Review: Sony Ericsson Satio

September 9, 2009, By Atul Roach

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The highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Satio is close to its release and therefore it is the ideal time to discuss its important features in detail. The Satio formerly known as the Idou (until the Mobile World Congress in Feb) is the first Sony Ericsson smartphone to house a 12.1MP camera.

Using the integrated lens is no ordinary feeling with the Satio and the 12.1MPs are supported by features like video light and a xenon flash for unmatched low-light experience. Face and smile detection are also made available but what is special is the Touch Focus. This feature merely requires a user to tap the desired focus area to click an image so the need of a viewfinder is basically eliminated.

The Satio is also a great music phone with a music and video player that is backed up by a stereo FM radio with RDS. The fact that this SE phone opens a slot for a microSD card makes it even more of a music phone lest the 3.5mm headphone jack-our only complaint.

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With a touchscreen format based on the Symbian OS, S60 5th edition, the need of a stylus is also pretty much useless but then people do have personal preferences, so there is a stylus intact as well. Talk about the exterior appearance, the Satio comes in Bordeaux and Silver color schemes and weighs 126 grams with 13mm thickness implying that it is as good as its top-notch contemporaries.

To ensure that there are no physical QWERTY keyboard issues, Satio comes with a small portrait QWERTY keyboard. Also there are three physical keys under the screen through which all the features of the phone can be accessed. A single virtual key at the top right hand side of the home screen helps access multimedia options.

On the connectivity front, everything from 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA to WiFi, ADP, Bluetooth and GPS is supported by the Satio. Since the Satio combines the best of both worlds-music and camera-it truly is the best we’ve seen from Sony Ericsson until now.

These being said, Sony Ericsson Satio looks like a good choice if you ask us.

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