A MUSICAL DATE
Soon your dear Sony Ericsson will only be Sony. Sony has bought Swedish giant Ericsson’s shares in the joint venture. But before Sony sheds the name Ericsson, here is one of the last smartphones bearing the brand—live with Walkman.
It has the legendary ‘Walkman’ as part of its name, but it isn’t the first Android Walkman smartphone. That was Sony Ericsson Walkman W8. What it lacked—an equaliser—is now corrected. This ‘Walkman’, therefore, impresses with its superb sound and additional utility features.
The ‘Walkman’ key added at the top, next to the 3.5mm jack, launches the Walkman player. The icon on the top segregates the tracks under artist, albums, tracks and playlists. The infinite icon in the middle allows access to options related to finding music videos on Youtube, searching for artist info on Wikipedia, searching for lyrics on Google, searching for Karaoke videos on Youtube, etc. The options touch key below the display gives access to some hidden features such as xloud and Equalizer. The xloud feature enhances the speaker volume significantly, ideal for songs with low sound level. The equaliser mode has various presets, including flat, folk, heavy metal, hip hop, jazz, pop, rock, dance, classic and normal. While playing music, tyhe user can also enable a light effect. It shows up on the top bezel as an orange that pulsates with the music beats. Music & Videos is a special application that connects to Facebook and allows user to update and share their music and videos on the social networking site. The clear and loud sound over the headset and loudspeaker makes it an ideal smartphone for music lovers.
While Live with Walkman doesn’t belong to the Xperia lineup, it still runs on the Android operating system. With Android v2.3.4 onboard, the company claims it is upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich when available. Also onboard are a few pre-installed apps, including Facebook, Evernote, Foursquare, Office Suite, Mcafee Security, Whatsapp, etc. while more can be downloaded from Android Marketplace.
While most things were impressive about this smartphone, we didn’t really like the same old Xperia design. Even typing over the 3.2-inch display didn’t prove as smooth an experience and we often ended up keying the wrong alphabets. The 1200 mah barely lasted a day with constant music and internet access along with a couple of hours of voice calls.