Not like Sony Ericsson were amateurs in this field, they’re pretty experienced, but that hasn’t stopped them going all “Pro” at Mobile World Congress this year. They’ve announced a slew of handsets, which are pro versions of already announced handsets that haven’t been released yet. If this hasn’t confused you already, it gets worse trust me.
I’m not going to go into the whole “pro” circus in detail, but basically according to Sony Ericsson, Pro = QWERTY keyboard. Yep nothing more, nothing less. Don’t bother looking at anything in the specs sheet or hidden clues. If you buy a Sony Ericsson handset this year and want a physical QWERTY keyboard, just look for the Pro badge!
So they have now announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro and the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro. Very catchy names I have to admit! The Vivaz in my opinion looks gorgeous, but adding that physical keyboard makes it look pretty horrendous. But if it’s an option for those that wanted a physical QWERTY keyboard then you should be happy. Catering to the markets is what Sony Ericsson are doing it seems, albeit confusing at the same time.
What does that leave for the virtual keyboard on the Vivaz itself, will it be good enough to use, or will everyone that buys a Vivaz have to move on to the Pro version because it’s that bad? These questions need to be answered, we shall hopefully find out in the very near future.