Following the recent release on the Sony Ericsson Satio which we had the pleasure of testing here at Zath, they have announced the second instalment of their new family of ‘communication entertainment’ phones which promises to not only match, but exceed the standard set by its predecessor: the Sony Ericsson Vivaz.
Even if you didn’t know beforehand that the two mobile phones were ‘related’ just looking at the two next to each other kind of gives it away as the Vivaz looks remarkably like a slimmed down, brighter version of the comparatively blocky Satio.
This isn’t all that surprising as ‘looks’ seem to be one of the main two selling points of the Vivaz, and despite the fact that really it looks nothing like the shape of ‘the human body’ (which is what the publicity excitedly claims) the new design philosophy of ‘delivering beauty inside and out’ has succeeded as it really does look quite nice!
Whilst the front of the phone looks like the Satio has been melted and curved, the most dramatic differences are on the sides on the back where bright colours – the phone comes in ‘Cosmic Black’, ‘Moon Silver’, ‘Galaxy Blue’ and ‘Venus Ruby’ – that it make it look that bit more exciting, which fits into the general ethos of the phone… those more proficient at Portuguese will tell you that Vivaz translates to meaning spirited, or lively!
Moving onto the back we have the camera which sits flush to the form in the centre of the phone, next to a small silver ‘HD’ logo, which brings me nicely onto the next main selling point of the phone.
Whilst the 8.1 megapixel value is pretty impressive it is still somewhat dwarfed by Satio’s 12, so it may seem odd at first that Sony Ericsson are emphasising this. But it is not the still images which they are focusing on (no pun intended, although it is rather apt!) rather the video capabilities which manage an impressive 720p which along with continuous autofocus promises a crisp image every time!
When you’ve recorded your lovely video you can then sit back and watch it on the impressive 640×320 3.2” Widescreen, or in true ‘internet phone’ fashion upload it direct to Youtube using the Wifi capabilities of the phone.
With regards to the phone it is very similar to the Satio in many ways. For a start it also has GPS, and thus comes preloaded both Google Maps and ‘Wisepilot turn-by-turn’ navigation which could well save you a bit on buying a Sat Nav!
With regards to apps it comes preloaded with a host of social networking options in the form of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others, the standard selection of ‘organiser’ tools (Calculator, Calendar etc) but unfortunately still no mention of a stopwatch function!
So that’s essentially the Sony Ericsson Vivaz mobile phone — the Satio’s lively little brother! Whilst it may not have the suave finish that suits the Satio to even the boardroom, I think that the brighter feel with ultimately make it more popular when it’s released in Q1 this year. That is not to say that it will replace the Satio — I in fact think that Sony Ericsson have been very canny and that the two phones, whilst being similar, aim themselves at subtly different markets — rather that they will complement each other, and as the marketing material points out, create a ‘communication entertainment’ family!
UPDATE: You won’t have to wait long until you can get your hands on one of these as the Sony Ericsson Vivaz release date on Vodafone UK mobile network is scheduled for 9th March 2010.