Sony Ericsson Vivaz: test and review

Faced with Google Phones, Blackberry professionals to fashion or iPhone 3GS, Sony Ericsson seeks to take its game with enriching products multimedia experience.

Since the Swedish Japanese manufacturer had given up its stake in the Symbian consortium, we did not give cheap platform, owned since 100% by Nokia. Now become open source, the venerable mobile OS that made the heyday of Nokia (with the N series and E) to regain momentum in the touchscreen smartphone with an accelerometer.

Certainly the wide screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is smaller (3.2 inches) and resistive technology, but its resolution (360×640 pixels) and its millions of nuances balance these defects.

This mobile compact and thinner than an iPhone is forgotten in a jean pocket. The interface of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz remains ergonomic as Google Android and Apple iPhone OS.

You may need to click several times to the four corners of the screen to get his way. Still, this version of Symbian S60 5 catching up on Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android 1.5 / 2.

Social networks are particularly honored on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz. With a few clicks you publish photos and videos on Facebook, Blogger, YouTube PicasaWeb or by default, but other sites are usable. Sony Ericsson has also pre-installed client for Twitter in addition to an SMS application, the suite QuickOffice, RoadSync of synchronization software and two 3D games (snowboard and auto racing).

With the PowerVR SGX Graphics processor clocked at 720 MHz, it suffers no latency.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz: A multimedia smartphone

To return to the multimedia features, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz features a super sensor of 8.1 million pixels (with 4x zoom), capable of great shots and HD (1280×720 pixels) in MP4 format.

With or without LED flash, the low-light shots are very good. This camera phone has the same refinements an ordinary camera. In addition to its image stabilizer, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz has indeed a face detection and smiles to take beautiful shots and you can retouch the photos.

These will be shown on TV via a cable (optional). In addition to its music player, music lovers can listen to FM radio stations RDS, plugging headphones. They plug into a mini jack, but wireless headphones can also be used, thanks to Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP.

If the internal memory of 75 MB of Sony Ericsson Vivaz is limited, the manufacturer has had the good idea to provide a microSD memory card to 8GB.

Even autonomy that satisfies smartphone, it exceeds 3 days without problems. With its USB cable, charging is facilitated. Of course surf at any speed 3G + WiFi or internet will quickly reduce the electrical independence.

So do not abuse the media server to access and share photo video audio files with other DLNA compatible devices. The use of the navigation system A-GPS with Wisepilot and Google Maps shows friendly, even if the multipoint was not implemented.

Note that a version with sliding alphanumeric keypad horizontally named Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will be marketed in the second quarter of 2010.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is certainly a little less maneuverable than the latest mobile touch, but the quality of the sensor and the advanced features than compensate.