Product Type: Sony Ericsson Smartphone
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Some good functions, but overpriced
Sony Ericsson Satio
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Sony Ericsson Satio
Advantages: Large screen, camera
Disadvantages: Doesn't always lock properly, touchscreen sometimes freezes, over priced
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.
Summary: Maybe good if you could find it for £100.
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