Rumors of a new touch-screen Walkman were already making the rounds on the Web before its official announcement and, sure enough, Sony unveiled its latest X-series portable multimedia player at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January. We had the chance to sneak a prototype into our Labs recently to run it through its paces.
Upside A few things we like about the X-series Walkman: It has a nice, solid feel, plus the rough granite edges add a unique and contrasting touch to this multimedia player with a 3-inch OLED wide-screen display. The 432x240-pixel panel is half an inch smaller and has a lower resolution than the one on the second-gen iPod Touch, but is just as responsive as the latter.
Vertical scrolling through the album art to select songs is also a dead ringer for Apple's Cover Flow interface. The speed at which scrolling accelerates depends on how fast you swipe your digit across the screen. With a quick sweep, the album art races either toward or away from you at an angle. This has a pseudo 3D effect and makes it seem like the covers are a pack of cards a la credits rolling style from "Star Trek".… Read more