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# 41709 21-Sep-2009 20:05
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wow, the mobile phone market is just getting more and more awesome. Has anybody checked out the Sony Ericsson Satio?

Satio is a full touchscreen handset with a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 display (16:9 aspect ratio), 12.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus, xenon flash and 12x digital zoom, 128 MB internal memory, microSDHC support, FM radio with RDS, aGPS with turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the Symbian S60 5th edition OS.

I've had not one but *two* SE K800i phones, but haven't got a replacement camera/phone since. Nothing has really challenged this now very old phone. K810/K850 has only a marginal improvements over the K800, not worth the price. The Nokia N82 however is finally a phone that surpasses the K800i with full smartphone functionality (along with a camera that is a tad better too), now the N82's price has just came down to "cheap" levels this comes out:

12M camera + S60 + Xenon + Touchscreen = WIN!

I'll just have to wait now for to see a handful of user reviews to see if this phone really does live up to its potential. (and probably wait 6+ months for the price to drop down after release....)

Sony Ericsson's site says the phone will include the 850 network. The combination of Satio on Telecom and N900 on Vodafone would be a wet dream come true!

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  # 258978 28-Sep-2009 13:20
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That's a hell of a camera phone. The one thing though that I've never warmed to is the physical design of the SE phones. I don't know why, I just find the design a bit plain. Only my opinion though ;). Looking forward to the N900 myself.

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  # 259031 28-Sep-2009 16:12
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Some interesting reading to be had over at the satio launch blog, which links to the test pilot blogs.

Seems a little unstable with broken homescreens (the Sony one works though, which is a relief since its likely to be the best anyways), and also already talk of multiple freezes needing battery removal. Interesting example shots, including one taken in a fully black room to show off the xenon flash.

Ignore the talk about problems with sync though - it comes with Roadsync which is brilliant once you set it up (the test pilot Caroline seems a little challenged by the device).

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  # 259115 28-Sep-2009 20:08
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gadgetmannz: The one thing though that I've never warmed to is the physical design of the SE phones. I don't know why, I just find the design a bit plain. Only my opinion though ;).

I agree completely.

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