Sebenarnya hari ini saya berminat menulis sebuah artikel mengenai perbandingan antara Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray dengan sebuah smartphone hi-end dari “Raja Elektronik” dari Korea yaitu Samsung Galaxy S II.
Hanya saja,karena ada request dari sobat blogger untuk mereview Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman dan karena si Samsung Galaxy S II sedang digunakan oleh saudara saya, sehingga saya mengurungkan minat saya dan mereview Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

Jika kita bertanya di beberapa orang yang netral(Bukan penggila suatu brand) di sekitar kita “Apa merk handphone/smartphone yang menyediakan produk dengan yang dapat menghasilkan suara yang jernih dan mantap?” dalam waktu yang singkat, 7 dari 10 orang pasti menjawab Sony Ericsson. Seperti yang kita semua ketahui, di dalam jejeran produk Sony Ericsson, nama Walkman pasti sudah tidak asing lagi, dan kualitas suaranya tidak perlu diragukan lagi, karena hanphone/smartphone Walkman adalah device/alat yang memang didesain sedemikian rupa dan dilengkapi dengan fitur-fitur yang luar biasa hingga dapat menghasilkan suara terbaik.

Sekali lagi,jika kita bertanya kepada orang yang netral(Bukan penggila suatu brand) , “Apa OS smartphone yang paling baik menurut anda” 6 dari 10 pasti akan menjawab Android. Memang itu bukan sekedar omong kosong, pertumbuhan pengguna Android di seluruh dunia pun terus meningkat dari waktu ke waktu. Saya juga pernah membaca perbandingan OS smartphone di sebuah majalah tentang Gadget, dan memang yang menyediakan aplikasi terbanyak serta aplikasi GRATIS terbanyak adalah Android.

Apa yang terjadi jika Walkman digabungkan dengan Android? Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman lah jawabannya.Smarphone yang dilengkapi dengan fitur xLOUD™,Walkman™ player dan tombol Walkman™,Facebook inside,Android Market™,Sony Entertainment Network,Kamera 5 mp dengan 3D sweep panorama,720p HD Video Recording,TrackID™,Timescape™,aGPS,Wi-Fi, Layar capasitive touchscreen 3.2″ ini dirilis oleh Sony Ericsson Indonesia dengan harga awal Rp.2.250.000,00 . Harga yang cukup terjangkau untuk sebuah smarphone yang kaya akan fitur.

Smartphone dengan kode WT19i( W= Walkman, T= Touch) ini sudah memiliki desain produk terbaru Sony Ericsson yang dilengkapi dengan LED Notification Light (Seperti Xperia Mini,Xperia Ray) ,menurut saya ini jauh lebih menarik dari desain sebelumnya(Seperti Sony Ericsson Xperia X10,X10 mini,Xperia Neo,Xperia Arc).Ukuran fisik Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman ini pun cukup kompak dan pas untuk digenggam maupun diletakkan di dalam saku.Ketika diletakkan dalam saku pun anda tidak perlu takut layarnya tergores,karena telah dilengkapi dengan layar Scratch Resistant .

Ketika ingin mendengarkan lagu, dari halam awal(Home) tekan saja tombol walkman, maka akan langsung terbuka Walkman™ Player dan kita tinggal memilih lagu yang ingin kita dengarkan. Jika ingin mendengarkan lagu dengan suara yang lebih mantap, maka headset/handsfree merupakan sarana terbaik.

Beralih ke pengambilan gambar, kamera 5 megapixel yang dimiliki oleh Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman cukup bisa diandalkan,Ditambah lagi dengan fitur 3D Sweep panorama yang membuat kesan berbeda. Untuk pengambilan video, kamera smartphone ini tergol0ng sangat baik,mengingat  kualitasnya setara dengan Xperia Arc.Neo,maupun Ray yang harganya cukup jauh diatasnya.

Spesifikasi lengkap Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™

Available colours Black , White Platform Android 2.3
Size 106.0 × 56.0 × 14.2 mm / 4.2 × 2.2 × 0.6 inches
Weight 115.0 g / 4.1 oz Memory Internal phone storage: up to 320 MB
RAM: 512MB
Memory card slot: microSD™, up to 32GB
Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration
Screen 3.2 inches / 16,777,216 color TFT / 480 x 320 pixels

Battery performance

Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configuration, and phone usage.

Networks Talk time
(up to)
Standby time
(up to)
Video call
(up to)
UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 6 hours 42 min 350 hours x
UMTS/HSPA 850/1900/2100 6 hours 42 min 350 hours x
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 14 hours 15 min 400 hours x

Note that network compatiblity and support varies per location. UMTS/HSPA 800/850/1800/1900 generally supported by phones purchased in Americas only, UMTS/HSPA 900 supported by phones purchased worldwide except Americas, UMTS/HSPA 2100 supported by phones purchased worldwide.

A Standby time specification is an industry standard. The only intention is to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Factors including – but not limited to – network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic strongly effect standby power consumption. Therefore, Standby time specification comparisons of different mobile phones can only be done in a controlled laboratory environment. When using any mobile phone in real life – ie, under circumstances for which the mobile phone is intended – the actual standby time could be considerably lower and will be strongly dependent on factors as mentioned above.

Music listening time: 17 hours

Camera

3D sweep panorama

Take your pictures with 3D Sweep Panorama. View them on a 3D TV or on the multi-angle 3D display.

Flash / light type – LED, Photo light and Photo flash

When lighting conditions are poor, your picture can still be good.

Digital Zoom – up to 8x

Get close to your subject.

Camera – 5 megapixel

Capture and share special moments.

Video light

More light when shooting video.

Touch focus

Touch the screen to set the focus area.

Smile detection

Let the camera automatically snap the shot when your subject flashes a smile.

Send to web

Catch moments with your camera and send straight to your personal web site or blog.

Red-eye reduction

Use it when taking people photos using flash.

Image stabiliser

Avoid blurriness caused by slight hand movements.

HD video recording (720p)

Record High Definition video with a simple touch of a button.

Geo-tagging

Have your photo tagged with information on where it was taken.

Front-facing camera (VGA)

Your phone is video-chat ready – and the front-facing camera is great for self-portraits, too.

Face detection

Your phone automatically sets the focus on the faces in your pictures.

Auto focus

Automatic focus for optimal clarity.

Music

Music tones – MP3, AAC

Use original artist recordings as ringtones.

xLOUD™ Experience

Maximised, massive speaker sound thanks to the Sony xLOUD engine audio filter technology.

TrackID™ music recognition

Record a few seconds of a song and get track, artist and album information sent to your phone in seconds.

Stereo speakers

Listen out loud – a full sound experience via stereo speakers.

Sony Ericsson Music player

Enjoy your favourite music sorted by artist, album and track. Shuffle and smart playlists supported.

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Music from your phone to headset over a wireless connection.

Album art

Choose music by browsing CD album art or other images

Web

Web browser – WebKit

Full Internet browser with support for standard protocols, images and video.

Pan & zoom

View web pages as you like – get a quick overview or zoom in on details.

Google Voice Search

Use your voice to search the web or to quickly launch a call to a friend.

Google™ search

Find what you’re after with the Google™ search function.

Bookmarks

Quick access to your favourite Web sites.

Android™ Market

Get apps and games – download straight to your phone.

Entertainment

Radio – FM radio with RDS

Radio entertainment round the clock.

YouTube™

View your favourite YouTube™ videos, or upload your own – access is easy via the YouTube™ application.

Video streaming

Realtime video streaming, e.g. live cam

Media Browser

Media content in one place for fast and easy access.

3D games

Enjoy quality games with full color and depth.

Connectivity

Modem

GSM internet dial-up support

Synchronisation – Exchange ActiveSync®

Stay seamlessly synchronised with your Microsoft® Exchange email server.

Google Maps™ – with Street View

Find your way to your destination.

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

Get live instructions for how to find your way to your destination – and have fun en route. Free trial version included. The service may not be available in every market. For more information, visit www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com.

WiFi™

Utilise high-speed Internet at Wi-Fi™ hotspots at airports and other facilities.

USB support

PC to phone USB cable support

USB mass storage

Connect and move items between computer and phone.

Synchronisation with computer

Keep the data in your phone in sync with your computer. Connect your phone to a computer and use synchronisation software.

Synchronisation via Google Sync

Use your Google account to synchronise the contacts in your phone.

Synchronisation via Facebook™

Match your Facebook™ friends with your phone contacts.

NeoReader® barcode scanner

Use the camera to scan barcodes and access web content with ease.

Micro USB support

Connect to your PC and other devices.

Google Latitude™

See where your friends are – and share your own location with them.

DLNA Certified™

Connect wirelessly to other devices.

Bluetooth™ technology

Connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth™ devices.

aGPS

Use GPS-powered location-based services.

3.5 mm audio jack

Share your music via the extra jack. Use any headphones with a standard-sized 3.5 mm connector.

Messaging

Type & Send

Handle all your messaging straight from your home screen.

Text messaging (SMS)

Send text greetings anywhere in the world.

Sound recorder

Take voice notes or record a sound clip to send in a message.

Predictive text input

Fast and easy text messaging.

Picture messaging (MMS)

Colourful multimedia messaging.

Instant messaging

Online chat. On the move.

Handwriting recognition

Write as you would with a pen. Your handwriting becomes digital text.

Google Mail™

Gmail for mobile lets you send and receive e-mail wherever you are.

Email

Check your email inbox wherever you are.

Conversations

Say it via chat-style text messaging.

Communication

Facebook inside Xperia™ version 2

Facebook status updates. Share and recommend the apps you like, and like the music you love, even direct from the FM radio.

Vibrating Alert

The phone vibrates and you can feel when a call comes in

Video Chat – dedicated camera

See who you’re talking to in realtime video.

Twitter™ – Application

Let the world know how you feel and what you think – say it with a tweet.

Speakerphone

Loudspeaker suitable for using the phone as an office handsfree

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

All your communication with one person in one place.

Google Talk™

Chat-style communication with friends and family.

Facebook™ application

Stay in touch with your friends on Facebook™ through your phone.

Design

Four corner home screen – customisable icons

Quick access to favourite functions via four icons in the corners of the home screen.

Gesture input

Swipe your finger across the on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

Keyboard – Onscreen 12 key and QWERTY

Text input made easy.

Wallpaper animation

Stylish moving imagery onscreen.

Touchscreen

Intuitive navigation – just touch the screen.

Picture wallpaper

Background picture on-screen when the phone is in standby mode

Auto rotate

Switch from vertical to horizontal mode by rotating the phone. Whatever you’re viewing will rotate to suit.

Organiser

E-manual

Save on paper usage. The printed manual is replaced with an electronic version in the phone.

Android™ platform

Powered by Android™ for great performance. Personalise with all the apps you need from Android Market.

Timer

Set a time and your phone will give a signal when the time is up.

Stopwatch

Measure how much time anything takes.

Phone book

The information you need to keep in touch with friends and family.

Infinite button

Just one press to all about your friends or all the artist info you need.

Google Calendar™

Create, add and edit events. Set up reminders and mobile notifications.

Flight mode

Disable the radio receivers and transmitters in your phone so you can safely use other functions.

Document readers

Edit documents in popular formats.

Calendar

Store appointment information and set reminders.

Calculator

Full-function calculator when you need it.

Alarm clock

Set your phone alarm clock to ring at the time of your choice.

Sudah selesai melihat semua?
Waktunya komentar saya..

Kelebihan:
1.Desain terbaru Sony Ericsson yang menarik dengan LED Notification Light
2.Walkman™ yang dicampur dengan Android
3.Kamera 5 Megapixel yang dapat merekam dengan ukuran 720p termasuk sangat bagus untuk sebuah smartphone Walkman™
4.Layar antigores memberikan kesan mewah(Tidak usah pakai Screen Guard yang membuat tampilan jelek)

Kekurangan:
1.Memori card dalam box hanya 2GB,padahal walkman seharusnya memiliki memori yang lebih besar(Ini sih gampang,beli aja di Wellcomm)
2.Headset bawaannya masih belum yang masuk telinga(Apa ya namanya,saya sih biasanya bilang “Yang masuk telinga” , pokoknya belum kyk MW600 nya Sony Ericsson)

Udah sih itu aja kekurangannya,
Sekarang saatnya komentar Om Kwan Ying yang ngga masuk akal :
Format: [Angka].[Fitur yang kurang](Alasan,mengapa itu dimaklumi)
1.Layar tidak menggunakan Mobile Bravia Engine(Harga 2 jutaan,minta Bravia Engine om?)
2.W995 yang  jadul aja kameranya 8.1 MP(Kira-kira om!,W995 jadul sih jadul,tapi harga rilisnya 4 juta lebih,2 kali lipat)
3.Gembrot banget,alias tebel(Nipisin smartphone perlu usaha om,susah,hardwarenya pun juga mahal kalo mw ditipisin)
4.Kameranya ngga pake sensor Exmor R (Walah,ini Walkman om,kok minta kamera dengan fitur aneh- aneh..)
5.Ngga tahan air dan tahan banting (Ini lagi,Arc S aja juga ga punya fitur ini om..)

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Update 11 Juni 2012

Berhubung banyak yang bertanya mengenai cara update ke ICS,sehingga saya post disini caranya :
Video Panduan resmi Sony:

Yang perlu disiapkan:
1.Smartphone dengan baterai >50%
2.Kabel data
3.Komputer/Laptop dengan OS Windows/Mac(Untuk Linux saya kurang tahu) yang dilengkapi koneksi Internet.

Cara melakukan Update:
1.Install “Sony PC Companion” pada laptop/komputer anda.(Bisa dengan cara menyambungkan smartphone anda ke komputer/laptop anda seperti pada video di atas)
2.Hubungkan smartphone anda dengan komputer/laptop anda(Lewati langkah ini jika sudah menyambungkan untuk menginstall “Sony PC Companion”.)
3.Buka “Sony PC Companion” pada komputer/laptop anda,lalu akan muncul pop-up yang menyatakan tersedia update(Jika pop-up tidak muncul, klik “Check for Updates” )
4.Ikuti langkah-langkah yang tertulis.(Hanya pilih antara “Next”,”continue”,”ok”)
5.Ketika update selesai,akan muncul perintah untuk melepaskan kabel data,lepaslah kabel data.
6.Nyalakan smartphone anda(Start pertama ini akan memakan waktu yang lebih lama dari start-up biasa)
7.Selamat!!! Smartphone anda sudah menjalankan OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich !!!

(Di antara step 5 dan 6,saya sempat mendapatkan perintah untuk mencabut baterai selama 15 detik)

Apa saja yang baru di Android 4.0?
Simak video ini

Dan yang terakhir:
Link download “Update Service-Setup” [Thanks to bro Sarman Farisi ]
http://www-support-downloads.sonymobile.com/Software%20Downloads/Update_Service_Setup-2.11.12.5.exe