Sony Ericsson Vivaz: Cue The Film

Catch life in brilliant HD with Sony Ericsson Vivaz™

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  • Human Curvature Design
  • Camera with 720p Recording
  • Stylus
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Ever since rumours and pictures of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz emerged, albeit under the Kurara nametag, everyone was hooked. Thankfully, Sony Ericsson only left us waiting a couple of months before the official announcement came. On January 21st the Sony Ericsson Vivaz was revealed to the world. By this time there was little in the press release that hadn’t already been discussed, realistically all that was left to do was to get some hands on action!

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz represents a few firsts for the company, not only is it Sony Ericsson’s first multimedia handset release of 2010, but it is also the first to sport the ‘human curvature’ design that will be adopted across the new range. If this design concept passed you by, what Sony Ericsson has done is curve the outer casing of the phone so that it fits perfectly and comfortably into the human hand, making it far easier to get more one-handed action out of the touchscreen. Despite being plastic the casing doesn’t look or feel cheap, perhaps that has something to do with the sleek edging, curved design and smudge free surface, whatever it is the Sony Ericsson Vivaz will undoubtedly captivate its audience.

Similarities can be made between the Vivaz and the Sony Ericsson Satio, for starters they’re both big hitters on the multimedia side of things and both target similar areas in the market. Design-wise they couldn’t be further apart, with the Vivaz weighing about 36grams less than the Satio, and let’s not forget those rounded edges; we know which is the more pocket-friendly out of the two. But moving away from comparisons, the Vivaz has its own strengths. The rather, in-your-face camera bezel on the back of the handset gives some hint to what the standout feature could be, not the camera, so to speak more like what can be done with it. The Vivaz packs an 8.1megapixel snapper and carries a mass of features. Naturally it has auto focus and touch capture, there’s 4xDigital Zoom on offer and a few added extras for optimal experience, these include face detection, geo tagging, image stabiliser, smile detection, photo light and send to web. Picture quality overall is very impressive, images are vibrant and saturated. To the average human eye, (not a photo boff) it would be hard going to tell the difference between images caught on the Vivaz and it’s 12megapixel sibling the Satio.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Camera

Sony Ericsson has made no secret about the Vivaz’s key feature, 720p HD video recording. Video resolution is stunning, and capture is fluid. The video set-up is the same as on the Satio and a simple double tap will bring up a sidebar with all the recording, editing and distribution tools, the Vivaz has integrated YouTube and Picasa apps so users can upload videos straight away. Recording time is limited, but to around 30-40 minutes, a figure I don’t think many will reach. Video capture and playback can be switched between portrait and landscape modes while full screen viewing provides a T.V like experience. There are also two dedicated hardware keys on the outer casing, one for image capture, the other for video recording.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Panaramic View

The Vivaz features a rather impressive 16 million colour, 3.2 inch screen with a resolution of 360×640. An accelerometer covers orientation and given that it is a resistive screen Sony Ericsson has included a stylus, which, as with the Satio is attached via a lanyard. The screen itself is pretty responsive, and the Symbian OS (S60 5th Edition) is renowned for finger friendly use; odds are the stylus won’t make it out of the box unless you’re into handwriting messages. There are a number of messaging options onboard, hopefully catering for each individual need. For the stylus users there’s handwriting recognition and a mini QWERTY keyboard while finger pokers have the option of a full landscape QWERTY or alpha numeric keypad. The user interface is the same five-panel screen as on the Sony Ericsson Satio, albeit with a few updates here and there and a bit of extra graphic juice. Navigation is quick and responsive, a light finger swipe is all that is required to travel through the various menus and the middle key still holds the ever useful task manager panel.

Whilst the main focus for the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is multimedia, the company has made sure it is still a great all-rounder. Most connectivity bases are covered by 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and assisted GPS. As with the Satio, Sony Ericsson has decided to stick with the move to MicroSD storage and to assure full commitment even throw an 8GB card in the box. MicroUSB has been implemented into the design, making data transfers and charging efforts far easier. They’ve even got smart with the headphones providing the 3.5mm audio jack we’ve been longing for.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a natural all-rounder; it could happily sit in the multimedia category, social networking space and is a fierce competitor as an easy to use smartphone.

21 thoughts on “Sony Ericsson Vivaz: Cue The Film

  1. Its brilliant, ive had it for about 3months now and i cant stop showing it to my mates. The camera is absolutely brill, it is very small and captures a great picture, just like a camera. The music isnt too bad, as i dont listen to music i cant really explain. The touchscreen is one of the best ive used, so easy and delicate, you hardly need to press it. Video capture is ok, but there are a few problems with HD, there are too many pixels.
    Disadvantages: The call time is very low, but will run for a long time for messages, it isnt HD no matter what companies say, if you have big fngers like me, then the buttons are very hard to use.
    Overall it is a brilliant phone and would so recomend it to anyone that is looking for an allround phone. 9/10

  2. The only thing that worries me is the touch screen and the texting. Alot of people have been complaining that its ridiculous trying to type out a message really quickly as it is resistive touch screen. Is this true? Is it really that awkward to text a decent sized text very quickly? My old Samsung Tocco was absolutly brilliant for typing extremly fast… that was capacitive… this mobile should be capacitive touch aswel :(

  3. I’m waiting for mine to arrive in the post this morning, looking forward to taking HD movies and crisp photos! It’s an upgrade from my Samsung Tocco and Sony Ericsson W995. I can’t wait!

  4. Tbhh i jus got this fone on contract nd it ent all it is cracked up to be.. yeah its nice lookin but its like the nokia 8500Xpress music i jus got rid off… apart from the gud camera its the same fone!!

  5. finally we might have a phone where i can throw away my digital camera,digital camcorder and use a device which has it all,and it fits in my pocket, cant wait to get my hands on one

  6. Looks very good, looking for a first contract phone and this looks my favourite so far, hoping the internet browsing is good, love the look of this and great features!

  7. with its rounded curves and yet fitting perfectly in the palm of your hand. making it a one hand action that makes it the sexiest phone around. wide screen and great pictures that beats any of its rivals by far.unique and elegant.having one of thise definetely you stand out among the crowd.

  8. I love to have this phone on my hands. Slim, sleek, super design and looks better then iPhone. SonyEricsson success will bright as sunshine with this model.

  9. This is the first time I have really looked at camera phones, I was thinking of getting a digital camera but I feel now there is NO need. This one is a beauty, tempting me with it’s extra features and rounded edges – how stylish and thoughtful. 8.1 mega pixel is way more than I have ever had on MY mobile and competing with the 12.0 mega pixel Satio for images is amazing! WOW!

  10. For me, this phone would stand or fall on the quality and friendliness of its browser. That i judge a phone by the quality of its browser speaks volumes about the evolution of these devices.

  11. Well, from seeing the amount of posts, it seems that this phone is going to be a big hit.
    It’s a very tough call to try and take on the I-Phone but I guess Sony are giving it a go.

    Have to say, my next choice of phone was going to be the I-phone but got to admit, I think I’ll be hanging on for a short while to see how this phone fairs when it hits the streets.

    Good luck Sony, hope it works well, if it does, I’ll be sticking with Sony and getting another that’s for sure.

  12. Certainly looks good – hope it performs well – I’m looking to upgrade my C905 – it’s making a hole in pocket as it’s so chunky – if the Vivaz takes pics as good as the Satio I might have to consider it instead (or win one preferably lol)

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