Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Not a Good Purchase
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Member Name: paulw82
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Advantages: 8.1M Camera (in Daylight only), syncs with itunes no problem
Disadvantages: Build Quality, Un-responsive screen, Software/Memory problems, very low sound quality
I received two Vivaz`s as part of an upgrade from my phone supplier for my wife and I and the phone seemed very promising. The specifications of 8.1M camera, HD video, autotagging, sleek design all gave it a lot of advantages, but then the trouble started.
The screen is a resistive type screen which means its harder to use than the capacitive type , ie Iphone / Samsung WAVE / Xperia etc, and to be honest it is very sluggish. If you have this phone for a 24 month contract with the resistive type screen, then i`m afraid it`s old technology which is not the way forward for general internet use.
It takes a long time to get used to the vast amount of menus and sub menus, but this is the least of your worries.
The phone seems to run out of memory for no apparent reason and it won`t be too long before you have to do a factory reset to get rid of the problems. I contacted my phone supplier about the problems only to be told to do a software update, i did this but i lost everything on the phone.
The phone then started to freeze, which a removal of the battery could only resolve. In relation to the build quality, it is plastic all the way through. no metal! If i was to pay £300.00 for this on the PAYG method then i would have been gutted, as it feels very cheap.
My wifes phone was even worse, the screen was unresponsive, software problems occured on a regular basis until the screen took about 10 seconds to respond. Then the phone died after creating a 30 second video. Prior to this, the power charging point fell out!
We complained and got the vivaz phones replaced after three weeks with another manufacture. I am not sorry to see the back of the Vivaz and neither is my wife.
There is one one redeeming feature about this phone for me and that is the 8.1 mega pixel camera. It takes beautiful pictures in the daylight, sharp crisp
Summary: Probably Sony Ericsson worst phone, stay away from this costly error
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