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Sony Ericsson LIVE VIEW

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  • for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini pro
  • The Sony Ericsson Live View phone remote uses Bluetooth2.1 to connect to your mobile phone and give you a quick view of what's goingon in your phone
  • You'll instantlyreceive notifications, messages and news feeds
  • You can also manage incomingcalls and relax with the media player
  • With an average battery time of 1 week, theLive View works with all microUSB chargers
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.1 cm ; 14 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
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  • Item model number: 0001516170
  • ASIN: B00477X6DA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,293 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The Sony Ericsson Live View Phone Remote Uses Bluetooth2.1 To Connect To Your Mobile Phone And Give You A Quick View Of What'S Goingon In Your Phone. You'Ll Instantlyreceive Notifications, Messages And News Feeds. You Can Also Manage Incomingcalls And Relax With The Media Player. With An Average Battery Time Of 1 Week, Thelive View Works With All Microusb Chargers.

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Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Iacovou TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2010
Firstly credit where its due, this is a fantastic idea, and well done Sony for bringing the idea to market. If they got this right, this has the potential to be massive especially at this price point.

The hardware is in my opinion very well made, and actually looks good. The screen is okay and functional and the buttons feel solid. Can't complain on the hardware side other than battery life which is average at best (6-8 hours). Not great if you are using it as a watch!!

The software is quite frankly a disgrace. Its like they came up with the idea, got vey excited about it and then couldn't be bothered to finish it! To be quite honest when it actually works its pretty good, but this is a rarity. I agree with other reviews regarding connection problems. I use the HTC Desire HD and have to (try) and reconnect regularly. Very annoying.

The frustrating thing is that its such a cool gadget, and I really wanted this to work. I will be holding onto mine to see if it improves with updates over time, but it will most probably stay in my drawer until this time comes. In the mean time another company should step in, copy this idea, make it work and make a killing (HTC please are you listening), Sony will be kicking themselves.

I give this a generous 3 stars for the innovation and the potential, would love to come back and update with some positive news after updates. If your a gadget obsessive like me buy one to play with, otherwise forget it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Markus on 12 Dec. 2010
I followed this since it's announcement some months ago, it looked like Genius. A second screen you could wear as a watch which showed your text messages, RSS feeds, Facebook updates, Twitter messages and controlled your music as well - count me in!

Then I followed the progress and problems people were having with phones that were not Sony Ericsson - despite the fact that SE said they were supported by the device.

Bad reviews, but I thought I would give it a punt, not everyone was having problems.

After a day of playing with the device I have a dilemma - Genius or Junk.

I am sorry to say, that whilst the IDEA is pure genius, the execution and in particular the software is junk.

Most things would work to a certain extent for a few minutes, and this I could perhaps have lived with. But the one thing that was a deal breaker for me was the fact that it seemed impossible to hold a bluetooth connection for more than 15 minutes at a time, and when it did disconnect it wouldn't reconnect unless the thing was reset.
The device doesn't tell the time natively, it pulls it from the clock on your phone, so when it has disconnected you are left with a watch screen showing 00:00 until you can reconnect, hardly the slick, stylish operation I was expecting, having to hold buttons down for up to 20 seconds just to see the time.
Even when the bluetooth was stable it has the shortest range of any device I have ever used.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bates on 18 Nov. 2010
I was very excited about this little gadget and thought that the Sony Ericsson brand and the cost of the device assured me of its quality. However I am actually very disappointed in it.

Firstly the screen, although AMOLED, really is quite poor. The resolution is low and the colours are all washed out. The strap that comes with it is a bit crude and when worn as a watch looks very unstylish.

Next and most importantly, connection; I succesfully connected to my HTC Desire HD but as another reviewer stated, it loses this connection - a lot - and it's not because I am too far away either. I can't stress how the process of reconnection is extremely frustrating and takes a lot of attempts. It defeats the entire purpose of this device. Now I know there have been issues with BT connectivity on my particular phone but I see other makes and models having similar problems with this gadget.

As for transferring of data, that seems to be fine once connected, but don't expect all features to work with non Ericsson phones. I could not use media player function and calendar reminder for example.

The user interface is a bit fiddly too and one feature to 'remote control' your phone to show the full version of an article you have on the LiveView, is hit and miss too.

Now obviously this is a new device with a lot of potential from developers to introduce their own plug-ins and software updates may eradicate some of these problems. But for now, I feel that it's too buggy to be useful and you are best waiting for it to be more established. It may be fine with SE phones but as it clearly states it is compatible with all Android phones, so I expect more reliability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smith on 8 Dec. 2010
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I've had mine for over a week now and have encountered a lot of the connection issues and buggyness mentioned elsewhere. I'm using a Desire running CM Mod Version: 6.0.2Desire latest stable build.

The main things for me are:
BT connection isn't stable. It drops constantly. Just pressing the right shoulder button normally re-connects and it goes for a while before it drops again. It's not a huge deal but it isn't working as intended.

Intermittent responsiveness of the buttons. I have to frequently re-start the device throughout the day (long press on the power button). This is usually because the BT connection has dropped. It's getting more stable the more I use it but it's not perfect.

Battery life - again, it gets better the more you use it but I've had anywhere from 3 hours to 7 hours without having to charge. Nowhere near the 2 days some people are reporting (I update twitter on a 15 min period and RSS hourly). I do play with it constantly so I'm not too worried about this.

Plugins - they seem to work intermittently. The gmail one is great when it works but it's hit and miss.

Phone - I should note that I've had no significant problems with either phone battery life or phone locking up since I started using it. That's not to say there aren't other software glitches since I've installed LiveView but nothing too annoying.

Music Player - this is so useful when you don't have to pull your phone out to change tracks etc... It's more convenient than you would imagine

Who's Calling - the only thing you can do is mute the call from the device but for me it's the fact that if my phone is in my pocket on vibrate/silent then I don't miss the call.
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