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BlackBerry Bold 9000 vs Satio, by Sony Ericsson

Not all smartphones are created equal.


We've been surprised how quickly some BlackBerry users can type on the phone's miniscule keyword. Kipp has received a fair number of long-winded (and venomous) emails from the big boss from his BlackBerry, so we know it's possible to write lengthy emails on this thing. Unfortunately, Kipp neither has the slender hands nor the patience to negotiate BlackBerry's tiny keys. That said, we know it can be done, which is good enough for Kipp.

Editor's Score 1

A bizarre series of flashes and twists occur before the keyboard appears on Satio's touch screen. But when the keyboard finally flickers into place, writing an email is fairly easy, even if you've got especially fat fingers (like a junior member on Kipp. They're pretty fat). The only issue Kipp's benevolent ruler faced is speed. It took her ages to write a decent sized SMS.

Editor's Score 1

The phone comes with a host of standard facilities, including a camera (still and video), a music player and voice recording capabilities. Considering what's already out there in the market, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 almost seems old school.

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In addition to BlackBerry Bold's offerings, Satio has a 12.1-megapixel camera, and a feature called TrackID, which can identify the name of a song, provided the phone is connected to the Internet, and the sound quality of the music is clear. It has other interesting features, but we don't have time to list them all. Suffice it to say, this is a well stacked phone.

Editor's Score 1

At AED2480, the phone isn't cheap. But considering that many executives are replacing their laptops with BlackBerrys, it is affordable.

Editor's Score 1

A Satio costs a whopping AED2999. That's way too expensive for a phone, even if it can identify the name of song by the tune alone.

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Kipp has little doubt that this phone was created for the especially technologically challenged. You'd have to be an outright idiot to be confused by BlackBerry's system. There are buttons everywhere that take users exactly where they want to go, and the icons are far from cryptic.

Editor's Score 1

Either Kipp is getting old, or the icons on this thing are confusing; what does a figure in front of a star mean? Apparently it's your favorite people or favorite sites. And the square in the middle takes you to the main page. We also have a small problem with the 'location' icon, but we're not going to obsess over every detail.

Editor's Score 0

It freezes. Often. It also loses reception regularly, although that might have something to do with Etisalat. We also don't like the fact that the numbers are so small. Otherwise, we're fairly happy with this phone.

Editor's Score 0

The Satio is really similar to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, except it isn't as quick to respond to our requests. Tapping on an icon doesn't immediately get you where you want to go, and sometimes, the phone freezes altogether when you're a little impatient with it (which is often).

Editor's Score 0

What the BlackBerry lacks in style, it makes up in functionality. We only recently got our hands on this phone, so we're still in the honeymoon phase. But there is something that's been bothering Kipp; has anyone felt that because the keyboard is visible, that you should be sending emails out and breaking news rather than checking out every night? No? Just asking.

Editor's Score 1

First and foremost, the smartphone is a phone. If it doesn't work as a phone, then we have a problem. Occasionally, the phone would refuse to call, or reject incoming calls. Why? We don't know. But if you look past this glitch, the Satio is a sexy gadget, packed with technological goodies Kipp's never heard of. It's a little intimidating.

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BlackBerry Bold 9000 wins, because the simpler a phone is, the better.



  1. Tina on December 29, 2009 1:14 pm

    I don't think we can compare the blackBerry to Satio by Sony Ericsson. I think that Blackberry will win by far. I don;t think business people are considering Satio when they want to buy that kind of phones. I think it would be more appropriate to compare Blackberry with Nokia.

  2. sultan al accad on January 7, 2010 9:31 am

    after using the blackberry, i think there is no phone in the world which can beat it!

  3. Sara on February 2, 2010 6:46 am

    come on…BlackBerry Vs. Sony?! I totally agree with Tina!

  4. Sara on February 2, 2010 6:51 am

    hmmm.. you got me here Kipp! BB Bold is really poor in the mulimedia side..the camera is really bad..the sound quality is good but not as good as Sony

  5. shahril suwardi on August 21, 2011 8:17 am

    i think satio is the best handfon bcause the sound,camera,video camera,quality picture is great not like BB. BB+BB just can free msge only..THATS ALL.


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