Sony Ericsson Satio review

Is the 12.1MP behemoth worthy of the year-long hype?

The Sony Ericsson Satio review
The Sony Ericsson Satio review

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We're sadly back to the negative points again when it comes to battery life – a 1000mAh battery isn't enough to sustain a phone with all these capabilities.

We were using Roadsync pretty much all day, as well as being open to Google Mail, Wi-Fi scanning when needed and also listening to streamed music through Bluetooth headphones, which is a lot for any phone to take. But given the way Sony Ericsson is pushing the Satio in the market, we'd expect to be able to multi-task this way with no problem.

Sony ericsson satio

However, there is a problem, in that users will find that the battery will run down in a day under such usage. It's not a massive problem as if you charge every night you'll be fine – but we found ourselves getting pretty close to the border of battery life at times.

The organisational skills of the Satio are pretty good too – don't expect them to throw you a birthday party or anything, but if you want synchronised Google and Exchange calendars here you've got it.

There are the rest of the things you'd hope to find on a Symbian phone – calculator, converter, PDF reader, QuickOffice – but we think you're a pretty smart bunch and will be able to work these out.

Location based services

Google Maps is included on the phone, as is a trial of WisePilot for turn-by-turn directions. Both of these are massively helped by the presence of an excellent GPS chip that can locate you seemingly in milliseconds – a far cry from the Nokia N86 which threatened to get us lost every single day.

Sony ericsson satio

Google Maps works better with the resistive touchscreen – but although it's nice to have a semi-dedicated sat nav, we doubt there will be hoards of people heading over to pick up the Satio just to get the free trial of WisePilot.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.