Sony Ericsson has eventually releasedthe Satio, the phone it showed off rear in February below the guiseof Idou, bundling the best of everything its brands into one phone.But can the sheer scope of gadgetry and a novel OS be enough to lurecustomers rear to the brand.
Not substance with being leaders incamera phone and multimedia technology, Sony Ericsson has determinedto keep the two Walkman and Cybershot brands together in the novelSatio. This means an industry-leading camera, a complete scope ofmultimedia playback alternatives and it is depended upon Symbian S605th edition to boot.
The overall feel of the handset isuneven. Thanks to the sheer scope of camera-related gadgetry withboard the rear of the phone has a massive camera section bolted tothe rear, which creates it a small chunky. But weirdly the phone didnot look heavy at everything – in fact we thought the batteryrequired to be keep in, it was thus light, but the power pack wassnugly below the cover, thus this is fairly affective.
The Satio looks OK in the hand – itis not cubby, but the 3.5-inch touchscreen is considerable placed,and most of the functions are inside a thumb's reach. The front ofthe phone is extreme minimal – it is acquired a call, hang up andmenu key, and that is about it. We would have rather enjoyed to watcha cancel/back button also, but that evidently was not with SonyEricsson's agenda on the novel Symbian OS it is packing.
There is a front facing video camerawith there too for everything that video calling merriment everybodyhas these days, but it is down the slopes of the phone where thebutton frenzy actually starts.On the left-hand slope is the sliderfor unlocking the phone, the standard Sony Ericsson port for USBconnection, charging and headphone connection. Under that lives themicro SD slot, which is covered by a nice hinged flap.
Above with the right slope of the phonewe acquired the camera controls, on the zoom buttons doubling likethe volume up/down keys, contempt having the 'proper' zoom iconswith. Under this is the photograph playback key, letting quick accessto your snaps in both camera mode and standby. There is even avideo/camera swap hard key like considerable, which we are attemptingto work out if it has another function in other applications. Itseems not to.
And under that is the stylishly hewnout shutter for the camera. This slope of the phone is considerableput together, laid out in the right manner and afforded the Satio'spenchant for touch operation, a welcome extra. With the rear we havealready referred the massive camera section, and though the covermight be massive it however has a actually pleasing action to it,uncovering the decent lens below.
It is not the most wieldy ofphones, we will admit, but afforded the sheer amount of technologybelow the hood we are happy to tell this is fairly much the best jobSony Ericsson could have done.The Satio is being tipped like amultimedia device, and to that end the box is filled up with audioand visual goodies. We have already pointed out how extreme, extremedisappointed we are there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Satio,but Sony Ericsson has attempted to temper that trouble on a varietyof headphone alternatives in the box.