Pros Design, Headphones, Battery Life, Sharp Screen, Included Accesories, Custom EQ, Sound Quality
Cons Customization of Menu
Summary First thing you notice when you open this MP3 player is Sony's quality build. The player seems very durable, the screen seems to be very scratch resistant. All the buttons are laid out accordingly, there are dedicated volume buttons on the right hand side of the player, meanwhile you use a square shaped pad to navigate threw the menus. The “option” button controls the power on/off and there is a hold switch at the right hand side as well. In the box you receive nice premium headphones with different ear piece sizes, along with a little kick stand for watching video's, you also receive a software CD with WMP 11 + Sony's Media Manager, a proprietary USB cable, an insert for Sony's dock, and last but not least the actual player itself. The player features a very simple and easy to use menu system. It is extremely easy to browse through all of your videos and music. It also features a neat shuffle mode which is titled “Time Machine Shuffle” and it sorts your songs randomly by the year they were released. The screen of the MP3 player is very crisp when it comes to watching video, viewing photos and browsing through the menus. Sony has also managed to provide very long battery life, the rated battery life is 35 Hours for music and 10 Hours when watching videos. This rating is at the preset settings, so the screen is at a fairly decent brightness. I've been using this MP3 for a week now, using only a single charge, listening to about 2 hours of music a day and the battery is still at half. The sound quality of this player is also amazing, the headphones that are bundled with the player are excellent quality. Sony has an adjustable equalizer which allows you to set various sound options yourself. The player puts out amazing sound with the bundled headphones, with very nice bass and crystal clear sound. I also tested it out with a pair of Sennheiser CX300 headphones which also sounded extremely nice. Overall its an amazing iPod alternative with an excellent value when it comes to the premium headphones and the quality build of the MP3 player. It is also extremely nice that Sony no longer makes you use Sonic Stage....you can simply drag and drop using WMP11. I would recommend this player to anyone who is looking for a 4GB – 16 GB Music/Video player. This is definitely one of the nicest MP3 players I have used. Hope this review was useful to anyone looking into buying a new flash MP3 player.
Pros Outstanding sound quality, easy navigation, long battery, drag and drop file transfer
Cons Slow sync speed, no radio/recorder, only plays MP4 iPod video files
Summary I love this player! I've owned it for one week now, and I'm very pleased with my purchase. My number one issue with getting a new MP3 player (I've had an iRiver and a Nano) was sound quality. An EQ was a must have for me because I really like to customize my sound. This player has an outstanding EQ built in, plus Clear Bass which really brings out the bass in music without causing distortion.
My second requirement was a cataloging system that does not require ID3 tags in order to sort/play songs. My iRiver did this, using the windows folder/file name structure, but the Nano did not. I have hundreds of MP3s that do not have embedded ID3 tags, and my Nano would not list them properly because of this. A serious annoyance to me. This player is perfect, because you can browse by artist/song/year using ID3 tags, or you can browse by windows folder/filename. Plus, it's a simple drag and drop in windows with no 3rd party software requirement. Gotta love that feature!
I didn't buy this player for the video feature, but it's outstanding and I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of it. The 2.4" LCD is bright, colorful and detailed. The only drawback to the video feature is that it only plays 320x240 MP4 videos. However, there are freeware utilities available that will convert most common video files (.avi, .mpg., .wmv) to MP4 videos for playing on this player.
I haven't had it long enough to really test the battery life, but so far I've played several hours between charges and it's still got plenty of juice. The bundled headphones are comfortable and sound great (and put the iPod headphones to shame!).
I have found it syncs files quite a bit slower than my iPod did, even with USB 2.0. Takes about 45 seconds to sync a 100MB album (I think my Nano takes about 25 seconds). So filling the player up from scratch or syncing a large movie file can take several minutes.
Anyone looking for outstanding sound quality, easy navigation, plus video capabilities should seriously consider this player.
Cons No radio, Removable Memory.
Summary This is my fifth MP3 Player. I have owned the IPOD fifth generation, Cowon, IRiver, and another sony. I must say that this is the best sounding MP3 player I have ever Owned. The sound coming from this player is FULL with the complete range of bass, midrange, and tremble. It comes with some nice and comfortable earbuds which are good. I tried these earbuds with my old IPOD which I am trying to sell, and I can tell everyone that the earbuds sound average when used with the apple, but EXCEPTIONAL when plugged
back into the sony. I would really like to congratulate sony for making an exceptional sounding product. Finally someone out there
is thinking about people who really care about the sound coming from their mp3 player rather than just the external look!!
Pros Sound, headset,looks
Cons flimsy controls, limited features
Summary If you are buying a MP3 player just for your tunes, BUY THIS PLAYER NOW, it is by far the best sounding player I have heard. However if you also like to listen to books on tape, and download videos you may want to go elsewhere.
I found it just about impossible to listen to a book, unless you have the time to listen to an entire section at a time, usually about an hour , because there is no bookmark function. FF and RW are also lacking be cause it is single speed, and trying to advance by 15 minutes or review sections is just about impossible. I also found my fingers would slip off of the ff key because it is so small. As for video, I was unable to download videos from my usual source, I got an error message saying the player did not support video??? I haven't found very much info on the video function of this machine. I am trying to upgrade from a 4GB Zen which leaves this player in its dust when it comes to features, and it sounds almost as good, (but I have had huge problems with Creatives support). By the way headset that comes with this player is the best!! It is the first time I have been able to use ear buds without them falling out of my ears all the time because they don't fit right. I feel bad that I am going to have to return this player, because I really like it, but it just does not fit all of my needs.
Pros Design, SOUND QUALITY, Drag and Drop compatibility, ease of use, many others.
Cons Playlists?? Included earphones, smudges easily, but I'm reaching.
Summary I originally bought a 16gb Nano, and didn't like the scroll wheel or the horrible sound quality. After researching for days, I finally decided on the sony walkman. I'm very glad I made the purchase.
In my opinion the menu is much better than Ipod's. I don't know why Ipod constantly gets praised for its interface, I found the walkman to be far superior in every aspect.
I absolutely LOATHE the Ipod scroll wheel. Anyone who feels the same knows my pain. I love the easy and precise buttons that the walkman offers. There's a reason why 99% of electronics we use on a daily basis use buttons and not scroll wheels. Unfortunately, it seems everyone else is jumping on the scroll wheel bandwagon due to the high success of Ipod. Bad move in my opinion.
I absolutely LOATHE Itunes even more than the scroll wheel. What a hunk of junk. When I got my walkman, I plugged it into my laptop and dragged songs straight from windows explorer into the music folder on the walkman. Can it get any easier? Why does Ipod force us to use the incredibly bloated and confusing Itunes?
The sound quality is pretty amazing for a mainstream mp3 player such as this. Pair this up with a good set of efficient cans (shure buds for me), and you'll be in near sonic bliss. I thought the included ear buds were pretty crappy compared to my shures, however, not everyone is as picky as me and most will find the included ear buds more than sufficient.
Overall, a great player. The only gripes are I haven't found a way to do playlists yet, but I've only had it for a couple days. The player also smudges and shows fingerprints much more than my Nano. This is cosmetic only though, and I tend to listen to my music, not stare at my mp3 player.