Sony Ericssons Satio and Aino

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-05-29 Print this article Print

The Sony Ericsson Satio puts an emphasis on its 3.5-inch screen with a 16:9 widescreen format. Originally introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February as the Idou, Satio features a "full touch media menu," as the company describes it. Tap your feature of choice from among five standby panels, and begin watching movies or TV, listening to music, surfing the Web or taking photos with the 12.1-megapixel camera.

Satio runs the Symbian operating system, includes an MP3/AAC music player, offers the gamut of messaging options, has a memory of 128 MB, plus a microSD slot, and offers connectivity options include Bluetooth, TV-out and Wi-Fi. A-GPS with Google Maps and turn-by-turn navigation is also included.

Satio supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/2100, measures 4.4 x 2.1 x .5 inches, weighs 4.4 ounces and will come in color choices of Black, Silver and Bordeaux.

Last but not least is the Sony Ericsson Aino, which includes both a keypad and an intuitive touch user interface.

With its 3-inch screen with a 240 x 432 pixel resolution, Aino emphasizes its easy access to television and gaming.

Over the Internet or a local network, users can access their Playstation3 and its media using Aino's Remote Play software, originally developed for PSP.

Aino also offers Media Home, an application that pulls media content from a user's desktop to the Aino over a Wi-Fi connection, using Media Go - a multimedia management software from Sony.    

In the U.K., Italy, France, Spain and Germany - likely candidates for the devices' launch - Aino can access PlayStation 3's PlayTV service, enabling users to watch, pause and record like television from free channels.

Aino includes the same music player as the Satio and the Yari, features an 8.1-megapixel phone, offers Web browsing and all popular messaging options, as well as A-GPS functionality.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included among the connectivity options, and Aino works over GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/2100 and UMTS/HSPA 850/900/1200 networks and will come in either Obsidian Black or Luminious White.

Pricing information for all three models has yet to be released.   

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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