Sony Ericsson Vivaz

The Good The Sony Ericsson Vivaz has a sleek design, good call quality, and a heavy load of features.

The Bad The Sony Ericsson Vivaz's resistive touch screen isn't the most easy to use. Internal performance is sluggish, and data service is unreliable.

The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson Vivaz offers value for its price, but we'd suggest paying extra for a more powerful smartphone.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.3 Overall


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Sony Ericsson Vivaz

You might say that AT&T's Sony Ericsson Vivaz is suffering from a split personality disorder. On one hand, it's a modern device with a sleek design and a selection of multimedia features. Look a bit closer, however, and you'll see an operating system that hasn't stood the test of time. Sure, the Symbian operating system was perfectly fine three years ago, but in 2010 its features and usability just don't measure up to its Android and iOS rivals. Indeed, this is one operating system that needs its impending revamp.

Outside of th OS, the Vivaz has a few high points including its camera and music player, and that attractive design. Call quality was satisfying, as well, though the sluggish internal performance and resistive touch screen can be tedious to use. At $79.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the Vivaz won't empty your wallet, but we'd be more inclined to pay a few extra dollars and the extra power that comes with a device like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

We wouldn't blame you if you confused the Vivaz with a new Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot camera. The tapered ends don't exactly scream "phone" and the controls on the left end are similarly deceptive. It's even worse when you view the handset from behind and see only a camera lens and flash. Rest assured, however, that the Vivaz is truly a phone that can send messages and make calls. Multimedia is also part of the story, of course, but communications is the Vivaz's primary goal.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $80
  • Brand Sony
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 3.2 in
  • Weight 3.4 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features PictBridge direct printing, TV Link
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