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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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Performance and Conclusion:

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review
Similarly to the 600MHz processor of the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910, the chip the Sony Ericsson Vivaz integrates is based on ARM’s famous Cortex A8 architecture, but runs at 720MHz instead. Moreover, its power is clearly felt at not just HD video playback, but while working with the handset interface and applications as well. However, the situation changes in a snap when the total size of all files stored onto the 8GB expansion card gets near 6GB - the Vivaz became increasingly unresponsive during our tests and to the point we thought it had frozen. We plugged in another expansion card, just to make sure the boxed card is not faulty or something, but the situation remained the same.

The handset does not offer perfect in-call quality, but the sound is loud enough on the both ends of the line. At any rate, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz performs significantly better than the OMNIA HD with this respect.

However, this is just not enough to become one of the best multimedia smartphones today. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz has other strengths that make it a viable option and preferable alternative, especially for people who would never go for the bulky size and hefty weight of Samsung’s multimedia monster. The list of advantages includes compact size, enjoyable appeal, brilliant HD video playback and innovative camera shutter with two separate buttons.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is, however, far from perfect in every single respect. Its 8-megapixel camera is mediocre in terms of image quality, not to mention the handset can get annoyingly unresponsive in certain situations. Finally, it doesn’t come with built-in DivX and Xvid support and anyone willing to use it as a fully functional audio player replacement will have to fork out extra cash for a decent headset pair.

Of course, you need to draw the line somewhere and if we had to choose between the Vivaz and OMNIA HD today, we would certainly have a really hard time. Our likes and dislikes about either of these hang in almost perfect balance. On the one hand, Sony Ericsson’s device looks better and happens to be more compact, which goes to show handsets do not need to be bulky in order to be functional. On the other hand, Samsung’s device remains unrivaled with its exceptional multimedia capabilities, better snapshot quality and audio player. That’s why we would most probably do the following:

-    Grab the Sony Ericsson Vivaz if we needed a cool looking, compact and powerful smartphone, capable of proper HD video playback.
-    Opt for the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 if we were totally indifferent as to its overall size, weight and look, meaning all we wanted was the best HD-video-capable multimedia device on the market today (that would also allow us to score us a point or two showing it off to our high-tech loving friends). 


  • Likeable, compact and light-weight
  • Brilliant at HD video playback
  • Saturated screen colors
  • Two camera shutters


  • Its display is almost unusable in direct sunlight
  • Mediocre snapshot quality
  • Gets extremely sluggish at times
  • The boxed headset pair is awful
  • Lacks built-in DivX and Xvid support
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ktonlai (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 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?

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 19:26

2. omac (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Jan 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 19:48

4. ktonlai (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2010)

yeah, im thinking that too.

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 21:02

5. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 19:29

3. omac (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 21:05

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

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

posted on 30 Mar 2010, 05:38

7. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 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.

posted on 30 Mar 2010, 22:32

8. SkyNet.TX (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jun 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

posted on 01 Apr 2010, 02:49

9. maxng12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 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. :)

posted on 11 May 2010, 08:14

10. alelagirl (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2010)

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

posted on 31 Aug 2010, 12:18

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 herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHVeiZbCuKo

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 14:52

12. Ranguleo (unregistered)

Guys since this is uses Symbian OS,we can play DivX and Xvid videos by using 3rd party softwares ..

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.2 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
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

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