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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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