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Interface:

The single-core processor inside the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is clocked at 1GHz and is backed up by 512 megabytes of RAM. It does its job really well and runs the Timescape interface installed on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread without much trouble. Navigation is smooth and responsive, with only an occasional hiccup should you decide to use a live wallpaper.

Even though the smartphone offers only 3.2 inches of display real estate, its interface makes the most of that space. Once again, thumbs up to Sony Ericsson for that. What is neat about the interface is how each corner can hold up to four shortcuts inside of a pop-up bubble, which means that you can dedicate the five customizable home screens to the widgets that you need. Each home screen can fit about two to three widgets on average, depending on their size. Another cool trick that the interface can do is to give you an overview of all active widgets when you pinch out on any of the home screens. Not much of practical use, but fun nonetheless.


Typing on the smartphone's on-screen keyboard is quite a challenge when it is in portrait mode. The keys feel small even to the average-sized finger, and as a result, typos are quite common. Luckily, the keyboard's landscape layout is much more convenient to use, and even if you happen to press the wrong key, the auto-correct feature takes care of mistakes on the fly.



Internet browser:

The smartphone's built-in web browser is great for casual browsing as it loads pages pretty fast and delivers a smooth experience overall. However, it gets a bit laggy when viewing heavier pages, especially if there is Adobe Flash content being rendered. Its interface offers nothing more than the essentials, such as pinch to zoom and text reflow, which both work without a hitch.



Connectivity:

The Live's list of connectivity features has anything that one would expect: 7.2Mbps 3G radio, Wi-Fi with support for DLNA, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and an FM Radio with RDS. Unfortunately, the GPS radio took forever and a half to pin-point our position from a cold start, yet afterwards, it required no more than 5 seconds to do that.

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