Pros Perfect sound quality, long battery life, small size, easy to use, sleek metal finish, beautiful screen.
Cons Only that the player does not have a speaker.
Summary I bought this mp3 2 months ago to replace my broken 16 GB Zen Mozaic mp3 player. I am very pleased with the purchase to say the least. I liked my previous mp3 enough, but this one is a whole different story! I bought the one with bluetooth and it came with $40 earbuds. I love the wireless capability and the volume, and track can be controlled via the headphones. I can tell that this item is going to last me a long time as long as I take care of it. I bought it at best buy and they have different coverage plans for a little extra. I bought the three year accidental coverage that protects it against any accidents whether it is my fault or not. I love that the player is compatible with just about any bluetooth set and I hope to get a wireless speaker for it. There is just not enough of what I can say! The only con that I can find is that it does not have a speaker, so you can't listen to it without a wireless speaker, earbud, or other such item. I did however buy a battery operated speaker that you plug the player into and that works well. I will never buy a player that is not sony again! The sound is so much better than zen, sandisk, or even apple!Oops, I reviewed the wrong item. I meant to review the new 8 GB S Series NWZ-S764BLK Sony Walkman with bluetooth. Did I mention that the battery lasts 50 hours with continuous song playback? Or 10 hours of uninterrupted video playback on a single charge. I love it!
Updated on Apr 23, 2012
"Great sound!"on by wabashaborn
Pros Lots of memory, small size, easy to use once it is programed, great sounding earphones, long battery life, intuitive controls
Cons Poor set up info from the Quick Start Guide
Summary I am a first time buyer of an mp3 player. My daughter has a SanDisk and an IPod. I am not impressed with the sound quality of either of those units even with upgraded earphones. I read the reviews and user opinion on the new Sony Walkman and was impressed enough to purchase the NWZ-A818 with 8 GB. I'm glad I did. The sound quality is really close to that of a CD.
My only complaint with the player is that it has a default setting that auto synchs to Windows Media Player when you plug it in to the computer. When I first plugged in the player it transferred about 5 GB of photos to the player. I was able to delete the photos with no problem. My main problem was when I deleted CDs from my c-drive memory after I had synched the CD to the Walkman, the same CD selections would be deleted from the Walkman whenever I reconnected the Walkman to the computer. Very frustrating to say the least. The Quick Start Guide and the troubleshooting guide were of no help with this issue. Even my daughter, who is more mp3 savy than me, was perplexed. I was able to get tech support with Sony's 800 number. To their credit I was able to contact them on the first ring with no waiting. I had a very service oriented person who was able solve the problem. The solution is to plug the player into the computer. Once in Window Media Player, click on Sync mode, go to options, then to advance options, and uncheck the auto sync. Simple as that but the Operation Guide, Quick Start Guide, and troubleshooting guide make no mention of this important option to make for a successful set up. My only other complaint is getting video on the Walkman. Explanations in the set up guides are kind of fuzzy. This is not a deal breaker for me as I do not intend to watch much video on a 2 inch screen. But video is a feature that is offered and I would like to be able to download some TV shows just for the heck of it. So far this is a work in progress for me. Kudos to Sony's customer service department. If you do have problems they are of great help. Even with my initial start up problems I would highly recommend this product.
Pros Screen Quality, Battery (charging and playing), buttons, Sound, playback support
Cons Headphone Length
Summary This MP3 player is by far one of the best on the market. I purchased mine while I was in Japan at the Sony store and it just caught my eye right off the bat. Video playback is Superb even for the screen size. The best feature for this device has to be the battery, it will last you 2 weeks+ before it dies and then it will only take about 2 hrs for a full charge. The headphones that are included with the device are amazing, except that they are a little short but that is something that is just dealt with. I also purchased the side belt clip and it works perfectly at the gym or when running. I also have an Ipod (30 gig) and that really can not compare this is now my primary MP3 device.
Pros Steller sound quality, sleek and gorgeous, Drag n Drop !!!
Cons None that i can see !!!
Summary I won't even compare it with any other mp3 player as this is a class on its own.
I just got it 4 hrs ago from sonystyle shop and am playing with this for a couple of hrs now.
I've had tons of mp3 players in past. Actually i have 3 ipods at this time (shuffle(1GB), nano(8GB) and ipod (20GB) and except shuffle other 2 are going to go to for sale today. Personally i can say with 100% confidence that ipods sound quality is at rock bottom. Shuffle 1st gen is good though.
Ok now about this player, sound quality is beyond comparison (you need to hear to believe). player itself is smaller in size than 2 gen ipod nano and is all brushed metal body so no chance of scratching. screen is absolutely gorgeous and vibrant with more than 260k colors.
player is extemely responsive and there is no lag in anything.
Drag and drop is the best you can ask for. it plays mp3 and wma files with no issues.
Connection port is also covered with inbuilt cover that automatically engages once usb cable is disconnected.
supplied earphones is of extremely high quality (though not as good as my shure e2c).
Overall i am absolutely convinced that Sony is the only company that knows how to reproduce excellent sound quality.
Also this player doesn't seems to need any kind of enclosure as it is really durable.
I'll update once is use this over the weekend.
Pros great headphones, drag-and-drop file management, supports any unprotected format, good screen
Cons You need to convert vides to mp4 format to play them.
Summary Drag-and-drop functionality. Yep. No Sonic Stage for this guy! Alternately you can sync it using Windows Media 11, both work very quickly.
This will play any unprotected format, great for your quirkier formats. It can't play iTunes songs, but that's to be expected. This player hooks up with Napster, but I haven't tried that so I can't comment on it.
The headphones are much better than the standard iPod set--bud style, with three sets to ensure a good fit.
The screen is nice and it's easy to navigate. The headphones make it worth upgrading from the NWZ-A600.
Whether you're like me and have issues against the iPod or you're just looking for a solid mp3 player, I'd recommend you checking this out.