Calling quality isn't one of the highlights of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz since there is some static noise which can be heard on our end, however, it doesn't entirely interfere with our conversations. Thanks to the strong tones emitted by the handset's earpiece, we were still able to make out the voices of our callers. However, the same cannot be said about the other end of the line as our callers stated that our voice sounded rather crackly. And switching to the speakerphone, it presented some mute and weak tones which makes it difficult to comprehend full words at certain times.

During our time using the Vivaz, we didn't experience any issues regarding signal strength as we used it in the greater Philadelphia area.

Power users will especially find the battery life out of the Vivaz to be more than equipped in providing a solid day of heavy usage. Now that's something worthwhile seeing that we manually set the brightness level of the phone to its maximum setting. Obviously, more juice can be achieved by setting the brightness to a lower position and simply managing running applications better. The manufacturer has the phone rated for 13 hours of talk and 430 hours of standby time.


Following a similar release schedule like the Xperia X10 we've recently checked out, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz manages to retain that same level of luster we found when it was launched a while back – which is mainly due to its on-contract price. Come to think of it, this has to be one of the better S60 5th Edition handset released stateside by a national carrier that we've been lucky to experience. Although it might not lay claim to having the biggest or baddest camera specs out there, it suffices in achieving a reasonable level that's considerably supplemented with its strikingly good looks. When it's priced at $79.99 and packs all of the goodies that the smartphone platform has to offer, it does make for one rather appealing device – despite being launched much later than expected.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Video Review:


  • Nice compact design
  • Displays brilliant colors
  • Two separate camera buttons
  • Long battery life


  • Average camera performance
  • Unusable in direct sunlight
  • Unsatisfying call quality
  • Weak speaker

PhoneArena Rating:




3. SenseFTW unregistered

how come this has "average camera performance" yet it is listed as a top camera phone in the editors picks?

2. Lord Jupiter unregistered

A pity, but its fine 720p vid capabilities are wrapped into a mediocre phone. The device has a flimsy, cheap feel to it. Upon checking new phones out at AT&T for contract renewal my lady and I both went with the Aria for phone upgrade instead. Too bad for the Vivaz. SE: close but NO cigar this time around. Peace!

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I'll pass. This phone is just too outdated.
Vivaz a
  • 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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