Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Good phone but would have been better with Android instead of Symbian
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Member Name: JoIsisMarie
Sony Ericsson Vivaz
Advantages: User friendly, good looking
Disadvantages: some drawbacks
I had the option to upgrade to the Vivaz and took it, this is what I think of the phone after using it for a few weeks...
The phone is great to hold, it is slightly curved and sits nicely in my hand, I have the Vivaz Moon Silver with silver back panel with dark blue/purple sides, I think it looks great. It's light weight but not too light that it feels like a child's toy.
The phone came with a USB/wall socket charger, mobile phone headset (a bonus 3.5mm connector but no foam earplugs, meaning it is not so comfortable in my ear but not uncomfortable either) that doubles as a hands free device and a standalone stylus which can be attached to the phone (like those tacky phone charms you often see), the stylus is useful and looks good. The phone also came with a cool USB device that you can insert your phones memory card into and plug into your computer, however, the fact that the phone also comes with a USB connection cable kind of renders this gadget obsolete.
The fact the stylus comes with the phone is handy as the resistive touch screen does take a little bit of getting used to, I find that when using applications the full QWERTY keyboard is the best option to use anyway and after a few days I could use the phone without the stylus but sometimes it is best just to use it.
You can also use the mini QWERTY keyboard, a normal mobile phone keyboard and a handwriting tab that allows you to write the words as if you was using pen and ink. I feel that the handwriting option is a bit of a gimmick though and can be a pain in the arse to use at times.
The phone doesn't have so much memory but it does come with an 8 gig memory card and can be expanded further (up to 16 gig), it also has an 8 megapixel camera which is capable of HD video recording and can be easily uploaded to facebook or youtube via the phone's internet capabilities.
The facebook app that comes with the phone is annoying, you can not see when you have new messages or notifications, I downloaded facebook mobile to use which is better and will do until Sony Ericsson update there own app (if they ever do) I also find the twitter app really easy to use.
The phone also has fewer buttons on the side when compared to other models, to lock the keypad you press the off button twice, to unlock press the off button and touch the screen where it says unlock. You have the normal dedicated call answering buttons and a menu button on the front of the screen. there is also the dedicated camera button, another dedicated video button and a volume control/ zoom button on the side of the phone. The camera and video buttons can be used whilst the phone is in lock mode if you you hold the button down for a few seconds enabling the user to take quick(ish) snapshots if something catches there eye. The camera/video options and unlock can be activated whilst in your pocket though and should probably be looked at and refined a bit further.
I said the Phone would be better on Android as Symbian is slowly becoming a thing of the past however the menu system is very close to old Sony Ericsson models and with some customisation of the widgets makes the phones functions very accessible. I also like that the dial screen is right on the surface of this phone as other android phones I have used tend to hide the dial screen away.
With regards to messaging it would be nice if the conversations option was just a standard on the phone rather than it being hidden away in the messaging menu. This displays text messages very much like they are displayed on an iPhone which I really like. when typing out text messages the easiest option is the landscape full on QWERTY mode which I mentioned earlier.
Internet can be a pain on this phone, it only connects when you use an app that requires the internet which is good if you don't have any sort of unlimited data bolt on for the phone. It also asks you how you want to connect each time so a quick look at facebook or twitter is not just a quick look. There is no flash player so some site will be displayed as plain text but the youtube app for the phone is really very good.
Battery life could be better but will go to 2/3 days of casual use (if you use it intensively then it will need to be charged at the end of the day). I really do like this phone despite a few little annoyances that exist. it is very user friendly and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a Sony Ericsson.
Summary: a great mid priced phone but if you used android in the past possibly best to avoid this model
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