Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review: Viv A-to-Z

By 10:45 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


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

Sony Ericsson Vivaz official photos

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 capturing camera territory with comparable still image resolution and video capture.

Eight megapixel still images and 720p video with continuous auto focus create 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 720Mega Hertz (MHz) Central Processing Units (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 capturing camera and a phone you can think of.

High-discontinue smartphones have a long hitale 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 – remarkable 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 touchclassy screen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, face and smile detection, geotagging and touch focus

  • HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus
  • Symbian Operating System (OS) 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homeclassy screen and media menu
  • 720 Mega Hertz (MHz) CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support
  • 3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support
  • Wireless Fidelity (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 Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
  • Web browser has full Flash support
  • Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
  • Office document viewer
  • Decent audio quality

Main disadvantages

  • No capturing 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 classy 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 capturing camera (no secondary one)

The feature list leaves very small to complain about, so is it time retire your recent compact capturing camera and create 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 recommends smooth sailing most of the way.

How the Sony Ericsson Vivaz stacks up against he competition

Hrecent on to your hats folks, we’re jumping into the hardware part of this review.



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