Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review
"This phone was released by Sony Ericsson in the early 2010. One of the main features with this latest phone the Vivaz is the screen and the 8.1 MPX camera which support HD resolution picture capturing. And also the ability to connect TV to the phone directly is a main features even though it's not a breathtaking one as many new units seems to embed it."
The weight is around 97 grams (with the battery). The size of the phone is as follows. 107 mm (L), 52mm (W) and 12.5 mm thick. The screen resolution is also good but not certainly one of the highest like in the Samsung Vibrant (SGH-t959).With a resolution of 360x640 (wide-screen 16:9) coupled with 16 million colors of TFT display, certainly the graphics look sharp and the brightness is also good.
There are four choices in colors such as Black, Moon Silver, Blue and the Ruby. The default memory is 75MB through the Micro-SD slot upgradable up to 32 Gigabytes. The networks include EDGE/GSM/GPRS/HSPA/UMTS. For connectivity there is WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 version (high speed)
The scratch resistance surface is good but sometimes it feels like they've concentrated too much on the surface and as a result it a there is a bit of a hardness on the surface. But this is not anything to worry about.
The camera consists of 8.1 Mega-pixles and is easily capable of taking pictures of HD standards. Other features include Auto focus, Touch sensitive, HD-video recording (720p), LED flash, Geo tags (automatically tags the location into the pictures) and smile detection. Oh and the 4x zoom is also included in the Samsung Vivaz. This can be used even while the phone is "lock-ed". And the ability to switch between wide screen (16:9) and 4:3 is also there. But remember when using geo-tagging the battery tends to drain faster as it requires some reasonable power from the device. So when not necessary make sure to disable it. And the overall image quality is excellent. But the negation of a front camera waste the video calling abilities which is another disappointment.
The key-pad is a bit frustrating and the keyboard is not fully visible while using some applications. But this again can be fixed in the Vivaz through an OS or software update from Samsung. Again as with the most latest phones these days the twitter and the Facebook functions are accessible through the "home screen". Again while using the social web sites the non fully visible key-pad is really annoying not to mention one really need to use the typing functions in such occasions.
The processor runs at 750MHz and does performs well while giving short delays when using simultaneous applications. The web-browser loads web-pages quickly thanks to the 3G/WiFi wireless networks. It plays Youtube with HD/SD resolutions (not the all highHDs) smoothly but crashed few times. Another main error was that the Sony Ericsson Vivaz never seems to save the last used network settings (such as 3g or WiFi). These may be due to a software error (hopefully) have to wait for updates to see if we're or not.
The media player is a pleasant app to use and the overall audio output is very satisfying + the call quality. The phone battery support 13 Hours of talks time and 430 Hrs of stand-by usage. So anyway this is really a good phone and most of the problems are fixable through software updates so if you're thinking about buying it just wait for some bug-free updates for the Vivaz.