The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is the second Android smartphone to carry the legendary brand name. It is a mid-range offering with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, and a pair of cameras......
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Overall: Fact 1: Samsung Galaxy Ace has been tenaciously holding on to the mid-range for quite some time now. nFact 2: Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is keen to change that.nnA list of specifications that would put most top-dogs of yesteryear to shame is a good base to start from. Indeed, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman comes with mouthwatering hardware (and latest android software) considering the price tag hanging over it. Add to it the planned upgrade to ICS and it probably becomes a seemingly irresistible package, or does it? The pros and cons will put us in a better position to answer that.nnPros:n1. A 1 ghz ARMv7 processor coupled with 512 mb ram is rare for an android device at this price. It sure assures smooth handling of the OS.n2. Adreno 205 gpu.n3. Planned ICS upgrade is a huge plus. It means your phone is highly unlikely to get outdated in the next year or so.n4. HD video recording (although not perfect, it is way better than what most competitors have to offer).n5. Walkman lives true to its name, provides excellent audio output.nnCons:n1. The screen is smallish, has poor contrast and inadequate viewing angles.n2. Video player handles only mp4 and 3gp format (the stock video player). It can handle 720p videos though.n3. The all plastic build and 14.2 mm waistline do not scream premium. To be fair, it was never meant to be a premium device after all.n4. Battery backup is uninspiring. n5. 320 mb internal memory is a painful restriction. It means you cannot install a lot many apps (as quite of them have to be installed on the phone memory itself).nnCompetition:nAt the end it is about getting your priorities right. If you want the latest android on a good processor on the cheap, look no further. nThe most obvious alternative would be the Ace duo. Samsung galaxy Ace has been selling well. It has a 800 mhz processor and 256 mb ram. Its internal memory is low as well. Video recording is as worse as it gets but it has 0.3” more screen estate. Ace plus will now be rolling out soon. It ups the ante with a 3.65” screen and a 1 ghz processor combined with 512 ram. nnNokia 603 comes in a similar price and with very competitive hardware too. The HD video recording on board 603 is far better, as is the Nokia Clear Black Display screen. Although it beats Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman on many other counts as well, Android ICS and Symbian Belle are not quite in the same league.nNokia 700 is another alternative with a 3.2 inch AMOLED CBD display and very attractive profile. HTC Wildfire S is also worth a mention.