Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Posted by Dina N

I've been a fan of Sony Ericsson phones for a long time, so I was very excited to try two of their new Smartphones: the Xperia X10 and the Vivaz. Both of these phones make excellent gifts, and I am delighted to feature them in my Holiday Gift Guide 2010. Stay tuned for my review of the Xperia X10, and now let me tell you about the Vivaz, one phone with lots of pizazz.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz I received is a little jewel of a phone, in a beautiful dark blue color called Galaxy Blue. It is also available in a stylish red called Venus Ruby. I found the Vivaz easy and quite intuitive to use. I effortlessly connected to my wireless network at home, as well as to Wi-Fi spots, took pictures, watched videos, and am quite impressed by all of its cool features. The design of the phone is top notch! My husband who is quite picky about his tech toys loves this phone, too.

The Vivaz has a very nice 3.2” nHD 16 million color touchscreen. The image quality and the resolution are excellent. This phone is smaller than most Smartphones I've seen and comes with a stylus. I found the screen big enough, and the stylus a nice addition although I can easily manipulate the menus without it. The phone has an 8.1 megapixel camera with HD video and face and smile detection. There are two quick camera keys – video and photo. After I take my pics and videos, it is easy to upload them onto Picasa and YouTube via the pre-loaded links. The Vivaz has Facebook and Twitter applications, and stereo Bluetooth wireless technology. A very cool feature is the Vlingo voice recognition.

The Vivaz comes with a 2 GB microSD card and up to 32 GB expandable memory slot. The battery allows up to 335 minutes talk time and up to 328 hours standby. 

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is available at AT&T for $79.99 with a two-year contract and new activation, after an online discount - at this price, it's a steal considering all the cool capabilities. The full no-commitment price is $429.99.

Bottom line? The Vivaz would delight the tech geek, the style-conscious, the gadget lover, the multitasker, the social media addict - in other words, several of my split personalities.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

4 comments:

  1. dor said...

    It looks like a jewel too. They always seem way too complicated to me but the way you describe....I think I could handle it. Thanks.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. DonnaP said...

    Cool phone! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Susan said...

    I'm pretty good at learning technology so owning a phone with so many features wouldn't be a problem. Maybe I should look into it.

    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Patty said...

    Sounds great and looks even better. Thanks for the review

    patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com

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