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Sony Ericsson Live View Review

Sony Ericsson has already created a fair share in the last decade when it comes to the Bluetooth watch. The company has done this with the introduction of its MBW line up of devices that allow the users to control the playback of music and also to take a look at who is calling them without the need of pulling the handset off their pockets. The Live View also does the same job but it actually does more tasks for a lesser price. It is not exactly a watch but an accessory for the devices that make use of the Android 2.1 and higher versions. It can also behave as a watch like the MBW series.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11.0 x 35.0 x 35.0 mm
  • Weight: 15 grams
  • Color: Black
  • Compatibility: Android 2.1 and higher versions
  • Software Required: Sony Ericsson LiveWare Manager (can be downloaded from Android market)
  • Display: 1.3 inches, OLED display
  • Keys: two hard keys, 4 soft keys
  • Others: calendar reminders, display time and date, find your phone
  • Wearing: Wristband or clip
  • Music controls: volume controls, next track, previous track, play and pause.
  • Messaging: incoming SMS, RRS feds
  • Social networking: Facebook and Twitter updates
  • Package: LiveView, clip, wristband, user guide and micro USB charger
  • Power: micro USB connector
  • Operating range: 10 m
  • Price: $97

Design

The LiveView is packed as a clip on type accessory without a watch strap. The strap is however found separately within the box. The device has a 1.3 inch OLED display that has a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels. This screen is definitely not the sharpest one out there but it is capable of doing its intended purpose. The LiveView measures 11 x 35 x 35 mm. It has a couple of physical hardware buttons one on either side of the top edge. It resembles the same as a miniature stopwatch. The fascia of the device has four sensitive points. These points are present one on all the four sides of the screen. The micro USB charging port is on the bottom edge of the LiveView. . The device is light in weight and it is made of plastic. The wristband is made of velcro material. The construction of the LiveView is less sophisticated due to these materials. The design of the LiveView is surely good for most part. It is capable of offering affordability, versatility and ingenious design. But still the design is not as robust as it should be and hence it cannot be used as a watch replacement that is durable.

Performance

The LiveView is surely a good package keeping its price into account. But the device lacks behind in the performance as it faces problems related to the stability and usability. The device has to synced with an Android device in order to do basic tasks like displaying the time. Therefore its entire functionality depends on an Android device with the 2.1 or higher version. Whenever the power goes down, the device resets the time to 00:00 which is frustrating. The working with the LiveView is not an intuitive process. The lack of the email support is a major downside when it comes to the features. One upside is the unlimited functionality that is provided by the support to the plug ins. Coming to the core features of the device, the Facebook function does not work correctly. The notifications of new calls and messages as well as the calendar notifications come instantly while the other updates reach the LiveView only at certain preset intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours. The set time frames are quite restrictive and more number of controls on the update intervals would have been better. The functions such as the call and message notifications, music control, RSS feeds and Twitter support work effectively. The battery of the LiveView is rated to offer a talk use time of 2.5 hours and a stand by time of 4 days.   Pros – versatile functionality, effective call and text notifications and compactness. Cons – stability issues, poor support to plug ins and  dependence on phone.

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