Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review

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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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: 184; 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: 184; 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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