Sony Ericsson Vivaz review

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz was launched in March 2010. It is a predator of point-and-shoot cameras.  It is not just a cameraphone, it is a smartphone too. Check some of its main features down here:

  • 3.2″ 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, geo-tagging and touch focus
  • HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus
  • Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homescreen and media menu
  • 720 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • 3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support
  • Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD card slot (up to 16GB, 8GB card in the box)
  • Built-in accelerometer
  • Turn-to-mute
  • TV out
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • microUSB and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
  • Web browser has full Flash support
  • Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
  • Office document viewer
  • Decent audio quality

An ambient light sensor is found above the screen near the ear piece speaker. There is no proximity sensor for locking the screen during calls, so you may accidentally press the screen during calls. The hardware buttons below the screen are thin and blend nicely with the overall design. On the left side it has the loud speaker at the bottom, the microUSB port at the middle and the 3.5mm jack at the top. On the right side it has the volume rocker which can be used to zoom in camera mode, on the bottom there are two shutter buttons: one for the camera and one for the camcorder. Between the volume keys and the shutter buttons there are two LEDs: one that flashes when you are in camera mode and one that shines red while the phone is charging.

The phone weighs 97 grams and measures 107 x 51.7 x 12.5mm. It has a TFT resistive touchscreen with a 3.2 inches diagonal. It is known that the resistive displays generally need more pressure to register a click but the Vivaz display response is excellent. It display can supports a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels and a pixel density of 229ppi. The viewing angles are very good and the colors are splendid. Also the display has handwriting recognition.

The internal memory of the Vivaz is 75Mb but you can add a microSD card up to 32GB and install everything you want. It comes with an 8 GB card included. The Symbian series 60 5th edition OS powers the 720 MHz processor. The GPU is PowerVR SGX is helped by 256 Mb of RAM. The phone has stereo FM radio with RDS and GPS with A-GPS and Wisepilot navigation.

It can reach speeds in 3G of 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA. It does well in 2G mode too where it can reach speed up to 236 Kbps. The Wi-Fi connection has b/g standards and DLNA, Bluetooth is v2.1 with A2DP and the microUSB slot is v2.0. The browser is NetFront and has xHTML; it runs quite good without lag.

The 8MP camera is the main features of the phone. It can shoot HD videos at 720p with continuous autofocus and with light from the LED flash. It has autofocus, video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, and face and smile detection. The pictures quality is very good with realistic colors and with low noise.

The battery has 1200 mAh and offers a life of 13 hours in talk time and 430 hours in standby. The phone last for more than two days if you don’t use the HD shooting too much.

Overall the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a nice cameraphone and smartphone at the same time. Check good deals for it and other phones on


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