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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro is basically the Sony Ericsson Vivaz plus a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the Vivaz, the Vivaz Pro has the same curved back and slim profile. The addition of the keyboard makes the Vivaz pro slightly thicker, but with measurements of 109 x 52 x 15mm and a weight 117g its not exactly bulky.

The 3.2 inch display 640 x 360-pixel display is the same as the Vivaz. In other words its fantastic with good density and sharp images. With the exception of the qwerty keyboard, the only other small difference between the Vivaz and the Pro version, is the Pro version has a 5 megapixel camera rather than the 8 megapixel unit found in the original Vivaz (presumably this is because the addition of the keyboard means less room for camera technologies). However this 5 megapixel camera provides high quality photographs and HD recording, the reduction in pixel resolution is not noticeable in everyday use.

The build quality and construction of the Vivaz Pro is top notch, despite the use of plastics rather tham metal for the casings. Luckily the matt finish does not show finger prints and the screen stays reasonably clean too and is easy to wipe.

The resistive touchscreen display is perhaps not quite as vibrant as the newer AMPLED screens but is responsive and sharp. In any case most users will use the full qwerty keyboard as the main point of interaction, rather than the on-screen keyboard which means the user experience is improved over the standard Vivaz.That being said, the Symbian S60 operating system is starting to look very dated against some of the smartphone competition.

Twitter and other social networking applications are included such as Facebook and Flickr. Many other applications can be downloaded from the PlayNow service but prices seem expensive compared to Apple or Android store. Popular web services such as BBC iplayer and Youtube also get shortcuts from the video tab.

The standard 3.5mm jack means you can use your favourite headphones and the audio quality and volume is pretty good. But the prime feature of the Vivaz Pro is the camera, particularly the HD video capture. There are tons of options available for both still photography and video recording available, such as smart panoramic mode, LED illuminator, touch to shoot, autofocus and focus modes, smile shutter and face detection. The high-definition video is awesome (and simple to use with dedicated video button), with night mode and a number of effects such as black & white, sepia, or the funky solarize look!

Advantages: Easier to use than the Vivaz due to qwerty keyboard, amazing high definition video camera, responsive touch-screen. Available on T-mobile, Vodafone and o2 networks.

Disadvantages: bit bulkier than average due to qwerty keypad, camera definition (in terms of pixels) less than original Vivaz, Symbian S60 operating system is less than optimum nowadays, however it works pretty well in this incarnation

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