It’s not out until next week, but we’ve got our eager little mitts on the Sony Ericsson Vivaz – an ergonomically designed, HD-video shooting handset that will fit in your pocket.We’ll be putting it through its paces over the next few days but to whet your appetite here’s a sneaky peek at what’s in the box.
The handset is just a wee slip of a thing, weighing in at just 97g. It comes with a microUSB charger – which is great because microUSB chargers are easier to come by than proprietary Sony Ericsson ones. Unfortunately, that is a stylus you can see at the bottom – the touchscreen on the handset is probably one of the best resistive screens we’ve used, but for typing and other activities which need precision, you’ll be best off using the stylus. But here’s the really good news: the Vivaz comes with a 3.5mm headphone socket. Sony Ericsson has favoured its proprietary FastPort headphone connector in the past, so we’re glad to be able to use our existing headphones with the Vivaz without needing an adaptor.
The homescreen has a series of tabs across the top – you can customise this with various applications and assign your own photos to the thumbnails too. The background is a fluid wave that works with the phone’s accelerometer to move as you move the handset, which is a nice touch.
If you’re not a fan of the widget-based homescreen, you can opt for a cleaner version with just menu buttons at the bottom.
The menu screen is nicely spaced, and applications that are already running have a small green dial on their top right hand corners (like the Organiser app here). You can switch between applications easily using the options tab.
Because video is such a big deal on the Vivaz, Sony Ericsson has given it a dedicated button on the side of the handset – the smaller button opens the video recording function, while the larger opens the standard still-shot camera.
The camera has an LED flash as well as an 81-megapixel camera. It can shoot 720p video (which is high definition) but you can opt for lower-res video in order to save on memory space.
This is just a still shot we took using the camera – it’s really nice and crisp. The 3.2-inch TFT display adds to the quality of the image too.