Sony Ericsson Vivaz Now At AT&T

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is now available at AT&T. The review unit I tested a while back was silver, but AT&T went with Galaxy Blue. There will even be Venus Ruby available for a limited time. The Ruby version doesn’t appear to be currently available, at least on AT&T’s site.

Here are the specs:

  • Symbian OS
  • 3.2″ TFT Touchscreen (non-capacitive), 360 x 640 pixels
  • 8.1MP Camera with LED light
  • 720p Video
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD
  • Bands: GSM/GPRS850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G – UMTS/HSDPA800/850/1900/2100 MHz, Edge
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • Touchscreen Keyboard

When I reviewed the phone, it felt like a feature phone. I even called it anything but a smart phone. Sony Ericsson calls it a smartphone, and AT&T requires a smartphone plan though, so evidently I was mistaken. It is hard to picture anything not iOS or Android as “smart” nowadays.

The camera buttons on top, separated by video or still, are a nice touch. I liked being able to push the video button for movies and the camera button for stills. The picture quality at 8.1MP is as good as you’d expect from Sony, which is to say really good. I took quite a bit of video with the Vivaz while I was testing it. I took videos of everything from my son’s t-ball games to some other products I was testing. The video quality was good, but I had some trouble with the zoom. It was kinda choppy when I zoomed in or out mid-video. I was testing a prototype version though, so I am sure they fixed this by the time it was launched. The biggest problem with the camera though that is less likely to be resolved is the lack of a tripod mount. In taking video with the Flip HD or even my Sony Digital SLR, I like to mount it to a tripod. The phone is too thin to accommodate a mount though. This phone was targeted to the point and shoot crowd though, so this isn’t really a deal breaker.

I was able to talk to Sony Ericsson a little about the phone. This is geared for the young college/high school student who wants a really good camera and easy access to social networking tools. The included social networking software gives you access to Facebook, Twitter, and more in a single location. This mimics in part the Timescape app on the Xperia phones, though it was made clear that this is nothing like Timescape.

If you don’t mind using a stylus to type, and you are a fan of Symbian, this could be the smartphone for you. With a 2 year contract, the Vivaz comes in at just $79.99. This price also includes an online discount of $50. $80 for a 720p video camera and 8.1MP digital camera is a great price. If you really want a camera that can make calls, this is really the phone you’ll want to get. The call quality is really good, and the antenna held on to phone calls in typically dead signal areas. I was able to talk through most of the places my calls usually get dropped.

What do you think of the Vivaz? Are you a fan of Symbian? Is Symbian still relevant? Let me know in the comments.

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