Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
Sony has kept the Walkman series out of the phone business for sometime, but it has returned with a bang. Ably supported by Android, the latest Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman performs quite well with a powerful 1GHz processor and an Adreno 205 GPU. Currently running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, there is a planned upgrade to Android 4.0 ICS. A 5MP camera with 720p video recording adds flavor to this music beast.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
The 106 x 56.5 x 14.2 mm measuring Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman does not strive to be slim. Weighing a 115g, the walkman phone is compact and is comfortable to hold on as well. The phone just happens to fall on the correct side of compactness.
The front side of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman has the 3.2″inch QVGA screen. There is no Mobile BRAVIA engine here and just the normal TFT is used. There brightness and colors are good, but the contrast is poor. Above the screen is the proximity sensor and the ambient sensor. There is a secondary camera above the display that cannot be used for carrier based video calls, but works fine with Google Talk or Skype. The earpiece is at the center of the sensors and the camera. At one end, there is a small status LED too. Below the display are the Back, Home and Menu keys. Only the home button is a physical key while the back and menu keys are capacitive with good backlight and haptic feedback. On the right side of the phone is the volume rocker and a dedicated camera shutter key. The left side of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman features the microUSB port for charging and data needs. On top of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is the 3.5mm headphone jack which is surrounded by a orange LED plastic trim. On either side of the 3.5mm jack, is the screen lock key and Walkman button. The bottom of the phone has the mic pinhole and the lanyard eyelet. On the back side of the phone is the 5MP camera and an etched Walkman logo. There are a couple of speakers for Stereo playback. Beneath the matte finish rubber back is the 1200mAh battery. Under the battery is the SIM card and the non swappable microSD card slot.
The overall build quality of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is quite solid and feels perfect to be held in hand. The matte rubber finish on the back makes the phone stick to the palms of the user. The screen size may be small, but is quite comfortable for navigational purposes. It is the on-screen typing that may take sometime to get used to.
The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman runs on the powerful 1GHz processor and is supported by 512MB RAM. The internal storage is 320MB and there is a 2GB microSD card inside. There is support for microSD cards up to 32GB. The processor is supported by Adreno 205 GPU which takes care of all the graphics processing. The microUSB port can be used for data exchange and charging. There is the rare USB On The Go support.
Android 2.3 and Timescape UI
Like all Sony Android phones, the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman has the Timescape UI and the corner based homescreens are back. There are up to 5 homescreens in which you can have more than widget per screen. The overview of Sony UI is quite nice with a new pane for all the active widgets. The shortcuts on the corners can be easily changed with Drag and Drop feature. The new Timescape in the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is good which brings all the communication to one place. There is a planned upgrade to ICS for the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman during Q2 2012.
The image gallery in the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is the same as in Android. The 3D gallery with all the transitions and effects makes viewing the images a pleasure. There is no dedicated video player, but clicking on a video will play the file. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is even capable of playing 720p .MP4 videos. The Walkman Music player catches many eyes and is quite the looker. The 4 tabbed interface is typical of any Android music player and arranges the songs according to Artist, Album, Tracks and Playlists. The audio output of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is quite good. The xLOUD speaker enhancement ups the speaker volume without any distort to the audio being played. The FM Radio with RDS is quite a catch.
The 5MP camera of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is capable of shooting photos with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. There are quite a bit of features in the camera department with Auto-Focus, LED flash and a dedicated camera shutter key. The camera shutter key has a half press for auto focus, but it is very delicate. Using it properly takes sometime. The camera UI is quite good with a rich set of features on the screen. There are a couple of bars on either side. The bar on the left side has the shortcuts of some commonly used features while the one on the right side has thumbnails of the recently captured images. The image quality is quite good and has color reproduction. The video recording is quite good with support for 720p HD. The HD videos are recorded at 30fps, but the quality is not so good. Though there is continuous auto-focus feature, the videos do not live up to expectation.
In terms of connectivity, the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is quite an all rounder. There is a lot you get from this package including the regular smartphone package – WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and microUSB support. The default web browser of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman supports Flash and is great for web browsing despite the small screen. If you get your mind out of the 3″inch restriction, then the browsing experience is great.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – Rating
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – A Stylish Walkman Android phone with a little screen.