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Sony Ericsson Satio vs. Samsung Omnia 2 Comparison : Mobile Phone Face Off!

This week has seen a raft of new handsets flood the market, from Windows phones to budget blowers and everything in between.

However, Samsung’s Omnia 2 handset seems to fly the flag for Windows Mobile 6.5, equipped with a touchscreen interface and sleek form factor to lure smart phone converts. How does it weigh up against Sony Ericsson’s Satio, a Symbian-powered masterpiece that promises the total package? Let’s find out!

Size:

Both the Satio and Omnia are on the big side, as all that technical gubbins has to go somewhere!

Samsung’s device is a significantly larger in both width and height, with Sony’s Satio 6mm shorter, 4.6mm narrower but 2.1mm thicker than the smart phone sequel.

If size is a factor then the Satio is a shade smaller, but both would cause a bit of a bulge in the pocket.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Satio

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Weight:

Neither handset is stick thin, nor are they light as a feather. The Satio may weigh a substantial 126g, but the Samsung tips the scales at an even heftier 129g.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Satio

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Screen:

Ah, so this is why the Omnia is so big! A 3.7″ AMOLED resistive screen on the Omnia 2 makes up much of the phone’s real estate, dwarfing the Satio’s 3.5″ display.

It may be a higher resolution at 480 x 800 pixels versus the Satio’s 360 x 640 display, but the Omnia only shows 65,000 colours against the vibrant 16 million on Sony’s device.

The combination of a larger screen size and higher resolution gives the Omnia 2 the slight edge this round.

Winner: Samsung Omnia 2

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Camera:

Sony Ericsson’s Cybershot credentials are the multimedia phone’s strongest suit, with the Satio packing a 12 megapixel lens with xenon flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and smile detection.

The Omnia 2′s 5 megapixel affair is decent, with mobile blogging available in addition to the Satio’s features, but the image resolution pales in comparison to the professional effort on the rear of the Sony Ericsson’s powerhouse.

Both phones handle video, with the Omnia upgrade recording 30 frames per second at D1 whilst the Satio has a second LED flash for moving images.

The Sony Ericsson Satio has one of the best cameras in the mobile market, soundly beating the Omnia 2′s sophomoric effort. The Pixon12 definitely is the pick of Samsung’s litter as far as taking photos is concerned.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Satio

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Battery:

The battery life on the Satio and Omnia 2 are both very powerful to handle the suite of multimedia features, and run an impressive length on a single charge.

The Satio might have an impressive battery life of almost 5 hours 3G talktime and 340 hours standby, but the Samsung Omnia 2 thrashes it with an epic 10 hours and 430 hours of standby time.

Winner: Samsung Omnia 2

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Memory:

Both are ready for boosting the stock memory in both devices, with Sony Ericsson finally seeing sense and allowing for microSD support.

Just as well as the Satio’s meagre 128MB of internal memory needs a boost to make the most of that camera, not to mention showing movies on the near-HD screen. Thankfully the Satio has an 8GB memory card out of the box.

The Omnia 2, however, has a in-built storage of between 2 and 16GB depending on the model, with an extra potential 32GB with the card slot.

Winner: Samsung Omnia 2

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Connectivity:

Both are top-flight smart phones, with the expected raft of features like GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity present and correct.

The Omnia supplements the Windows internet browser with the popular Opera, whilst the Satio is equipped with Google Maps to improve the GPS functionality.

A close one.

Winner: Draw

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Media:

First and foremost, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Satio. WHY?!

The best multimedia phone from Sony Ericsson in ages, and they hobble it with such a strange omission. An even stranger decision considering the W995 did have one.

The wide array of supported video and audio formats, availability of apps with the Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Samsung Application Store and 3D interactive games see the Samsung Omnia 2 entirely dominate this category.

Despite a dedicated graphics chip, the lack of an app store and the omission of a 3.5mm audio jack see the Sony Ericsson Satio falter on a very important point.

Winner: Samsung Omnia 2

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Verdict:

The sheer all round strength of the Omnia 2 in so many departments makes it a tough phone to beat.

The combination of Windows Mobile’s versatility with Samsung’s strong handset feature list makes the Omnia 2 one of the best phones on the market.

The Sony Ericsson Satio is an impressive camera phone, but fails to tick a few of the boxes that one might have assumed as a necessity in this high-end price bracket.

The lack of an audio jack and a dedicated application store will be absences that will only continue to grate more as time goes on.

Unbox Your Own Samsung Omnia II, Pay Monthly Deals Available Now!

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Our favourite kind of preview site has popped up from Samsung Mobile, allowing everyone to sample the sleek Omnia II early!

Accompanied by some soothing whale music, use the emulator to virtually enjoy the Samsung Omnia II’s 3.7″ AMOLED display, multimedia functionality, 5 megapixel camera and mobile office…sort of. Not quite a fully functioning handset, but a great taster of the refined TouchWiz interface and how it works with Microsoft’s operating system.

The handset is available in stores from October 6th and equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1 out of the box, ready to update to the new 6.5 software.

Samsung Omnia 2 deals from under £15 per month are already available on Omio, primed for delivery in time for the street date.

Samsung Launches Application Store In Europe: 300 Titles, Omnia Exclusive With More To Follow

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It seems that Europeans still rocking the Samsung Omnia i900 will finally get their reward, as the Samsung Application Store launched today for the popular Windows handset.

Available as a mobile client as well as a web site at SamsungApps.com, the Samsung Application Store has over 300 titles from the get-go, and aims to support over 30 countries and other Windows Mobile-powered handsets including the imminent Samsung Omnia II i8000 and bargain OmniaLITE B7300 by the end of the year.

The apps available at the moment seem to be the expected mix of distinctly Java-esque games, entertainment titles and productivity software, broken up by free and paid as well as genre.

Pricing might seem a little steep to those used to making impulse purchases on the App Store, with a simple port of the seminal Space Invaders costing £3 and instant messaging software IM+ going for £9 (currently £5.99 on iPhone, with push support). Freebies currently available include Evernote and full-fat mobile browser Skyfire.

Payment methods are decidedly old school, with PC and phone bill payment currently unavailable all app purchases need to be made by credit card.

It is very early days for Samsung’s smart phone solution, and it will be interesting to see how they roll it out across handsets running across different platforms over time. The App Store client is likely to be pre-installed on handsets in the future, by which time we can expect an even more compelling range of titles on offer.

Check out some aspirational Samsung app cinematography below, and if you want to get into the Samsung App Store at the ground floor, have a look at our Samsung Omnia deals!

Samsung Reveals Range Of Omnia Smartphones

Samsung unpacked a lot more than the Jet last night, as a swathe of smartphones under the Omnia banner also broke cover.

Proving that its all about Microsoft when the Omnia brand is concerned, the three new devices are all rocking Windows Mobile 6.1, and targeting three distinct markets:-

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The Samsung i8000 Omnia II is yet another landmark device from the Korean phone maker, boasting the world’s biggest AMOLED screen at 3.7 inches at WVGA resolution. It is still resistive rather than capacitive in terms of touch (a downside of Windows Mobile), but the addition of a revamped TouchWiz 2.0 user interface and 3D effects attempt to add both responsiveness and visual flair.

The rest of the specs are as correct as previous leaks suggested, with an 8.1 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, GPS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

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The Samsung B7610 OmniaPRO is their work/life balance solution as reported before, a QWERTY slider device replete with all manner of mail and messaging functionality. Microsoft Office suite allows for document management, whilst a 5 megapixel camera, AMOLED touchscreen and multimedia functionality makes this device a good all-rounder.

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The baby of the group is the Samsung B7300 OmniaLITE, still a smartphone in the sense of running on Windows 6.1, but coming in at the lower end of the mobile spectrum.

That’s not to say it’s a pushover, as it handles the basics really well with Microsoft Office suite, GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, push mail, and a slick Opera browser for surfing.

The more extraneous features take a hit as the camera is ‘only’ a 3 megapixel affair, but retaining the same multimedia support and TouchWiz 2.0 interface, the OmniaLITE will certainly raise the bar for what constitutes an entry level smartphone.

No release windows have been opened for the Omnia gang, but we’re guessing sooner rather than later.

BONUS FACT: Bear in mind all of these handset are (kind of) future-proof by being upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5, so they can only get better when it finally comes out!