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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:



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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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