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Satio, Tattoo & GM750 Smartphones Hit Vodafone UK Today

Gordon Kelly


Satio, Tattoo & GM750 Smartphones Hit Vodafone UK Today

Contract at an end? Steering clear of O2 like the plague? Try these on for size...

Vodafone UK has today announced the immediate availability of a trio of much anticipated handsets: the Sony Ericsson Satio, HTC Tattoo and LG GM750. The Tattoo and GM750 are available free on two year, £25pm monthly contracts, the Satio is free for £10 more per month over the same timeframe. You also receive another 300 minutes per month if you buy online (duck and cover shop staff).

So what do you get? In the case of the GM750, that'll be a 3in resistive touchscreen display, HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 5MP camera with LED flash and Windows Mobile 6.5. If Android is more your thing (I'd be with you there), then the Tattoo has a 2.8in touchscreen display (also sadly resistive to cut costs), WiFi, GPS and 3.2MP camera and interchangeable backs ('Tattoos'). Lastly the Satio looks the best on paper, but does a have a few shortcomings with the 3.5in touchscreen also being resistive, internal memory just 128MB and the 12.1MP camera resolution being utterly pointless. Still, you will find HSDPA, WiFi, GPS and the new Symbian Foundation OS which looks quite swanky.

Predictions? The Tattoo will do very well, the GM750 will do what it says on the tin and the Satio will underwhelm...

Update: tattoomyhtc.com has just gone live. Name rather says it all...


Tattoo Online Order Page

Satio Online Order Page

GM750 Online Order Page


October 12, 2009, 9:23 pm

How does the HTC Tattoo compare to the Hero?


October 12, 2009, 9:41 pm

@TheVoice - Tattoo is a budget model, Hero high end (faster CPU, capacitive screen, higher end camera, more storage, etc, etc, etc).


October 12, 2009, 10:11 pm

Satio is a brilliant device, but the battery and S-E connector isn't.


October 12, 2009, 10:13 pm

Haven't tried either but it really looks like the T-mobile Pulse is leaps ahead of the Tatoo as far as budget Android models go.


October 13, 2009, 12:17 am

great names have to say... how long did they spend on dictionary everyday?


October 13, 2009, 1:11 am

There's an amazing spec parity between the two handsets IMO. Obviously the screen is smaller, which affects app compatability. Minor stuff is the loss of 32MB of RAM (down to 256MB), the ATi graphics chip (not sure if it was ever used), a bit of camera resolution and autofocus, multi-touch (not yet supported) and a trackball. The CPU and ROM are the same.

All in all it's not a great amount of functionality to lose. Of course that's reflected in the price compared to the likes of the Pulse, but the Pulse is the smartphone bargain of the friggin' decade so I'm not sure that's a fair comparison.

FYI HTC's launched its design-your-own HTC Tattoo cover website. Pre-designed covers are &#836412, own designs are &#836415.


October 13, 2009, 4:59 am

BTW, the resistive hate is pointless. Resistive screens does have its pluses. Imagine trying to plan a trip with Viewranger without a stylus. It wouldn't be as accurate.


October 13, 2009, 1:16 pm

I was rather interested in the Sony Satio as it has the same CPU and graphics card as the Apple 3GS; but for some silly reason they went with a proprietary port for the headset, which was just plain silly of Sony imo...


October 13, 2009, 4:30 pm

As a follow up to what farki80 said, I should mention the Tattoo's screen is actually surprisingly responsive. Only had brief use, but could given it more of a goings-over later.

Vagn Henning

October 13, 2009, 6:25 pm

A 16 GB Micro SD HC card costs around £35 and is easily swapped for a fresh one when full... The big problem with the Satio is of course Symbian, but I'm desperate for a new camera phone since my trusty C905 fell prey to a falling bookstop.


October 13, 2009, 7:59 pm

I don't know why you say the Satio will underwhelm, so far the reviews/previews have been very positive. All signs point to this one living up to the hype...

More interested in the Satio 2 whenever it comes as it will be refined. That or Xperia 3 which is capacitive touch and Android...


October 14, 2009, 5:37 pm

i'm a son-err fan and satio is an amazing device (despite the 128mb internal memory, but there's always the external memory slot), but 12mp camera isnt that hot news... the idea of 12mp camera seems to come from son-err, but samsung put their feet in market first and coming with a sequel to the pixon with an optimal zoom... always a great design from son-err but i have to say, it won't do well... it's sad for me to say this... need to step up on the x-3 before it becomes obsolete, again.


October 15, 2009, 4:51 am

You've tried the Satio then Gordon?

Vagn Henning

October 15, 2009, 7:20 pm

I tried it. And as I expected, Symbian negates everything that is usually cool about SE phones. In usual Nokia fashion, the menu structure is miles deep, the context menus are useless, and things that ought to be related are scattered around the menus in a way that wont make sense to anyone but some poor engineer trapped for life in a Helsinki basement.

Just one example: if you want to associate pictures to the people in your address book, you might think that you'd go into the address book, select a contact, choose edit and then choose "add picture". But you'd be wrong. The feature is in fact there, but I will not spoil the fun of having to locate it yourself.


October 16, 2009, 1:25 am

@Vagn on the P1i you go to the picture you want > Use as > Contact Picture and choose the contact. EASY! And it lets you manipulate the picture before you use it.

I reserve judgement until I've tried it at least..


October 16, 2009, 3:12 am

Was really liking the look of the Tattoo, until I saw it has a 240x320 display. That's terrible, same size as my current phone...and my phone before that. Disappointing.

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