Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review


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Introduction

We are taking interest in providing the review of anointed sibling of Vivaz – the Vivaz pro – through its paces and see how it stacks up against it. Few days after the launch of the Xperia X10 Mini here in India, Sony Ericsson has launched the Vivaz Pro. The phone is visually similar to the existing Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Vivaz pro sports the ability to shoot video with high definition quality, something very few phones so far have bragging rights for. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a phone that's designed for the 'power-user' - there's no other way to look at it given that it's pretty much a Vivaz with a full QWERTY keyboard on the back.
Vivaz pro is providing al those features that were not in previous Vivaz edition, as it is a vice-versa of previos one. It is providing a new touch of keyboard and as well as camera.
The box contains following items::
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro
Headset
AC Adapter
8GB Micro SD card
1200mAh Li-Po Battery
Micro USB Cable
Manual


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Design

We have received a slim white box, it is as similar to the previous one. The phone Vivaz pro, visually similar to the existing Vivaz, as opposed to the black Vivaz review unit, which might bias the design overview because the phone simply looks great in white and capturing the every eye. Design leave to Sony Ericsson to craft a beautiful piece of technology and they will not disappoint us. They will not compromise with its beauty, it is small and light, it fits perfectly in the hand and the phone may be women's favorite coz of its white color.
Vivaz has the great engineering with its technology and design. If we talk about the keyboard, it is slide-out keyboard with
 bulky, capable powerhouses that were custom-made more to the business user, where function often trumps form. Sony Ericsson has done terrific engineering to keep matters thin and rounded, and this might easily be the most graceful phone with a full slide-out we have been holding so far, despite the fact it is an all out plastic structure. It is just a bit taller than the Vivaz, with the negligible 2.5 mm added thickness, but keeping the same 360x640 3.2” screen with vibrant, saturated colors but of the nail-friendly resistive type. 
The left hand side of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro has undergone some design changes – the micro USB port is at the top now, swapped places with the 3.5mm audio jack. The speaker has gone to the back of the phone, and at the bottom left side we have the mike and the small projection aimed to steady the grip when pressing the two camera buttons on the right side. The screen is the same fingerprint magnet, with one more point that might appeal the Vivaz pro to women apart from the design - it can be used as a decent mirror.
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If we place our eye to the bottom portion of the phone then how can we avoid talking about the keyboard - after all that's what the Vivaz pro is about and the Vivaz is not. In short it is great, slides out easily and snaps into place with a supportive click of the just tight enough spring-loading mechanism. Not only is it well-built and the phone itself is so light, but also the weight of the two halves is distributed equally so as to allow comfortable typing without having to do wrist exercises. The key travel is a bit shallow, but we didn't expect more considering how thin the device is, and having a rubberized physical key under your thumbs does wonders for typing speed and accuracy. The layout is rectangular in the modern style. We got the QWERTZ version of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro so don't worry to see the places of the “Y” and the “Z” swapped in our phone shots, it's the German layout.

Features


The comprehensive features of the new Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro mobile phone are:
Ø    Size: 109 x 52 x 15 mm
Ø    Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs
Ø    Video call time: Up to 2 hrs 30 min
Ø    Phone memory: Up to 75 MB
Ø    Weight: 117 grams
Ø    Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 10 min
Ø    Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs
Ø    Operating system:Symbian S60 5th edition Processor: 720 MHz
Ø    Memory card support: SanDisk micro SD, expandable up to 16 GB
Ø    Memory card included: 8 GB micro SD card
Ø    Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 12 hrs 30 min

  • Screen
    Ø    16:9 nHD touch screen (TFT)
    Ø    16,777,216 color
    Ø    3.2 inches
    Ø    360 x 640 pixels
    Ø    Scratch-resistant

  • Camera
    Ø    megapixel camera
    Ø    4x digital zoom
    Ø    Smile detection
    Ø    Video recording (720p HD recording)
    Ø    Auto focus (photos)
    Ø    Photo light
    Ø    Continuous auto focus (video)
    Ø    Send to web
    Ø    Face detection (photos)
    Ø    Geo tagging
    Ø    Image stabilizer
    Ø    Touch capture
    Ø    Video light

  • Entertainment
    Ø    3D games
    Ø    Facebook application
    Ø    FM radio
    Ø    Java
    Ø    Twitter application
    Ø    Video streaming
    Ø    Video viewing
    Ø    YouTube
    Ø    Organizer
    Ø    Alarm clock
    Ø    Calculator
    Ø    Calendar
    Ø    Document readers
    Ø    Flight mode
    Ø    Notes
    Ø    Phone book

  • Preloaded applications
    Ø    Facebook – social networking
    Ø    YouTube – video sharing
    Ø    Rally Master Pro
    Ø    World Mate – clock and weather app
    Ø    Google Maps – navigation
    Ø    QuickOffice – Microsoft® Office viewer (trial version)
    Ø    PDF Viewer (trial version)
    Ø    Wisepilot – navigation
    Ø    Road Sync – synchronization
    Ø    SMS Preview – messaging app
    Ø    Twitter – social networking
    Ø    Quadrapop

  • Design
    Ø    Auto rotate
    Ø    Full slide-out keyboard
    Ø    Picture wallpaper
    Ø    Symbian OS
    Ø    Touch screen

  • Connectivity
    Ø    3.5 mm audio jack
    Ø    Modem
    Ø    DLNA Certified (photos and audio)
    Ø    Bluetooth technology
    Ø    Micro USB connector
    Ø    Wi-Fi
    Ø    Synchronization
    Ø    USB support
    Ø    PictBridge printing
    Ø    TV out (VGA resolution)
    Ø    USB mass storage

  • Music
    Ø    Album art
    Ø    Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
    Ø    Music player
    Ø    Music tones (MP3/AAC)
    Ø    Media player
    Ø    PlayNow
    Ø    TrackID

  • Location-based services
    Ø    A-GPS
    Ø    Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation
    Ø    Google Maps

Conclusion

Considering that both the Vivaz and the Vivaz pro are touted by Sony Ericsson for their High Definition video abilities, the price is positioning the Vivaz pro as a direct competitor to the current high-end Smartphone crop out there, like the HTC flagships, the iPhones and the Nokia N9. These are alarming opponents and perhaps only the die-hard physical keyboard fans will reach for the Vivaz pro on the counter. As usual, time will tell and in the meantime we'll be reviewing all the upcoming summer HD we can get our hands on. We like the Qwerty keyboard, which does give it an edge over its touchscreen-only precursor, and the 720p camcorder works well, shooting good quality footage. This phone's flaws invariably drag down the few elegant features though, and for its market price, we'd expect a considerably higher level of quality.

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