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Nokia N900 vs. Sony Ericsson Satio

9 January 2010Entry by

As the Nokia N900 has been released, I thought that it was a good idea to compare it against the possible competitors. The Sony Ericsson Satio is one of those and although it has similar features, there are important differences on some of them. As usual I’m not going to talk about every spec from both phones, what I would do is to point out the differences and the some other important thins related to them.

  • Dimensions & Display – The sizes are pretty similar although the N900 is a little bit bigger probable because of the QWERTY keyboard as well as being the heaviest. However, there is an important difference in the touch screen as the Satio screen is 360×640 pixels and the N900 is 800×400 pixels. Both screens are 16M colors and 3.5 inch.
  • Memory – Despite of being a top of the range phone, the Satio only has 128MB internal memory with the possibility of taking it up to 32 GB with a microSD card. Instead, the N900 has 32GB internal memory with the possibility of taking it up to 48 GB with a 16 microSD card.
  • Data & Connectivity– Both have Wi-Fi as well as 3G, GPRS and EDGE although the Satio GPRS and EDGE is Class 10 and the N900 is Class 32. While the 3G connectivity on the N900 is HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps and the Satio is HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 3.6 Mbps. Both have Bluetooth with a little difference that the Satio has v2.0 with A2DP and the N900 v2.1 with A2DP too. The last important difference is the lack of an infrared port on the Satio.
  • Camera The Satio strength point of the Satio, introducing the most powerful camera on the mobile phones market with 12.1 MP resolution, 4000 x 3000 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash, video LED flash as well as Touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. Where the N900 has a 5MP, 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light as well as geo-tagging. However on the video category, the N900 is better as it records a WVGA video of 848 x 480 pixels on 25fps while the Satio records a VGA video on 30fps.
  • Hardware & Software – The Satio presents the very well known Symbian Series 60 OS, 5th edition while the N900 introduces the newly Maemo 5 OS. Both are powered with the same processor, the ARM Cortex 600 MHz processor with PowerVR SGX Graphics.
  • Features – Both have A-GPS (Satio Google Maps and N900 Ovi Maps), FM radio (although the N900 has also FM transmitter), SMS, Email, IM support (the Satio supports MMS also while the N900 has Skype and Gtalk IM integrated). The Satio presents Java and WAP support (HTML and RSS feeds), as the N900 has full internet capability (xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds) thanks to the Adobe Flash Player 9.4 and has TV-out. The Satio support a few more audio format like MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A while the N900 supports the following audio formats: MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+. However, the N900 video formats support is better as you could reproduce WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX while the Satio only WMV/RV/MP4/3GP.

There is an important difference on the price. As you could get the Satio on Amazon for $720 approximately while the N900 price is around $550. The features that tip the balance for one side or the other are for the Satio the 12.1 MP camera and its’ dimension, and for the N900 the full internet capability, the multimedia player, internal memory and the price.

There is a very nice video review of the Sony Ericsson Satio which I embed above, that points out that this phone is the Sony Ericsson’s first in several respects, the first device introducing the 12.1 MP, the first running Symbian OS and the first all-in-one gadget. I recommend this video as it points out also some software issues.


More info at the Sony Ericsson Satio Blog


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