A MU­SI­CAL DATE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES TRENDS -

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.

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