Launched three years ago the Sony Ericsson Satio had to be a flagship for the Sony Ericsson and boost them up. At that time the phone was a combination between the cybershot C905 and the walkman W995. The combination was good, the phone is still looking great with its design but in my opinion Sony Ericsson has made a big mistake by putting the Symbian OS on the phone. But let’s pass this story and check the Satio’s main features:
- 3.5″ 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
- 12 megapixel state-of-the-art autofocus camera
- LED and xenon flash, active lens cover
- VGA@30fps video recording
- Symbian OS 9.4 with S60 5th edition UI, spiced up with a home-brewed homescreen and media menu
- ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator and 256 MB of RAM
- Quad-band GSM support
- 3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 3.6 Mbps support
- Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
- microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Built-in accelerometer
- TV out
- Stereo FM Radio
- USB and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
- Web browser has full Flash support
- Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
- Office document viewer
The front of the phone is dominated by the 3.5 inches screen. The display has a non-standard resolution of 360×640 pixels and a pixel density of 210ppi (quite good for that time). The display is capacitive which means you can also use a stylus to select icons and other things. For finger touch you must press a little harder than on the capacitive screens. The phone measures 112x55x13mm and weighs 126 grams. 13mm for its 12MP camera is quite slim I can say.
The internal storage has 128Mb but as the Satio has Symbian you can install apps direct to the SD card. By the way the phone comes with an 8GB microSD card but you can put it an SD up to 32 GB. The ARM Cortex-A8 processor is clocked at 600 MHz and the GPU is PowerVR SGX helped by 256Mb of RAM. This was a good hardware configuration three years ago.
The Satio has a 12MP camera sensor. It is the second best camera phone after the Nokia N8. It has Xenon flash and a LED flash which is used for red-eye reduction and for video recording in low light conditions. Near the camera we can see two little holes; these are for measuring the brightness and adjusting the image while capturing a photo or video. The picture quality is exceptional; the colors are very realistic with good details. Video recording is WVGA at 30 fps and the secondary camera has a VGA resolution. A dedicated camera button can be found on the right side of the phone near the button which switches between photo/video modes.
The microUSB slot and Bluetooth with A2DP are both on version 2.0. Wi-Fi supports b/g protocols and DLNA. The 3G HSDPA speed can reach 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 3.6Mbps while the EDGE speed can go up to 237 Kbps.
The Symbian smartphones are known for their long battery life and the Satio isn’t an exception. It has a 1000 mAh battery but it can stay on for about 3-4 days of normal use. If you go in a trip and make too much use of the camera or of the internet data connection/Wi-Fi it will last for about 2 days.
The Sony Ericsson Satio is still one of the best phones made by Sony Ericsson excepting the operating system. They really haven’t made a good choice with the Symbian; if they have put Android, the Satio could still have been a best-seller. You can find good deals with the Satio at www.mobilephonedeals.com.