Pros Decent sound quality, looks great, easy to use, top of the line battery life
Cons Poor headphone quality (no surprise here), software can be finicky, scant accessories, lack of colors for player body
Summary This little guy makes the iPod Shuffle about as appealing as an ugly pack of gum for the purpose of playing music.
I've had a careful eye out for a practical MP3 player for about 100 bucks, and I couldn't find much until this little guy came out. This player boasts great sound quality and seems to have decent bass response from what I could tell with my craptastic headphones. The battery life is what really caught my eye; I've read that although this Walkman is advertised to get about 70 hours on a single AAA battery, realistically it should be in the 50-60 hour range which is still unbeatable. The Shuffle only gets about an advertised 12 hours, realistically a bit less.
This isn't a perfect player, however. The software can be picky sometimes and tends to lock up for a few seconds when its confused. The player only comes with a CD, manual, and a pair of headphones. The headphones that were included were about the same quality as airplane 'phones that you can buy for a few bucks. Another small issue that bothered me was the lack of color choice for the player body. The 256MB version comes with a cool black scheme, but the 512MB version comes with slightly less appealing white and blue versions. The best looking one in my opinion is the 1GB version which comes in a trendy silver.
Bottom line: Although this player comes with scant accessories and finicky software, the player itself is excellent and is worth every penny of its street price.
Pros battery life a huge plus
Cons software is the worst ever
Summary I was so excited about the battery life and general appearance of the player ad Sony have a good reputation that it just never occured to me that they would supply such dreadful software with it.
It is impossible to use your own folder organisation to copy your songs across. it forces you to use its own alphabetical system which means you waste hours upon hours of re-organising groups of songs that you had already done. The software is ugly in appearance, badly organised and I miss the ability just to drag my mp3 files over and drop them in.
To sum up - I wish I had waited longer and researched it instead of buying one the moment they came out and trusting sony.
They do deserve a huge plus for the battery life though and if they ever supply a decent set of software to use with this device they will win a 10/10
Pros Excellent battery life...best I've seen, display is small and cannot easily be scratched, small, cool looking...
Cons Not many...
Summary Better than shuffle
Pros Good quality sound, cheap price, attractive.
Cons Battery life not what it should be, easily scratched.
Summary I bought this mp3 player for school so it has been used a lot. I very much enjoy listening to my music. The sound quality for such a small machine is absolutely incredibal. The only thing that troubles me is how the batteries run low so quick when it says that the batteries should last 70 hours. All in all it was well worth my money. WOOT!!!!
Pros Can't beat the price! The value is quite good.
Cons The casing does appear weak, but I've dropped mine a few times and had not problems.
Summary I nearly bought the ipod shuffle, but am really glad I saw the review for this model on cnet. I was using a Nike 128MB player, but consider the Sont a major upgrade (at a lower price). The features of the unit are nice. I was unfamilliar with the software, but it is user-friendly. Bravo, Sony on a great product!