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Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman (Including (£10 credit) - Now unlockable £99 @ Virgin Mobile
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Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman (Including (£10 credit) - Now unlockable £99 @ Virgin Mobile

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Posted 11th Feb 2012

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In my opinion one of best android phone at this price point, beating OSF2 and Galaxy Ace for a number of features

Main advantages over OSF2 and Galaxy Ace
1 Ghz CPU (vs 800 Mhz for both)
Battery 14.2 hours talking (vs 4hrs and 11 hrs)
Ram 512 (vs 512 and 278)
Camera shoots 720p 30fps (vs 320 x 240 at 20fps)
Flash Yes (No and Yes)
Internet speed faster than both (very slow on OSF2)

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xLoud sound enhancement
Sony headphones
Near-field communication (ie pay for things using your phone in starbucks)

I personally feel the touch screen is also better on the Sony than either of the other phones (but that is a subjective assessment)

The only area it falls behind is screen resolution
180PPI vs ( 266 PPI and 164 PPI)
and its 0.3" smaller

But all round for most people I would say it is a far better phone.

It also now can be unlocked for 15 euro
wotanserver.com/en/…ash

and there are numerous roms if people want to experiment with how it looks (although official android 4 is coming out in 2 months)


Delivery Surcharge of £7.99
- cicobuff
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Agreed.
Thanks for posting; I’ve added the price and merchant to the title for you
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deleted81673
good phone, nice price
what colour do you get, looks like black I would love it in white
Do Virgin use the T-Mobile network and if so, would a T-Mobile SIM work without needing to unlock it?
Works on tmobile?
Very nice phone but 320 x 480pixels is not the best.
Still hot thought.
Dont some apps require a certain screen resolution to work properly?
I'm after a sub £100 android phone to use on the Virgin network.

Is my hard earned cash best spent on this one? and is there any cashback available
DsK

Dont some apps require a certain screen resolution to work properly?



Some do, but every good app will work on 320 x 480.
The screen res thing was only really an issue back when 1.6 came out and introduced resolutions other than 320x480.
Good cheap phone feature packed.... GSM Arena quote....

Main disadvantages

Poor screen contrast and viewing angles
No smart dialing
No DivX/XviD video support out of the box
Non hot-swappable memory card
No custom equalizer setting
No video calls support

maxmix
Hi,
It says delivery £7.99 that makes the phone £107.98.
Is there a store you can buy this from or a code for free delivery?
Edited by: "joker99" 11th Feb 2012
NBargiebargie

I'm after a sub £100 android phone to use on the Virgin network.Is my … I'm after a sub £100 android phone to use on the Virgin network.Is my hard earned cash best spent on this one? and is there any cashback available



A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, 512MB RAM, Running Gingerbread 2.3.4 for less than £100.

You're not going to get much better than this.
5MP Cam w/ Flash & VGA Front facing cam too.
It has been unlockable for ages.

(It will void your warranty unlocking it anyway - by testpoint or certificate replacement it is obvious that it is done - If it is done via Emma by an exploit or whatever then they will know.)

More likely to get away with it if it is Emma unlock but for the bootloader on a prelocked phone you must use the testpoint.

If wotan replaces the certifcate you are stuffed because s1tool won't work and using it before hand is risky.

(Only trustworthy people with Sony Ericsson are Setool and people using Emma directly).

The rest either steal Setool methods or use exploits on the Emma server.

If you really do trust Wotan make sure you have the ability to do a chargeback if they don't produce the goods.

And be aware it 99.9% your warranty will be void if you use them.

(If you do use them you can check what they have done after the unlock with s1tool - if it says SEMC they have an Emma exploit - in which case unlocking the bootloader with s1tool is safe).
maxmix

Good cheap phone feature packed.... GSM Arena quote....Main disadvantages … Good cheap phone feature packed.... GSM Arena quote....Main disadvantages Poor screen contrast and viewing angles No smart dialing No DivX/XviD video support out of the box Non hot-swappable memory card No custom equalizer setting No video calls supportmaxmix



Smart dialing - dunno why anyone would need it (Can use go contacts if you really want it)
Video calls - works fine with gtalk
Custom Equaliser - Don't need it (Sound quality is good - has Xloud).
Xvid - Dunno why you would need it. (Maybe on a tablet but not on a tiny phone screen.)

Long time OSF user here.

Can't understand the OPs not recognising what a constrained screen this deal has.

"The only area it falls behind is screen resolution 180PPI vs ( 266 PPI … "The only area it falls behind is screen resolution 180PPI vs ( 266 PPI and 164 PPI) and its 0.3" smaller"



No way I'd swap down to a
480 x 320 pixels display on 3.2" panel (the c180ppi)
from 800 x480 on a 3.5" display (the c267ppi)
That's 60% fewer pixels on a c15% smaller area

The whole idea of a smartphone is access to information in your hand surely ?
Think screen resolution/size needs to be given far more weight/attention even "desire" but clearly the purchaser needs to meet their own priorities!
MKD
DownHill911

Very nice phone but 320 x 480pixels is not the best.Still hot thought.


I'm looking for an upgrade for my old OSF, but 320x480 is a big step backwards from even this old phone! For this reason, I'm out.....
320 x 480 is very poor, good phone if you are blind though
The OSF2 is the same as the T-Mobile Vivacity, read my post on it here because I don't think they're directly comparable deals: hotukdeals.com/dea…050

Different phones will suit different people. If quality video on a budget is important, this is a great deal. If web browsing on a budget is important, the one I posted is. The market moves so fast that no matter how good your phone or deal it'll be superceded in five minutes flat, so this-or-that has a pretty limited lifespan anyway.
DownHill911

Very nice phone but 320 x 480pixels is not the best.Still hot thought.


I'm looking for an upgrade for my old OSF, but 320x480 is a big step backwards from even this old phone! For this reason, I'm out.....
DownHill911

Very nice phone but 320 x 480pixels is not the best.Still hot thought.



The OSF2 screen is better than this, and bigger too. Screen is everything on a smartphone!
Edited by: "seefman" 11th Feb 2012
Not all good comparing to OSF2 or Monte Carlo.

1. Smaller screen
2. Poor resolution
3. Boot loader? Can it be unlocked? so no fun with 3rd party rom.
4. No free unlock, meaning the total is 100+15=115POUNDS.
The screen resolution is not as simple as some make out. This is a 16M colour screen as opposed to 256K of the others. In otherwords colour reproduction is better (24 bits per pixel) as opposed 18bits. As most images are coded 24bit there is no conversion process with the subsequent loss of quality.

While PPI is more important the difference in quality is not linear eg a lower res phillips photo frame will look better than a cheap photoframe with a higher res.

OSF2 will suit some peoples needs better, but as a music player, video recorder, camera (which can do 3D) even as a basic phone (given battery life) I feel this is better
Edited by: "abfmdf" 11th Feb 2012
Sony themselves have opened up bootloader and there are many roms around (Its the same inside as many other sony phones and you can use those roms too)
Isn't the Motorola defy for £10 more a better deal?
kungfusu

Isn't the Motorola defy for £10 more a better deal?



You could play the £10 more game forever!
This phone would be fantastic if only the screen resolution was better...as it stands in the budget arena the little extra cost for the Acer Liquid MT would be advisable with similar specs, but a much better screen resolution.
kungfusu

Isn't the Motorola defy for £10 more a better deal?



Where?
kungfusu

Isn't the Motorola defy for £10 more a better deal?



Would be very interested to know where you can get a Defy for £110?

I know it was a while ago, was on the forum. Popped into Orange Wood Green last week and they had 2 left. £99 plus £10 top up.

cicobuff

Would be very interested to know where you can get a Defy for £110?


This phone has a £7.99 delivery charge!
It looks like SE is having a real go against Nokia these days to take their place as all SE mobiles seem to get cheaper and cheaper...
Edited by: "ompek" 12th Feb 2012
Although there is a delivery charge buying online, virgin have plenty of stores nationwide
Got one and I bloody love it! Didn't think screen would be sufficient as I bout as a replacement for my iPod touch 4g but it's in my hand even more than the iPod was! Don't be put off by the res. Great phone
cicobuff

Would be very interested to know where you can get a Defy for £110?



Only timetravellers can get the Defy for that price as far as I can tell.... Orange were selling the Defy for around £100 a month ago but they're out of stock online and their shops won't likely have any now..... yet this comment keeps cropping up for some reason.

However if there are some available I'm happy to be proven wrong as I'd like one too!
OLED San Fran > This

Until OLED screens become mainstream and completely takeover from LCD, you wont get a better phone than the original san fran at this price point.
voted cold
Voted hot solid phone for the price
I don't like OLED screens though ...
When you say it's "Now Unlockable" does that mean it comes unlocked or you can unlock it?
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