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Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman and Mix Walkman: Hands-on shots

Sony Ericsson’s recently announced Walkmen – the Live with Walkman and Mix Walkman – were also doing the rounds last night along with the Arc S, Xperia Ray and the Xperia Active. We got a hold of them and made them pose for the camera.

The Live with Walkman (left) is the bigger of the two and the more powerfully specced; coming with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera that records 720p HD video and running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Other features include a front facing camera (VGA), Facebook Inside Xperia integration and other Sony Ericsson regulars like xLOUD, TrackID (essentially the original Shazam) and an Infintie button, that allows you to perfrom quick searches for currently playing artist info, music videos and lyrics.

You get just 320MB In terms of storage but the microSD slot means you can bulk this out, up to 32GB.

Build and design-wise the Live with Walkman has a lot in common with last year’s Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – a compact Android phone that was priced at the lower-end of the mid-range spectrum. The shape of the phone and the volume rocker are pretty similar.

Slightly smaller but by no means lacking in music playing credentials is the Mix Walkman. With a 3-inch screen, yes it’s smaller. But you get TrackID and SensMe included, and the flimsy 100MB of memory can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.

The Mix Walkman also has a couple of other tricks up its sleeve in the form of the Zappin button, a search tool that plays short previews of songs and a Karaoke mode, that lowers the vocals on a song allowing you to sing over everything. Hmm…

The Mix Walkman isn’t an Android phone (it’s running Java) but Sony Ericsson’s custom UI gives you a similar look and feel. Those four corners, that give you shortcuts to the dialler, address book, messages and the music player, can’t be customised and obviously there’s no Android Market access for apps.

No price has been announced for the Live with Walkman juts yet, but the Mix Walkman can be had away on Vodafone pay-as-you-go for £80 plus a £10 top up.

First u pis the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. The customisable corners seen on phones like the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro return, allowing you to cram quick links to your favourite apps and features in the corners. Looks like App Snooker to us.

The orange ‘W’ walkman logo there on the top right launches the music player. The green button on the top there, next to the 3.5mm jack does the same thing, so you could well change this quick link if you want to.

The corners look and feel extends to the Walkman app as well. The infinite button up there in the middle launches a search for music videos, lyrics and the like.

Thanks to the Facebook Inside Xperia integration, you can tell the world about your musical preferences straight from the Walkman app.

The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman’s 5-megapixel camera can record 720p HD video, features autofocus and an LED flash.

There’s a physical camera shutter key (yay) on the right hand side next to the volume rocker.

A micro USB connection sits over on the opposite side.

The microSD slot is just next to the camera unit on the left; the battery needs to be removed to get at it.

Now, let’s take a look at the Mix Walkman. Swiping up on the main homescreen reveals a tray of app icons similar to the app launcher on Sony Ericsson’s Android phones. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are all present and correct.

The Walkman music player app features the same corners look, like the Live with Walkman. The little microphone icon bottom right activates the infamous Karaoke mode.

On the top of the Mix Walkman you get dedicated keys that launch the Walkman app and the Zappin search mode, either side of a 3.5mm audio jack.

A micro USB port and a screen lock/power button sit on the left hand side of the Mix Walkman.

On the opposite side sit a volume rocker and a camera key.

The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman’s camera is a basic 3.2-megapixel deal that records video as well as takes stills. As you can see, there’s no flash.

As with the Live with Walkman you need to take the Mix Walkman’s battery out to get at the microSD card. An 8GB card was present in the model we saw but you can add cards of up to 32GB in size.


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