I bought this for £65 from a rip-off store in central London. At the time you could get them for just over £50, now at that price you could probably get better mp3 players with 8GB memory and no need for software installations. I had to bargain down from £80 on the one I bought, convinced that the retail price was much higher. Naturally, I was not happy with it when I discovered the truth. However, having decided there was no point travelling back to return it (the train fare alone would cost me the difference in buying it elsewhere) I decided to open it, and found that it's actually not that bad.
Appearance-wise, it is reasonably small. Mine is the deep purple (box says violet) colour and is fairly stylish in its own way. The screen is so a bit on the small side, and as with a lot of Sony players of this kind, has a scrolling text display, which can get irritating when you want to know immediately what song you are on etc. Personally it is not too much of a bother, and at least the text lights up slightly in blue so is visible in the dark, and this is quite pretty without wasting too much power.
Unfortunately it does not have a clip, so when travelling it is left loose in my pocket. If you are worried about losing it, consider using zip pockets for some safety.
It has 2 different play modes. All the songs can be played in order, or 20 randomly selected songs. The positioning of the buttons is awkward. The hold slide is on the opposite side to the play/stop button. It can be difficult to switch the hold on or off without stopping or starting your player. This really defeats the object of a 'hold' button - especially if you do not notice when the 'play' button has been pressed. A couple of times already I have found the MP3 player to have been left on with the battery almost run down.
Whilst you can now get players with far more than 512mb, consider how long you need to play it for at a time, how many songs you will need to put on it and whether you really need to spend more money on more memory. Today I would find 2GB more reasonable for my personal needs, but I've still held onto this one as a nice little spare for when my other one has low battery! 512 seems sufficient for a spare. I've managed to cram in most of my favourite songs and of course if you get bored of them you can always chop and change. On the other hand, if you like to have a huge variety of music, because, say, your mood changes quickly, this will not be near enough for you.
The battery is good. It lasts several hours and is very easy to charge - just stick it into the USB port of a laptop - before you know it, it's done. It is good not having to lug around another charger in your suitcase when you go away! I have not noticed, in the last couple of years I have had it, any decrease in the amount of usage time I have between charges. I'd admit that as I no longer travel as much, I do not really use it for very long periods of time, and charging is so easy I barely notice how often I do it, but I'm still sure that the battery holds out well. It's just a shame that there is little indication for when the battery does start to run low, so I have been caught off-guard a few times. Of course it is a nuisance if you also do not have a device to hand within which it can be charged. But then even our telly has a USB port on it, so there are many more possibilties these days.
The headphones are a huge disappointment. For a start they are way too big to fit the ears and keep falling out. They are also very uncomfortable, so you will probably need to get some covers for them to stop them scratching the ears or triggering ear wax. The sound quality is poor (update - after a month since this review was originally written, I have noticed you cannot hear a thing from these when you are out or travelling - they are in fact completely useless) yet gives out a lot of environmental noise pollution and since they barely hang on the ears so are not really in-ear phones the volume has to be kept high to be worth using, which is no good on buses, trains etc. as external noise is overpowering and it causes offence to other passengers. On the upside, the wires are somewhat easier to detangle - but other than that they are useless. I have since bought a new pair of earphones.
This is one of those Sony MP3 players that will not allow you to use any of your own software to transfer music onto it. This, in itself is annoying because I have all my songs nicely stored on my media player, which is nice and easy to use - and I am familiar with it. The software that comes with this device is completely different, has crashed numerous times, takes ages to run and generally is a hassle. When you start it up you have to select the device you want to transfer music to, obviously this will be the drive that your mp3 player is plugged into. It then loads up the songs already on the player and for some reason mine always asks 'Are you sure you want to start automatic transfer?' I think what? I have not pressed anything to imply I did! At least you can say no, then select the songs from the left hand panel one by one to transfer. This can be time consuming and you cannot tell immediately whether each transfer will work. You can import new songs on your computer onto this list. I do not recommend importing all audio files automatically as all sounds will also be imported making the list ridiculously long. You can also use the software as a music player but again I would not recommend it, personally I am quite happy with the player I had before.
This player is now completely outdated, but if you are buying second hand then perhaps a price guide would be sensible. Frankly I would not pay more than £15 for one of these today, and even that would be pushing it a little. My advice is to go for a newer mp3 player, although I would say the Sony brand is not bad. Definitely the software makes it a headache and the earphones are lousy, so in conclusion, I would recommend you save your money for something better.
If you are looking for a relatively cheap and very small mp3 player then the Sony series of NW-E002's is for you. Now they come in a range of different memory rates, from 256mb,512mb , 1Gb and even 2Gb. Now these days that does not sound like much but when you realise a few years ago this was a large amount of data. Especially when its crammed onto a small player no larger than 7-8cm in length.
Now the player itself is relatively cheap around £40 and can be put anywhere due to its size, its super portable. Now on the player there is a small screen which can show you the artist name, song name as well as the usual track time and number. The screen has no backlight, which could be annoying to some. But due to its size and battery I don't think it would have been the best choice adding one. One of the big things about this small player is the battery and charging time. Sony did a lot of research and many clever things to enable the player to "quick charge". This means a 3minute charge can give you up to 3 hours playback! Now that's not bad at all. Even by today standards!
To charge the player pull off the end cap and plug the usb into your computer. Whilst charging you can add your music too through Sony's music manager Sonic stage.
Whilst the usb charging Is a great idea it backfires if your not near a pc, for instance like on holiday. The only way round it would be to buy a plug to usb converter.
The controls on the player are as you would expect, play,pause, stop, skip and a lock button. Always important on portable players. There is a headphone jack at one end.
Now how many songs can you get on this player, well this is always down to the quality you copy/record your cds onto your computer. But roughly 160 songs if you use 128kbp, this will reduce the higher the bit rate of recording. But to be fair the player really does deliver, it may be small but it isvery big in terms of audio quality. I know this is part determined by the bitrate, but the player copes well and gets top marks.
A small usb player that plays for a long time, whilst allowing you to carry just enough songs on the go. You hardly know your carrying it. So if your looking for a small player and are not bothered about a massive screen to look at album art then this would be a good option. Its a no frills simple to operate mp3 player! What more do you need!
I brought one of these Sony Walkmans about two years ago, before i left to go travelling.
The initial reason that i got this MP3 player, was the small size and relative cheap price of £80.00 back them, so i would imagin it is not cheaper.
Although now I have an Ipod- I do still use my Song MP3 player as is still has merrit.
This MP3 is very small as can be held in your hand or slipped into your pocket and can be hardly noticed.
This is almost like an Ipod Shuffle in the sense that you can not have the same features as an ipod- although it does have a small display screen on the player its self0 where you can choose which album or artist you would like to listen to.
The sound quality of this is pretty good - but sony do have a good reputation for these types of gadgets.
i find the battery life if very good- however the only way to charge these are theough the USB port on the computer- which can be a little annoyin if you dont always have access.
It is however very easy to uploads tunes on to this MP3 as you just have to plug it in to the computer and it does the rest for you.
Also the controls on this are very easy and does have a lock key, which means you can make sure that they mp3 player doesnt turn on in your bag and waste the battery life
Storage capacity is around 160 song- which is enough for at least a day