Satio, Aino and Yari
Sony Ericsson has introduced 3 new mobiles in the market and why am I blogging about it? All 3 phones have new and unique features and 2 of them have a common design failure. The phone model names are atypical. Satio (formerly known as Idou, Aino and Yari.
Nobody can beat Sony Ericsson when it comes to intuitive menu and navigation system. So I am not going to talk about the user interface.
Sony Ericsson Satio
This flagship model was first introduced in Barcelona as “Idou” and instantly the world wide web went ga-ga about it. It primarily an entertainment device which is keeping up with the trend of “all-touch-and-no-keypad” fashion. Whats impressive is, its camera which is an whooping 12.1 megapixel with touch focus and xenon flash. Atleast they had some sense to add a lens cover. More details.
Sony Ericsson Aino
Keypad is still the best option for most users. Aino has combined both touch screen and keypad. Its not new to Sony Ericsson as they have it from their earlier p9 UIQ series. The unique selling point of this device is its decentralization of media and gaming. Users can play games from their playstation 3 and access its media content from anywhere. I am not sure of the definition of the term “anywhere” but I sense its something good and somewhere near my dreamy idea. Also look out for the PlayTV service which lets you watch, pause and record live TV from a huge range of free channels. It sports an 8 megapixel camera with touch foucs and a few other advanced features. More details.
Sony Ericsson Yari
This is a phone that makes my head turn and thats not because of any impressive hardware specs but its because of its very unique features: Gesture gaming and SMS Loci. Gesture gaming is “wii-like” feature which makes your body language as game controls. SMS loci is the feature that lets you send you location via SMS. Both these features, I have been thinking about and been brainstroming for a while and SE has come up with these features in their mobiles! How cool!. It has a 5 megapixel camera and a really sleek looking design. More details.
The Design failure
Both Aino and Yari sport a high mega pixel camera and both the camera lenses dont have the cover to protect them from scratches or dust. This is a total screw up of design. Its like designing a Ferrari sports car but removing the Ferrari logo out of it. I have had bad experiences with my N95 8GB’s camera lens. Its a 5 megapixel camera but now its totally useless as I have lots of scratches on it. I am glad that atleast Satio’s 12.1 megapixel camera has got some cover to protect its lens. I have complained about it when Nokia N97 was launched and I do regret for Samsung Omnia HD for the same reason. These people would have to think about it and design a lens cover for every camera mobile. I would be bit over-reacting if I would want the FCC to approve camera mobiles only if they have a lens cover, but still I would love to say that. Also its intelligent business to have 3 mobile models with 3 unique features. I would love to have another 4th model with all the good features from all these 3 mobiles. Sounds greedy? well! why not?
All these mobiles are set to be released by early Q4 of 2009. Until then all you can do is to drool over their images and videos.
Satio: Love the Touchscreen and Social Network connectivity[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3l2-0YoDKs%5D
Aino: So PS3 does really connects[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK5Qblgb7Gc%5D
Yari: Check out the awesome next level in gaming: Gesture gaming![youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es6qA-3whr0%5D
Also checkout the Promo videos