Thoughts on Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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Sony Ericsson’s foray into many different OS supporting their handsets is reaching quite a bit of momentum. They’ve more or less ventured into every platform they can get their hands on, which to me shows the company doesn’t quite know which will be the true successor, but much like HTC perhaps isn’t relying on any one OS.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Their previous Symbian powered handset didn’t quite live up to expectation, (Satio) although it did raise a lot of eyebrows and attention. What let it down mostly was buggy software and poor battery life, after which it was pretty quickly removed from shelves by many of the big retail stores.

I’m hoping they’ve learnt from those mistakes and have put that knowledge into their 2nd Symbian device. With experience with UIQ devices previously I find it unacceptable they would be making such poor mistakes. They’ve announced the Vivaz, which on paper looks to be one pretty slick and impressive device. It’s been touted as a multimedia device and as expected has some very impressive features; 8.1 Megapixel camera, 16:9nHD 640×360 screen, 720p video capture and various software enhanced features for taking stills too.

Whether or not it will be on par with the quality of other handsets (Samsung’s OmniaHD) and other point and shoot 720p cameras we will have to wait and see.

On the design front it looks very sleek with a curvy back, it will most definitely be slippery and smooth which could in turn become hazardous for the handset. Being predominantly made from plastic I would wonder about the build quality also. These points I would have to see for myself, but for now it’s one handset that has peaked my interest and the fact it’s running on Symbian S60 5th edition makes it even more intriguing as I haven’t been interested in anything Symbian for a long while.

Some highlighted features of the Vivaz:

  • HD video – produce and broadcast your best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features
  • Social networking – easy access to social networks such as Facebook™ and Twitter
  • 8.1 megapixel camera – capture life’s moments in high quality
  • Face and smile detection – a perfect picture every time
  • Sony Ericsson Media Player
  • DLNA Certified (photos and audio)
  • 16.9 nHD wide touch screen (640 x 360 pixels nHD)
  • A-GPS.

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