Posts Tagged ‘Satio’

Video: Sony Ericsson Satio Vs Nokia N900 [Symbian Vs Maemo?]

February 8, 2010 4 comments

YouTube user SpecialVideosHD has got the SE’s Satio and puts it against Nokia’s N900. Essentially, this is Symbian Vs Maemo for the OS part.

  • N900 is wider, thicker. Satio is taller, slimmer.
  • Whilst both having 3.5″ screens, the N900 in terms of area is bigger due to the ratio
  • N900’s screen has much higher resolution (800×480 VS 640×360) – makes a huge difference when framing photos, watching videos and of course, browsing the web.
  • In Browser test, the very best Symbian phone is NO competition to the N900. Over a wide array of LARGER pages, N900 will load faster, multiple pages, but best of all most accurately – near, raw desktop compatibility. I cannot stress how much of a leap forward the Mozilla based browser is on the N900 compared to what’s on Symbian handsets right now (to an extent, most other browsers on other platforms in terms of accurate rendering of pages).
  • In Camera test, we’ve got to give it to the Satio. But ignore the video when it says it’s because it has more MP. Having said that, the 12MP is actually pretty decent, plus you’ve got that Xenon flash for improved photo illumination (Please let Harmattan/Maemo 6 phone have xenon!!!!!).
  • Very subjective, but I much prefer Satio’s odd looking lens cover and the fact it has a dedicated button for pictures/video switching.
  • In Video, the N900 is somewhat superior (though some have experienced stuttering/frame drop – could be fixed in future firmware). Overall, N900 higher resolution and MUCH better audio, Satio possibly producing smoother video.
  • N900 multitasks better. What other smartphone multitasks better than the N900?
  • N900 much faster
  • N900 has a physical QWERTY keyboard

Pls, pls, pls let Maemo 6 have xenon flash? Or if the N82’s real successor will still have Symbian, please let us have a browser that’s as brilliantly functional as the Maemo 5 Mozilla Based MicroB.

There’s so many times when instead of taking my laptop from my room and lugging it down to the living room [to research some pages on the net for some notes], the N900 takes its place perfectly.

Freeware: Egg Timer for S60 5th edition

January 2, 2010 1 comment

Got something simmering in the stove or roasting in the oven? Need to leave it for a while, but need a reminder to make sure you won’t forget and let your cooking burn? No timer on the cooker or timer is only on the cooker itself?

You should get Egg timer for S60 5th Edition. It’s free at the Ovi Store.

  • 59 minute analogue timer
  • Metallic finish
  • Use touch screen to turn the dial. Time automatically counts down.
  • Remaining time displayed below
  • Better than alarms, you don’t have to work out number of minutes + current time.
  • Vibrates per each minute you turn the dial
  • Mechanical sounding alarm
  • You can leave it in the background


Nokia N900 with the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2, LG BL-40, Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71, Palm Pre, Samsung i8910/Omnia II, Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and Toshiba TG01

November 26, 2009 29 comments

Here are some shots of the N900 with some current high end phones. In Alphabetical Order:

  • Apple iPhone
  • BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2,
  • LG BL-40
  • Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71,
  • Palm Pre,
  • Samsung i8910/Omnia II,
  • Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and
  • Toshiba TG01

Initially the intention was to give a jist of the size of the N900. But since I was snapping away in phone retail stores, I didn’t get appropriate angle shots so you can see how easy it is to be deceived by comparison photos unless you see them flat, centre and horizontal with comparisons of [layered] length, width and thickness. helps if you want to compare phone sizes and you’ve got their dimension. This of course ignores curves/tapering which assist in the illusion that your device is smaller than what it actually is.

Ignoring size comparisons, the photos below are still worth a look for comparing aesthetics/design.

Check out the example below

BlackBerry Storm 2-

looking much bigger than the N900

Now N900 looks larger than the Storm 2

Another example. The Palm Pre is quite small, yes?

Palm Pre

HTC Hero.

Sony Ericsson Satio

So in the following pictures, just remember that unless you haven’t seen the N900 before, they might be slightly misleading in making it look bigger than it actually is as these are taken in the angle which make the N900 seem unnaturally bigger.

New Chocolate, LG BL-40

Nokia E71

Samsung i8910

Nokia 5800

Nokia N86

N86 is small, this angle further enhances this diminutiveness

The toshiba TG01

The TG01 is huge. It looks stupidly big. The N900 can sit on it and there’d be ample toshiba to border it.  This angle makes them look pretty similar in size. They are not.

Nokia N97 Mini

Samsung Omnia II

Sony Ericsson Aino

Palm Pre

And of course, Apple iPhone. Both looking pretty similar.

Apple iPhone

The only one that’s slightly useful for size comparisons is N900 vs Blackberry Bold. (This is my mate’s Bold, snapped these just as the lecturer was walking in – but still much better to have a flat surface to take comparison shots with)

N900 Vs Blackberry Bold

Didn’t take a width comparison but Bold is wider than the N900.

– I was actually looking for a new SIM and checking if retailers knew when/if they’d be getting the N900. On the way, I took some of these snaps.

Free Game: Tic Tac Toe Touch (new and improved)

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

This version of Tic Tac Toe touch is slightly improved over the previous version available on the Ovi Store.

  • It’s your standard 3×3 grid and it’s one player only.
  • You play the “X”, computer plays “O” with standard tic tac toe/noughts and crosses gameplay.
  • The visuals have improved slightly, plus the game keeps a record of your score (well, until you exit that is and then its wiped).
  • After each game you’ll get one of three notifications of either winning, getting a tie or losing.

Download for free from the Ovi Store

Download for free from the Ovi Store

Freeware: Mr Lock – Autolock application for the N97/N97 mini/5800/5530 and other S60 5th edition

November 3, 2009 3 comments

Here’s a great, practical application for you free at the Ovi Store. Mr Lock. An autolock software with huge set of options for your S60 5th Edition phone.



  • Extensive settings to customise how your phone will autolock
  • Auto-starts so you don’t have to think about turning it on when you restart your phone
  • Choose which profiles you want autolock active
  • Choose the autolock period – from as much as 59:59 to as little as 00:03 (3 seconds)
  • Best of all, choose which applications you don’t want autolock to lock your phone. You may be watching a video or waiting for a webpage to load (or whatever application will give you idle screen time). Mr lock lists every single application on your phone. Choosing an application means that autolock will be prevented when you’re in the middle of using that application.

Download it for free at the Ovi Store!

Here’s a video demo of it (probably best to mute the audio as this was done way too early in the morning)

Freeware: Dad’s Cab – Taxi Meter for your freeloading kids/friends/spouse! For the Nokia N97, 5800, Samsung i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio.

September 11, 2009 4 comments


Are your kids treating you like a taxi service? Maybe it’s your girlfriend/wife or your mates who are using you as their own personal chauffeur?

Using this free application from the Ovi Store, Dad’s Cab, you can now start “charging” those free loaders for some well earned fares as you drive your kids to school or pick your other half up from a night out with the girls. It’s more parent to child oriented but it’s fun for all I guess.

Download it Free from the Ovi Store



Dads Cab uses your GPS to calculate distance and thus the fare

  • When you click “New Journey”, you have the usual start rate of £2.20 (that’s around in Cardiff anyway – it doesn’t seem to have other currencies at the moment)


  • Using GPS on your phone, it adds accordingly to the fare (it actually stopped at £7.20 for approx 3 miles which is actually a fair ride. You’ll see why there’s 20p extra)


  • The fare also goes up by 20p about a minute at a time.


  • When you’re done, press Stop. Dad’s Cab will then give pop up suggestions for slapping on some extra charges. As well as what you can see in the screenshot below, the list also includes “back seat driving”, “Are we there yet” charge, “cleaning” surgarge, “groans at my jokes” toll, “mocking my music” toll  and “texting friends” fee, each with their individual prices that gets added on to the meter.


  • These charges mount up with each journey until your “customer” has paid you.


  • What are these payments? If you’re a scrooge, you can actually charge money. But here it’s your  typical “things that embarras your child or your child hates to do” activities. With each selection, the payment owed is reduced to the minimum of zero. By clicking “Payment Options” you can see these activities below, as well as “Tell me about your day”, “Clean your room”, “Bring me breakfast in bed”, “Let me watch my show on tv” and “no more socks for christmass”


  • Quitting the application has a little advert suggesting that you should try your one week free trial of Ovi Maps Navigation

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

I’ll update this tonight with the video portion.

Freeware: Digia @Web Review- the BEST web browser for Nokia N97/5800/5530/Samsung i8910, with Tabbed Browsing and optimized touch UI!

August 3, 2009 6 comments

Teo of Symbian Freak has found Digia@Web – A new web browser for S60 5th edition.

We’ve got the native S60 browser, Opera Mini, and possibly Sky Fire (though that doesn’t function optimally yet), what would we need in another browser?


Well, having just installed it and played with it for a couple of hours, I have to say it’s exceedingly good. Apart from stability issues which are understandable being a new build (it is a beta version after all), @Web implements a lot of features I had wanted to see happen to the Native S60 browser.

Here’s a list of 7 reasons why I love the Digia @Web browser.

1. Loads web pages accurately and fairly quickly.

@Web works great with the keyboard (on N97, the QWERTY keyboard is the most efficient form of text input). However, it works just as good with the keyboard closed. Text entry reverts to on screen keypad (not sure if on screen QWERTY comes up for 5800 users).

Works well on either landscape or portrait, and loads at decent speeds over GSM data but noticeably much faster over WiFi.

2. Intuitive toolbars and full screen web experience.

One of my major gripes with the Native S60 browser is that when selecting the toolbar, it overstays its welcome only disappearing after an annoying predetermined amount of time.

I wanted the browser to show be the toolbar when I wanted, and disappear when I don’t want it and want to view a web page in full screen mode. Opera Mini was sort of a little bit better at that, though the latest release introduced a permanent toolbar that, although small, still eats up screen realty.


@ Web - clean full screen view. Note blue arrow at bottom centre of page

With @Web, you get a little unobtrusive blue arrow at the bottom. Touch it, and you get a whole host of options

  • Back/forward
  • Add Bookmark/open a bookmark
  • Zoom bar
  • Address bar (containing new tab bar the refresh icon which also changes to become a progress meter when loading pages

Easily accessible controls

The best thing is that it disappears the moment you touch the page. Absolutely brilliant. It’s a little thing, but just that ease between full-screen and navigating web options is a real advantage over the native S60 browser.

3. Simple easy to use settings


@Web settings

The settings is also accessed really intuitively – just press somewhere on the screen for about 2 seconds and a drop down menu appears. Like the toolbars, this also disappears the instant you touch somewhere on the screen, (disappearing automatically after a few seconds on no action)

From the drop down menu, you can:

  • go to your home page
  • enable private browsing
  • exit browser
  • access Help information
  • access browser settings.

The layout of the settings is also improved, giving you access to settings you actually want to change directly under 2 main headings, and not hidden

  • In browser settings you can manage your home page, java/image/flash/cookie settings.
  • Under privacy you can clear your history/bookmarks/cache.



4. Kinetic Scrolling and tap zooming.


Double tap to zoom in, double tap to zoom back out

Just like the S60 browser, two features I really miss when using Opera Mini.

5. Supports Multiple Window/Tabbed Browsing!



Holy Crap, Finally! Browsing firefox on the desktop, I’ve got too many tabs open to count.

When I’m reading an article/story and find something interesting to read up further on that page, e.g. theory x, I want to be able to search theory x whilst perhaps occasionally flipping back to the original article. That’s just one reason for tabbed browsing which neither S60 browser nor Opera can natively manage.

I’ve only been able to manage multiple web browsing by launching the web browser from another app via a link, or using Opera along with S60 browser. It’s not easiest of solutions.

Digia @Web brings a new experience in giving users up to 4 tabs to browse in. Each one is independent of one another, if you’ve zoomed in on one tab or are in the middle of writing a new web address, all other tabs are unaffected. Great. MNB000164

Even better is how easy it is how to use and switch between tabs. Left of the address bar is a new tab icon. When you press that, you open a blank new window. Another layer appears underneath the address bar containing a miniature compressed window of what’s currently in that tab. No names or web urls, but the image of what EXACTLY that tab looks like, making it really easy to know precisely which tab is which.

6. Has flash!


flash video on mobile version of youtube

Loads flash content. flash videos work very nicely, (though main desktop site much slower). Flash content on other sites also load – though this is not that big of a plus for me.


tapping makes the player go into full screen

7. Moves forward and back really fast.

In S60 browser, whenever I want to go back a page, I get the ‘carousel’ view of pages I’ve previously viewed, requiring another tap to select that page. S60 browser then proceeds to reload that page completely. This is one of the annoyances that pushes me to Opera Mini.

Opera Mini is much better. Press delete button (or back in the toolbar) and the page swipes back without reloading the page. Moving forward required rooting through the menu though.

Digia @Web has dedicated icons for moving forward and back (no keyboard shortcut). But it’s pretty quick to move back and forth between pages too.


There isn’t much really. The only main issue is stability. If only that were fixed and no more features were added to this browser (not even better flash support) I would be extremely content with having this as my main mobile browser.

  1. A tad unstable – tends to freeze or shut down if doing something too resource intensive. Doesn’t work too well in multitasking with other apps. Though this isn’t something S60 browser nor Opera escapes from either.
  2. Crashes all the time when loading – though I’ve never had to use that as Nokia Messaging provides me with my gmail emails.
  3. Can’t seem to load the real player from the browser – not too much of an issue.
  4. Zoom bar doesn’t actually work.


I would really recommend trying the Digia @Web Browser out (stability issues an all – hopefully we’ll see fixes soon). I used to switch between Opera Mini and S60 web browser: Opera for speedy browsing, and S60’s native browser to make sure certain web pages load as closely to the desktop equivalent as possible. Now I really don’t need to. It’s got the standard webkit base as the backbone, so loads pages like the native browser [I was way too hasty with the praise,mostly overwhelmed with the feature list – @Web fails to load certain sites which native S60 browser has no problem rendering,] but a lot of extra meaty functions that make it so much more useful than both Opera and native browser combined [on paper anyway].

  • pretty quick
  • Intuitive controls – quick hide of toolbars
  • tabbed/multiple window browsing
  • kinetic scrolling/tap zooming
  • quick back/forward navigation
  • loads flash

Everything the native S60 web browser should have been, but now realised through the Digia team.

[edit – as llaadd puts it -, “looks like a browser with great potential“]


Turning Javascript off improves the stability of the browser, increasing the likelihood that the browser will not freeze on a webpage. e.g. would freeze with Javascript on.


Digia Via Symbian-Freak

Video: 10 minute hands on with the Sony Ericsson Satio

June 28, 2009 1 comment

Generation The Phone House, has a 10 minute video looking at the Sony Ericsson Satio – one of the three major S60 5th Edition handsets of 2009, competing with Samsungs i8910 and Nokia’s N97.

It’s interesting to note the differences both Samsung and Sony Ericsson have done to, perhaps, improving the S60 interface – e.g. look at the Satio’s media player.

I’ve ranted about the Satio/Nokia thing before >>here<< so I won’t go over it again, except for stating my love for the imaging prowess of the Satio.

  1. Xenon.
  2. Camera/Video switch.
  3. Media button (unbelievably convenient, why Nokia took it out from the N97, I don’t know.)
  4. 16:9 photos. Takes advantage of the screen ratio, looks good on the phone, also fits most modern computer screens better (not sure if it does 16:9 video as an option, you see 4:3 though in the video)

The MP count, I actually would not have minded if it was 5 or 8, so having 12MP is rather a bonus. We’ve seen in samples it performs quite well, getting a lot more detail than the growing standard of 8MP. When you’d need that extra detail for a point and shoot maybe a rare occasion, but it’s nice to have the option.

From Generation The Phone House via

Video: Hands on with the Sony Ericsson Satio

June 22, 2009 2 comments

If we were to somehow rewind one year, and I was asked to think about

“what features I would have liked to have seen in a phone that would be sufficient enough to replace the imaging capabilities of the N82 entirely?”

  • Symbian S60 Touch
  • large high resolution screen
  • great camera
  • xenon (true) flash
  • dedicated camera/video switch
  • media button

–  I would not have expected that the world would see that all coming first from Sony Ericsson.


It’s annoying because it’s not like Nokia weren’t aware people want these kinds of features. They’ve been harped on constantly, by several other consumers who voice their opinion online in their blogs or forums.

I won’t start on another xenon rant. But I will begin one about a dedicated video/camera (stills) switch/button.

It is not hard, Nokia.

You did it way back in the N93/N93i.

You made so many great steps in terms of ease with imaging (it’s just a shame that the N93 stills was absolutely pants) – dedicated flash/video light button, dedicated video/camera button and 3x optical zoom!

But we never saw this again- not even in the damn camera orientated N86! (Having said that, the N86 does have a lot of improvements to imaging which seem to be silent as they all result in improving image quality – e.g.  wide angle, improved latency, large aperture, better sensor in general so it’s really not all about more megapixels but being more efficient with the pixels you already have)

Perhaps I just need to tame my geekly cravings of the ultimate all in one and realise, the world just isn’t ready yet for such powerful convergence devices, in this case, here with imaging capabilities so great it could rival the humble point and shoot cameras.

But then, we see the likes of Sony Ericsson with the Satio which reawakens my high expectations from mobile phones. Soon imaging we’ll see another forceful phone, the Samsung m8920 – a very capable feature phone that trumps the Satio slightly with 3x optical zoom but in a possibly slimmer, better looking body than it’s previous incarnation (the “fat” G800).

So where is Nokia’s answer to these phones? Maybe there won’t be one.

Does Nokia have too much on their plate at the moment trying to sort out Symbian and fight iPhone in the software war to have any time on being at the forefront of hardware?

At the moment, it’s like Nokia’s in a confused state. Stuck in middle ground where they just aren’t particularly excelling in anything – not in software, not in hardware. Just a good, decent middle ground of slight mediocrity.

6 Page Preview of the Sony Ericsson Satio (Idou)

June 6, 2009 5 comments

When the N97 was launched, the 3.5″ 16:9 touchscreen, with S60 5th Edition were two features that I thought would remain unique to Nokia for a little while. I was certain it would be my next phone.

But so soon, we saw the Omnia HD (now i8910) from Samsung packing a bigger 3.7″ 16:9 AMOLED touchscreen, S60 5th edition with 720p HD video recording.

To make decision making worse, Sony Ericsson then informed us of the Idou (now Satio) with 3.5″ 16:9 TFT touchscreen, with Symbian Foundation (basically S60 5th edition) and 12MP with XENON flash.


Here’s GSM Arena’s preview of the Sony Ericsson Satio – (some key points below)

  • Made entirely of plastic, but very high quality
  • Screen has stunning picture quality and contrast (for a TFT)
  • NO 3.5mm jack
  • 1000mAh battery
  • S60 5th Edtition UI with Sony Ericsson Tweaks
  • Under the “stylish” lens cover are 12MP goodness with Xenon flash for stills and LED for video – Camera is nothing short of impressive


  • You can capture photos in 16:9 (at 9MP)
  • “Better” than the Samsung INNOV8 (though marginally) – there’s only two pairs of comparison shots though to judge it myself.
  • VGA video is “Splendid” even though their test version could not handle the 30FPS frame rate. Not sure if it reords in 16:9 though.
  • Improved browser in comparison to the 5800
Availability is around October 09.
Via GSM Arena

For me, my only two options would really be down to the Satio or N97.

  • Satio purely for the Xenon – it meets my low light photography needs – the only phone out of the three that could force my N82 into retirement – also the additional 7megapixels don’t hurt – definitely more useful when copying out chapters of a text book for Uni  (quicker than scanning – cheaper than photocopying)
  • N97 for the form factor – I love the “flick” sliding screen that reveals that QWERTY keyboard, which for me, is preferable when entering text. There’s also that 32GB in built memory so it can immediately hold a  significant proportion of my music library with space for several movies to spare – and it’s further expandable with memory card. Finally the “homescreen” experience – I didn’t think much of this the first time I saw it, but now I see it has a lot of potential and usability.