Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Simple, Smart if not Stunning
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Member Name: fiisch
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Advantages: Flash, relatively easy to use, great camera
Disadvantages: Perhaps not as impressive as the iPhone, expensive on PAYG
Despite being a tender twenty-four years of age, I am resistant to technoloy and having lost several phones in the past I'd stubbornly stuck to a brick of a Nokia, convincing myself that it was far superior to the increasingly nifty units making its way onto the market. Indeed, I would not describe myself as a technology buff, but when my Vodafone contract ultimately expired I was ordered to acquire something more in-keeping with the times.
The mobile phone market is over-saturated with a variety of phones, packed with more features than the average user will ever need, myself included. The advert for the Vivaz was uninspiring, but boasting an impressive 8 megapixel camera it was an option not to be ignored. I was reluctant to opt for a Sony-Ericsson given software problems I had endured on previous handsets. I need not have worried. Whilst the interface is not as slick nor as simple as a Nokia, it takes little getting used to. The camera quality is fantastic for a mobile phone, and puts some of its competitors to shame.
The obvious rival to the Vivaz is the fabled iPhone, which brags a superb array of "apps". However, the expense and cliched image of the phone put me off. The Vivaz is equally flash if you're worried about impressing your mates, and whilst it can't measure the G Force you can pull on a roundabout in your mates Vauxhall Nova, it's quick and easy to text and is slightly smaller than its portly Apple equivalent.
If you're clueless like me about phones, then the Vivaz is a great option. It does everything the average user would need, and looks good to boot! The phone is a good size, fitting neatly in the pocket but not so that it's too fiddly to use. I also managed to get mine on a very cheap contract - just £10 a month with Vodafone, with unlimited texts and 200 minutes. That said, I am a long-serving (or should that read enduring?) customer and did have a few issues with my previous contract and threatened not to renew. A definite contender if you're coming to the end of your contract!
Summary: Wonderful little unit - I can have no complaints!!
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