Sony Ericsson is an alliance of two tech giants and with phones like the Vivaz it shows. Itís a gadget all the way, one that will galvanize geeks and charm the regular user.
A whole bunch of point-and-shoot cameras today boast 720p video recording, but are they not an endangered species feeling enormous pressure on both sides? For one, there are compact video recording DSLRs pushing down with competitive price tags, and then cameraphones are eating into compact camera territory with comparable still image resolution and video capture.
Eight megapixel still images and 720p video with continuous auto focus make the Sony Ericsson Vivaz a predator of point-and-shoot cameras. The Vivaz is not just a cameraphone though, itís a smartphone as well Ė a tricked out Symbian running on a 720MHz CPU with a 3.2Ē nHD display to show it all off. Thatís all in a package more compact than any combination of a stand-alone camera and a phone you can think of.
High-end smartphones have a long history of trading compact size for cramming in one feature more than the competition. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz strikes a perfect balance between being compact and feature-full Ė great news for anyone who doesnít appreciate the recent craze of smartphones the size of a tableÖ ummÖ tablet.
The feature list leaves very little to complain about, so is it time retire your old compact camera and make the jump the Vivaz? Thatís what weíll try to find out. As for its performance as a smartphone the list of key features suggests smooth sailing most of the way.
Hold on to your hats folks, weíre jumping into the hardware part of this review.