Pros Excellent construction, superb audio quality. Really, REALLY sweet-looking screen and impressive touch capability. Noise cancellation works convincingly well. Smaller and less obtrusive than my 2G Touch. Added hardware controls a deft plus.
Cons Still no onboard playlist generation. Sluggish transfer speeds, even after switching to UMS from default MTP mode. Accumulates smears and prints easily. Less functional capability than my 2G Touch for the same money.
Summary I've owned MP3 Walkmans for the past 2-3 years, and had originally planned on passing on the X-series since I already owned a 2G iPod Touch. Even though I've never been happy with the Touch's average SQ, it does do just about everything else quite well, albeit in a bit larger form factor than I'd normally prefer these days. But when I played with the 16GB X1051 at the local Sony Style store, I knew I was hooked.
I've only had my X1061 for a couple of days, but my familiarity with Sony's UI from my earlier Walkmans makes it already seem like an old, trusty friend that's just learned a few new tricks. Audio SQ is as superb as always, if not a bit more so than before. The listening experience is extreme satisfying, both with the included noise cancelling buds and with my normal Sennheiser IE8 IEM set that I now swear by. Artwork (and images in general) looks great on the OLED screen, as does the two or three videos that I've so far tried. Sony's version of Coverflow works just as well as Apple's creation, if not a bit more smoothly.
Mentioned earlier that I switched my X1061 (US model number of the 32GB version) to UMS; done so to improve transfer speeds over the pokier default MTP mode that the X series ships with, and to allow me to better use file managers to run things on the X1061 if needed (I normally use MediaMonkey). Transferring files still seems a bit sluggish when compared to iTunes+2G Touch, and lags well behind transfers to any of my HD-based devices.
Biggest gripe is Sony's persistent lack of capability for on-the-fly playlist generation, just as it was with my A829 and A818. Also miss the stereo Bluetooth capability of my A829 as well; considering the number of BT headsets Sony has been introducing lately, it would've been nice to have kept that option for the X-series, even with the NC feature already installed.
Wi-Fi is a nice touch, but so far the Safari-Touch experience is a fair bit more satisfying from a usability standpoint. Still, it's a good add for Sony. The ability to install apps would've been a plus, but considering how few apps I used to use on my Touch (apps are more important on my G1 rather than on my music device), it's certainly not a deal breaker for me not having the functionality. But it would've been nice to be able to install a game or two as an occasional time waster, particularly given the great OLED screen that this device has.
So far my X1061 has been quite impressive with those functions that I'd normally use it for. It's far more pleasurable to listen to than my 2G Touch, and its form factor is considerably more desirable to me. Battery charge life seems to be on the very good side; I've yet to get the indicator to move off of Full in the hours I've been toying with it. But the lack of onboard playlist generation is a continual downer (c'mon Sony, just about everyone else worth their while has it) as is the minimal accessories currently available, either from Sony or 3rd-party vendors. At least with both of my A818 and A829, Sony had cases in place (granted that I admit that I didn't buy either of them during the first week of release--at least that I can remember).
If you truly love your music sounding superb (and appreciate additional signal processing tools to customize the SQ even further), the Sony X-series Walkman is about as great as it gets. This is the sharp end of the knife for an audio geek, not like the blunted trauma that my 2G Touch exhibits, and in the end that for me is what ultimately matters the most. Pricey yes, but for me it's well worth it in not having to put up with the middling sound quality of my soon-to-be-sold Touch anymore.
Pros Great looking OLED touch screen, small size, Slacker and music subscription compatibility, excellent sound quality, built in noise cancelation, physical control buttons, WIFI, long battery life.
Cons Lacks bluetooth stereo, limited Mac compatibility, would of liked a landscape mode for music display, will not play copy protected Itunes music.
Summary It's nice to see Sony finally competing in the portable personal music player business they created 30 years ago. The X-Series Walkman has a great user interface. Syncing music is very easy using Rhapsody, Windows Media Player 11 or the included Sony app. If you use music subscription services like Rhapsody, then this player is for you. I never used Slacker before getting this player, but I'm enjoying it now. Great service and it is very easy to pre-cache up to three stations on your Walkman. Pictures and videos look great, but I haven't used the feature too much. you can even use the Walkamn as a noise cancelation headset for other devices, like the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP or airplane video and music service. If you are looking for a great player to block out some of the background noise from your everyday life, this is the player to get.
Pros I love the touch screen, it has a great weight. The sound quality is better than either of the other brands I tried. No software to install, just use your Windows Media Player to create a playlist and you[re pretty much finished.
Cons I need a bigger size to hold all of my crap :) I'm in the military and travel quite a bit.
Summary Is better overall than the Zune or iPod.
Pros 1) Sound Quality: The best sounding mp3 player that I ever heard.
The music sounds very natural, crips, warm. It made me rediscover my music. Also it has tons of audio enhancements that really works
3) User interface It's fun and elegant.
Cons 1) EXPENSIVE. The only great problem. It's quite expensive.
2) No apps.
Summary A luxury device. A must for audiophiles because the sound quality & the touch user interface.
So, overall, it's not really that expensive, after all, it's a premium device.
Pros Menus system is similar to other Sony MP3 players so there is no learning curve. Solid unit. Add a crystal case and it seems indestructible. Holds a ton of music! headphones and sound quality are unmatched. FM reception is perfect. iPod killer!
Cons Um... web browser is meh' but who buys an MP3 player for the browser? Cons.. hmm.. hmmmm.... oh - it can't make dinner! Seriously. There are no cons. Not really. Price maybe? But you get what you pay for. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.
Summary Best MP3 player not made by Apple. Sony made sure every aspect of the 1061 was perfect. And it is perfect. Writing any more would be redundant. If you have $400.00 to blow on an MP3 player and you're not a fan of Apple products, this is the one to buy. Enough said.