Experience using Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

At the start of sales in the fall of 2011, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman cost about 9,000 rubles. Based on the characteristics of this outstanding representative of the Android smartphone family, even today that price tag will not cause confusion not only for a music lover or the notorious Sony-style, but also for an average person looking for a solution that is balanced in terms of price / quality ratio, in my opinion, 100 % covering all network and not only the needs of its happy owner, who still does not consider it reasonable to buy a flagship device.

According to Yandex.Market, so far the average price has dropped to more than reasonable 7,229 rubles, which made the phone even more attractive. For the money, you get a gentlemen's suite of 3G, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G sharing via Wi-Fi and USB, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, HD video recording (720p) , a protected 3.2-inch touch screen, a GHz processor with an Adreno 205 accelerator, a bunch of other goodies, and most importantly, the official update to the coveted Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has already happened in Russia.

The experience will consist of two parts. The first part will describe my attitude to the design, screen, camera, Android 4.0 and other features of the device itself, the second part - my set of additional software, which I would advise readers to try. I’ll write right away why there won’t be beautiful photos of the device in this experiment. Because the author does not know how to shoot beautifully (even if it would be something) and photos of this device can be viewed from serious reviewers. I will focus primarily on describing the direct experience of use.

Design, assembly

Sony Ericsson often delighted us with an unusual design, which favorably distinguished the devices of this brand from similar "bricks" of competitors. The color of my smartphone is classic black. The back is made of pleasant to the touch soft-touch plastic, which is good in terms of tactile sensations, and reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally drop the phone, and will appeal to those who hate the use of easily soiled gloss in smartphone construction. For more than 6 months, scratches and chips have not appeared on the case, the screen is still protected by a factory film, and, apparently, under it the sensor is in close to perfect condition. Unless a little dust got under the film on top, but I don’t reflect on this at all, I don’t even consider it necessary to stick one of the 4 spare ones. As for the back panel, it is completely in “immediately post-shop” condition. The reason for this is the use of a silicone bumper from the very first day, it was he who took the blows of fate and during falls, for sure, more than once protected the phone from getting the functionality of a brick. At the same time, the bumper gave the device a pleasant heaviness and contributed to non-slip from the hand. At first, it was indistinguishable from the hull, but over time it acquired some scuffs. But scars aren't just for men, right?

If you put some LG Link or another phone with a similar 3.2” screen next to it, you will immediately notice that SE LwW is much more compact in height (by 0.5-1 cm) and more “pot-bellied”. » in thickness. All this gives it such an important subjective parameter for me as “grasping”, that is, the convenience of holding it in my hand. After more than a long daily use of the device, I can say that it perfectly endured all the vicissitudes of fate in the form of fairly frequent falls.

The upper end of the case, rounded and beveled towards the screen, is of particular interest. On it are located in the amount of most of the upper end of the player call button and lock / turn on. The latter is highly ergonomic and functional. Firstly, if you hold the phone in your right hand, the thumb when wearing and the index finger when using always lie comfortably on this large button, that is, unlocking the phone is always a matter of a split second, unlike other devices, where such a button is often or too small , or located in an inconvenient location. Secondly, you can end a call with this button, this is a standard function activated in the settings. It would not be superfluous to say that it is convenient, not least in frosty weather. About the musical possibilities - the player's call button, about the player itself, speakers and headset will be written in a separate chapter below. At the bottom there is only a microphone hole.On the left side there is an unprotected microUSB connector for charging from the network and synchronization (while charging) with the BB. I prefer when this connector is located not on the side, but on the top or bottom, but due to the design features (top and bottom ends are rounded), it is located exactly where it belongs. On the right side - all the fun: clearly distinguishable when touching a hard two-position volume rocker and a button for quickly activating the camera. It distinguishes between the first press (focusing) and the second (shooting), and when the phone is locked, a 3-second press on this button launches the Camera application. Previously, false clicks on the player's call button were quite frequent, but now this is in the past, how it happened - look below. In the center of the upper half of the back of the phone is a camera eye, on the left is an LED flash. They are recessed into the case, which makes the case monolithic and preventively protects the camera from the mechanical impact of an aggressive environment.

Screen, subscreen buttons

Now to the main element of the device - let's look at the front of the phone. The main place is occupied by a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 480x320 pixels. There is no Gorilla Glass here, but the screen is protected by tempered glass, and for 9 months of everyday use without using a case, a protective film and troubles on the topic “you must use it VERY carefully”, in my opinion, the screen is in a form close to its original, it is up to still protected by the factory film. Viewing angles are excellent, the picture is distorted within reasonable limits. I use the device on

15% brightness, higher brightness is not comfortable for me, the margin is huge. After long-term operation (>9 months), I can say that the screen in this device is excellent, and its resolution does not jar me at all. I deliberately purchased this phone with such a small screen, as with it the device as a whole is very compact and practical to use. In addition, it is better to have a resolution of 480x320 at 3.2 inches than a similar one at 3.5 or 4.0 inches and distinguish between pixels.

Below the screen in the center is a physical, easy-to-press Home button, to the left of it is a touch-sensitive Back button, to the right is a touch-sensitive Menu button. They are illuminated with a steady white light only when you press one of them, for 5 seconds after that, and when you press the Home button. The touch buttons respond stably to pressing, getting used to them is a matter of time, they do not cause any rejection / rejection / inconvenience. I am glad that there is no, in my opinion, absolutely unnecessary search button.

Desktops

Due to the relatively small screen, the manufacturer introduced the concept of “four corners” into Android. For example, they can be used to the fullest by scoring applications like this. They cannot be removed, they are always visible when scrolling on any of the five desktops. In fact, these are just folders with one rounded corner, designed for those who are not able to create a folder on their own. After experimenting with their use, I did the following. I put the main applications “Contacts” and “Contacts List” in the lower corners, the also frequently used “Messages” application in the upper left corner, and the upper right corner scored with multimedia applications (Radio, TrackID, TuneIN and Xplay player), Thus, on no matter which desktop I am on, all the necessary tools are always at hand.

On the first desktop, I have all the necessary toggle widgets from the manufacturer. Tried using Power Toggles as an alternative, but reverted back to widgets due to minor program stutters. I traditionally use the second desktop as a kind of sump for newly installed programs. On the third, main desktop, there is a weather widget from Yandex, the next alarm time of the wonderful Xtreme program. Further on this and the fourth table are the most frequently used applications. I use the fifth desktop as a folder store for grouping applications by function.

Performance

I will not list all the hard characteristics of SE LwW (I send it to Yandex.Market again), I will only note that during the operation it was revealed that:

  1. Elephone even without the slightest hint of slowdown "out of the box" with the help of the now standard MX Player`aplays video as BDRip / DVDRip / HDRip AVI / MKV formats. In other words, no matter what video (without fanaticism like watching Blue-Ray derivatives on a small screen) I transfer to the phone, it will always play correctly, starting from the 500 MB Breaking Bad series in Avi and ending with the film The Untouchables in Mkv for 1.5 GB. In general, what I usually download and watch on BB will also work on a smartphone.However, immediately after the purchase, having tried watching the video downloaded to the phone and making sure that “Yes, he can”, I never did this again. Why - search further in the text.
  2. Of all these characteristics of numbers, the only important thing is that in SE LwW the processor has the ARMv7 architecture. This means that from your smartphone you can easily play super-sophisticated hits like The Amazing Spider-Man, N.O.V.A. 3, Need for Speed ​​Shift, Max Payne Mobile. Frankly, I only played Max Payne Mobile out of the heaped games on SE LwW (I got used to the controls on a small screen after a while, the game went smoothly, it was completely transferred from the PC version), and then only to experience the same experience as and 8 years ago when I played on PC.

I'm not talking about an order of magnitude simpler games (which I prefer to play) like casual games from the Angry Birds or Cut the Rope series, which fly both literally and figuratively. So, from the Android Market (and some other sources), I can install almost any modern application or game that places high demands on the device.

  1. A couple of weeks ago, the official update to Android 4.0 ICS was released. If earlier scrolling of desktops, the response speed worked very decently, now everything has become even faster, small brakes are a thing of the past, system stability has increased, applications have stopped crumbling, you get a real buzz from the smoothness and responsiveness of the interface. If earlier, after launching one of the 4-5 background applications, it quite often did not open in the state I left, but started again, then after the update, such situations became much less. The only frustrating thing is that, as before, the opening of the dialer and non-tacts still occurs 2-3 seconds after tapping on them.

Camera

First, it is worth noting that in SE LwW, in addition to the main, 5-megapixel camera, there is also a 0.3-megapixel front camera. Even now, for a reasonable price, you rarely see a smartphone with a front camera. By the way, it supports Skype video calls. Actually, this was also checked only for “calming the soul”, in order to know that “it can also”. It can be used as a mirror. As for the main camera, you should not expect miracles from it, but I didn’t get any worse than a certain bar. Nevertheless, there are as many as 5 megapixels of the respected one, incl. in the field of digital photography, SONY (not some Chinese), autofocus and LED flash. In sunny weather, the pictures are obtained, for my taste, even excellent, the deterioration in the quality of the picture is directly proportional to the deterioration in lighting. I use the automatic shooting type detection function, which is quite convenient. There is a function for creating panoramas. Snapshots of text are great.

Photos taken from the phone:

Based on dry figures, video recording in SE LwW is very good - the maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, you can turn on the backlight, there is an auto-detection of conditions. When uploading to YouTube, the quality will be 720HD. But for me personally, the video recording is average, before the update there were constant noises from an unknown source. And although they are now gone, I still very rarely shoot anything on video, preferring to capture memorable moments in a more practical photo. Flash, by the way, can be used as a flashlight by installing the appropriate application. In general, the quality of the camera is normal for the middle segment. You need to perceive it only as one of the successful functions of a smartphone, thanks to which you can take pictures for memory, and not as a full-fledged replacement for a digital “soap box”.

Musical Features

The name of my SE Live with Walkman ("in life with Walkman" if someone does not know the translation) seems to hint that this is a music player. I’ll make a reservation right away that I’m not fond of music, so I don’t know some things and I won’t describe them the way I should. Looking ahead, I’ll say that the only thing that makes it a “music player” is the hard button for launching the Walkman application highlighted on the top end. This player is no different from the standard SE player preinstalled on other devices. There is not even an intelligent equalizer, everything is limited to the choice between “normal sound”, “classic”, “pop”, etc. It allows you to select music by artist, album, track, list. The player has the ability to turn on the backlight around the mini-jack socket on the top end. This orange indicator light flashes in time with the music. Nice but pointless feature. In the player settings, you can activate xLOUD, this allows you to increase the sound level by about 30% of the original. Let me just say that at full volume and with xLOUD you can probably raise the dead from the grave, the music sounds very, very loud. A music lover would probably say that the sound quality is very good, the volume margin is sufficient, the mids are well developed, and the lower range is not bad either. By the way, when xLOUD is activated, the sound level of not only music, but also the ringtone / message increases, and it becomes difficult to miss a call / notification. For me personally, in order not to miss an incoming call, half the volume is enough without xLOUD. Loud sound is achieved through two stereo speakers.I can’t say anything about the standard headset from personal experience, since they were vacuum headphones, which my ears vetoed, and I exchanged them for “droplets” that were acceptable to me. I only know that the headphones are good, they are complemented by a remote control. It allows you not only to stop or start playback, but also to switch between tracks. Two clicks will move to the next song, and three will return to the previous one. I have a small music collection of 200 tracks, and it is absolutely not possible for me to use the standard WALKMAN player. It all comes down to the fact that it does not have the simplest functionality - namely, the choice of the folder in which the music is located. In addition to music, I have quite a lot of voice recordings, audio notes, and conversation recordings on my smartphone. And in order to simply add a new song to the playlist, you need to find it in the general audio list. In addition, the standard player is overloaded with unnecessary functions for me and at the same time does not allow me to customize it for myself.

In the end, I got tired of it worse than a steamed radish, and I just installed a player from the Android Market that 100% satisfies my needs - free Xplay.

Here you have a calm design without unnecessary frills, and flexible settings, and an “exit” button in the menu, and resuming playback after the last exit, and the ability to play music in one folder I defined on the memory card. Looking ahead, I’ll tell you about ICS, that using its new features, I finally got rid of the Walkman player, simply turning it off, besides saving myself forever from accidentally pressing the Walkman button and freeing up memory, since the player was always hanging in the background.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Frankly, this is an extremely small amount. If you plan to use this handsome man only as a dialer, then it will last for several days. But then what was the point of buying it? I have this mode of working with my phone (I take it from charge at 8 am, put it on charge at 6-7 pm): every hour push from Gmail, every two hours updates to TweakDeck, every 4 hours updates to gReader, do not listen to music / radio , half an hour of Twitter via TweakDeck, an hour of surfing from Opera Mini and half an hour of reading gReader in the morning and evening on the road, if necessary, Yandex.Maps and GPS, well, calls for about half an hour and several photos a day. These are the main energy consumers, but in fact, the phone is in sleep mode for no more than 2 hours. Usually, under normal load, the battery lasted from 8 am to 3-4 pm. It was possible to use draconian measures (backlighting after 15% charge to 5% brightness, switching from 3G to EDGE) to extend the life of the phone up to 5 hours of the day. And then it was necessary to look for an outlet. The fun started when she wasn't around.

In the end, I got tired of wasting my nerves on solving this issue, and I bought a wonderful thing - a PLATINUM external battery with 5,000 mAh, the kit included a USB cable without a charger, adapters for charging via microUSB , miniUSB and for iPhone, Nokia. By the way, I thought about buying after this article.

I use it like this: I put this monster on charge on Sunday evening, then on weekdays I charge my SE LwW from it when it runs out, up to 40 percent (fortunately, the phone has a wonderful function of very fast charging of the first 30%). And so all six days. Then on Sunday I fully charge it again and again.

I strongly recommend buying an external battery. I took mine in Svyaznoy for 1,300 rubles. I'm happy with the purchase as an elephant, besides, he has already helped out several times on campaigns.

In general, if you want to use the smartphone features of your phone, think about extending the life of your battery, and buying an external battery seems to me the most reasonable.

I liked Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features

As noted above, my SE LwW has been officially upgraded to ice cream. This is good news, especially against the backdrop of many "superbudget" that either recently came out on Android 2.3, or are still coming out, but equally do not have clear prospects for upgrading to ICS. Frankly, at first I did not find anything outstanding in the "ice cream", something that would explain the numerous admiration for it. After some time, I changed my mind. So, here's what I thought was the most significant update:

  1. The most long-awaited thing that I could not even dream of is the ability to stupidly turn off a number of applications (like Google Maps, Timescape, Facebook, EA Games and others hated by many). From that moment on, they do not slow down the overall operation of the system, do not eat the battery, do not offer themselves as an alternative when opening a file, do not litter the menu, and, finally, do not annoy me with their presence in the background against my will. I have approached nirvana.
  1. In the settings, the "Restrict background processes" function has appeared. I installed no more than 3 such processes and amuse myself with the thought that by doing this I increased the speed of the system and improved power consumption.
  1. It's a plus for me that on the lock screen, instead of switching to silent mode, the ability to quickly launch the camera has appeared. For some reason I don't understand, I never used the hard key to launch the camera using the shortcut on the screen, now everything has become even easier. It also became possible to write something on the lock screen (you can use your contacts, this can help return the phone if lost)
  1. with an incoming call, the indispensable function of rejecting a call with the simultaneous sending of one of six messages. Moreover, the content of these messages can be edited independently. Very convenient to use. The Phone app has also changed a lot. The first thing I want to note is the function of canceling vibration when dialing a number. Further, due to the fact that the dialer was combined with the call history (for me, a very good solution), the “Groups” tab appeared on the right. These were the next, it would seem, trifles, after the completion of which it became even more comfortable for me to use the phone. "Dreams Come True". #Android
  1. previously, clearing the notification area from a missed call without entering the notebook caused the number 1 to remain on the notebook exactly until you clicked on it. This is an unnecessary action, in my opinion, since by clearing the notification zone, the user already knew about the missed call. After updating the system, clearing the notification zone does not lead to annoying numbers near the notebook. Now you can swipe the unnecessary reminder and it will really disappear.
  2. previously, when I needed a phone without a screen unlock slider (i.e. in situations where unlocking with a finger is an unnecessary action and seconds count), I installed a third-party application to block the lock after pressing the Home button. Now this function has become a system function, and I freed up memory by deleting an application that has become unnecessary.
  3. The long awaited built-in manager for running non-system applications. What was before the update did not have an exact definition. I was afraid that in this manager, in addition to the applications I opened, there would be things that did not concern me, like Google Apps or Crash Monitor. But it worked out, and now, when I hold the Home button, I see the last applications I opened, I can easily switch between them, and also unload them from memory with a gesture to the side. Well, Android has come close to the reference Symbian multitasking. )
  1. previously, you could take a screenshot by holding down the lock button and selecting the appropriate task in the pop-up window. Now you need to hold down only the volume down button and the lock button and do not select any actions. Due to this, you can take a screenshot, for example, from an incoming call, which was previously impossible, since holding down the lock button led to the call being dropped. At the same time, we unloaded the menu called by holding the lock button, removing the item about taking a screenshot from there. In general, taking screenshots has become even easier and more logical.

For me, updates regarding scalable widgets, Internet traffic monitoring systems, face recognition unlocking, an updated browser turned out to be insignificant.

And most importantly - after the update, I felt like I got a new device, the user experience was so new. This applies to the above, and the new font, and the amazing speed of the system. In fact, in many ways it was a new device, since Sony bought out a share in the joint venture from Ericsson six months ago, and there is not a word about Ericsson in the update - only Sony flaunts when loading, for example.

For those who have recently bought SE LwW, I can advise you to switch to ICS as late as possible, so that after the update you will feel like the owner of a new device again, thereby extending the period of owning a "new" device.

Additional Software

Everything I recommend is absolutely free and available from the Android Market.

At first, of course, I tried a lot of launchers like Go Laucher EX, but always went back to the default launcher. Despite the obvious advantages of third-party solutions - the novelty of the interface, advanced functionality - they were outweighed by two disadvantages, namely, slow speed with constant, albeit small, but slowdowns and the obvious foreignness of third-party launchers when entering unchangeable system menus.

I use the best-in-class FBReader application as a reader. Let's just say that you will read all the books you bought / downloaded from online libraries with the greatest comfort. Let's add here the opening on the page of the last close, the absence of glitches as such, the function of downloading books without leaving the application from OPDS directories, the ability to adjust the brightness with an up and down gesture at the left edge directly from the book being read, the ability to customize absolutely all important parameters starting from the background and font and ending with the way of turning pages - and we will get a champion in the reading area on Android. Take my word for it, I have tried many readers.

I prefer TweakDeck as a twitter client over the default one. Mainly because of its simplicity, uncluttered and nice interface.

The Astro File Manager was pre-installed on the phone, but I didn't like it, it was removed and replaced with a simple, like a simple pencil, ES File Explorer. I have not been looking for anything new to replace him for a long time, he copes with his important tasks 100%. The same can be said about QuickPic, the application that I use instead of the standard Gallery. Its main advantage is the speed of work.

I would especially like to note the Yandex.Maps application. It made my life a little more predictable and controllable.

Before buying SE LwW and, accordingly, using Mobile Yandex.Maps, I absolutely always and everywhere carried with me a car map of my native Ulyanovsk with house numbers and street names. Perhaps I have geographical cretinism, or simply because of poor eyesight and finding lenses only in the 11th grade, I still have not formed a clear map of the city in my head, but earlier, when I was going to a new place, I sat over the map, making a route. Now with Yandex.Maps and the downloaded cache of the People's Map, I feel like, if not the Lord of the Roads Mad Max TM, then certainly not an Indian in Shanghai for sure. I can immediately advise after installing Yandex.Maps download exactly the People's map of your city, on it, in addition to house numbers, there is additional useful information - the names of shops, social facilities, gas stations; in general, this layer is more informative than the Scheme/Satellite layers. With GPS, the location error is only about 30 meters, which is very small. With the help of the search built into the application, I look for locations that interest me, I also look at panoramas (in order to know the facade of the building and not pass by), I plot the route. A few words about competitors. Google Maps functionality was so poor in my big city of 600,000 that the app was turned off. There is also a free Navigator from Rambler, but the only word that comes to my mind when associated with it is “glitch”. Navitel Navigator is also heard, but the relevance of maps, smooth scaling, drawing in it loses to Yandex.Maps, additional services like Traffic jams are also inferior to a competitor, and in general - Navitel Navigator is not free.

My favorite application is Opera Mini. I had it on both the Motorola A1200e and the SE Walkman W200, and now it has taken its rightful place as the main browser on the smartphone. The main advantages of Opera Mini are speed and page loading

Experience using Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

At the start of sales in the fall of 2011, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman cost about 9,000 rubles. Based on the characteristics of this outstanding representative of the Android smartphone family, even today that price tag will not cause confusion not only for a music lover or the notorious Sony-style, but also for an average person looking for a solution that is balanced in terms of price / quality ratio, in my opinion, 100 % covering all network and not only the needs of its happy owner, who still does not consider it reasonable to buy a flagship device.

According to Yandex.Market, so far the average price has dropped to more than reasonable 7,229 rubles, which made the phone even more attractive. For the money, you get a gentlemen's suite of 3G, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G sharing via Wi-Fi and USB, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, HD video recording (720p) , a protected 3.2-inch touch screen, a GHz processor with an Adreno 205 accelerator, a bunch of other goodies, and most importantly, the official update to the coveted Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has already happened in Russia.

The experience will consist of two parts. The first part will describe my attitude to the design, screen, camera, Android 4.0 and other features of the device itself, the second part - my set of additional software, which I would advise readers to try. I’ll write right away why there won’t be beautiful photos of the device in this experiment. Because the author does not know how to shoot beautifully (even if it would be something) and photos of this device can be viewed from serious reviewers. I will focus primarily on describing the direct experience of use.

Design, assembly

Sony Ericsson often delighted us with an unusual design, which favorably distinguished the devices of this brand from similar "bricks" of competitors. The color of my smartphone is classic black. The back is made of pleasant to the touch soft-touch plastic, which is good in terms of tactile sensations, and reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally drop the phone, and will appeal to those who hate the use of easily soiled gloss in smartphone construction. For more than 6 months, scratches and chips have not appeared on the case, the screen is still protected by a factory film, and, apparently, under it the sensor is in close to perfect condition. Unless a little dust got under the film on top, but I don’t reflect on this at all, I don’t even consider it necessary to stick one of the 4 spare ones. As for the back panel, it is completely in “immediately post-shop” condition. The reason for this is the use of a silicone bumper from the very first day, it was he who took the blows of fate and during falls, for sure, more than once protected the phone from getting the functionality of a brick. At the same time, the bumper gave the device a pleasant heaviness and contributed to non-slip from the hand. At first, it was indistinguishable from the hull, but over time it acquired some scuffs. But scars aren't just for men, right?

If you put some LG Link or another phone with a similar 3.2” screen next to it, you will immediately notice that SE LwW is much more compact in height (by 0.5-1 cm) and more “pot-bellied”. » in thickness. All this gives it such an important subjective parameter for me as “grasping”, that is, the convenience of holding it in my hand. After more than a long daily use of the device, I can say that it perfectly endured all the vicissitudes of fate in the form of fairly frequent falls.

The upper end of the case, rounded and beveled towards the screen, is of particular interest. On it are located in the amount of most of the upper end of the button to call the player and block / turn on. The latter is highly ergonomic and functional. Firstly, if you hold the phone in your right hand, the thumb when wearing and the index finger when using always lie comfortably on this large button, that is, unlocking the phone is always a matter of a split second, unlike other devices, where such a button is often or too small , or located in an inconvenient location. Secondly, you can end a call with this button, this is a standard function activated in the settings. It would not be superfluous to say that it is convenient, not least in frosty weather. About the musical possibilities - the player's call button, about the player itself, speakers and headset will be written in a separate chapter below. At the bottom there is only a microphone hole.On the left side there is an unprotected microUSB connector for charging from the network and synchronization (while charging) with the BB. I prefer when this connector is located not on the side, but on the top or bottom, but due to the design features (top and bottom ends are rounded), it is located exactly where it belongs. On the right side - all the fun: clearly distinguishable when touching a hard two-position volume rocker and a button for quickly activating the camera. It distinguishes between the first press (focusing) and the second (shooting), and when the phone is locked, a 3-second press on this button launches the Camera application. Previously, false clicks on the player's call button were quite frequent, but now this is in the past, how it happened - look below. In the center of the upper half of the back of the phone is a camera eye, on the left is an LED flash. They are recessed into the case, which makes the case monolithic and preventively protects the camera from the mechanical impact of an aggressive environment.

Screen, subscreen buttons

Now to the main element of the device - let's look at the front of the phone. The main place is occupied by a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 480x320 pixels. There is no Gorilla Glass here, but the screen is protected by tempered glass, and for 9 months of everyday use without using a case, a protective film and troubles on the topic “you must use it VERY carefully”, in my opinion, the screen is in a form close to its original, it is up to still protected by the factory film. Viewing angles are excellent, the picture is distorted within reasonable limits. I use the device on

15% brightness, higher brightness is not comfortable for me, the margin is huge. After long-term operation (>9 months), I can say that the screen in this device is excellent, and its resolution does not jar me at all. I deliberately purchased this phone with such a small screen, as with it the device as a whole is very compact and practical to use. In addition, it is better to have a resolution of 480x320 at 3.2 inches than a similar one at 3.5 or 4.0 inches and distinguish between pixels.

Below the screen in the center is a physical, easy-to-press Home button, to the left of it is a touch-sensitive Back button, to the right is a touch-sensitive Menu button. They are illuminated with a steady white light only when you press one of them, for 5 seconds after that, and when you press the Home button. The touch buttons respond stably to pressing, getting used to them is a matter of time, they do not cause any rejection / rejection / inconvenience. I am glad that there is no, in my opinion, absolutely unnecessary search button.

Desktops

Due to the relatively small screen, the manufacturer introduced the concept of “four corners” into Android. For example, they can be used to the fullest by scoring applications like this. They cannot be removed, they are always visible when scrolling on any of the five desktops. In fact, these are just folders with one rounded corner, designed for those who are not able to create a folder on their own. After experimenting with their use, I did the following. I put the main applications “Contacts” and “Contacts List” in the lower corners, the also frequently used “Messages” application in the upper left corner, and the upper right corner scored with multimedia applications (Radio, TrackID, TuneIN and Xplay player), Thus, on no matter which desktop I am on, all the necessary tools are always at hand.

On the first desktop, I have all the necessary toggle widgets from the manufacturer. Tried using Power Toggles as an alternative, but reverted back to widgets due to minor program stutters. I traditionally use the second desktop as a kind of sump for newly installed programs. On the third, main desktop, there is a weather widget from Yandex, the next alarm time of the wonderful Xtreme program. Further on this and the fourth table are the most frequently used applications. I use the fifth desktop as a folder store for grouping applications by function.

Performance

I will not list all the hard characteristics of SE LwW (I send it to Yandex.Market again), I will only note that during the operation it was revealed that:

  1. Elephone even without the slightest hint of slowdown out of the box with the help of the now standard MX Player`a plays video as BDRip / DVDRip / HDRip AVI / MKV formats. In other words, no matter what video (without fanaticism like watching Blue-Ray derivatives on a small screen) I transfer to the phone, it will always play correctly, starting from the 500 MB Breaking Bad series in Avi and ending with the film The Untouchables in Mkv for 1.5 GB. In general, what I usually download and watch on BB will also work on a smartphone.However, immediately after the purchase, having tried watching the video downloaded to the phone and making sure that “Yes, he can”, I never did this again. Why - search further in the text.
  2. Of all these characteristics of numbers, the only important thing is that in SE LwW the processor has the ARMv7 architecture. This means that from your smartphone you can easily play super-sophisticated hits like The Amazing Spider-Man, N.O.V.A. 3, Need for Speed ​​Shift, Max Payne Mobile. Frankly, I only played Max Payne Mobile out of the heaped games on SE LwW (I got used to the controls on a small screen after a while, the game went smoothly, it was completely transferred from the PC version), and then only to experience the same experience as and 8 years ago when I played on PC.

I'm not talking about an order of magnitude simpler games (which I prefer to play) like casual games from the Angry Birds or Cut the Rope series, which fly both literally and figuratively. So, from the Android Market (and some other sources), I can install almost any modern application or game that places high demands on the device.

  1. A couple of weeks ago, the official update to Android 4.0 ICS was released. If earlier scrolling of desktops, the response speed worked very decently, now everything has become even faster, small brakes are a thing of the past, system stability has increased, applications have stopped crumbling, you get a real buzz from the smoothness and responsiveness of the interface. If earlier, after launching one of the 4-5 background applications, it quite often did not open in the state I left, but started again, then after the update, such situations became much less. The only frustrating thing is that, as before, the opening of the dialer and non-tacts still occurs 2-3 seconds after tapping on them.

Camera

First, it is worth noting that in SE LwW, in addition to the main, 5-megapixel camera, there is also a 0.3-megapixel front camera. Even now, for a reasonable price, you rarely see a smartphone with a front camera. By the way, it supports Skype video calls. Actually, this was also checked only for “calming the soul”, in order to know that “it can also”. It can be used as a mirror. As for the main camera, you should not expect miracles from it, but I didn’t get any worse than a certain bar. Nevertheless, there are as many as 5 megapixels of the respected one, incl. in the field of digital photography, SONY (not some Chinese), autofocus and LED flash. In sunny weather, the pictures are obtained, for my taste, even excellent, the deterioration in the quality of the picture is directly proportional to the deterioration in lighting. I use the automatic shooting type detection function, which is quite convenient. There is a function for creating panoramas. Snapshots of text are great.

Photos taken from the phone:

Based on dry figures, video recording in SE LwW is very good - the maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, you can turn on the backlight, there is an auto-detection of conditions. When uploading to YouTube, the quality will be 720HD. But for me personally, the video recording is average, before the update there were constant noises from an unknown source. And although they are now gone, I still very rarely shoot anything on video, preferring to capture memorable moments in a more practical photo. Flash, by the way, can be used as a flashlight by installing the appropriate application. In general, the quality of the camera is normal for the middle segment. You need to perceive it only as one of the successful functions of a smartphone, thanks to which you can take pictures for memory, and not as a full-fledged replacement for a digital “soap box”.

Musical Features

The name of my SE Live with Walkman ("in life with Walkman" if someone does not know the translation) seems to hint that this is a music player. I’ll make a reservation right away that I’m not fond of music, so I don’t know some things and I won’t describe them the way I should. Looking ahead, I’ll say that the only thing that makes it a “music player” is the hard button for launching the Walkman application highlighted on the top end. This player is no different from the standard SE player preinstalled on other devices. There is not even an intelligent equalizer, everything is limited to the choice between “normal sound”, “classic”, “pop”, etc. It allows you to select music by artist, album, track, list. The player has the ability to turn on the backlight around the mini-jack socket on the top end. This orange indicator light flashes in time with the music. Nice but pointless feature. In the player settings, you can activate xLOUD, this allows you to increase the sound level by about 30% of the original. Let me just say that at full volume and with xLOUD you can probably raise the dead from the grave, the music sounds very, very loud. A music lover would probably say that the sound quality is very good, the volume margin is sufficient, the mids are well developed, and the lower range is not bad either. By the way, when xLOUD is activated, the sound level of not only music, but also the ringtone / message increases, and it becomes difficult to miss a call / notification. For me personally, in order not to miss an incoming call, half the volume is enough without xLOUD. Loud sound is achieved through two stereo speakers.I can’t say anything about the standard headset from personal experience, since they were vacuum headphones, which my ears vetoed, and I exchanged them for “droplets” that were acceptable to me. I only know that the headphones are good, they are complemented by a remote control. It allows you not only to stop or start playback, but also to switch between tracks. Two clicks will move to the next song, and three will return to the previous one. I have a small music collection of 200 tracks, and it is absolutely not possible for me to use the standard WALKMAN player. It all comes down to the fact that it does not have the simplest functionality - namely, the choice of the folder in which the music is located. In addition to music, I have quite a lot of voice recordings, audio notes, and conversation recordings on my smartphone. And in order to simply add a new song to the playlist, you need to find it in the general audio list. In addition, the standard player is overloaded with unnecessary functions for me and at the same time does not allow me to customize it for myself.

In the end, I got tired of it worse than a steamed radish, and I just installed a player from the Android Market that 100% satisfies my needs - free Xplay.

Here you have a calm design without unnecessary frills, and flexible settings, and an “exit” button in the menu, and resuming playback after the last exit, and the ability to play music in one folder I defined on the memory card. Looking ahead, I’ll tell you about ICS, that using its new functions, I finally got rid of the Walkman player, simply turning it off, besides saving myself forever from accidentally pressing the Walkman button and freeing up memory, since the player was always hanging in the background.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Frankly, this is an extremely small amount. If you plan to use this handsome man only as a dialer, then it will last for several days. But then what was the point of buying it? I have this mode of working with my phone (I take it from charge at 8 am, put it on charge at 6-7 pm): every hour push from Gmail, every two hours updates to TweakDeck, every 4 hours updates to gReader, do not listen to music / radio , half an hour of Twitter via TweakDeck, an hour of surfing from Opera Mini and half an hour of reading gReader in the morning and evening on the road, if necessary, Yandex.Maps and GPS, well, calls for about half an hour and several photos a day. These are the main energy consumers, but in fact, the phone is in sleep mode for no more than 2 hours. Usually, under normal load, the battery lasted from 8 am to 3-4 pm. It was possible to use draconian measures (backlighting after 15% charge to 5% brightness, switching from 3G to EDGE) to extend the life of the phone up to 5 hours of the day. And then it was necessary to look for an outlet. The fun started when she wasn't around.

In the end, I got tired of wasting my nerves on solving this issue, and I bought a wonderful thing - a PLATINUM external battery with 5,000 mAh, the kit included a USB cable without a charger, adapters for charging via microUSB , miniUSB and for iPhone, Nokia. By the way, I thought about buying after this article.

I use it like this: I put this monster on charge on Sunday evening, then on weekdays I charge my SE LwW from it when it runs out, up to 40 percent (fortunately, the phone has a wonderful function of very fast charging of the first 30%). And so all six days. Then on Sunday I fully charge it again and again.

I strongly recommend buying an external battery. I took mine in Svyaznoy for 1,300 rubles. I am happy with the purchase, besides, he has already helped out several times on campaigns.

In general, if you want to use the smartphone features of your phone, think about extending the life of your battery, and buying an external battery seems to me the most reasonable.

I liked Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features

As noted above, my SE LwW has been officially upgraded to ice cream. This is good news, especially against the backdrop of many "superbudget" that either recently came out on Android 2.3, or are still coming out, but equally do not have clear prospects for upgrading to ICS. Frankly, at first I did not find anything outstanding in the "ice cream", something that would explain the numerous admiration for it. After some time, I changed my mind. So, here's what I thought was the most significant update:

  1. The most long-awaited thing that I could not even dream of is the ability to stupidly turn off a number of applications (like Google Maps, Timescape, Facebook, EA Games and others hated by many). From that moment on, they do not slow down the overall operation of the system, do not eat the battery, do not offer themselves as an alternative when opening a file, do not litter the menu, and, finally, do not annoy me with their presence in the background against my will. I have approached nirvana.
  1. In the settings, the "Restrict background processes" function has appeared. I installed no more than 3 such processes and amuse myself with the thought that by doing this I increased the speed of the system and improved power consumption.
  1. It's a plus for me that on the lock screen, instead of switching to silent mode, the ability to quickly launch the camera has appeared. For some reason I don't understand, I never used the hard key to launch the camera using the shortcut on the screen, now everything has become even easier. It also became possible to write something on the lock screen (you can use your contacts, this can help return the phone if lost)
  1. with an incoming call, the indispensable function of rejecting a call with the simultaneous sending of one of six messages. Moreover, the content of these messages can be edited independently. Very convenient to use. The Phone app has also changed a lot. The first thing I want to note is the function of canceling vibration when dialing a number. Further, due to the fact that the dialer was combined with the call history (for me, a very good solution), the “Groups” tab appeared on the right. These were the next, it would seem, trifles, after the completion of which it became even more comfortable for me to use the phone. "Dreams Come True". #Android
  1. previously, clearing the notification area from a missed call without entering the notebook caused the number 1 to remain on the notebook exactly until you clicked on it. This is an unnecessary action, in my opinion, since by clearing the notification zone, the user already knew about the missed call. After updating the system, clearing the notification zone does not lead to annoying numbers near the notebook. Now you can swipe the unnecessary reminder and it will really disappear.
  2. previously, when I needed a phone without a screen unlock slider (i.e. in situations where unlocking with a finger is an unnecessary action and seconds count), I installed a third-party application to block the lock after pressing the Home button. Now this function has become a system function, and I freed up memory by deleting an application that has become unnecessary.
  3. The long awaited built-in manager for running non-system applications. What was before the update did not have an exact definition. I was afraid that in this manager, in addition to the applications I opened, there would be things that did not concern me, like Google Apps or Crash Monitor. But it worked out, and now, when I hold the Home button, I see the last applications I opened, I can easily switch between them, and also unload them from memory with a gesture to the side. Well, Android has come close to the reference Symbian multitasking. )
  1. previously, you could take a screenshot by holding down the lock button and selecting the appropriate task in the pop-up window. Now you need to hold down only the volume down button and the lock button and do not select any actions. Due to this, you can take a screenshot, for example, from an incoming call, which was previously impossible, since holding down the lock button led to the call being dropped. At the same time, we unloaded the menu called by holding the lock button, removing the item about taking a screenshot from there. In general, taking screenshots has become even easier and more logical.

For me, updates regarding scalable widgets, Internet traffic monitoring systems, face recognition unlocking, an updated browser turned out to be insignificant.

And most importantly - after the update, I felt like I got a new device, the user experience was so new. This applies to the above, and the new font, and the amazing speed of the system. In fact, in many ways it was a new device, since Sony bought out a share in the joint venture from Ericsson six months ago, and there is not a word about Ericsson in the update - only Sony flaunts when loading, for example.

For those who have recently bought SE LwW, I can advise you to switch to ICS as late as possible, so that after the update you will feel like the owner of a new device again, thereby extending the period of owning a "new" device.

Additional Software

Everything I recommend is absolutely free and available from the Android Market.

At first, of course, I tried a lot of launchers like Go Laucher EX, but I always went back to the default launcher. Despite the obvious advantages of third-party solutions - the novelty of the interface, advanced functionality - they were outweighed by two disadvantages, namely, slow speed with constant, albeit small, but slowdowns and the obvious foreignness of third-party launchers when entering unchangeable system menus.

I use the best-in-class FBReader application as a reader. Let's just say that you will read all the books you bought / downloaded from online libraries with the greatest comfort. Let's add here the opening on the page of the last closing, the absence of glitches as such, the function of downloading books without leaving the application from OPDS directories, the ability to adjust the brightness with an up and down gesture at the left edge directly from the book being read, the ability to customize absolutely all important parameters starting from the background and font and ending with the way of turning pages - and we will get a champion in the reading area on Android. Take my word for it, I have tried many readers.

I prefer TweakDeck as a Twitter client over the default one. Mainly because of its simplicity, uncluttered and nice interface.

The Astro File Manager was pre-installed on the phone, but I didn't like it, it was removed and replaced with a simple, like a simple pencil, ES File Explorer. I have not been looking for anything new to replace him for a long time, he copes with his important tasks by 100%. The same can be said about QuickPic, the application that I use instead of the standard Gallery. Its main advantage is the speed of work.

I would especially like to note the Yandex.Maps application. It made my life a little more predictable and controllable.

Before buying SE LwW and, accordingly, using Mobile Yandex.Maps, I absolutely always and everywhere carried with me a car map of my native Ulyanovsk with house numbers and street names. Perhaps I have geographical cretinism, or simply because of poor eyesight and finding lenses only in the 11th grade, I still have not formed a clear map of the city in my head, but earlier, when I was going to a new place, I sat over the map, making a route. Now with Yandex.Maps and the downloaded cache of the People's Map, I feel like, if not the Lord of the Roads Mad Max TM, then certainly not an Indian in Shanghai for sure. I can immediately advise after installing Yandex.Maps download exactly the People's map of your city, on it, in addition to house numbers, there is additional useful information - the names of shops, social facilities, gas stations; in general, this layer is more informative than the Scheme/Satellite layers. With GPS, the location error is only about 30 meters, which is very small. With the help of the search built into the application, I look for locations that interest me, I also look at panoramas (in order to know the facade of the building and not pass by), I plot the route. A few words about competitors. Google Maps functionality was so poor in my big city of 600,000 that the app was turned off. There is also a free Navigator from Rambler, but the only word that comes to my mind when associated with it is “glitch”. Navitel Navigator is also heard, but the relevance of maps, smooth scaling, drawing in it loses to Yandex.Maps, additional services like Traffic jams are also inferior to a competitor, and in general - Navitel Navigator is not free.

My favorite application is Opera Mini. I had it on both the Motorola A1200e and the SE Walkman W200, and now it has taken its rightful place as the main browser on the smartphone. The main advantages of Opera Mini are speed and page loading

Experience using Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

At the start of sales in the fall of 2011, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman cost about 9,000 rubles. Based on the characteristics of this outstanding representative of the Android smartphone family, even today that price tag will not cause confusion not only for a music lover or the notorious Sony-style, but also for an average person looking for a solution that is balanced in terms of price / quality ratio, in my opinion, 100 % covering all network and not only the needs of its happy owner, who still does not consider it reasonable to buy a flagship device.

According to Yandex.Market, so far the average price has dropped to more than reasonable 7,229 rubles, which made the phone even more attractive. For the money, you get a gentlemen's suite of 3G, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G sharing via Wi-Fi and USB, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, HD video recording (720p) , a protected 3.2-inch touch screen, a GHz processor with an Adreno 205 accelerator, a bunch of other goodies, and most importantly, the official update to the coveted Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has already happened in Russia.

The experience will consist of two parts. The first part will describe my attitude to the design, screen, camera, Android 4.0 and other features of the device itself, the second part - my set of additional software, which I would advise readers to try. I’ll write right away why there won’t be beautiful photos of the device in this experiment. Because the author does not know how to shoot beautifully (even if it would be something) and photos of this device can be viewed from serious reviewers. I will focus primarily on describing the direct experience of use.

Design, assembly

Sony Ericsson often delighted us with an unusual design, which favorably distinguished the devices of this brand from similar "bricks" of competitors. The color of my smartphone is classic black. The back is made of pleasant to the touch soft-touch plastic, which is good in terms of tactile sensations, and reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally drop the phone, and will appeal to those who hate the use of easily soiled gloss in smartphone construction. For more than 6 months, scratches and chips have not appeared on the case, the screen is still protected by a factory film, and, apparently, under it the sensor is in close to perfect condition. Unless a little dust got under the film on top, but I don’t reflect on this at all, I don’t even consider it necessary to stick one of the 4 spare ones. As for the back panel, it is completely in “immediately post-shop” condition. The reason for this is the use of a silicone bumper from the very first day, it was he who took the blows of fate and during falls, for sure, more than once protected the phone from getting the functionality of a brick. At the same time, the bumper gave the device a pleasant heaviness and contributed to non-slip from the hand. At first, it was indistinguishable from the hull, but over time it acquired some scuffs. But scars aren't just for men, right?

If you put some LG Link or another phone with a similar 3.2” screen next to it, you will immediately notice that SE LwW is much more compact in height (by 0.5-1 cm) and more “pot-bellied”. » in thickness. All this gives it such an important subjective parameter for me as “grasping”, that is, the convenience of holding it in my hand. After more than a long daily use of the device, I can say that it perfectly endured all the vicissitudes of fate in the form of fairly frequent falls.

The upper end of the case, rounded and beveled towards the screen, is of particular interest. On it are located in the amount of most of the upper end of the player call button and lock / turn on. The latter is highly ergonomic and functional. Firstly, if you hold the phone in your right hand, the thumb when wearing and the index finger when using always lie comfortably on this large button, that is, unlocking the phone is always a matter of a split second, unlike other devices, where such a button is often or too small , or located in an inconvenient location. Secondly, you can end a call with this button, this is a standard function activated in the settings. It would not be superfluous to say that it is convenient, not least in frosty weather. About the musical possibilities - the player's call button, about the player itself, speakers and headset will be written in a separate chapter below. At the bottom there is only a microphone hole.On the left side there is an unprotected microUSB connector for charging from the network and synchronization (while charging) with the BB. I prefer when this connector is located not on the side, but on the top or bottom, but due to the design features (top and bottom ends are rounded), it is located exactly where it belongs. On the right side - all the fun: clearly distinguishable when touching a hard two-position volume rocker and a button for quickly activating the camera. It distinguishes between the first press (focusing) and the second (shooting), and when the phone is locked, a 3-second press on this button launches the Camera application. Previously, false clicks on the player's call button were quite frequent, but now it's in the past, how it happened - look below. In the center of the upper half of the back of the phone is a camera eye, on the left is an LED flash. They are recessed into the case, which makes the case monolithic and preventively protects the camera from the mechanical impact of an aggressive environment.

Screen, subscreen buttons

Now to the main element of the device - let's look at the front of the phone. The main place is occupied by a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 480x320 pixels. There is no Gorilla Glass here, but the screen is protected by tempered glass, and for 9 months of everyday use without using a case, a protective film and troubles on the topic “you must use it VERY carefully”, in my opinion, the screen is in a form close to its original, it is up to still protected by the factory film. Viewing angles are excellent, the picture is distorted within reasonable limits. I use the device on

15% brightness, higher brightness is not comfortable for me, the margin is huge. After long-term operation (>9 months), I can say that the screen in this device is excellent, and its resolution does not jar me at all. I deliberately purchased this phone with such a small screen, as with it the device as a whole is very compact and practical to use. In addition, it is better to have a resolution of 480x320 at 3.2 inches than a similar one at 3.5 or 4.0 inches and distinguish between pixels.

Below the screen in the center is a physical, easy-to-press Home button, to the left of it is a touch-sensitive Back button, to the right is a touch-sensitive Menu button. They are illuminated with a steady white light only when you press one of them, for 5 seconds after that, and when you press the Home button. The touch buttons respond stably to pressing, getting used to them is a matter of time, they do not cause any rejection / rejection / inconvenience. I am glad that there is no, in my opinion, absolutely unnecessary search button.

Desktops

Due to the relatively small screen, the manufacturer introduced the concept of “four corners” into Android. For example, they can be used to the fullest by scoring applications like this. They cannot be removed, they are always visible when scrolling on any of the five desktops. In fact, these are just folders with one rounded corner, designed for those who are not able to create a folder on their own. After experimenting with their use, I did the following. I put the main applications “Contacts” and “Contacts List” in the lower corners, the also frequently used “Messages” application in the upper left corner, and the upper right corner scored with multimedia applications (Radio, TrackID, TuneIN and Xplay player), Thus, on no matter which desktop I am on, all the necessary tools are always at hand.

On the first desktop, I have all the necessary toggle widgets from the manufacturer. Tried using Power Toggles as an alternative, but reverted back to widgets due to minor program stutters. I traditionally use the second desktop as a kind of sump for newly installed programs. On the third, main desktop, there is a weather widget from Yandex, the next alarm time of the wonderful Xtreme program. Further on this and the fourth table are the most frequently used applications. I use the fifth desktop as a folder store for grouping applications by function.

Performance

I will not list all the hard characteristics of SE LwW (I send it to Yandex.Market again), I will only note that during the operation it was revealed that:

  1. Elephone even without the slightest hint of slowdown out of the box with the help of the now standard MX Player`a plays video as BDRip / DVDRip / HDRip AVI / MKV formats. In other words, no matter what video (without fanaticism like watching Blue-Ray derivatives on a small screen) I transfer to the phone, it will always play correctly, starting from the 500 MB Breaking Bad series in Avi and ending with the film The Untouchables in Mkv for 1.5 GB. In general, what I usually download and watch on BB will also work on a smartphone.However, immediately after the purchase, having tried watching the video downloaded to the phone and making sure that “Yes, he can”, I never did this again. Why - search further in the text.
  2. Of all these characteristics of numbers, the only important thing is that in SE LwW the processor has the ARMv7 architecture. This means that from your smartphone you can easily play super-heaped hits like The Amazing Spider-Man, N.O.V.A. 3, Need for Speed ​​Shift, Max Payne Mobile. Frankly, I only played Max Payne Mobile out of fancy games on SE LwW (I got used to the controls on a small screen after a while, the game went smoothly, it was completely transferred from the PC version), and then only to experience the same experience as and 8 years ago when I played on PC.

I'm not talking about an order of magnitude simpler games (which I prefer to play) like casual games from the Angry Birds or Cut the Rope series, which fly both literally and figuratively. So, from the Android Market (and some other sources), I can install almost any modern application or game that places high demands on the device.

  1. A couple of weeks ago, the official update to Android 4.0 ICS was released. If earlier scrolling of desktops, the response speed worked very decently, now everything has become even faster, small brakes are a thing of the past, system stability has increased, applications have stopped crumbling, you get a real buzz from the smoothness and responsiveness of the interface. If earlier, after launching one of the 4-5 background applications, it quite often did not open in the state I left, but started again, then after the update, such situations became much less. The only frustrating thing is that, as before, the opening of the dialer and non-tacts still occurs 2-3 seconds after tapping on them.

Camera

First, it is worth noting that in SE LwW, in addition to the main, 5-megapixel camera, there is also a 0.3-megapixel front camera. Even now, for a reasonable price, you rarely see a smartphone with a front camera. By the way, it supports Skype video calls. Actually, this was also checked only for “calming the soul”, in order to know that “it can also”. It can be used as a mirror. As for the main camera, you should not expect miracles from it, but I didn’t get any worse than a certain bar. Nevertheless, there are as many as 5 megapixels of the respected one, incl. in the field of digital photography, SONY (not some Chinese), autofocus and LED flash. In sunny weather, the pictures are obtained, for my taste, even excellent, the deterioration in the quality of the picture is directly proportional to the deterioration in lighting. I use the automatic shooting type detection function, which is quite convenient. There is a function for creating panoramas. Snapshots of text are great.

Photos taken from the phone:

Based on dry figures, video recording in SE LwW is very good - the maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, you can turn on the backlight, there is an auto-detection of conditions. When uploading to YouTube, the quality will be 720HD. But for me personally, the video recording is average, before the update there were constant noises from an unknown source. And although they are now gone, I still very rarely shoot anything on video, preferring to capture memorable moments in a more practical photo. Flash, by the way, can be used as a flashlight by installing the appropriate application. In general, the quality of the camera is normal for the middle segment. You need to perceive it only as one of the successful functions of a smartphone, thanks to which you can take pictures for memory, and not as a full-fledged replacement for a digital “soap box”.

Musical Features

The name of my SE Live with Walkman ("in life with Walkman" if someone does not know the translation) seems to hint that this is a music player. I’ll make a reservation right away that I’m not fond of music, so I don’t know some things and I won’t describe them the way I should. Looking ahead, I’ll say that the only thing that makes it a “music player” is the hard button for launching the Walkman application highlighted on the top end. This player is no different from the standard SE player preinstalled on other devices. There is not even an intelligent equalizer, everything is limited to the choice between “normal sound”, “classic”, “pop”, etc. It allows you to select music by artist, album, track, list. The player has the ability to turn on the backlight around the mini-jack socket on the top end. This orange indicator light flashes in time with the music. Nice but pointless feature. In the player settings, you can activate xLOUD, this allows you to increase the sound level by about 30% of the original. Let me just say that at full volume and with xLOUD you can probably raise the dead from the grave, the music sounds very, very loud. A music lover would probably say that the sound quality is very good, the volume margin is sufficient, the mids are well developed, and the lower range is not bad either. By the way, when xLOUD is activated, the sound level of not only music, but also the ringtone / message increases, and it becomes difficult to miss a call / notification. For me personally, in order not to miss an incoming call, half the volume is enough without xLOUD. Loud sound is achieved through two stereo speakers.I can’t say anything about the standard headset from personal experience, since they were vacuum headphones, which my ears vetoed, and I exchanged them for “droplets” that were acceptable to me. I only know that the headphones are good, they are complemented by a remote control. It allows you not only to stop or start playback, but also to switch between tracks. Two clicks will move to the next song, and three will return to the previous one. I have a small music collection of 200 tracks, and it is absolutely not possible for me to use the standard WALKMAN player. It all comes down to the fact that it does not have the simplest functionality - namely, the choice of the folder in which the music is located. In addition to music, I have quite a lot of voice recordings, audio notes, and conversation recordings on my smartphone. And in order to simply add a new song to the playlist, you need to find it in the general audio list. In addition, the standard player is overloaded with unnecessary functions for me and at the same time does not allow me to customize it for myself.

In the end, I got tired of it worse than a steamed radish, and I just installed a player from the Android Market that 100% satisfies my needs - free Xplay.

Here you have a calm design without unnecessary frills, and flexible settings, and an “exit” button in the menu, and resuming playback after the last exit, and the ability to play music in one folder I defined on the memory card. Looking ahead, I’ll tell you about ICS, that using its new features, I finally got rid of the Walkman player, simply turning it off, besides saving myself forever from accidentally pressing the Walkman button and freeing up memory, since the player was always hanging in the background.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Frankly, this is an extremely small amount. If you plan to use this handsome man only as a dialer, then it will last for several days. But then what was the point of buying it? I have this mode of working with my phone (I take it from charge at 8 am, put it on charge at 6-7 pm): every hour push from Gmail, every two hours updates to TweakDeck, every 4 hours updates to gReader, do not listen to music / radio , half an hour of Twitter via TweakDeck, an hour of surfing from Opera Mini and half an hour of reading gReader in the morning and evening on the road, if necessary, Yandex.Maps and GPS, well, calls for about half an hour and several photos a day. These are the main energy consumers, but in fact, the phone is in sleep mode for no more than 2 hours. Usually, under normal load, the battery lasted from 8 am to 3-4 pm. It was possible to use draconian measures (backlighting after 15% charge to 5% brightness, switching from 3G to EDGE) to extend the life of the phone up to 5 hours of the day. And then it was necessary to look for an outlet. The fun started when she wasn't around.

In the end, I got tired of wasting my nerves on solving this issue, and I bought a wonderful thing - a PLATINUM external battery with 5,000 mAh, the kit included a USB cable without a charger, adapters for charging via microUSB , miniUSB and for iPhone, Nokia. By the way, I thought about buying after this article.

I use it like this: I put this monster on charge on Sunday evening, then on weekdays I charge my SE LwW from it when it runs out, up to 40 percent (fortunately, the phone has a wonderful function of very fast charging of the first 30%). And so all six days. Then on Sunday I fully charge it again and again.

I strongly recommend buying an external battery. I took mine in Svyaznoy for 1,300 rubles. I am happy with the purchase, besides, he has already helped out several times on campaigns.

In general, if you want to use the smartphone features of your phone, think about extending the life of your battery, and buying an external battery seems to me the most reasonable.

I liked Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features

As noted above, my SE LwW has been officially upgraded to ice cream. This is good news, especially against the backdrop of many "superbudget" that either recently came out on Android 2.3, or are still coming out, but equally do not have clear prospects for upgrading to ICS. Frankly, at first I did not find anything outstanding in the "ice cream", something that would explain the numerous admiration for it. After some time, I changed my mind. So, here's what I thought was the most significant update:

  1. The most long-awaited thing that I could not even dream of is the ability to stupidly turn off a number of applications (like Google Maps, Timescape, Facebook, EA Games and others hated by many). From that moment on, they do not slow down the overall operation of the system, do not eat the battery, do not offer themselves as an alternative when opening a file, do not litter the menu, and, finally, do not annoy me with their presence in the background against my will. I have approached nirvana.
  1. In the settings, the "Restrict background processes" function has appeared. I installed no more than 3 such processes and amuse myself with the thought that by doing this I increased the speed of the system and improved power consumption.
  1. It's a plus for me that on the lock screen, instead of switching to silent mode, the ability to quickly launch the camera has appeared. For some reason I don't understand, I never used the hard key to launch the camera using the shortcut on the screen, now everything has become even easier. It also became possible to write something on the lock screen (you can use your contacts, this can help return the phone if lost)
  1. with an incoming call, the indispensable function of rejecting a call with the simultaneous sending of one of six messages. Moreover, the content of these messages can be edited independently. Very convenient to use. The Phone app has also changed a lot. The first thing I want to note is the function of canceling vibration when dialing a number. Further, due to the fact that the dialer was combined with the call history (for me, a very good solution), the “Groups” tab appeared on the right. These were the next, it would seem, trifles, after the completion of which it became even more comfortable for me to use the phone. "Dreams Come True". #Android
  1. previously, clearing the notification area from a missed call without entering the notebook caused the number 1 to remain on the notebook exactly until you clicked on it. This is an unnecessary action, in my opinion, since by clearing the notification zone, the user already knew about the missed call. After updating the system, clearing the notification zone does not lead to annoying numbers near the notebook. Now you can swipe the unnecessary reminder and it will really disappear.
  2. previously, when I needed a phone without a screen unlock slider (i.e. in situations where unlocking with a finger is an unnecessary action and seconds count), I installed a third-party application to block the lock after pressing the Home button. Now this function has become a system function, and I freed up memory by deleting an application that has become unnecessary.
  3. The long awaited built-in manager for running non-system applications. What was before the update did not have an exact definition. I was afraid that in this manager, in addition to the applications I opened, there would be things that did not concern me, like Google Apps or Crash Monitor. But it worked out, and now, when I hold the Home button, I see the last applications I opened, I can easily switch between them, and also unload them from memory with a gesture to the side. Well, Android has come close to the reference Symbian multitasking. )
  1. previously, you could take a screenshot by holding down the lock button and selecting the appropriate task in the pop-up window. Now you need to hold down only the volume down button and the lock button and do not select any actions. Due to this, you can take a screenshot, for example, from an incoming call, which was previously impossible, since holding down the lock button led to the call being dropped. At the same time, we unloaded the menu called by holding the lock button, removing the item about taking a screenshot from there. In general, taking screenshots has become even easier and more logical.

For me, updates regarding scalable widgets, Internet traffic monitoring systems, face recognition unlocking, an updated browser turned out to be insignificant.

And most importantly - after the update, I felt like I got a new device, the user experience was so new. This applies to the above, and the new font, and the amazing speed of the system. In fact, in many ways it was a new device, since Sony bought out a share in the joint venture from Ericsson six months ago, and there is not a word about Ericsson in the update - only Sony flaunts when loading, for example.

For those who have recently bought SE LwW, I can advise you to switch to ICS as late as possible, so that after the update you will feel like the owner of a new device again, thereby extending the period of owning a "new" device.

Additional Software

Everything I recommend is absolutely free and available from the Android Market.

At first, of course, I tried a lot of launchers like Go Laucher EX, but always went back to the default launcher. Despite the obvious advantages of third-party solutions - the novelty of the interface, advanced functionality - they were outweighed by two disadvantages, namely, slow speed with constant, albeit small, but slowdowns and the obvious foreignness of third-party launchers when entering unchangeable system menus.

I use the best-in-class FBReader application as a reader. Let's just say that you will read all the books you bought / downloaded from online libraries with the greatest comfort. Let's add here the opening on the page of the last close, the absence of glitches as such, the function of downloading books without leaving the application from OPDS directories, the ability to adjust the brightness with an up and down gesture at the left edge directly from the book being read, the ability to customize absolutely all important parameters starting from the background and font and ending with the way of turning pages - and we will get a champion in the reading area on Android. Take my word for it, I have tried many readers.

I prefer TweakDeck as a Twitter client over the default one. Mainly because of its simplicity, uncluttered and nice interface.

The Astro File Manager was pre-installed on the phone, but I didn't like it, it was removed and replaced with a simple, like a simple pencil, ES File Explorer. I have not been looking for anything new to replace him for a long time, he copes with his important tasks by 100%. The same can be said about QuickPic, the application that I use instead of the standard Gallery. Its main advantage is the speed of work.

I would especially like to note the Yandex.Maps application. It made my life a little more predictable and controllable.

Before buying SE LwW and, accordingly, using Mobile Yandex.Maps, I absolutely always and everywhere carried with me a car map of my native Ulyanovsk with house numbers and street names. Perhaps I have geographical cretinism, or simply because of poor eyesight and finding lenses only in the 11th grade, I still have not formed a clear map of the city in my head, but earlier, when I was going to a new place, I sat over the map, making a route. Now with Yandex.Maps and the downloaded cache of the People's Map, I feel like, if not the Lord of the Roads Mad Max TM, then certainly not an Indian in Shanghai for sure. I can immediately advise after installing Yandex.Maps download exactly the People's map of your city, on it, in addition to house numbers, there is additional useful information - the names of shops, social facilities, gas stations; in general, this layer is more informative than the Scheme/Satellite layers. With GPS, the location error is only about 30 meters, which is very small. With the help of the search built into the application, I look for locations that interest me, I also look at panoramas (in order to know the facade of the building and not pass by), I plot the route. A few words about competitors. Google Maps functionality was so poor in my big city of 600,000 that the app was turned off. There is also a free Navigator from Rambler, but the only word that comes to my mind when associated with it is “glitch”. Navitel Navigator is also heard, but the relevance of maps, smooth scaling, drawing in it loses to Yandex.Maps, additional services like Traffic jams are also inferior to a competitor, and in general - Navitel Navigator is not free.

My favorite application is Opera Mini. I had it on both the Motorola A1200e and the SE Walkman W200, and now it has taken its rightful place as the main browser on the smartphone. The main advantages of Opera Mini are speed and page loading

Experience using Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

At the start of sales in the fall of 2011, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman cost about 9,000 rubles. Based on the characteristics of this outstanding representative of the Android smartphone family, even today that price tag will not cause confusion not only among a music lover or the notorious Sony-style, but also among the average person looking for a solution balanced in terms of price / quality ratio, in my opinion, 100 % covering all network and not only the needs of its happy owner, who still does not consider it reasonable to buy a flagship device.

According to Yandex.Market, so far the average price has dropped to more than reasonable 7,229 rubles, which made the phone even more attractive. For the money, you get a gentlemen's suite of 3G, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G sharing via Wi-Fi and USB, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, HD video recording (720p) , a protected 3.2-inch touch screen, a GHz processor with an Adreno 205 accelerator, a bunch of other goodies, and most importantly, the official update to the coveted Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has already happened in Russia.

The experience will consist of two parts. The first part will describe my attitude to the design, screen, camera, Android 4.0 and other features of the device itself, the second part - my set of additional software, which I would advise readers to try. I’ll write right away why there won’t be beautiful photos of the device in this experiment. Because the author does not know how to shoot beautifully (even if it would be something) and photos of this device can be viewed from serious reviewers. I will focus primarily on describing the direct experience of use.

Design, assembly

Sony Ericsson often delighted us with an unusual design, which favorably distinguished the devices of this brand from similar "bricks" of competitors. The color of my smartphone is classic black. The back is made of pleasant to the touch soft-touch plastic, which is good in terms of tactile sensations, and reduces the likelihood that you will accidentally drop the phone, and will appeal to those who hate the use of easily soiled gloss in smartphone construction. For more than 6 months, scratches and chips have not appeared on the case, the screen is still protected by a factory film, and, apparently, under it the sensor is in close to perfect condition. Unless a little dust got under the film on top, but I don’t reflect on this at all, I don’t even consider it necessary to stick one of the 4 spare ones. As for the back panel, it is completely in “immediately post-shop” condition. The reason for this is the use of a silicone bumper from the very first day, it was he who took the blows of fate and during falls, for sure, more than once protected the phone from getting the functionality of a brick. At the same time, the bumper gave the device a pleasant heaviness and contributed to non-slip from the hand. At first, it was indistinguishable from the hull, but over time it acquired some scuffs. But scars aren't just for men, right?

If you put some LG Link or another phone with a similar 3.2” screen next to it, you will immediately notice that SE LwW is much more compact in height (by 0.5-1 cm) and more “pot-bellied”. » in thickness. All this gives it such an important subjective parameter for me as “grasping”, that is, the convenience of holding it in my hand. After more than a long daily use of the device, I can say that it perfectly endured all the vicissitudes of fate in the form of fairly frequent falls.

The upper end of the case, rounded and beveled towards the screen, is of particular interest. On it are located in the amount of most of the upper end of the button to call the player and block / turn on. The latter is highly ergonomic and functional. Firstly, if you hold the phone in your right hand, the thumb when wearing and the index finger when using always lie comfortably on this large button, that is, unlocking the phone is always a matter of a split second, unlike other devices, where such a button is often or too small , or located in an inconvenient location. Secondly, you can end a call with this button, this is a standard function activated in the settings. It would not be superfluous to say that it is convenient, not least in frosty weather. About the musical possibilities - the player's call button, about the player itself, speakers and headset will be written in a separate chapter below. At the bottom there is only a microphone hole. On the left side there is an unprotected microUSB connector for charging from the network and synchronization (while charging) with the BB.I prefer when this connector is located not on the side, but on the top or bottom, but due to the design features (top and bottom ends are rounded), it is located exactly where it belongs. On the right side - all the fun: clearly distinguishable when touching a hard two-position volume rocker and a button for quickly activating the camera. It distinguishes between the first press (focusing) and the second (shooting), and when the phone is locked, a 3-second press on this button launches the Camera application. Previously, false clicks on the player's call button were quite frequent, but now it's in the past, how it happened - look below. In the center of the upper half of the back of the phone is a camera eye, on the left is an LED flash. They are recessed into the case, which makes the case monolithic and preventively protects the camera from the mechanical impact of an aggressive environment.

Screen, subscreen buttons

Now to the main element of the device - let's look at the front of the phone. The main place is occupied by a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 480x320 pixels. There is no Gorilla Glass here, but the screen is protected by tempered glass, and for 9 months of everyday use without using a case, a protective film and troubles on the topic “you must use it VERY carefully”, in my opinion, the screen is in a form close to its original, it is up to still protected by the factory film. Viewing angles are excellent, the picture is distorted within reasonable limits. I use the device on

15% brightness, higher brightness is not comfortable for me, the margin is huge. After long-term operation (>9 months), I can say that the screen in this device is excellent, and its resolution does not jar me at all. I deliberately purchased this phone with such a small screen, as with it the device as a whole is very compact and practical to use. In addition, it is better to have a resolution of 480x320 at 3.2 inches than a similar one at 3.5 or 4.0 inches and distinguish between pixels.

Below the screen in the center is a physical, easy-to-press Home button, to the left of it is a touch-sensitive Back button, to the right is a touch-sensitive Menu button. They are illuminated with a steady white light only when you press one of them, for 5 seconds after that, and when you press the Home button. The touch buttons respond stably to pressing, getting used to them is a matter of time, they do not cause any rejection / rejection / inconvenience. I am glad that there is no, in my opinion, absolutely unnecessary search button.

Desktops

Due to the relatively small screen, the manufacturer introduced the concept of “four corners” into Android. For example, they can be used to the fullest by scoring applications like this. They cannot be removed, they are always visible when scrolling on any of the five desktops. In fact, these are just folders with one rounded corner, designed for those who are not able to create a folder on their own. After experimenting with their use, I did the following. I put the main applications “Contacts” and “Contacts List” in the lower corners, the also frequently used “Messages” application in the upper left corner, and the upper right corner scored with multimedia applications (Radio, TrackID, TuneIN and Xplay player), Thus, on no matter which desktop I am on, all the necessary tools are always at hand.

On the first desktop, I have all the necessary toggle widgets from the manufacturer. Tried using Power Toggles as an alternative, but reverted back to widgets due to minor program stutters. I traditionally use the second desktop as a kind of sump for newly installed programs. On the third, main desktop, there is a weather widget from Yandex, the next alarm time of the wonderful Xtreme program. Further on this and the fourth table are the most frequently used applications. I use the fifth desktop as a folder store for grouping applications by function.

Performance

I will not list all the hard characteristics of SE LwW (I send it to Yandex.Market again), I will only note that during the operation it was revealed that:

  1. Elephone even without the slightest hint of slowdown out of the box with the help of the now standard MX Player`a plays video as BDRip / DVDRip / HDRip AVI / MKV formats. In other words, no matter what video (without fanaticism like watching Blue-Ray derivatives on a small screen) I transfer to the phone, it will always play correctly, starting from the 500 MB Breaking Bad series in Avi and ending with the film The Untouchables in Mkv for 1.5 GB. In general, what I usually download and watch on BB will also work on a smartphone. However, immediately after the purchase, having tried watching the video downloaded to the phone and making sure that “Yes, he can”, I never did this again. Why - look further in the text.
  2. Of all these characteristics of numbers, the only important thing is that in SE LwW the processor has an ARMv7 architecture. This means that from your smartphone you can easily play super-sophisticated hits like The Amazing Spider-Man, N.O.V.A. 3, Need for Speed ​​Shift, Max Payne Mobile. Frankly, I only played Max Payne Mobile out of the heaped games on SE LwW (I got used to the controls on a small screen after a while, the game went smoothly, it was completely transferred from the PC version), and then only to experience the same experience as and 8 years ago when I played on PC.

I'm not talking about an order of magnitude simpler games (which I prefer to play) like casual games from the Angry Birds or Cut the Rope series, which fly both literally and figuratively. So, from the Android Market (and some other sources), I can install almost any modern application or game that places high demands on the device.

  1. A couple of weeks ago, the official update to Android 4.0 ICS was released. If earlier scrolling of desktops, the response speed worked very decently, now everything has become even faster, small brakes are a thing of the past, system stability has increased, applications have stopped crumbling, you get a real buzz from the smoothness and responsiveness of the interface. If earlier, after launching one of the 4-5 background applications, it quite often did not open in the state I left, but started again, then after the update, such situations became much less. The only frustrating thing is that, as before, the opening of the dialer and non-tacts still occurs 2-3 seconds after tapping on them.

Camera

First, it is worth noting that in SE LwW, in addition to the main, 5-megapixel camera, there is also a 0.3-megapixel front camera. Even now, for a reasonable price, you rarely see a smartphone with a front camera. By the way, it supports Skype video calls. Actually, this was also checked only for “calming the soul”, in order to know that “it can also”. It can be used as a mirror. As for the main camera, you should not expect miracles from it, but I didn’t get any worse than a certain bar. Nevertheless, there are as many as 5 megapixels of the respected one, incl. in the field of digital photography, SONY (not some Chinese), autofocus and LED flash. In sunny weather, the pictures are obtained, for my taste, even excellent, the deterioration in the quality of the picture is directly proportional to the deterioration in lighting. I use the automatic shooting type detection function, which is quite convenient. There is a function for creating panoramas. Snapshots of text are great.

Photos taken from the phone:

Based on dry figures, video recording in SE LwW is very good - the maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, you can turn on the backlight, there is an auto-detection of conditions. When uploading to YouTube, the quality will be 720HD. But for me personally, the video recording is average, before the update there were constant noises from an unknown source. And although they are now gone, I still very rarely shoot anything on video, preferring to capture memorable moments in a more practical photo. Flash, by the way, can be used as a flashlight by installing the appropriate application. In general, the quality of the camera is normal for the middle segment. You need to perceive it only as one of the successful functions of a smartphone, thanks to which you can take pictures for memory, and not as a full-fledged replacement for a digital “soap box”.

Musical Features

The name of my SE Live with Walkman ("in life with Walkman" if someone does not know the translation) seems to hint that this is a music player. I’ll make a reservation right away that I’m not fond of music, so I don’t know some things and I won’t describe them the way I should. Looking ahead, I’ll say that the only thing that makes it a “music player” is the hard button for launching the Walkman application highlighted on the top end. This player is no different from the standard SE player preinstalled on other devices. There is not even an intelligent equalizer, everything is limited to the choice between “normal sound”, “classic”, “pop”, etc. It allows you to select music by artist, album, track, list. The player has the ability to turn on the backlight around the mini-jack socket on the top end.This orange indicator light flashes in time with the music. Nice but pointless feature. In the player settings, you can activate xLOUD, this allows you to increase the sound level by about 30% of the original. Let me just say that at full volume and with xLOUD you can probably raise the dead from the grave, the music sounds very, very loud. A music lover would probably say that the sound quality is very good, the volume margin is sufficient, the mids are well developed, and the lower range is not bad either. By the way, when xLOUD is activated, the sound level of not only music, but also the ringtone / message increases, and it becomes difficult to miss a call / notification. For me personally, in order not to miss an incoming call, half the volume is enough without xLOUD. Loud sound is achieved through two stereo speakers. I can’t say anything about the standard headset from personal experience, since they were vacuum headphones, which my ears vetoed, and I exchanged them for “droplets” that were acceptable to me. I only know that the headphones are good, they are complemented by a remote control. It allows you not only to stop or start playback, but also to switch between tracks. Two clicks will move to the next song, and three will return to the previous one. I have a small music collection of 200 tracks, and it is absolutely not possible for me to use the standard WALKMAN player. It all comes down to the fact that it does not have the simplest functionality - namely, the choice of the folder in which the music is located. In addition to music, I have quite a lot of voice recordings, audio notes, and conversation recordings on my smartphone.And in order to simply add a new song to the playlist, you need to find it in the general audio list. In addition, the standard player is overloaded with unnecessary functions for me and at the same time does not allow me to customize it for myself.

In the end, I got tired of it worse than a steamed radish, and I just installed a player from the Android Market that 100% satisfies my needs - free Xplay.

Here you have a calm design without unnecessary frills, and flexible settings, and an “exit” button in the menu, and resuming playback after the last exit, and the ability to play music in one folder I defined on the memory card. Looking ahead, I’ll tell you about ICS, that using its new functions, I finally got rid of the Walkman player, simply turning it off, besides saving myself forever from accidentally pressing the Walkman button and freeing up memory, since the player was always hanging in the background.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Frankly, this is an extremely small amount. If you plan to use this handsome man only as a dialer, then it will last for several days. But then what was the point of buying it? I have this mode of working with my phone (I take it from charge at 8 am, put it on charge at 6-7 pm): every hour push from Gmail, every two hours updates to TweakDeck, every 4 hours updates to gReader, do not listen to music / radio , half an hour of Twitter via TweakDeck, an hour of surfing from Opera Mini and half an hour of reading gReader in the morning and evening on the road, if necessary, Yandex.Maps and GPS, well, calls for about half an hour and several photos a day. These are the main energy consumers, but in fact, the phone is in sleep mode for no more than 2 hours. Usually, under normal load, the battery lasted from 8 am to 3-4 pm. It was possible to use draconian measures (backlighting after 15% charge to 5% brightness, switching from 3G to EDGE) to extend the life of the phone up to 5 hours of the day. And then it was necessary to look for an outlet. The fun started when she wasn't around.

In the end, I got tired of wasting my nerves on solving this issue, and I bought a wonderful thing - a PLATINUM 5,000 mAh external battery, the kit included a USB cable without a charger, adapters for charging via microUSB, miniUSB and for iPhone, Nokia . By the way, I thought about buying after this article.

I use it like this: I put this monster on charge on Sunday evening, then on weekdays I charge my SE LwW from it when it runs out, up to 40 percent (fortunately, the phone has a wonderful function of very fast charging of the first 30%). And so all six days. Then on Sunday I fully charge it again and again.

I strongly recommend buying an external battery. I took mine in Svyaznoy for 1,300 rubles. I am happy with the purchase, besides, he has already helped out several times on campaigns.

In general, if you want to use the smartphone features of your phone, think about extending the life of your battery, and buying an external battery seems to me the most reasonable.

I liked Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features

As noted above, my SE LwW has been officially upgraded to ice cream. This is good news, especially against the backdrop of many "superbudzhetnikov" who either recently came out on Android 2.3, or are still coming out, but equally do not have clear prospects for upgrading to ICS. Frankly, at first I did not find anything outstanding in the "ice cream", something that would explain the numerous admiration for it. After some time, I changed my mind. So, here's what I thought was the most significant update:

  1. The most long-awaited thing that I could not even dream of is the ability to stupidly turn off a number of applications (like Google Maps, Timescape, Facebook, EA Games and others hated by many). From that moment on, they do not slow down the overall operation of the system, do not eat the battery, do not offer themselves as an alternative when opening a file, do not litter the menu, and, finally, do not annoy me with their presence in the background against my will. I got closer to nirvana.
  1. In the settings, the "Restrict background processes" function has appeared. I installed no more than 3 such processes and amuse myself with the thought that by doing this I increased the speed of the system and improved power consumption.
  1. It's a plus for me that on the lock screen, instead of switching to silent mode, the ability to quickly launch the camera has appeared. For some reason I don't understand, I never used the hard key to launch the camera using the shortcut on the screen, now everything has become even easier. It also became possible to write something on the lock screen (you can use your contacts, this can help return the phone if lost)
  1. At an incoming call, https://cars45.com.gh/9SsFcLqzypnvgd84T4puz0hu has become an indispensable function of rejecting a call with the simultaneous sending of one of six messages. Moreover, the content of these messages can be edited independently. Very convenient to use. The Phone app has also changed a lot. The first thing I want to note is the function of canceling vibration when dialing a number. Further, due to the fact that the dialer was combined with the call history (for me, a very good solution), the “Groups” tab appeared on the right. These were the next, it would seem, trifles, after the completion of which it became even more comfortable for me to use the phone. "Dreams Come True". #Android
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    1. previously, clearing the notification area from a missed call without entering the notebook caused the number 1 to remain on the notebook exactly until you clicked on it. This is an unnecessary action, in my opinion, since by clearing the notification zone, the user already knew about the missed call. After updating the system, clearing the notification zone does not lead to annoying numbers near the notebook. Now you can swipe the unnecessary reminder and it will really disappear.
    2. previously, when I needed a phone without a screen unlock slider (i.e. in situations where unlocking with a finger is an unnecessary action and seconds count), I installed a third-party application to block the lock after pressing the Home button. Now this function has become a system function, and I freed up memory by deleting an application that has become unnecessary.
    3. The long awaited built-in manager for running non-system applications. What was before the update did not have an exact definition. I was afraid that in this manager, in addition to the applications I opened, there would be things that did not concern me, like Google Apps or Crash Monitor. But it worked out, and now, when I hold the Home button, I see the last applications I opened, I can easily switch between them, and also unload them from memory with a gesture to the side. Well, Android has come close to the reference Symbian multitasking. )
    1. previously, you could take a screenshot by holding down the lock button and selecting the appropriate task in the pop-up window. Now you need to hold down only the volume down button and the lock button and do not select any actions. Due to this, you can take a screenshot, for example, from an incoming call, which was previously impossible, since holding down the lock button led to the call being dropped. At the same time, we unloaded the menu called by holding the lock button, removing the item about taking a screenshot from there. In general, taking screenshots has become even easier and more logical.

    For me, updates regarding scalable widgets, Internet traffic monitoring systems, face recognition unlocking, an updated browser turned out to be insignificant.

    Well, and most importantly, after the update, I did not leave the feeling that I had purchased a new device, the user experience was so new. This applies to the above, and the new font, and the amazing speed of the system. In fact, in many ways it was a new device, since Sony bought out a share in the joint venture from Ericsson six months ago, and there is not a word about Ericsson in the update - only Sony flaunts when loading, for example.

    For those who have recently bought SE LwW, I can advise you to switch to ICS as late as possible, so that after the update you will feel like the owner of a new device again, thereby extending the period of owning a "new" device.

    Additional Software

    Everything I recommend is completely free and available in the Android Market.

    At first, of course, I tried a lot of launchers like Go Laucher EX, but always went back to the default launcher. Despite the obvious advantages of third-party solutions - the novelty of the interface, advanced functionality - they were outweighed by two disadvantages, namely, slow speed with constant, albeit small, but slowdowns and the obvious foreignness of third-party launchers when entering unchangeable system menus.

    I use the best-in-class FBReader application as a reader. Let's just say that you will read all the books you bought / downloaded from online libraries with the greatest comfort. Let's add here the opening on the page of the last close, the absence of glitches as such, the function of downloading books without leaving the application from OPDS directories, the ability to adjust the brightness with an up and down gesture at the left edge directly from the book being read, the ability to customize absolutely all important parameters starting from the background and font and ending with the way of turning pages - and we will get a champion in the reading area on Android. Take my word for it, I have tried many readers.

    I prefer TweakDeck as a Twitter client over the default one. Mainly because of its simplicity, uncluttered and nice interface.

    The Astro File Manager was pre-installed on the phone, but I didn't like it, it was removed and replaced with a simple, like a simple pencil, ES File Explorer. I have not been looking for anything new to replace him for a long time, he copes with his important tasks by 100%. The same can be said about QuickPic, the application that I use instead of the standard Gallery. Its main advantage is the speed of work.

    I would especially like to note the Yandex.Maps application. It made my life a little more predictable and controllable.

    Before buying SE LwW and, accordingly, using Mobile Yandex.Maps, I absolutely always and everywhere carried with me a car map of my native Ulyanovsk with house numbers and street names. Perhaps I have geographical cretinism, or simply because of poor eyesight and finding lenses only in the 11th grade, I still have not formed a clear map of the city in my head, but earlier, when I was going to a new place, I sat over the map, making a route. Now with Yandex.Maps and the downloaded cache of the People's Map, I feel like, if not the Lord of the Roads Mad Max TM, then certainly not an Indian in Shanghai for sure. After installing Yandex.Maps, I can immediately advise you to download the People's Map of your city, on it, in addition to house numbers, there is additional useful information - the names of shops, social facilities, gas stations; in general, this layer is more informative than the Scheme/Satellite layers.With GPS, the location error is only about 30 meters, which is very small. With the help of the search built into the application, I look for locations that interest me, I also look at panoramas (in order to know the facade of the building and not pass by), I plot the route. A few words about competitors. Google Maps functionality was so poor in my big city of 600,000 that the app was turned off. There is also a free Navigator from Rambler, but the only word that comes to my mind when associated with it is “glitch”. Navitel Navigator is also heard, but the relevance of maps, smooth scaling, drawing in it loses to Yandex.Maps, additional services like Traffic jams are also inferior to a competitor, and in general - Navitel Navigator is not free.

    My favorite application is Opera Mini. I had it on both the Motorola A1200e and the SE Walkman W200, and now it has taken its rightful place as the main browser on the smartphone. The main advantages of Opera Mini are speed and page loading