Sony Ericsson Vivaz Review, Price and Specifications

The two major difference between Vivaz and upcoming Vivaz Pro is only the sliding QWERTY Keyboard available in Vivaz pro and it is not available in Vivaz.But the qwerty keyboard available in Vivaz pro looks quite comfortable with proper spacing between the keys.Other difference is with resolution of the camera.Vivaz comes with 8 megapixel camera whereas vivaz pro comes only with 5 megapixel camera.
With this new mobile Sony ericsson is ready to compete with similar devices from Nokia and Samsung like N97,Samsung Corby Pro and with other LG models.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

Weight & Internal Memory of Vivaz and other mobiles

Weight 97g
Internal Memory 75MB

Vivaz Pro
Weight 117 g
Internal Memory 75MB

Nokia N97
Weight 150 g
Internal Memory 32 GB storage 128MB RAM

Nokia N97 Mini
Weight 135 g
Internal Memory 8 GB storage 128MB RAM

Samsung Corby Pro
Weight 135g
Internal Memory 150 MB

LG GW820
Weight Not Released
Internal Memory Not Released

    Other Exciting features of Vivaz and Vivaz Pro
    Dedicated single video key and on one press we will be able to shoot the video and publish the same
    Face detection facility enables the user to sharpen the face in the picture and also it can focus on the same.This is something called as face detection mechanism.
    Touch screen with drag and drop facility.It is easy to transfer media files between phone and PC via drag and drop
    Accelerometer sensor for UI to auto-rotate vertically / horizontally
    Turn-to-mute and snoozing alarms
    Built in aGPS which is similar to Google Maps
    Supports many other applications including YouTube,Facebook and Twitter apps,TrackID music recognition TV out (VGA resolution),- Organizer,QuickOffice document reader
    Dimension of the device is about 109.0 x 52.0 x 15.0 mm
    Screen size is 4.3 x 2.0 x 0.6 inches
    Resolution of the Screen 360×640 pixel
    Mobile phone is available in two colours – black and white
    Internal memory Phone memory -70MB
    Extensible with SanDisk microSD™ (up to 16GB)
    Supports 3G,Wi-Fi,GPRS ,Bluetooth,WLAN
    Unlimited CallRecords can be stored
    standard battery, Li-Po 1200 mAh
    Stand-by time – Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 440 h (3G)
    Talk time – Up to 12 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 10 min (3G)
    Symbian S60v5 operating system

Price of both Vivaz and Vivaz pro is expected to be around $550 and in India it could be in the range of 25000 to 26000

One main disadvantage when compared with other high end similar mobiles in the market is its low Internal memory size which is just 75 MB but as an alternate it has given support for the latest memory card SanDisk 32GB

Nokia N97 Mini Review – Not very mini at all

As we have seen and heard from the  other blogs like engadget and GsmArena, the N97 Mini turns  out not very different from the Nokia N97, it cant even be termed as a mini interms of its dimensions. Maybe we can call it N97 8GB version and the original N97 as N97 32 GB version, just the way Nokia called the N95 and N95 8GB.

It is kind of disappointing to see the supposed to be mini version, not making much changes in looks. But the cost of the N97 mini is expected to be less than the original N97 and hence allowing more users to enjoy the product.

Nokia N97 mini black slided out keyboard
Nokia N97 mini black slided out keyboard

We observed three primary differences between N97 and N97 mini they are

* N97 Mini has 8GB inbuilt memory against N97’s 32 GB.

* N97 Mini has a smaller battery and hence less talk time and standby by 20%

* N97 Mini has lost few mm in width and thickness. Below is comparison of N97 and N97 Mini in terms of dimensions.

Nokia N97 mini black  Front view - Home screen
Nokia N97 mini black Front view - Home screen

Nokia N97 mini – 113 x 52.5 x14.2 mm
Nokia N97 – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 (18.2 max) mm
Apple Iphone 3Gs -115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm
Nokia X6 – 111 x 51 x 13.8 mm

Below is the video of N97 Mini intro

Nokia N900 Internet Tablet – A sneak Peak

Nokia is going to launch its 700$ Tablet the N900 in October 2009 . Many in the media  have projected it as a totally new device, but the truth is it is an highly upgraded version of its N800 and N810. Unlike the previous model Nokia has added the “phone”  features to the Nokia N900. The earlier version Nokia N810  also had Maemo Linux OS (2008 version)  and most other features except the main feature of a phone.

Nokia N900 a highly refined Nokia Internet Tablet
Nokia N900 a highly refined Nokia Internet Tablet

So now additionally you can use this device as a phone and also it comes with A-GPS. The Maemo OS 2009 , is also refined and more features have been added. Though many have complained the device is too big,  it is actually not that big. It has almost similar dimensions of the Nokia N97 and matches Iphone 3G in Length and width. But its thickness is almost 2 cm (20 mm).

Here are the dimensions of N900 compared with Nokia N97,Apple Iphone 3Gs , Nokia N810  and Nokia E71.

N900 Dimensions
N900 Dimensions

The dimensions are given in mm as height x width x thickness

Nokia N900 – 110 x 59.8 x 18 (19.5 max)
Nokia N810 – 128 x 72 x 14
Nokia N97 – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 (18.2 max)
Iphone 3Gs -115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3
Nokia E71 – 114 x 57 x 10

As you would have noticed the N900 will occupy a smaller footprint than the N810 as its length and witdth have been reduced considerably. But added thickness is the only concern. But then  the device makes it up with so many features and a Mobile version of Linux.

The increase in thickness can be attributed to 5MP camera (Carl Zeiss lens) and Full Qwerty keypad.

In terms of weight (in grams) it definitly is heavy.

Nokia N900 – 181g
Nokia N810 – 123g
Nokia N97 – 150g
Iphone 3Gs – 133g
Nokia E71 – 127g

Once a device gets a full touch screen, the looks factor subdises considerably. Most times you cant notice big difference between various Full Touch devices except in dimensions. So N900 looks almost like N97 including the dimensions.

Technical Specifications and Features
This is where N900 scores against its competitors and is almost similar to N97 except for the OS. Actually I did not notice any major difference between N900 and N97 in the features section.

N900 being run on Linux (Maemo on Linux) supports wider range of Audio and Video codecs, also comes with Mozilla powered Maemo browser. And its browsing capabilities resemble a ultra mini Netbook. Also has a bigger battery than the Nokia N97. Has inbuilt memory of 32 GB and 256 MB RAM (+768 MB Virtual Memory). Also the tablet runs on a faster processor than Nokia N97.

Other Main features of the specifications include

* 3.5″ Bright WXGA 640*480 resolution screen
* Graphichs Accelerator with OpenGL support
* Bluetooth version 2.1
* Mini USB.
* 3.5 mm Audio jack.
* GSM,GPRS,EDGE and 3G Support.
* HSPA, maximum speed up to 10 Mbps (DL), 2 Mbps (UL)
* WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g
* 5MP Camera with Carl Zeiss Opticals.
* aGPS with Maps
* Supported Email protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
* Flash,AJAX,RSS,HTML,xHTML support in Web Browsing.
* Office Suite,Adobe PDF reader and typical Nokia apps.
* Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
* Video streaming: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263 in .avi, .mp4, .wmv, .asf and .3gp containers
* Music playback file formats: .mp3, .wma, .aac, .m4a, .wav
* FM radio / Tuner
* TV out with free cable