Sony Ericson has been busy of late with new handsets, and V3.co.uk has just had a shiny Vivaz Pro delivered to have a play with.
The Vivaz Pro is small, with dimensions of 109mm x 52mm x 15mm and lightweight, weighing in at 117g.
The handset looks nice enough on first glance, with the 3.2in touchscreen looking an enticing prospect, but as always looks can be deceiving and the problems really begin when you slide out the Qwerty keyboard.
For starters, it makes the device look like it was designed a decade ago, with bland looking letters that are tightly packed together. This could be forgiven if the keys were actually nice to type on, but unfortunately they aren't.
When typing, users will constantly have to stretch their thumbs to get to the keys in the middle and this can lead to significant discomfort, especially for those who message a lot on the move.
It's not just the keyboard which is the problem. Everything about the device feels dated, especially the Symbian OS.
The home screen is lifeless, aside from a few icons located in a row along the top and the main menu is a thoroughly uninspiring with a basic list of applications. This is a far cry from the HTC Sense UI and Apple's iOS4 interface, which give users an immersive experience.
Unfortunately, the bad news continues as the 3.2in HD touchscreen is probably one of the most unresponsive on the market. The low 360 x 640 resolution doesn't help and the only bonus is that it is scratch-resistant.
The browser experience seems to be pretty woeful, as the phone doesn't support pinch to zoom capabilities and a page has to be viewed in pieces instead of as a whole.
Sony Ericson also felt the need to only allocate 75MB of internal memory so it is good that the phone comes with an 8GB micro-SD card. However, the device can only support a card up to 16GB, which is disappointing.
The 5.1 megapixel camera is decent with a whole host of features including 4x digital zoom, auto focus, face and smile detection, but ultimately this is an extra and it can't hide the fact that the Vivaz Pro seems to fall short in pretty much all the basic areas.
A full review will be posted on V3.co.uk in the near future.
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