Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review

Camera:

The Live with Walkman has a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a single LED flash. The interface is straightforward to use and offers a variety of shooting scenes. Helping you take the best shot are the face tracking and smile recognition features, and the panorama mode can shoot photos in both 2D and 3D. Of course, you need a 3D-capable screen to see the 3D shots, but that is a whole different story.


Even though we took them on a gloomy day, our outdoor photos turned out quite nice: with plenty of details and neutral color reproduction. A great surprise were the snapper's excellent responsiveness and the relatively short delay between shots. On the other hand, the camera has a tendency to underexpose photos should you be shooting against a bright background. When shooting indoors,  details are rather low even when the light is strong, and the LED flash fails to illuminate the scene entirely adding only a blob of white in its middle.



Videos do not look particularly great. Their maximum resolution may be 720p, yet they lack detail and suffer from the same underexposure problem as the photos occasionally do. When light is dim, the amount of digital noise is close to unbearable.

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Sample Video:



Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Of course, the Walkman music player is what you get out of the box. It offers simplified, elegant graphics and the widget for your home screen is a welcome bonus. Besides all the basics, the player can do several handy tricks, namely to grab artist info from Wikipedia, to search Google for the lyrics of the track that is currently running, or to find a karaoke video on YouTube.


The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman comes with stereo speakers built-in, and we are happy to say that they produce loud and clear sound, without any audible distortion or crackling noises even at the highest volume level. If they don't sound loud enough to you, the xLOUD feature can boost the volume quite a bit.

The Sony Ericsson MH410 wired headset is what you get along with the smartphone, and although we cannot say that it sounds spectacular, it will please your needs if you are not too picky of a listener. What you might consider replacing, however, is the 2 gigabyte microSD card, which is tiny by today's standards, especially for a music-oriented device.

Besides audio, the Live with Walkman can play video files too, MPEG-4 files of resolution up to 720p, to be precise. However, watching them on the smartphone's display is not much of a pleasure since the screen is on the small side and of poor overall quality. Support for DivX/Xvid file formats is missing.

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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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