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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review

Take one Vivaz, add a keyboard and suddenly, you're a pro

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

We often feel really bad for giving Sony Ericsson phones such a hard time – the Satio, the Aino, the Vivaz... all did badly in our tests recently.

This makes us sad as we really want a phone that will take us back to the days when Sony Ericsson ruled the roost and made cool, functional phones by the bucketload.

Sadly, the Vivaz Pro isn't such a device, as you've gathered from the review – so before any of you get any ideas otherwise, we're not Sony Ericsson haters, we're just disappointed by another phone from the Swedish-Japanese alliance.

We liked

To be honest, the interface made it very hard for us to like much on the phone. Being fair, the UI didn't lag that often (although too much for a decent smartphone) and the camera is decent enough.

The HD option is a premium addition too, and the keyboard will obviously attract a lot of hardcore texters.

The small dimensions mean it sits nicely in the hand, and the overall feel isn't too bad either... Flash video was a cool extra too.

We disliked

Sadly, there's a lot here. The main problems are the interface (slow) the screen (resistive and sluggish) and the overall build quality (you saw the cracked buttons and camera lens).

The internet browser simply isn't up to the mark of other smartphones, and the accuracy of screen isn't up to much either.

Little things like the BBC iPlayer browser going to an usable portal show that the Vivaz Pro isn't ready for public consumption, and the decision to use Symbian S60 on another touchscreen has to be looked at with some amazement.

The price would be the only saving grace, but that again is far, far too high for a phone of this quality.

Verdict

Part of the reason we delve into such depth in our mobile phone reviews is to make sure that users can get the right information on the phone they're about to buy, and don't get sucked in by specs.

That's sadly what a lot of people will do with the Vivaz Pro – not only will they be enamoured by a keyboard, but they will also love the sound of HD video recording.

However, we think this review is a big enough warning to not buy this phone. If you want HD video, wait for the Nokia N8.

If you want a keyboard, try out the LG Intouch Max or the Motorola Milestone – both better options in our opinion.

Essentially, Sony Ericsson has dwelt too long on the fact it used to be market leaders in media and cameraphones – while it's still at the sharp end of these categories, it's fallen way behind everywhere else.

It may get somewhere with the Android range, but this Symbian powered phone simply isn't up to scratch in this day and age – if you're tempted by the Vivaz Pro, we suggest you check out other options instead.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory75 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time12.50 Hour
Product ModelVivaz pro
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)117 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionSymbian S60
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109 mm
Width52 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameVivaz pro Smartphone
Processor Speed720 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberVivazpro
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

One-touch HD video with continuous auto focus. Slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging. Shoot. Show. Share. How's life, Shoot it and publish it online in seconds. One press on the dedicated video key and you're ready to publish life where you are to the world. Got a story to tell? You have a keyboard made for fast words and fun messages. Tell your story in as many words as you want. Wherever you are, you have every aspect of your life with you. Read and send email. Surf and share. Stay connected and enjoy life.