So I received my LiveView in the mail yesterday and today I finally got the chance to break open the box to check it out. I’ll give my initial thoughts as well as the build quality and in box accessories.
Nothing special in this department, it’s a typical flimsy Sony Ericsson cardboard box with a decent sized window that showcases the LiveView device. Very similar to the look and feel of the MW600 packaging. They tried to be a little different by making the box in a more diamond shape. Personally I don’t like it, it’s a pain to handle and comes crushed in the mail.. like how mine came.
When you open the box you’ll notice a decent amount of accessories. What you get are the following:
- Wrist Strap
- Clip for the Liveview
- 2 hinges for the watch
- Instruction manuals
The one accesory I was looking forward to the most is the wrist strap. While its somewhat cheap in appearance it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s a half nylon half cotton strap. Decent and casual looking.
The clip it comes with is also of decent quality, the clip is actually metal so it should withstand some flex. The version I got is from the UK so I will be using my phone charger to charge this device.
The LiveView itself is made of all plastic. The screen is of a very smooth and glossy surface and doesn’t attract as many fingerprints as I had originally expected. On the top are two bumper buttons the left powers the device on and off. The right shoulder button is the selection button. On the bottom there is a rubber plug that covers the USB port. One flaw I noticed in the design and it’s going to bug the hell out of me. Is the fact that when you attach the LiveView to the wrist strap you wont be able to plug-in the charger because the strap covers the opening. They should have really tested the design and function of it before producing it. What I’m worried about is the frequent attach and removal of the device. That maybe after a few months of use it may loosen the snap mechanism between the wrist attachment and the LiveView resulting in the LiveView to fall off by the lightest bump.For those of you who are curious the device is made in China like most of their products are.
Overall, it’s what I expected out of this product. Nothing exciting to brag about and nothing too bad that stands out. I’m currently doing my first charge for it and I’ll write my review in the coming days as I start to use it. So far, there have been no problems pairing my X10 to the LiveView. The App is also easily found in the US/CAN Android Market.
stay tuned for my review!
Update: After less than 4 months (used 20 days at most) of owning the live view it has broken on me. One of the top shoulder buttons no longer works. It’s now just a watch I have to charge every couple days.