Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and with T-Mobile USA without 3G. The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.


The currently available cell phones capable of HD video capture are still scarcer than chicken teeth. Of course, the undisputed leader in this market niche today is Samsung with their OMNIA HD i8910. The upcoming Samsung Wave S8500 and Samsung Beam I8520 are clear evidence the manufacturer intends to retain and strengthen its position. Said handsets happen to be, however, rather bulky.

With the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz, the company showed its determination to fight for a chunk of the market of HD video capable cell phones and that such functionality does not necessarily equate to bulky size and hefty weight. The Vivaz is the second model of the “communication entertainment” series, with the Xperia X10 being the first. To win over customers, the device does not rely only on its capable 8-megapixel camera only, but proper multimedia functionality as well.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a high-end smartphone based on Symbian S60 5th Edition (also known as the Symbian^1) and the same personalized interface as the software-updated Sony Ericsson Satio. The Vivaz comes with 3.2-inch resistive screen, Wi-Fi with DLNA, HSDPA, GPS, accelerometer, FM radio, 720MHz processor and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.

What’s inside the box of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz?

•    The Sony Ericsson Vivaz
•    8GB microSD card
•    Stylus
•    Wall charger
•    microUSB cable
•    Stereo headset (the Sony Ericsson HPM-60/J with 3.5mm jack)
•    User guide in several languages


The outward appearance of the Vivaz follows the overall styling introduced by the Xperia X10 and the cell phone looks contemporary, elegant and pleasing. We are reviewing the black device that appears more buttoned-down and austere alongside of the other color solutions the handset is available in - red, grey and blue. They look more offbeat and lively, not last due to the easily recognizable and glossy sides. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is entirely made from plastic that feels enjoyable to touch. Throw the compact size and low weight of the cell phone into the deal and you’ve got a really likable device.

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Vivaz with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

As we have already mentioned, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz features 3.2-inch resistive display with the standard for a Symbian S60 5th Edition handset native resolution of 360x640 pixels. We do not have any major gripes relating to the screen sensitivity, given the particular technology it integrates. Naturally, it would have been much better if it was capacitive, but we can live with that. The resistive technology is easy to get used to and the learning curve is not steep.

We do like the screen - it supports 16mln colors and delivers saturated, beautiful colors despite being a TFT and not AMOLED display. Unfortunately, things change radically if you take the device outdoors, because even if it does not turn into an almost flawless mirror in direct sunlight, you will definitely have troubles managing to distinguish what’s on screen. The issue is, at least partly, result of the unfaltering love for fingerprints of the latter.

What you have above and below the screen are power on/off button, earpiece, video call camera, send and end keys and a button to access the main menu and task manager (if held pressed for a while). The 3.5mm jack, microUSB port and loudspeaker are on the left hand side, while the volume rocker and two separate camera shutters keys are on the opposite. The latter two make for a novelty feature that we do like, because you no longer need to waste time getting to the relevant setting to switch between picture/video shooting modes and starting the camera in the mode you need is just a simple press away.

The manufacturer’s name and logo are clearly visible on the plastic back panel, along with the letters “HD” and the single opening for the lens and LED flash of the 8-megapixel camera. Everything seems just fine, but we are slightly troubled by the lack of a protective flap to shield them against scratches, dust and more severe injuries - without its 8-megapixel camera, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz would have been yet another ordinary S60 5th Edition smartphone.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz 360 Degrees View:



1. ktonlai

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2010

I don't know who to believe, on one hand g.s.m.arena says that it takes great photos, and now Phone Arena says that it has bad quality. So who's right? does Phone Arena have a retail version? or pre release?

2. omac

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Something is probabaly wrong with their version,I know it has a gr8 camera, all about symbian also verifys its camera performance as gr8.

4. ktonlai

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2010

yeah, im thinking that too.

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Guess you have to be the judge on the photo's.

3. omac

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

That shud b 'probably' and 'verifies',sorry 4 the wrong spelling.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Anybody notice that animal laying on the ground in that one photo? Is it dead?

7. barmalei

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

The quality of these snapshots is certainly disappointing. Hard to say if it is mainly because the weather was not great in beautiful Bulgaria on that day, or it was late in the day (because if does look quite dark and gloomy), or the 8 MP camera is simply not that good. I have no reason not to trust the reviewers. I am also disappointed in the office document handling capabilities - in this aspect there is certainly no comparison with WM for "business" users.

8. SkyNet.TX

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

Great review.The camera picture may be disappointing but it all comes to the HD playback of videos! thats the main point SE was trying to accomplish and they did

9. maxng12

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

To get better speed performance, you may go to Settings->Personal->Standby->Standby Theme and change the theme to "Finger use" (or any theme except Sony Ericsson). It works for me at least. :)

10. alelagirl

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2010

I've heard that its sound volume is a llitle bit that true? I also have heard that the cell deosn't have a video call cam...what should i believe?

11. Rizky unregistered

Hello all, I made a short video from paper about SE Vivaz, this is for a video contest held by SE Indonesia. watch my video here

12. Ranguleo unregistered

Guys since this is uses Symbian OS,we can play DivX and Xvid videos by using 3rd party softwares ..
  • Display 3.2" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP
  • Storage 0.075 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.33h 3G talk time)

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