Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review

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

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro might be tipped to be one of the smartphones to take on the best HTC and Apple can throw at it, but sadly it falls to pieces when it comes to elements like the internet.

Firstly, it's based on the standard Symbian web browser we've seen for a number of years now. It's essentially the same one used on older Nokia phones from 2005 with some evolution and tinkering to fit onto a touchscreen, but it hasn't come far enough in our opinion.

The first thing you'll notice is the amount of data it sucks up - almost 1MB for most websites it's trundling through, with the exception of mobile-optimised sites.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

Not only does this mean you'll be worrying if you're on a fixed data tariff (although if you only use the mobile internet and a bit of emailing you're very unlikely to touch a 500MB limit) but the speed is also a little too slow.

Compared to the whizziness of the iPhone, the internet browser on the Vivaz Pro crawls along, resulting in a poor experience.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

Add to that the resistive screen making it very hard to hit links unless you zoom right in, and we found ourselves almost desperate for a stylus at times.

The text reflow option is also missing - on other smartphones like the HTC Desire, when you zoom in closer on text, the words will rearrange themselves to fit the screen to prevent you scrolling left and right.

Sadly, this isn't the case with the Vivaz Pro, meaning you either have to squint or constantly swipe the screen to see what Perez Hilton has to say for it/himself these days.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

That's not to say the browser doesn't have some charms - you can subscribe to RSS feeds from within a web page if supported and the phone will remember web addresses you've previously entered.

It does support Flash Lite, which means some websites will play, such as the full version of YouTube – but with no full screen option and no ability to reposition the screen to sit where you can actually see the video, it's not overly usable.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

It might not be Sony Ericsson's fault, more the fault of Symbian in general, but this internet experience is really poor for a new smartphone. Slow and packing a complicated menu, unless you install a new browser like Opera Mini, this simply isn't good enough.

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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.