Reviews and Problems with Sony Ericsson U8 Vivaz Pro
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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review
21 August 2010
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a phone that’s designed for the ‘power-user’ – there’s no other way to look at it given that it’s pretty much a Vivaz with a full QWERTY keyboard on the back. The only other obvious change is a lower resolution camera bolted on the back – 5MP rather than 8MP, but it still records in HD.
Cons: Decent keyboard, Runs fast, multitasks well, Screen has very good viewing angles, Compact and lightweight, Audio quality (with decent earphones), No proximity sensor for screen lock during calls, Placement of lock button, Screen could be more responsive, Slide mechanism could be smoother, All-plastic construction feels pretty cheap
Summary: The ringtone volume is medium and you can miss a call if the phone is in your pocket, especially in winter. The same can be said about the vibro, which is not powerful enough to be noticed at all times. These drawbacks are predetermined by the model's size. There was no space for a more powerful loudspeaker and better vibro.
Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro - Part Two: user experience and applications
All About Symbian
2 July 2010
Summary: In part one of our Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review, David Gilson looked at the device's ergonomic hardware design and camera performance. This time, David examines the user experience of Sony Ericsson's implementation of S60 5th Edition and the Vivaz Pro's software suite, before pronouncing a verdict - the device represents "an unfortunate set of contradictions". Read on for the full review.
Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro - Part One: Hardware
All About Symbian
1 July 2010
Summary: David Gilson and I play tag team reviewer for our coverage of Sony Ericsson's Vivaz range. Having tackled the Vivaz, I hand over to David for the Vivaz Pro - in this, part 1 of a two part review special, he examines the Vivaz Pro's hardware in detail and runs it heavily for an intensive week of duty.
Summary: The phone would have been a winner, had it featured something like the Xperia UI. But with an outdated OS and a poor touchscreen, even with its powerful video recording abilities and hardware, this phone is poor value for money.
Pros: 720p continuous autofocus video recording, Impressively thin form-factor and splendid looks
Cons: Outdated operating system, Poor value for money, Poor touchscreen
Conclusion: The Vivaz Pro is a mixed bag. It has a very good keyboard, yet the standout feature turned out to be disappointing, even if it is slightly better than its twin. There are other similar and better Symbian options out there, the closest being the Nokia N97 Mini. That has an equally good keyboard and a better build quality, but lacks the 720p video.
Conclusion: As a phone the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro works well without being outstanding in terms of voice clarity or reception. People were hearing us well, but we had some trouble with voice clarity on our end. The ear speaker's quietness probably plays its part here too. The loudspeaker is strong and clear, but the included headset works the same as with the Vivaz - hard to hear and flat sounding, though it serves its purpose when used as a mike for recording video interviews and...
Pros: Shoots HD video, Great design - small, light, fits perfectly in the hand, Ergonomic keyboard
Cons: Expensive, Average low light performance of the camera, Popular, but aged OS, No kinetic scrolling in menus and built-in browser, No preinstalled games, Quickoffice and Wisepilot are trial versions
Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro review: HD gets a Pro flavor
4 June 2010
Conclusion: We’ve had plenty of positive things to say about the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro and some not so positive. In the end, it’s how the pros and cons balance. It looks like a simple trade-off: still camera downgraded, QWERTY keyboard added. But hey, keeping the compact size is quite an achievement. The hardware QWERTY is the obvious improvement over the vanilla Vivaz.
Pros: 3.2" 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, geotagging and touch focus, HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus, Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homescreen and media menu, 720 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator, Quad-band GSM support, 3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support, Wi-Fi b/g; DLNA, GPS with A-GPS suppor...
Cons: Camera downgraded from 8MP on the regular Vivaz, No camera lens protection, The S60 5th edition UI isn't the best in usability, No auto locking of the screen during a call, No DivX or XviD support out-of-the-box, No smart or voice dialing, No secondary videocalling camera