Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review

Performance:

When it comes to in-call performance, the earpiece of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is sufficiently loud, but leaves some room for improvement. Muffled voices is what we hear through it, and a rattling noise becomes audible when its volume is turned up to the maximum. On the other hand, the microphone does an excellent job. It picks up clean and distinct voices, which are sufficiently loud on the other side of the line.

The 1200mAh battery that the Live comes with can provide a little over six and a half hours of 3G talk time or 350 hours of stand-by, which is nothing out of the ordinary. When it comes to audio playback, about 17 hours is how long the battery will last, and that is far from impressive as even dumb music phones can last longer than that.

Sadly, we experienced a number of random reboots while using the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. Over the course of two days, the device restarted a total of four times on its own even though it was not in use. . The problem persisted even after installing the most up-to-date software. A quick search online shows that a number of users are dealing with the exact same issue, so we hope that Sony Ericsson is going to address it without delay.


Conclusion:

The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman costs roughly $240 contract-free, which is a steal considering that you get a decent mid-range Android smartphone, at least on paper. The device looks cool, and its 1GHz processor is snappy enough for the needs of the average user. However, you still get what you pay for, so you have to settle down with a sub-par display.

Perhaps, it would be a much better idea spending just bit more on a Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V, which comes with the same awesome interface as the Live, yet has a bigger and better display. The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray would also be a much better choice as it has a high-resolution screen and a better camera.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 2.3.4
Baseband version: 8x55A-AAABQOAZM-203028D-58
Kernel version: 2.6.32.9-perf
Build number: 4.0.2.A.0.58


Pros

  • Its interface is optimized for its small display
  • Cheap Android smartphone with decent user experience
  • Responsive camera

Cons

  • Suffers from random reboots
  • Uncomfortable shutter key
  • Mediocre display

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

8.3
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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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