Conclusion: More geek than chic, the homely Sony Ericsson LiveView is a half-hearted attempt at a wireless remote control for your Android phone; stay away from this one.
Pros: Works with any phone running Android 2.0 or greater. Fun to use for a few minutes, assuming you can get it working.
Cons: Clumsy pairing and installation procedure. Requires two separate Android apps in order to work. Wrist strap is tough to assemble. Ugly. Unreliable. Facebook polling is too infrequent. Lots of OS lag.
Conclusion: I thought the LiveView was a bit gimmicky when it first came out and I’m not alone in that thought, many other people have said the same thing. Since I’ve had it I’ve found that it can be useful especially if you want the ability to control your phone from a distance. We use our phones now for media players and the LiveView can let you control it from distance which is a rather novel idea. The LiveView sort of gives you freedom and it’s nice.
Pros: +Decent battery life, +Good range, +Unique and useful product, +Seems nicely made, +Fairly simple to use, +For what it is the resolution is good, +Several apps available with more being made, +Lightweight
Cons: -A bit thick for a watch, -Sometimes disconnects, -Bluetooth drains battery of course, -Not exactly high resolution, -Random lock ups with phone
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Micro Display for Android Smartphones
10 January 2011
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson's earlier announced and recently released LiveView is a - as Sony Ericsson calls it- micro display which allows Android users controlling the phone without ever taking it out of the pocket. It's using Bluetooth technology to connect to any compatible Android 2.1 (or higher) smartphone and comes with a 1.3" OLED screen with two hardware buttons on top and four touch sensitive softkeys around the display.
VIDEOVIEW: Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Micro Display Unboxing and Hands-on
10 January 2011
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson LiveView is a Bluetooth-enabled micro display which allows to control compatible Android smartphones without ever taking the phone out of the pocket. The LiveView connects to any Android 2.1 (or higher) smartphone and features a 1.3" color OLED screen with two hardware buttons on the top and four touch sensitive softkeys around the display.
Conclusion: This is far from a fix-all solution but it does go quite a long way there; however whilst these updates do make the Sony Ericsson Live View , much more appealing is going to be the App Market that could really make the Live View a hit, so we will have to wait and see just how much that will expand and what innovative apps appear and how popular they become!
Excerpt: Earlier this year Sony Ericsson released their new ‘LiveView’ device, although due to the lack of publicity you probably won’t have noticed: a point not helped by the fact that it is incredibly hard to describe what it actually is, but seeing as we had one to review we thought we ought to find out.
Sony Ericsson LiveView im Test: Handy-Display in der Armbanduhr
24 November 2010
Summary: LiveView von Sony Ericsson bringt das Handy-Display in Form eines kleinen OLED-Touchscreens an das Handgelenk. Via Bluetooth wird die Armbanduhr vom Android-Smartphone mit Uhrzeit, Facebook-Statusupdates, der aktuellen Position, E-Mails, eingehenden Anrufen oder SMS versorgt und erlaubt so, permanent und unauffällig Up-to-Date zu sein – auch in Meetings, in der Schule oder beim Sport. Wir haben das Gadget ausführlich getestet.
Pros: innovativ und cool, unauffälliger Blick auf SMS, E-Mail, Facebook & Co. möglich, dezente Benachrichtigung über eingehende Anrufe, fairer Preis
Cons: häufige Verbindungsabbrüche, wirkt noch nicht ganz fertig, reduziert die Akkulaufzeit des Smartphones, mitgeliefertes Armband samt Befestigung qualitativ minderwertig