Carphone Warehouse have once again suspended sales of a high end Symbian Smartphone – a few months ago, Nokia’s flagship N97 (well at least with O2, Orange and Vodafone still sell the N97 via CPW), now Sony Ericsson’s Satio.
Why? Both from complaints about buggy software leading to inexorably high levels of returns that CPW (and now Phones4U with the Satio) would rather stop selling faulty phones than have to deal with repairs.
Is it another S60 5th Edition problem?
The 5530 and 5800 have been doing great with CPW. There haven’t been too many serious problems with Samsung’s i8910 either
Initially, the Satio (then Idou) was the only other handset I seriously considered getting instead of my N97. It was basically a keyboardless N97 but with a better camera (?) and the Xenon Flash I’d been craving for since the days of N82.
What are some of the Satio’s shortcomings?
- Turning off after accessing certain applications
- Unstable Wifi, dropping intermittently
- Freeze during standby/calls
- No option to save files received over bluetooth via memory card
- Need to restart after trying to change themes
Is it a universal software problem with the Satio or Batch problem (some N97′s were fine, some, like mine, have some serious faults that need to be fixed by official repair – I’m too stubborn though to let go of it for 2 weeks)
Sony Ericsson says these bugs aren’t too serious and will be able to get them fixed by Christmas.