Performance and Conclusion:

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). 



Pros

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

Cons

  • 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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.8

User Rating:

8.2
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Vivaz

PhoneArena Score:

8.5

User Score:

8.2
  • Display 3.2 inches 640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.075GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • OS Symbian S60 5th Edition

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