Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review

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

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Battery life on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is pretty good, especially when you consider the phone only has a 1200mAh battery.

However, we'd put this down to the fact we're so annoyed by most of the functions on the phone that it doesn't make us want to play with it all the time.

If you don't have push email enabled and don't leave Wi-Fi running all the time you can easily get two days' use out of the Vivaz Pro.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

However, internet browsing seems to suck it down badly, and while it's good that you don't need to carry a charger with you at all times (and you can swap out the battery) we would have liked to see a little more juice in there to make this into a real long-running beast.

Connectivity

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro supports all types of connection, and threw in a couple of nice surprises for us as well.

The main one being Wi-Fi – for once on a Symbian phone it constantly sniffed for the networks you need when you go back into your home networks – no need to tell it to connect all the time.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

This is a real plus given the amount of data the Vivaz Pro sucks down, and means browsing gets a lot (and noticeably) speedier.

The Bluetooth is also good as well – we used a Jabra Clipper headset to connect up and it worked each time, finding the unit whenever Bluetooth was activated and in range.

HSPDA was fast enough, although not quick enough to keep up with the thirsty internet browser, although it can buzz up to 10.2Mbps.

However, 3G connection struggled at times, and constantly kept having to ask which method of connecting you preferred. The one we had already said 17 times should have been a clue but clearly wasn't.

Sony ericsson vivaz pro review

Also aGPS is on board as well, which is supposed to work well with both the mapping applications.

While it connected up OK to WisePilot, it struggled horrendously to find us when using Google Maps – not only would the map not download, but the blue dot kept jumping all over the place – which is useless when you're lost.

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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.