Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz vs. The Nokia N97 – Is it all about Megapixels?

29. March 2010 at 07:33


Many people assume that it is all about megapixels, and that the more megapixels a camera or phone features, the better images it will produce. If you take a look at advertisements for example, you will see that the number of megapixels a device features, is pushed intensively. However, in this review, we can demonstrate that this may not necessarily be the case. We took a closer look at Sony Ericsson’s newest Symbian based camera-monster – the Vivaz. This neat little baby packs an 8 megapixel camera into its sleek housing. Moreover, it records videos in 720p HD quality. So to compare the image quality and highlight the insignificance of the megapixels, we used the Nokia N97 and its 5 megapixel camera. Guessed which image was taken by the Vivas yet? Let’s take a look.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Satio receive equalizer application

17. March 2010 at 21:32

The official Sony Ericsson Blog brought us news that there is finally a way to enable a equalizer on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz and the Satio.

For most markets there is now an free application called “Equalizer” available on PlayNow in the music category under applications. This equalizer will give you the following different options: Off, Classical, Jazz, Dance, Party, Pop, Rock, Spoken Word, Loudness, Mega Bass and Treble Boost.

There are two important notes though: First of all this application needs the latest update to work on Satio and also since it’s a separate application it needs to be started separately when you want to start using it i.e. it’s not included under options in e.g. the music player. When an equalizer setting has been chosen it should stay even if the application is closed or the phone rebooted.

Unfortunately, this application is not deeply integrated into the music player but a standalone application.

Stuff Magazine Review The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

27. February 2010 at 04:28

Stuff Magazine Review The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

The guys over at Stuff Magazine have got their hands on the Sony Ericsson Vivas and Vivas Pro. The Vivaz Pro is the QWERTY keyboard version of the Vivaz and it still retains all the features of its sibling, barring a few key differences. The Vivas has an 8.1MP camera whereas the Vivaz Pro packs in 5.1MPs and therefore a smaller sensor to make way for it’s slide out keyboard. The Vivaz Pro is also 2mm thicker, but the best part however, is they both pack 720p HD video mode, putting it up against the likes of Samsung’s i8910 HD. Julian Whitehorn gives a quick overview of the Vivas Pro in his hands-on demo after the break.

Hands On with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

19. February 2010 at 21:59

Sony Ericsson was the only manufacturer that announced a new Symbian based handset during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is an advanced version of the Vivaz, which was announced just a week prior to MWC. Apparently there are just two main differences between these two Symbian devices – a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the downscaled 5-megapixel camera. Other than that these two devices are completely identical.

Sony Ericsson kicks off the MWC with the Vivaz Pro

14. February 2010 at 23:31

Today, at Sony Ericsson’s press conference, just one day prior the Mobile World Congress 2010 kicks off, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro has been announced. In it’s roots it’s pretty much the same as the Vivaz, that have been announced a week ago, but with two differences – a full qwerty-keyboard and a 5 megapixel camera instead of 8. Running on S60 5th Edition it comes equipped with a 3.2-inch touch-screen, WiFi, GPS and a five megapixel camera. On top of that, the Vivaz Pro records HD videos and comes, as already highlighted, with a full slide out qwerty-keyboard. The Vivaz Pro will b e available in Q2 of this year

February 14, 2010 – BarcelonaSony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro, announced today, adds a QWERTY keyboard to the touch screen offering, delivering a user experience optimised for messaging and entertainment. The full QWERTY keyboard allows consumers to communicate quickly and efficiently via email, SMS or social networking updates.

Just like flagship phone Sony Ericsson Vivaz™, announced in January, Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ pro allows consumers to produce and broadcast their best experiences in HD video. The open platform also allows users to personalise their entertainment experience by downloading great applications through PlayNow™ and the Symbian Developer Community.