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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review

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

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is surprisingly short on applications out of the box – whether this is to push users into using the PlayNow Arena, we don't know.

The main ones on show are Facebook, a native client built for Symbian touch phones, Roadsync for Exchange support and SMS Preview, so you can check what's been said in a message.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

The latter is actually a little annoying when you operate it, as it slows the phone down and often will take an age to close so you have to wait before you can actually reply to the message.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

The others are fine – Facebook touch is a little light when it comes to features, and on the resistive screen hitting the right areas can be hard, especially when trying to do something like commenting.

However, Roadsync worked fine, and allowed you to get full and dynamic Exchange email running in the background, although our model wouldn't update the main server so any emails we deleted still appeared on the desktop.

Other than that, you're given a couple of mapping options: a WisePilot trial that will turn your phone into a sat nav for 30 days, which worked fine when navigating from A to B, but probably not something you would want to pay for on a phone this size.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

You'll also probably be glancing enviously at your friends who get free sat nav on Android and Nokia smartphones – so perhaps give that one a miss.

You can also use Google Maps as an option – the Symbian variant is updated pretty frequently by Google and isn't too bad at all, although as you can see from the connectivity section it isn't too great at tracking you.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

It also keeps asking for a new connection if one drops out, which happened a little too frequently, and this can get really annoying when you just want to see where you are.

The PlayNow arena is pretty awful too – not only are there very few free apps to download and play with, but the majority of stuff on there seems like it should be from the late '90s. Do we really want to pay money to download themes to our phones?

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

It also doesn't support movie downloads, which we thought was a key function for Sony Ericsson phones – on top of that, once more it's pretty hard to navigate with the resistive screen.

Downloading songs costs £3 per track too – it's a shame, as get this portal right and you'll have an instantly better app store than Android and the iPhone with all the content types available.

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.