"Go home Ipod."on by bengewarmer
Pros Brilliant screen, amazing sound quality, awesome touch response, battery life is more than decent.
Cons Funky browser.
Summary I had been waiting for this player to come out since it was announced and I finally got my hands on one a few days ago. As soon as I took it out of the packaging I knew Sony put some real effort into this. The touch screen and response was just as good, if not better than the ipod touch. Then I plugged in the included noise canceling headphones and was amazed, but not surprised by the sound quality. The OLED screen is sharp and plays videos beautifully. The file support could be better but hey, when is it ever all that we want? I only briefly played around with the browser and was not really impressed. It has wifi and a browser to go with it, which is definitely cool and useful sometimes, but it can be a little weird, especially since text input is via a numeric keypad. Then again, I went with the Sony X Series to get an mp3 player that stomped all over the ipod touch and that's exactly what it does. Sound quality and user interface are basically the most important aspects of any player to me and the Sony X Series goes above and beyond in these categories. High five to Sony. *flips apple the bird*
Pros Great Screen, Build, User Interface, Slack & Caching, Podcast downloader on player, Tactile buttons on top, Wi-Fi, Top Sound Quality, Noise Canceling, BAttery Life
Cons Internet Keyboard, No case or screen protector yet, Love the size of the player but wish the screen size was larger on it.
Summary I do not need apps nor really want apps, so this is the best player for people that just love players that handle and deliever your content very well. A clearly superior player. Only player that gives you free music with slacker
Pros Great Sound
Superb Battery Life
Cons No Screensaver
Some Album Covers Fail To Display
No Expanded Memory
Touch Screen only finger compatible; can't use fingertip or a pointed device
Accessories are hard to find
Summary Overall I love this walkman. I like the way it scrolls throught the songs or albums. The radio option is cool too. The sound from the earphones is lovely! I've worn them to bed and didnt hear my alarm clock go off. I held out for Sony to come out with another mp3 player because I dont like using itunes and most of the other good mp3 players are not compatible with Media Player, which is what I use organize my music. I had to go on Ebay and purchase a case holder since I couldnt find one in any local store. I really wish Sony would have kept the screen saver feature. Sometimes I'll Iturn it off and forget to put the 'hold' button on and when I'm ready to use it, the battery is low. Besides, that I think it' s good player....still prefer it over the Ipod.
"Excellent music player"on by PS28
Pros Great sound quality, pictures, video, wifi internet browsing, feels great in the hand, beautiful OLED screen.
Cons Slightly expensive.
Summary I don't own this walkman, but I did get to try it out when I was in Japan. Like many reviews of MP3 players, I will compare it to the ipod touch. The screen is much better, the sound quality is better, pictures and video are about the same, I like how the Walkman has an integrated youtube app with comments (similar to the ipod touch's), it has no apps so i suppose that is the major difference between the two.
Pros I love the solid feeling and well laid out button controls. Good music fidelity and menu/genre management. Great still image display
Cons Low output volume; lack of docking stations with speakers; doesn't want to play MP4 files; only supports WMP and can't seem to make playlists. No support for SW issues. No plug in for Winamp or other media managers
Summary I was looking for a good MP3 player with an interactive touch screen that was not part of Apple's universe and chose the Walkman based on Sony's reputation with audio and personal devices and positive reviews on CNET. My expectations were high when I opened the package an found a solid device with nicely laid out buttons and easy to use and well laid out buttons and user menus. And easy to drag and drop music and image files.
After the honeymoon and when I tried to personalise the walkman I ran into a series of problems:
First the output volume is quite low and it won't drive the aux input of my Bose Wave Radio although other MP3 players have no problem; looked for a speaker docking station to work with Sony connector, market is dominated by I-pod stations, even Sony makes them, and Sony's Walkman Station has been out of stock from Amazon for months (does it really exist?).
The Walkman doesn't recognize MP4 files in spite of the specs which say compatible.
Sony is only compatible with WMP 11 for media management. I can't stand WMP and have been using Winamp for years, but in order to download playlist duly downloaded v11 and after some hours wrestling with predatory preferences, I made some playlists and downloaded to Walkman which promptly told me it didn't support them.
I was prepared to put up with all these issues if I could gotten support from Sony, but the support site consists of a user forum, and my support questions on above issues have been sitting there for a few weeks without technical response and I see many other users have the same unresolved problems.
I haven;t bothered messing with the internet access and pod-casting, I wouldn't use such a small hand-held for these anyway.
TOO BAD, its a cool MP3 player but no support and lack of compatibility with other then WMP is very disappointing.