the finish of the fone seems to be the standard glossy black plastic used by many electronics manufacturers. Apparently it is also available in red or silver, but this option was not open to myself.
Making and recieving calls is easy enough with the use of the touchscreen which has a display resolution of 360x640 usinga 16:9 screen format. The touchscreen is not overly sensitive, needing a normal touch to operate. The lock on the side of the p[hone ensures it is not used while in your pocket/ bag. As with all touchscreen smart phones, everything you need to access is done from the main screen via a menu and sub-menu selection process.
Talk time with a fully charged battery is noted in the manual at 11 hours and from personal usage this seems to tally. The phone has an internal memory of 68mb, and also has a slot for an SD card with memory of upto 16gb. That may seem a little big, but all makes perfect sense when regarding the phone's piece de resistance.
The camera is a 12.1 mega pixel with digital zoom upto 16x. It has an inbuilt xenon flash, red eye correction, auto focus and image stabiliser. How good is that. Well take a look on amazon.co.uk for a camera with similar features and compare prices. Not bad when you consider the camera is just an add on. Throw in video recording and just like me, you'll be sold.
Obviously being an iPhone competitor it has to have the apps that are available to it's competitor, so GPS, youTube access and Windows 7 compatability are musts. You may argue that just working would be a major advantage over the Apple machine, but i'm sure that will get sorted sooner rather than later.
If your looking for downsides, and I'm really nitpicking here, then the screen will get dirty with constant usage, but that can be labelled at any touch screen equipment. Perhaps more battery life, but it's got enough to get me through the day til I can get home and recharge.
In conclusion, as a phone it has so far proven to be a more than adequate replacement for my Motorola allowing me to speak and text anyone at anytime without restriction. The additional benefit of that camera just makes the ownership of this piece all the more worthwhile. Forget apple, this is where you wanna be. Just not too many of you.
To start with, it boasts a very healthy 12.1 Mega Pixel camera that is superb and cannot be faulted. This technology is definitely the way forward. Even as a keen photographer, this is more impressive than most cameras I have used and to have it on you all the time as a phone is amazing. Furthermore the touch screen is quick and responsive although you do have to press a little harder than expected, especially compared to the iPhone. I would also highly recommend downloading an app called Snaptu. It has multiple apps built into, including BBC News, Facebook, Twitter and even a daily sudoku challenge.
However, the one major fault I have found with this phone is battery life. With the brightness turned right down to the minimum and no bluetooth on, for me it only lasts around 8 hours after a full charge. For this reason I have had to purchase a few extra batteries and carry them with me at all times. They are only a few quid extra each. But it can be annoying and frustrating.
On the other hand, I think the camera more than makes up for this and would recommend anyone to buy this phone. :)
I recently upgraded to the Sony Erricsson Satio and I have to say, I'm not dissappointed.
We are now in the time when its ether an Ipod, or a Blackberry that you have as your phone. But lets be honest, which one of these can offer you a fantastic 12.1 megapixel camera, along with gps, mp3 player, specialised Youtube application and the ability to purchase Quickoffice, so that you can create and manage word documents on the move.
I have to admit, I only carry a small handbag, and who has the space, on a night out, or their phone AND a camera. The camera on this phone is actually better than that on the Olympus camera I purchased only a year or so ago!
Yes, I hold my hand up and I will say that the phone freeze for a couple of seconds, mainly when unlocking, but what piece of technology doesn't have their small flaws?
The battery life isn't the best, but its not going to make much of a difference needing to put in on charge every other night instead! Also the internal memory is a bit shocking, bearing in mind the camera is the main feature for this. But then again, thats what memory cards are invented for!! I upgraded to mine with a 3 contract and got a free 8gb memory card thrown in, so it didn't bother me too much.
I like the fact that I can safely say, I am not following the crowd with either of the two "leading" phones. I would highly recommend, whether male or female, to get this phone!!!
When looking for a new phone this February, I wanted an iPhone type device that would not leave me poor! I decided to go for the Sony Ericsson Satio. The reasoning behind this was it only cost £30 for a good tariff on T-Mobile and the phone was free.
First impressions, the Satio looks great, very sleek.
With a 12 mega pixel camera (better than my Kodak!) this is clearly the main attraction of this phone.
My first touch screen and I have not had much difficulty... although often it will freeze up which worries me but when doesn't technology have moments of weakness? It also comes with a stylus but this makes an annoying tapping sound so I just use my fingers. Thanks to the massive screen, it is very possible to text without hitting every other button but the one you want as I found on other touch screens.
It is quite useful for the internet, but I would not compare it to something like an iPhone, but it is still good for looking at facebook, etc.
It is easy to lock the phone with a button on the side that you can slide down when you want to lock/unlock it. You also get a Micro SD memory card.
I would recommend this phone, if an iPhone is no option, but even I still haven't made my mind up yet.
Sony Ericsson Satio
My sister got this phone in a ruby red colour. To me the device feels a bit plastic and cheap which you would expect more from this high end device. An aluminium body wouldn't have gone a miss. It has a nice design with the screen being the majority of the phone.
However saying that the specification of the phone is something you would expect in 2010 and for a device costing a couple hundred pounds.
This phone was an upgrade my sister requested on her contract but was on holiday when it arrived so I had a little play around with it (with her permission of course).
The camera is really good but you would expect this from a 12mp camera.
It has all the social networking features you expect these days which allow you to update photos directly to facebook and upload videos directly to youtube.
The Screen is nice but its sensitivity isn't that great. You have to press pretty firmly on the screen for it to notice unlike other phones such as iphone and the HTC HD 2 which I have previously reviewed.
The operating system is fairly easy to navigate through using a symbian based O/S.
Personally I prefer windows mobile I don't know why as it makes the device run slow but I usually buy high end devices so they normally have the power to run it smoothly.
Overall I think this phone has great features but only suitable if you enjoy taking pictures and recording video. Apart from that it does really the same thing as a much cheaper device.
I rate this phone 4/5