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Sony Ericsson Vivaz review: Viv A-to-Z
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:30 am 
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Introduction

Sony Ericsson is an alliance of two tech giants and with phones like the Vivaz it shows. It’s a gadget all the way, one that will galvanize geeks and charm the regular user.

A whole bunch of point-and-shoot cameras today boast 720p video recording, but are they not an endangered species feeling enormous pressure on both sides? For one, there are compact video recording DSLRs pushing down with competitive price tags, and then cameraphones are eating into compact camera territory with comparable still image resolution and video capture.

Eight megapixel still images and 720p video with continuous auto focus make the Sony Ericsson Vivaz a predator of point-and-shoot cameras. The Vivaz is not just a cameraphone though, it’s a smartphone as well – a tricked out Symbian running on a 720MHz CPU with a 3.2” nHD display to show it all off. That’s all in a package more compact than any combination of a stand-alone camera and a phone you can think of.

High-end smartphones have a long history of trading compact size for cramming in one feature more than the competition. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz strikes a perfect balance between being compact and feature-full – great news for anyone who doesn’t appreciate the recent craze of smartphones the size of a table… umm… tablet.
Key features
3.2" 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, geotagging and touch focus
HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus
Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homescreen and media menu
720 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator
Quad-band GSM support
3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support
Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
microSD card slot (up to 16GB, 8GB card in the box)
Built-in accelerometer
Turn-to-mute
TV out
Stereo FM Radio
microUSB and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
Web browser has full Flash support
Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
Office document viewer
Decent audio quality
Main disadvantages
No camera lens protection
No auto mode for the flash/video light
LED flash not powerful enough
The S60 5th edition UI isn't to the best in class standards
No proximity sensor sensor to lock the screen during a call
No DivX or XviD support out-of-the-box
No smart or voice dialing
No office document editing (without a paid upgrade)
No stereo speakers
No digital compass (magnetometer)
Videocalling uses only the main camera (no secondary one)

The feature list leaves very little to complain about, so is it time retire your old compact camera and make the jump the Vivaz? That’s what we’ll try to find out. As for its performance as a smartphone the list of key features suggests smooth sailing most of the way.

Also known as Sony Ericsson KuraraGeneral 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2010, 1Q
Size Dimensions 107 x 51.7 x 12.5 mm
Weight 97 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Turn-to-mute and snoozing alarms
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
- 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 75 MB storage
Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 16GB, 8GB included
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video Yes, [email protected], continuous autofocus, video light
Secondary No
Features OS Symbian Series 60, 5th edition
CPU 720 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser WAP 2.0 / xHTML (NetFront)
Radio Stereo FM radio
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Silver Moon, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, Venus Ruby
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Wisepilot navigation
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- Google maps
- Facebook and Twitter apps
- YouTube and Picasa integration
- WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
- MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
- TV out (VGA resolution)
- Organizer
- QuickOffice document reader
- Gesture control
- Voice memo
- T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1200 mAh
Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 440 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 5 h 20 min (3G)

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Re: Sony Ericsson Vivaz review: Viv A-to-Z
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:40 am 
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That is such a big,detailed and nice review! :great:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:46 pm 
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if i taked all 10 pages from gsmarea, will load very hard. this is only 1st.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:40 pm 
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its great in every way except speakers.. as always suck


thanks sergyu for the share..

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Does anyone know what is turn to mute? I got that on my phone also. But havent figured it out

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When there is incoming call on your phone just rotate your phone so that its face is towards your bed or table or any etc thing it will mute your incoming call.... (Not hang up) sorry for bad english hope you understand

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Wow, cool phone, wish i could have one soon.


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I like the size of that phone versus the iphone and other smart phones. It seems many smart phones are getting bigger. While big is nice in some areas like videos and text marketing, it's not great for a phone. With a big phone, it's harder to slip in and out of a jeans pocket.


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Thnx for the well structured review, i like the design very much, but i'm curious is it better than the Satio?


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ya, i think its better than satio, vivaz is also symbian but there's BRAVIA and HD recording and it just seems nicer :)
comparing megapixels, satio wins.

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