Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review
Introduction:

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman! Yes, we now have another Android smartphone that carries the legendary brand name, the first one being the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman. However, while the W8 was more or less a clone of the Sony Ericsson X8, the Live with Walkman is an entirely new device. It offers some decent specs as well, namely a 1GHz processor, 3.2-inch display, and both a rear and front-facing camera, which puts is right in the mid-range category of smartphones. But is it any good? Let us take it for a spin and find out...

The package contains:

  • Wired headset
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Warranty and a getting started guide

Design:

First of all, kudos to Sony Ericsson for designing a smartphone that does not have the boring-slab-o-plastic appearance. Yes, plastic may be what it is made out of, yet still, we quite like the Live's fresh looks and colorful accents, and we believe that the youngerly crowd will do so too. A very practical addition is the dedicated Walkman key, located on the device's top side, which acts as a shortcut to the Walkman music player app.



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Using the Sony Ericsson Live with a single hand is as easy as pie since it fits nicely in your palm and its dimensions allow for your thumb to effortlessly reach all of the display's edges. Its relatively low weight of 115 grams or 4.06 ounces is definitely nothing to complain about. However, the smartphone is quite thick with a waistline of 14.2 millimeters or 0.56 inches.


The handset's design has more than a few imperfections, some of which less tolerable than others. To start, when using it with a single hand, the buttons on its top are somewhat difficult to operate, especially when there is a pair of headphones plugged in. Speaking of buttons,  the dedicated camera key is really tricky to use. Technically, it is a 2-stage shutter button, but the lack of feedback makes it very hard figuring out whether it has been pushed half-way, all the way down, or not pressed at all. Another flaw is that its front and back sides are prone to collecting finger smudge.



Display:

The front of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is occupied by a bland-looking 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. Punching these numbers in a PPI calculator gives us the figure of 180 pixels per inch, which is not bad, but nothing impressive either. Its color reproduction leans a bit towards the warm side, while its contrast levels and viewing angles are average at best. Another problem that we notice is that its pixel response time is rather high, meaning that moving objects leave a faint blurry trail behind them. At least the display's brightness output is high enough to make using the smartphone on a sunny day comfortable.

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman 360-degrees View:



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32 Comments

1. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

7/10 for a phone with that price? Totally getting one

2. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

Just be aware of the random reboot issue. Make sure it has been taken care of before spending any cash.

3. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Not worrying about that, I trust SE :)

15. KALYANTILAK

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

there are no reboot problem. i used it from 6th january 2012.

27. pande1992

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

This, Xperia Mini Pro or Nokia Lumia 610? Help Please!

4. mentos1386 unregistered

Im geting one too. One question, did you try any HD games?

6. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

It scores about 1500 on Quadrant, if that would be of help.

5. sachinks29

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

how's the battery life? does it last a day's of normal usage with Internet??

10. vishalborad

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

yes youh r ri8......one day normally charge...!!!

16. KALYANTILAK

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

WHEN I 1ST BUY IT THEN BATTERY LIFE IS TOO TINY. BUT AFTER USE IT INCREASING. ITS JUST LIKE A BULLET BYKE, USE IT TO GET IT. SONY ERICSSON EXPERT ALSO TOLD ME ABOUT IT. IF U DO NOT USE NET, ON THIS PHONE, THEN BATTERY LIFE IS GOOD FROM 1ST DAY.

7. KevinM

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Which one to buy? Xperia Mini or Live with Walkman?

8. alfealicious11

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Go for the xperia mini because it has Bravia Engine.

9. vishalborad

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

but dear mini has no front camera ...!!!

11. thesniper11

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

The Mini Pro Has A Front Camera and a Keyboard But Your gonna pay A little Bit More For it

17. KALYANTILAK

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

GO FOR LIVE WITH WALKMAN, ITS GENTLEMAN HANDSET, XPERIA MINI IS SIMPLY USES BY LADIES.... GO FOR, BIG SCREEN, NOT BRAVIA ENGINE.

22. tinkerbell19900

Posts: 2; Member since: May 19, 2012

i had an xperia mini but 2 weeks later got pinched i thought it was a brilliant phone and i was so gutted, so the day after i got a different phone the live with walkman it is a good phone and the sound is to me the best part about the phone.

12. KevinM

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Thanks for the comments.

13. CrazyShark24

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Live with Walkman or xperia x8? Please help me :)

14. erkansaner

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

No doubt about Walkman Live if the other option is Xperia X8. Official Android version is 2.1 for X8, it is so laggy, buggy, unsuable. Walkman Live has 1 GHZ processor and Android 2.3 (may be 2.35) so definitely Walkman Live.

23. tinkerbell19900

Posts: 2; Member since: May 19, 2012

i would go for the live with walkman it is a really good phone

18. KALYANTILAK

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Walkman Live has 1 GHz processor, 400Mb internal memory and Android 2.3.4. LATE MARCH IT WILL UPDATED WITH 4.0

19. sonal

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I just have bought SE live with walkman about two weeks back and also upddated with the latest build. I have observed that it is unable to receive calls while data transfer is in progress. I can make calls but this makes data transfer in pause state. If any one can tell me this is the issue with this model or problem with my phone only. or there is any solution for this issue. I dont think this should be the limitation of the Android.

20. yyogesh83

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

live walkman me movie dekh ne ke liye maximum kon sa resolution size hai and kon sa kon sa formate chalata hai.. pls reply me live walkman users

21. ikaaa

Posts: 1; Member since: May 13, 2012

mini pro or this one?

24. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

The phones made by sony is somewhat a looker.. No doubt on that at all..!! Same with this one, the phone is damn sexy for the price

25. Dadevil168

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Hey Guys i HAVE BOUGHT live with walkman. but after 3 days in the morning i took picture using the camera but in the evening when i opened the camera it gave me the (Camera Not Available) error... and still i m getting the same error. i have flashed my software but no use. Honestly it didnt fall on the hard floor and any on other hard surface. I kept it with care.. Kindly Help me

26. ramaudi

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

7 days ago i bought my SE live with walkman, i wanted to ask that is the camera key having 2 stages of shutter release buttons? And does the battery last for just one day???????????????????????

28. mentos1386 unregistered

I think it has 2 stages, i have mine for 8 months now, it can stay for 1-2 days without powering (using phone just for calling now that i have pc, before it stay for half day (doing everitning on phone, borwsing, music,games..)

29. manishpndt13

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

m confused abt SONY LIVE WITH WALKMAN.,.,., help me plz

30. manishpndt13

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

maine suna h, k is set k parts baad me problems creat krte hn.,., As: cameras, sound, softwares ectc. tell me abt it...m so confused.,., PLZ HELP ME
Live with Walkman
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6.70h 3G talk time)

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