Sony Ericsson Vivaz
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is the latest adition to Sony’s family of communication and entertainment devices. ‘Vivaz’ is a Portuguese term that means spirited which certainly has been the force influncing the design of this phone. It looks very lively and attractive. And not just looks Vivaz excels in its specifications too.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is an elegantly styled sleek phone with a smooth and rounded finish. This makes the model good to look at. The size of the device is significantly small which makes it pocket friendly.
Its dimensions are 107x51.7x12.5mm and it weighs about 97g. It has a 4.2 inches resistive touchscreen. The phone is available in attractive colors- Silver Moon, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, Ruby and Venus.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Camera
The camera is one of the best features of this phone. The 8.1MP camera sets the standard real high. It takes snaps in 6 resolutions which includes two wide resolutions and two quality settings. It also comes with 4 color effects, a self timer, 4 white balance options, a digital zoom, image stabilizer, multishot and night mode amongst other features. Geotagging is also available.
The Vivaz is a great phone that has a host of useful features including a 3.2inches TFT screen, 8.1MP camera, great media elements, decent connectivity options, decent call quality and not to forget great looks.
Interface: The Sony Ericsson Vivaz runs on the Symbian operating system. The menu is easily laid out and navigation is easy. There is only one menu screen but thre are several sub-menu options. If the home screen is customised then one can avoid venturing into the menu each time.
Phone Book: The phone book capacity of Vivaz is limited by the size of the internal memory, which should give users a lot of space. Every contact can hold multiple fields which include phone numbers, email address, street address, job description etc. Photos and ringtones can be associated with each contact.
The front portion of Vivaz is dominated by the 3.2 inches display. The touchscreen though not very large is decent enough. It supports up to 16.7 millon colors and has a pixel resolution of 640x320pixels. The TFT screen is a resistive screen which means one needs to apply pressure in order to get the commands executed. The stylus offers a one of a kind experience.
Keypad and Controls
The Vivaz offers a virtual keypad to facilitate texting and emails. It also comes with a handwriting recognotion mechanism - pretty accurate. The onscreen keypad is fast and also relatively easy to use. The individual buttons are large and to insert numbers or symbols one needs to move to other pages.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz comes with a music player that is much better than those present in its predeccesor. All the traditional options like artists, albums, playlists, etc are available on the player. The music quality is reasonably good, however use of the headset offers a better experience. The standard FM is also available on the phone. A wired antenna is required though.
The phone comes with numerous messaging menu from the regular SMS to email inbox to a threaded message. Setting up email on the Vivaz is pretty easy.Also, setting up Exchange Mail was simple and doesn’t take very long to synchronize with the server. Push mail however is not configured by default and the inbox needs to be refreshed every time you open your inbox. Also, the onscreen QWERTY keypad is easier to use on the landscaped mode.
Sony Ericsson has had a good track record of great music phones and Vivaz is no exception. The Vivaz has a walkman music player. It offers a slick interface with animated background. The monochrome player also hosts a number of options which include artists, albums, playlists, audiobooks and podcasts.
It is also simple to create playlists on the fly. There is a widget on the home screen that lets you remain updated with the track names and also offers quick access. The media player offers an easy switch over facility to video playback or the photo gallery as it is all part of the same application.
The Vivaz offers a good Browsing experience. It is easy to switch between the 3G network connectivity and the WiFi. Browsing the web over the SIM card data connection offeres a mixed experience-sometimes the web pages loads fast but other times they may even take up a minute to load. WiFi although a tad slower is consistent. Zoom-in option allows users to zoom into the page. Another useful function is the ‘find’ function that lets people find the relevant content on the web page. However vivaz is not flash compatible.
The onboard memory of the phone is around 75MB. However, it possesses a microSD card slot that can support up to 32 GB expansion.
Connectivity and Data
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) phone. It features the stereo Bluetooth, A2DP support and a microUSB connectivity. Support for WiFi and EDGE technologies is also provided.
Usability & Performance
The Vivaz performs well enough in all aspects. It has a decent call quality. The signal remains stedy and strong and the audio is clear on both ends. No counter interference is experienced from other devices. However, speaker phone calls are not as clear as voice gets distorted at higher volumes. The same goes for automated calling systems. The Vivaz comes with a 720MHz processor. Although this isn’t too bad but according to observations the phone’s performance is a little sluggish that is, it takes some time to execute certain commands. It offers a battery life of 5 hours which includes 20 minutes 3G talktime and 13 hours EDGE talktime.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Phone Specifications
- Weight: 97 g
- Width: 107 mm
- Height: 51.7 mm
- Thickness: 12.5 mm
- Display size: 3.2"
- Announced: 2010, January
- Colors: Pink, Silver Moon, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, Venus Ruby
- Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - HSDPA 900 / 2100 - HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
- Screen Resolution: 360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches - TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors - Scratch-resistant surface
- Data: GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10, 3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB
- Memory: Internal phone storage 75 MB storage, microSD, up to 32 GB, 8GB included
- Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.1
- Web Browser: WAP 2.0 / xHTML (NetFront)
- Media and Music: MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, Suppoerted (AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, eAAC+, WMA v10, MIDI, AAC+)
- Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Digital Camera
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
- Expansion Slot: microSD supports up to 32 GB microSD
- Tones: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
- Software Features: Symbian Series 60, 5th edition
- CPU: 720 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics
- Other Features: Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Facebook and Twitter apps, Voice Recognition, Embedded JAVA™ Games, Scheduler, Stop watch
- US Sar Values: Head: 1.04, Body: ---
- Battery: Li-Po 1200 mAh
- Talk Time: up to 780 mins
- Standby: up to 430 hours
Pros & Cons
- Sleek and slim design
- Great features
- Good call quality
- Touchscreen is not easy to use
- Data service is not reliable
The Sony Ericssson Vivaz is a great phone with amazing features. The handset excels aesthetically and it also performs quite well. The media elements are the best features of the phone whether it is the camcorder or the music player.Getting used to the Symbian interface is also easy and it is a pleasure to use. Invest in the Vivaz if you wish to have a good looking phone with interesting features.