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The review of an almost 2-year Vivaz owner
io_bg has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I bought it in August 2010. I liked it at first but soon I realised I made a mistake. I thought Symbian wasn't that bad but now I'd never recomment a Symbian phone! Even though it's the best S^1 phone hardware-wise it's still slow.
WASTE OF MONEY
Tarkin_Jr has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
the worst part of Vivaz U5 is that symbian system , maybe why its made for nokia phones , but there more : the touch screen accurate is not good , even after calibrate , the phonebook (contacts) sucks too, and something important, if you try to take a photo > 6megapixels with others applets running (such as facebook or twitter) the phone will freeze because of low memory and you need to restart it (grrr !) . About photo quality is like an 3.2megapixel enhanced with more image tools, another thing important : in this phone YOU CAN'T ENJOY MUSIC BY PLAYING FOLDERS because the original player don't support this function , i need to use another music app to listen mp3. and the worst of all : The WIRELESS management is the WORST EVER ! Too much complicated and inefficient ! i can't acess my files on the phone via local wireless network because the phone won't stay connected >:|
The only good thing is the video recording quality , instead of this phone, i recommend Nokia N8 , LG Optmus 3d or Motorola Milestone, please don't waste you money , sorry for my beta version of english , greetings from brazil ;]
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The best Symbian
AlonShtrafun has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Have this one for 2 weeks, over from a Samsung Omnia. Bought it for the camera, and got more than I expected in that regard. Stills are great, recorded videos - even better. The design is perfect, good looking, simply sticks to your hand when holding it. Having a dedicated video record button, is also helpfull. Audio quality with my regular JVC headphones is good, but could be louder with a bit more bass. Don't use the included headset for music. WIFI & computer connection work as they should. Didn't test bluetooth yet.
The software is the weaker part here, but I'll start from the good part. Sony Erricson have included a great media suite, that concentrates all your photo, music & videos in one place. Looks good, works good, playback is great, podcast and audio book options are there. The SE home screen with tabs is also nice, and usefull with quick contacts, apps, twitter (why no facebook tab?), camera album, and other tabs. You can variate those between the 5 tabs on screen. Both the homescreen and the media suite feature kinetic scrolling, unlike... everything else on the phone.
The soft here is Symbian touch. The icons are large enough, you can re-arange the main menu and it's folders. But no kinetic scrolling, double tap to activate, or is it? Depends on the application. Some preinstalled apps can't be erased, and not an app store in sight. If you want a camera with a phone+internet+music, that's it. Otherwise...
Not bad, but certainly not great
I've had the phone for a while now, and yes, its camera is great. The shots I've taken with are sometimes better than my pretty serious compact camera... That is saying something. Haven't been shooting videos yet.What I am unimpressed with is the accuracy of the keyboard, or rather the alignment. Even in the initial allignment (hitting a certain spot with the available stylus) it shows that it is off a bit. Seeing that its screen is not overly big (which I like btw, pants pockets are still available for carrying it around) you get typos even when you shouldn't get them. That is pretty annoying. The weird thing is that the mistakes happen in both orientations. Something to check if you consider buying one.Call quality is ok. Sound quality is ok, but I feel there could be more volume. There are some interesting tools on board, amongst which a (water) level. It's not unique obviously but it works quite well. Quicker use however (like in games) shows too slow response by the sensor and makes for too strong reactions, rendering the games quite useless. Also, but this is just personal - coming from the SE W890 (which I really liked but was somewhat fragile) - I feel that operating the phone is actually less intuitive. The W890 used to suggest texts when texting, and upon sending a text, would suggest recently used numbers/names. A lot more steps need to be taken, in my view. Considering the extra functionality, I wonder whether this OS actually adds that much?It's a quality phone,...
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((Full Review Article)) vivaz = Excellent hardware + Too damn bad Software
Ramez has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I'm posting this review for all after 6 months of heavy usage so let's begain...
I belive that vivaz was a good phone 2 yr back but now it's Android era so it's up to you and to help for your choise I've reviewed every single part of vivaz below so you can judge yourself but overall my opinion is now in 2013 just go for another one..
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pretty dang good
ivyorr23 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
overall i am happy with this phone,its better then my friends phones and Iphone....and there are way more pros than cons.affordible.I like the fact that this phone is very upgradible and easy to use.there are many themes and modes sice everybody has diffrant prefrances.I like the basic mode because it makes everything very simple and easy to use.I dont like the face that you either have the camera light on or off,not auto.
sean has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
The sony ericson vivaz brings symbian technology to the budget smartphone sector. Incorporating the latest version of symbian plus a superbly responsive capacitive touchscreen, the vivaz is both easy to use and supremely powerful, with access to thousands of apps. Combined with an amazing 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, a media player, GPS, Google Maps, fast internet, a fast processor, plenty of memory and a big battery, this is quite probably the best smartphone in its price range.
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amazing. Bes phone out there
Mathew has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The vivaz is one of the most impressive phones of all time. Despite being significantly cheaper than the iPhone, it can match or beat everything that the iPhone does. A symbian smartphone with a fabulously responsive touchscreen, the vivaz packs in a huge choice of apps, brilliant web browsing, one of the best screens ever, a good camera, a music player and GPS too. You want more? Add in a superfast processor, monster battery, WiFi and a 3.5mm headphone jack and you've got the perfect phone.
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mather has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
amazing phone. I have had it for 2 years now and not a single problem with it. It is very fast, never freezes the touch screen is very sensitive and anti scratch. The battery is very good i charge it averge every four days and thats with alot of usage (browsing, calling etc). I would definetly recomend this phone and for all age groups.
No camera lens protection - No auto mode for...
deds fddr has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
No camera lens protection
- No auto mode for the flash/video light
- The S60 5th edition UI isn’t to the best in class standards
- No DivX or XviD support out-of-the-box
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hamza has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
i bought this phone because of the camera. i see every where it has a good camera. but my old phone which is LG renor it also has 8MP but it is much better than this one. i don't like the camera that much because old phone is better that this. the screen touch isn't good aswell because sometimes i have to press hard for it to work and it is not accurate aswell. i need to uppload some softwares but they are not compatible with the phone.
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The Vivaz has an onboard 8.1-megapixel camera with image stabilization and face recognition. Thus, its HD movies to be included in 720p resolution. Moreover the device also functions as FM radio, and can be connected to a television for videos and photos taken on the big screen.
With Sony Ericsson Vivaz communication becomes truly entertaining video with high quality HD allowing customers to create and send their best experiences using the latest feature video capture and sharing.
• Capture – record spontaneous moments and memories in HD quality and high resolution video experience real. The dedicated movie button allows consumers to instantly shoot video with auto focus continues to make the perfect film in every moment.
• Watch the video content-display panel mode or online through Wi-Fi on the screen by 3.2 “.
• Share – upload via Wi-Fi on YouTube and Picasa in high resolution while you are still using the other features of the phone.
The open platform also allows users to customize their experience with downloading applications through the unique and exciting store PlayNow and Symbian Developer Community.
“The content created by users themselves, especially videos, are invading the Web,” says Lennard Hoornik, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson. “With Sony Ericsson Vivaz, we created a phone that makes it easy to achieve high definition video and upload it own expression of creativity on the web to share with everyone. Sony Ericsson Vivaz offers the beauty inside and out through...
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