Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Phone Remote with Micro Display for Xperia PLAY and Other Android-Based Phones - Retail Packaging - Black
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- Bluetooth wireless technology
- Get live texts, Tweets & Facebook updates, Caller ID.
- Control your music: Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment. Track title display.
- Android phone compatible (Android OS 2.0 and above)
- Kit contents: LiveView, Clip, Wristband, Micro USB charger, User Guide
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LiveView phone remote mirrors and displays the events that happen in your phone, so you never miss what is going on. On your LiveView screen, you can view notifications such as text messages, multimedia messages, incoming calls, calendar event reminders, updates from friends on Facebook, and tweets. You decide what you want to keep track of by selecting the notification categories in the LiveView application. LiveView uses Bluetooth connection to communicate with your phone. The LiveView device lets you open notifications on both the mini display and on your phone so that you can first read notification on the mini display before, for example, replying to it using your phone. LiveView only displays events that happen in your phone after LiveView is connected. Compatible with Android 2.0 and up smartphone that are equipped with Bluetooth 2.1. Media player is not supported on all models
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I can control music, take pictures remotely, make my phone sound an alarm for me to find the phone, send text messages for missed calls, secretly record conversations, read text documents, etc.
Also, the design flaw with the charger location I've managed to solve. Very easy to do. The liveview comes with 2 pieces that can attach to it. One piece is meant for you to wear as a watch and the other has a clip and lets you clip it on things, like your backpack. Just super glue the part with the clip onto your liveview. Make sure you avoid super gluing the charging port area. The point of super gluing the 2 pieces together is your liveview won't fall off the clipper piece.
Now, put your strap on your wrist. Clip the liveview perpendicular to your arm. Look at where the metal piece is where the strap wraps around and goes back to Velcro. There's an opening within the metal piece of the strap. Slide the liveview clip in there. This way you can view the liveview like a watch. I can't stress this enough. Do not clip it parallel to your arm. Clip it perpendicular to your arm via that opening within the metal piece. Sits very tight on the strap and very comfortably on your wrist.
I'm still amazed at how many things this "toy" could do. It does everything from letting you read text documents from your phone on your wristwatch to making your phone fake call (get away from a boring conversation) to secretly record a conversation to giving you your gps coordinates on a map to selecting from your contact list and making calls. Just do a search for "liveview plugins" on google playstore and you will find dozens and dozens of plugin apps for you to play with.
No, it's not a very fashionable watch to wear. Those of you who care about fashion should stay away from this product.
But for 20 bucks, this makes a really cool toy to have. I've found myself wearing it all the time nowadays.
The only drawback is the syncing of your phone and the liveview when the two lost contact with each other e.g. when you go far several feet/meters from your phone/liveview or vice versa, when bluetooth communication of both device where cut off you have to press the liveview button or open the liveview app itself to sync again and that is taking both device within each others bluetooth signal range and that is cumbersome specially when I arrived home and just put my phone above the drawer and expecting to be notified from my liveview of updates from my phone. But once the connection is made it is pretty solid. Unlike the bluetooth headunit in my car that whenever I start, it automatically sync with my phone no buttons to push or any settings to be made, once they are paired and bluetooth is on and your good to go. This would however be cool if sony still have the interest in updating the firmware of this device to automatically re sync when the signal of both device is within range of each other.
Be aware also that this device has a firmware update last year which somehow improves connection issues but that doesn't include the automatic syncing as what i have observed. With my sgs2 liveware manager causes undesired operation between my phone and the liveview and I just uninstalled it since it is not necessary. This is a great product and i hope sony will push a new firmware update for this device not just left it in the dust. i know they have a new smart watch but ohh!!!!! Sony come on don't leave us behind with this unfinished product.
(+) Great price for what you're getting: I bought this watch because I wanted a way to see texts and incoming calls while I was in meetings or running about with my phone in my bag. I didn't intend on using it for Facebook or Twitter updates...so the watch has really come in handy for me.
(+) Very functional for my needs
(-) Bluetooth range is really short: I've found that the disconnect issues only arise when I walk too far from my phone. If you go in the other room, you will get disconnected.
(-) Screen could be brighter: Many reviewers have said that the screen cannot be seen in direct sunlight. I have found this not to be true; I can see the screen in sunlight. It isn't extremely bright, but that's okay with me.
(-) Battery life is pretty bad: The battery lasts a day but, not much more in my experience. I imagine that the more frequent the notifications and the more you flash the screen (time), the faster the battery drains.
(-) Windows-only software: If you need to update the firmware on the watch, you'll need a Windows PC (XP, Vista, 7, 8, etc). Linux and OSX users are out of luck.
(-) Difficult to un-clip from wristband: I thought I broke it the first time I un-clipped it, but it was fine. It gets easier to un-clip the more you do it. The first time I un-clipped it I had to use a flat-head screwdriver. Now I can just pull it off.