Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz Reviews and Deals

676 customer reviews

+ This mobile phone has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

Compare prices

7.1 out of 10 based on 676 reviews.
Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz: Smartphone with 8MP camera, Touchscreen and 360 x 640 display. See full product description

People Also Viewed

  1. Customer reviews
  2. Price comparison
  3. Expert reviews
  4. Product details
  5. Related products

Some customer reviews of Sony Ericsson U5i Vivaz

Most helpful reviews

rick, blackpool Basic text and chat user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great camera and HD video camera function
Bad points:
Can't find many apps with it being Symbian operating system. Did not have an app store app and have to search net to find, but so far not really had much success, e.g. wanted a google app, but couldn't find it. Comes preloaded with twitter and facebook. Can access, but no free apps. If you are looking for app then this isn't the phone for you.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
Was this review helpful?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2011

NEIL, peterborough Basic text and chat user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
signal red to amber did not like the feel
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 6.0
Features 6.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 6.0
Was this review helpful?
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2011

jodie, boston

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Has a good camera if you know how to use it, its light and music sounds pretty good.
Bad points:
this phone is slow and complicated, when i tilt the phone it takes a while for the display to catch up and it takes a while to add contacts becase of the add contacts process.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 4.0
Features 6.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 4.0
Value for money 4.0
Was this review helpful?
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Jun 2011

richard, aberdeen Business or web user

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
good enough phone but suppled in oriental set up so impossible to read to change.
clearly sourced cheaply from far east and for far east market
Bad points:
service re ordering from simply electronics
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 5.0
Features 5.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 3.0
Was this review helpful?
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Sep 2011

Acelya, London Music and entertainment lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It is extremely stylish and easy to use. It is light and in an optimum size. Managing media is great. Touchscreen is just like it should be, not extremely sensitive that writes anything silly on your smallest movement. Battery life isn't that bad. If you don't leave bluetooth and wifi on all the time it can last for 2 and a half days. Browsing internet is so easy with its big screen. Navigation program Wisepilot is also a good one.
Bad points:
I used a sony ericsson C905 before this which had 8.1mp camera too. I was expecting the same quality as they are both 8.1mp and vivaz is also HD. But vivaz is such a disappointment in camera after my cyber shot C905. It is good in daylight but in dark conditions since it has no flash it is really bad. It has a torch-like light which you can manually put on or off however it makes photos a bit brighter but even more blurry. Additionally hence it is a brittle touch screen phone I was hoping that a protector case would be included in the box but didn't. Because I couldn't find any cases made exactly for vivaz. They are always for other phones but I use them someway for my vivaz.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
Was this review helpful?

Confirmed purchase: 13 Sep 2010

joanne, bristol Business or web user

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
looks good, so great if you just want to flash it around useless if you actually want to use it! :o(
Bad points:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!!! it will cause you nothing but stress and headache, the vivaz has a major design flaw where the charging dock (the little metal bit inside the phone you plug the charger into) comes out when you pull the charger out, then your phone is un usable as you can no longer charge it. dont believe me?? google sony ericsson vivaz reviews, or go to the sony ericsson will find hundreds of people with the same problem. looks great but complete and utter waste of money as you WILL be exchanging.
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 2.0
Was this review helpful?

Confirmed purchase: 09 May 2010

Syed, Style and looks come first

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Hd Camera
Bad points:
Turning itself off even though fully charged.
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Features 4.0
Battery life 4.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 4.0
Was this review helpful?
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2011

Product Features

Operating system Symbian
Screen size (Inches) 3.2
Screen Resolution (pixels) 360x640
Type of phone Smartphone
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections WiFi
Connections Bluetooth
Connections USB
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Email
Extra functions Instant messaging
Extra functions Flash
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 360
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 640
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 8
Talk time (Hours) 13
Stand-by time (Days) 17.9
Depth in cm 1.25
Height in cm 10.7
Width in cm 5.2
Memory card slot Yes
Autofocus Yes
Weight (g) 97
FM tuner Yes
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java Yes
Release date 2010-03-23

Also known as: sony-ericsson vivaz, Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Mobile Phone Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

Your life in brilliant HD
Clips from your summer holidays. Your little baby daughter’s first smile. Shoot it. In brilliant, sharp HD video with one touch of a button.
More on HD video – visit our blog
Please note that our Blogs are available in English only.

Windows 7 compatible
Want to see what Windows 7 Device Stage™ has to offer? Grab a USB cable and connect your Vivaz™ to a PC. Enjoy easy access to Media Go. Discover tools that help you make the most of your creativity. Or just relax and let yourself be entertained.

YouTube™ compatible
Watch your favourite clips over and over again. And when that funny moment you just caught on video deserves a wider audience, upload it for all to see. Your phone is fully YouTube™ compatible.

Touch UI
The touch user interface makes navigation truly intuitive – whether you’re browsing the media menu, adjusting your camera settings or playing music.

Find the way – aGPS
You’ll never get lost again. Your phone has built-in aGPS. Location-based services help you find the way to your destination. Or add location info to your images – use the geo-tagging function.

Face detection
Want the people in your photos to come out sharp and clear? With the Face detection function activated, the camera automatically finds – and focuses on – the face in your viewfinder.

Use your headphones
Got a favourite pair of headphones? Connect them to your Vivaz™ through the 3.5 mm audio jack.

Comes with Facebook
With Facebook integrated, your Vivaz™ makes it easy to stay social. You have your friends’ status updates on your phone screen. And when you snap a photo, you can upload it straight to your Facebook page.

Anything on TV tonight?
Your holiday snaps. The video from last weekend’s birthday bash. Connect via TV out and voila – that big old screen in your living room just got interesting.

Drag, drop, enjoy – Media Go™
The perfect entertainment organiser – Media Go™ makes it easier than ever before to bring your media with you, wherever you go. Transfer your media files between your phone and PC via drag and drop. File conversion is hassle-free, too: Media Go™ automatically converts films and music files to give you the best possible quality.
Read more

Just tap your screen
Instant access to music, games and applications: just tap your screen and choose. The PlayNow™ service brings you unlimited entertainment – at the fastest possible speed with turbo 3G or Wi-Fi™.

Accelerometer – auto-rotate
Enjoy your pictures in portrait or landscape mode. To move between modes, simply rotate the phone and the picture follows.

Transfer your old phonebook to your new phone
By setting up your old phone to sync with Sony Ericsson, you can transfer Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Bookmarks from your old phone to your new one. (It works even if your old phone is of another make.) Sony Ericsson Sync also makes it possible for you to access and manage up-to-date information in your mobile phone from the Internet – anytime, anywhere with Sony Ericsson Sync.

Apple iPhone reviews and deals


Forgotten your password?

More products

  1. Breadmakers
  2. Camcorders
  3. Coffee Makers
  4. Cookers
  5. Desktop Computers
  6. Digital TV Recorders
  1. Dishwashers
  2. DVD Players
  3. DVD Recorders
  4. Freezers
  5. Fridge Freezers
  6. Fridges
  1. Games Consoles
  2. Headphones
  3. Hi Fis
  4. Home Cinema Systems
  5. Irons
  6. Kettles
  1. Landline Phones
  2. Microwaves
  3. Ovens
  4. Printers
  5. Radios
  6. Sat Navs
  1. Speakers
  2. Toasters
  3. Tumble Dryers
  4. TV Stands and Mounts
  5. Vacuum Cleaners
  6. Washer Dryers
See all products