Sony Ericsson launch Xperia 10 successor: Vivaz

Those of you inspired by the Golden Globes and imminent Oscars will be pleased to learn that the Sony Ericsson Vivaz could help you take your first steps to stardom. The handset allows you to produce and broadcast HD video content from your phone, making it a big temptation for any budding film-makers out there.

Thanks to the dedicated video key, it’s easy to capture spontaneous moments for your hard-hitting documentary or (perhaps more likely) to film your mates messing around in the pub on a Friday night.

There is a continuous auto-focus feature – normally only found on camcorders – to ensure that the picture quality stays pin sharp.  So there’s no chance of missing any detail and every probability that your creative abilities will be clear to all once you’ve used the phone to upload the films onto YouTube and Picasa via WiFi. And if that isn’t enough, the phone also gives you easy access to Facebook and Twitter to guarantee that your work will be seen by your closest fans and dedicated followers.

If you prefer photographic fun to video glory, rest assured that your pictures will be just as impressive – the camera is a stonking 8.1 megapixel with 4x digital zoom, image stabiliser and face and smile detection.  The handset also has a media player and an open platform, so you can download your choice of applications through PlayNow and the Symbian Developer Community.  There’s also a good range of preloaded apps, including GoogleMaps and QuickOffice.

The Vivaz is the second in Sony Ericsson’s family of entertainment phones, following the Xperia X10 that was out at the end of last year.  These new phones are all being designed with what they are calling a ‘human curvature’, which basically means they have sexy round edges and fit comfortably into the palm of your hand.  This is intended to make it easier to use the touchscreen one-handed.

In a nutshell, this primary purpose of this phone is entertainment and it promises to cover all needs well.  However, it also features enough practical features to use it as a smartphone.  Available in four colours – Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby – it should be available in the first quarter of this year so keep your eyes peeled for more details… and start writing that script now.