Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

First impressions

Sony Ericsson is generating a lot of buzz at the moment around its upcoming Xperia X10 handset, while the Vivaz runs the risk of being left in the X10's shadow with its similar first-quarter release schedule; however, the more we see of the Vivaz the more we like it.

One way of looking at the Vivaz is as the Sony Ericsson Satio Mark II. It will run on a similar build of the Symbian Series 60 platform as the Satio and is also being positioned as an entertainment handset with an imaging focus, which will morph Satio's 12-megapixel camera into 8 megapixels on the Vivaz with HD video recording.

The value of HD video recording in a mobile phone is yet to be proven, and the crux of this functionality is the ease with which you can share the videos after you've shot them. The Vivaz will ship with YouTube integration, which is nice, but what would really sell this feature is very simple video editing software bundled with the phone, something as easy to use as the iMovie software sold in Apple's iLife bundle. There is a TV-out option though, which will help share videos immediately even if you can't prepare them for public consumption beforehand.

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