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Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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Here's where things start to look a little brighter. Sony Ericsson has given the Vivaz a dash of its familiar PlayStation-themed music user interface. It lets users easily sort through albums, artists, and songs. Most of my album art showed up once the Vivaz had time to digest the contents of the microSD card.

The player itself is decent, and displays the album, artist, and track information at the top, the album art in the middle, and the controls down below. There are some buttons that allow users to share their current song selection, make the song the ringtone, as well as add it to a playlist. Another button minimizes the music player and puts it in that black box that sits at the bottom of the home screen. The music player on the home screen lets you multitask and still have quick access to the player controls.

Music sounds OK through the speaker, but quite good with regular earphones. I am surprised by the lack of controls over the sound, such as pre-loaded equalizer settings. Music sounded decent enough without it, but still, it would be nice to have options.

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It has an FM radio that works when stereo headphones are plugged in. The FM radio app was a disaster, though. Extremely buggy, slow and difficult to use.

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