Video: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review

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I was able to evaluate a prototype version of the Vivaz from Sony Ericsson. Check out the video below.

Overall, I think this is a decent phone. There were some issues, but as a prototype it is necessary to grant some leeway, as things may change by launch. That being said, let’s take a look at what I’d like to see changed.

The keyboard is so small that you have to use a stylus to type. This rules out most social networking, even though Twitter is featured on the navigation bar. Since the stylus is essential, it would be nice if it attached to the phone, or had a slot to store it. I ended up only using content that didn’t require typing since I’d have to bring it out every time and make sure I didn’t lose it. Another thing that bothered me a bit was the screen lock. I constantly turned off the phone while trying to engage the lock. This feature works better on other Sony Ericsson phones. Now that we’ve covered the issues, let’s look at some of the positives.

While it took some time to get used to Symbian after playing with Android for a couple weeks prior, it isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. By the end of my review I was navigating pretty well through the phone. It has a lot of good features, including the 720p video camera and 8.1MP still camera with separate buttons. I found the two button approach to be convenient. I also liked the camera light and the smile detection features. The antenna is strong on this phone. I made it through my normal drop zones on my commute without dropping a call. I was really impressed.

The bottom line, as with any phone, is that you need to go with something you are comfortable with. If you are comfortable with Symbian, and don’t want a smart phone, then the Vivaz can be a great phone for you. If you are really interested in a portable camera that also makes calls, the Vivaz is the phone for you. I really like the camera on the Vivaz. The Vivaz Pro, currently available unsubsidized at Sony Style, has a slideout QWERTY. I am a big fan of slideout keyboards. I think it would have made my experience a little better, as I could have used Twitter and Facebook and such on the phone.

What do you think? Does Symbian still have a place among modern phone operating systems? Let me know in the comments.

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