Sony Ericsson Vivaz, analysis (I)
Sony Ericsson is going through a moment of transition between its current Symbian phones and the first Android terminals, the change can not go wrong considering that S60 does not give much more of itself. With the Sony Ericsson Vivaz we find a phone with an outstanding design and remarkable technical specifications, but which its Symbian operating system and resistive screen do not allow to be on top.
I do not want to start the analysis by giving a negative idea of the phone, but if I make it clear from the beginning that the current state of Symbian may be interesting for phones in a lower price range, or with less ambition. Vivaz is a phone built to be a winner, for specs, design, and for the added value of an outstanding camera, making Symbian a small drag on your way to success. Fortunately, the desktop, features and customization made by Sony Ericsson greatly improve the user experience.
Let's get to know it better in a video in which I review its interface and external appearance:
Sony Ericsson Vivaz, great design in small dimensions
Despite the fact that I have made an effort so that the graphic material of the analysis has quality, it is difficult to appreciate the small dimensions of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz in it until it is in your hands. They have managed to make a really attractive phone, by weight, thinness and careful design details.
One of the aspects that make it seem to have less volume is its curvature, and when it comes to dimensions, we are talking specifically about 107 × 51.7 × 12.5 mm, and a weight of 97 grams. Few phones with screens larger than 3 inches will be in these numbers.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz phone is available in four colors: Silver Moon, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, and Venus Ruby. We have the opportunity to try the blue model, and it looks really good in person. As for the materials, practically everything is plastic, but the quality and construction make us stick with an idea of remarkable hardness and durability.
Resistive screen, but of remarkable quality
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz phone has a 3.2-inch touch screen, in the same line as other Symbian phones, it has a resolution of 640 × 360 pixels. The quality of image representation in it is beyond doubt, the 16 million colors look really good in a matter of liveliness and contrast. We can not say the same when going outside, where it is difficult to see something clearly, a negative detail when we find a practically tactile interface.
Resistive technology is chosen for the occasion in the Sony Ericsson Vivaz, we already know how interesting it is in a matter of definition, and for this the phone incorporates a beautifully designed pointer, but at this point I do not think it is the best choice for a touch interface. In his favor I will say that his answer is quite good, better than what we can find in most resistive screens on the market, for example that of a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. For my taste almost at the level of the Nokia N900, or perhaps it is that the system is better optimized.
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz phone has an ambient light sensor, but not a proximity sensor, so we can accidentally press the screen while we speak, being resistive is more complicated, but its presence would not have been bad.
Sony Ericsson Vivacious, small buttons, but adequate and dedicated
Leaving the screen a bit we will say that the physical navigation buttons under the screen are too small, but once you get used to them they are not a problem. It is appreciated that they are not tactile.
Like other Symbian the button the power button and screen lock (double click) is at the top, for those who do not know how it works, from it we can also change the profiles.
On the right side we find the typical volume control and a couple of buttons dedicated to the camera, we will talk more ahead of them.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz, memories and connectors
Sony is friends with creating special connectors like FastPort, as well as proprietary memory cards that are gradually disappearing in new phones. On the right side of the Vivaz we can find a standard 3.5mm jack connector that many will appreciate, but which has a somewhat strange arrangement as you can see in the images.
Right next to it we find a microUSB port that has a rubber protector, and that is that Sony Ericsson pampers these details. As far as memory cards go, luckily it uses microSD, and an 8GB (expandable up to 16GB) comes in the package of the model I'm testing. As internal memory of the device we find some testimonials 75MB.
Excellent hardware, little used
The Sony Ericsson Vivaz phone in terms of process and possibilities is no joke, it has a 720Mhz Cortex A8 processor and a PowerVR graphics process unit, when it comes to memory RAM, the device has 150MB free once the operating system is loaded, quite a lot if we take into account that a Nokia N97 is about 50 MB.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why it is a shame that the operating system is not up to the task in terms of fluidity and use of hardware, but it is a reality that when we are playing with quality multimedia material or pulling multitasking, note that the device is pretty much left over.
The connectivity of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is typical in this type of phone, we find WiFi (support DLNA) and Bluetooth, and support for networks GSM and 3G (HSDPA /HSUPA).
Many will like to know that it has a stereo FM radio, and the possibility of viewing our multimedia content on a large screen thanks to the television output it has. At this point in the film they have not forgotten to include a receiver Gps but unfortunately there is no digital compass.
A larger battery than the Satio
Whoever has messed with his older brother Satio, will know that the battery he carries is 1000mAh, so taking into account that the Vivaz is quite smaller we were not going to expect anything bigger, but the surprise has been to find a 1200 battery mAh.
The official figures inform us that in 3G use, autonomy is just over five hours, while if what we do is watch video continuously, we will reach two and a half hours. In waiting time we arrive until 430 hours.
The figures may seem somewhat optimistic, but in my daily use, which I consider quite complete both when it comes to squeezing connectivity, and in the different functions I do with mobiles, it has been meeting those numbers. Considering that I have been playing a lot with a camera that records in 720p format, and the reproduction of the same, it seems to me that spending more than a day without the need to charge the phone is a remarkable autonomy. If you are not so demanding with the use, you have a mobile for long.
By size and design the terminal stands out above the average, for these characteristics it is the phone that I would choose, but as I mentioned at the beginning of the news, the resistive screen and an operating system one step behind the references in the market, Android and iPhone, makes me lose a lot of interest, which on the other hand recovers when we play with his camera.
The thing ends here for today, tomorrow I will publish my final conclusions accompanied by some important sections that deserve a separate article, such as the possibilities of the camera in both video and photo. I will also present you some alternatives and the availability of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz in our country.
In Xataka | Sony Ericsson Vivaz, analysis (II).
Official site | Sony Ericsson.
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