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Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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Is It Your Type? Body The Three S's Touch  

The Vivaz has a resistive touch screen. It comes with a stylus. That's a bad sign right there. Any touch phone that ships with a stylus is doomed to failure in my book. Practically speaking, the Vivaz has one of the worst, least-responsive touch displays I've ever used. Not only did I often have to press things once or twice, but thrice and even four times to get the phone to react properly.

Beyond the bad finger poking behavior, swiping behavior is far worse. Swiping never seemed to work as intended, and the Vivaz would switch screens when you meant to scroll through a list or vice versa.

Also, text entry is terrible. The Vivaz flips between at least two entirely different messaging composition screens seemingly at whim, making for an ugly and inconsistent experience. To top it off, the T9 doesn't work all that well, and the software QWERTY keyboard for pecking out messages is laughably small.

The Vivaz was utterly maddening to use because of the touch display, but the user interface made it far worse.

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