x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview

Posted: , by PhoneArena Team

Tags:

Go to page

Our Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review is now published - click here to read it.

Interface and Multimedia:

As we have already mentioned in the beginning, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a smartphone that relies on Symbian S60 5th Edition OS (now open source) that powers other devices like the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio, Nokia N97 etc. Its interface has been personalized by the manufacturer and looks identical to the version available with the software-updated Satio. Sony Ericsson’s Flash-based theme divides the home screen into 5 separate tabs and each one of them offers different functionality, like access to your favourite contacts, tweeting, browsing of pictures and videos as well as a list of several shortcuts that you can customize to your own taste. As a whole, this is certainly not a grandeur personalization pack and we would have liked to see more profound changes within the interface of Symbian S60. It´s not that we don’t like what Sony Ericsson offers really, we just want to see the OS evolve.

The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Main menu - The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
   

Main menu

The home screen of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz  is divided into 5 separate tabs



The rest of the interface of the Symbian^1, except for the camera and multimedia menu, is unaltered. We hope the final, retail units of the Vivaz will come with kinetic scrolling support that is unavailable on our prototype.

The rest of the interface is unaltered - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The rest of the interface is unaltered - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
The rest of the interface is unaltered - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview

The rest of the interface is unaltered



And now we have made it to the most interesting part of the preview – the 8-megapixel camera and HD video capture and playback capabilities of the device. First, let´s take a look at the interface of the camera. It doesn’t look stunningly beautiful and appears identical to the version of the Satio – no differences whatever. It provides a great number of options, including face detection, touch focus and geo-tagging. We would have liked to see something more colourful and in step with the lively, playful name of the device... hey, Sony Ericsson, it´s still not too late you know...

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview

Camera interface



Generally, we avoid discussing the snapshot and video quality of prototypes, but we are going to make an exception this time, because the unit is probably quite close to what the retail Vivaz will offer with this respect. We must say the overall results are truly inspiring. Pictures taken in proper lighting conditions have realistically represented colors and impressive details, while the quality of the HD videos... made us hold our breath. Take a look for yourself. If the final units are equally good, the Samsung OMNIA HD will certainly have a lot of trouble with the Vivaz.

Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview

Outdoor pictures shot with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz


Strong light - Indoor pictures with flash - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Medium light - Indoor pictures with flash - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Low light - Indoor pictures with flash - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Darkness - Indoor pictures with flash - Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor pictures with flash



Sony Ericsson Vivaz sample videoa at 1280x720 pixels resolution

You haven’t forgotten the Sony Ericsson Vivaz plays HD videos (be it captured or other), have you? Even if still incomplete, our prototype came through with flying colors and proved to be up to the task. Well, its display is not as huge as the OMNIA HD´s, but the image quality the Vivaz delivers makes it up for the smaller size. The only thing missing here is DivX and Xvid support, but the issue can be easily fixed with the help of third-party software like Core Player... we will find out whether or not this is the case when we have had the chance to review a retail unit.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Preview




Expectations:

Sony Ericsson Vivaz leaves us greatly impressed. With its compact size, truly appealing look and more than promising multimedia capabilities, it goes to show that rich, feature-packed modern functionality does not necessarily equate to giant body. Moreover, the Vivaz obviously has what it takes to challenge the market dominance of Samsung´s multimedia monster, the OMNIA HD i8910. We just cannot wait to get our hands on a final, retail unit and share our impressions with you. A major UK carrier has already announced it will embark on selling the Vivaz in March and we hope the handset is not delayed, so we can see it in action next month.


Sony Ericsson Vivaz Video Preview:



Our Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review is now published - click here to read it.

Pages:

1 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


Thank you, guys, for this excellent preview! I am too excited about this phone. One of the main (and underrated) reasons I am very interested in Vivaz is its weight - you simply can't find another decent smartphone under 100 grams, nothing even close - I like to put my phone in a shirt pocket. One of the thing, guys, I would ask you to check in your full review, is the availability of the mute function during phone calls. I have a very specific need to have an instant access to the mute function during conversation, and I hope it is not hidden under "options" or other cumbersome things. Also, I wonder, what it really means that it qualified for ATT frequencies in the US, I wonder if they can also be available for tMobile due to additional certification, etc. BTW, you guys are doing an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC job, and thank you fro that. Happy Valentine's Day!

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
720 MHz
Size4.21 x 2.04 x 0.49 inches
(107 x 51.7 x 12.5 mm)
3.42 oz  (97 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 13 hours talk time

Latest stories