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Sony Ericsson LiveView

Sony Ericsson LiveView

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Smellis
This is easily the biggest piece of crapola that I have ever bought. The absolute...read more
40
prez
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
50
vortexsurfer
Very good idea, good design and functionality, but with the serious connection...read more
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30
Smellis
12.06.13
This is easily the biggest piece of crapola that I have ever bought. The absolute worst thing about this, besides the terrible UI (which really really takes a long time to understand and use effectively- if it can even be said to be used effectively) is the bluetooth connectivity. It always needs to be re-paired and given that the BT always cuts out, you need to manually click a pairing mode every time. There are small apps like LiveviewCharm that minimize the amount of pairing you need to do, but overall, its a terrible piece of crap and really should never have been released. The fact that it even needs BT to display anything, even a simple time app is ridiculous considering it always loses its BT connectivity. So it cant store anything at all.UPDATE: I've started to use it again in the last few weeks and I do like having it when it works- the notifications on my wrist are good (I get notified on my LiveView before my phone on texts, but FB messenger updates only every fifteen minutes minimum so thats a bit too slow for me. When it works, its pretty reliable and I like having it on because I am in environments where I miss notifications on my phone pretty easily. However that BT pairing problem is really annoying and I wish it would just autoconnect- it loses signal way to easy and its annoying to have to reconnect all the time. Thats kind of a deal breaker for me but considering I got this for 23 bucks CDN on ebay I'm ok with that. For regular price? I'd return it in a heartbeat. In consideration of how under-developed third generation smart watches are now, I'm more forgiving of the liveviewSecond UPDATE: Now with the Galaxy Note II getting Android 4.3 the liveview connects by pressing the connect button without having the go on the phone and accept the Bluetooth pairing request- this is HUGE and much appreciated. Unfortunately the battery now seems to drain really quickly and only a day's worth happens now. I'd take that over annoying BT pairing requests. I also broke the watch attachment- its IMPOSSIBLE to remove the device from the watch attachment to charge it. Not a great design IMO.
 
40
prez
09.04.12
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
 
50
vortexsurfer
06.17.12
Very good idea, good design and functionality, but with the serious connection problems it unfortunately only becomes frustrating. I have used the LiveView with a HTC Wildfire which is listed as a compatible device, so that should not be an issue. The model has been replaced by the Sony SmartWatch, hope they have solved the connection issues, think I will try that instead.
 
60
RianOC
01.14.12
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
80
dothedos
11.28.11
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
40
bestow
07.30.11
This has got to be the most disappointing gadget purchase ever. So much promise such crappy execution. The software is buggy, often disconnects from phone making it unreliable. And somehow it just is difficult to use
 
50
Phillomath
05.01.11
Extremely buggy software and average design all round holds me back from recommending this device. Love the idea, hopefully SE will do better with LiveView2.
 
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hph
12.09.10
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget