Sony NWZX-1050B MP3 Walkman, Black, 32GB.
This product saved me from having to buy an iPod and install the dreaded iTunes on my PC. I have used iPods and I have used iTunes and I have taken a disliking to both but especially iTunes, it just seems slow (on a good PC) and there is just too much rubbish, I just wanted to be able to drag and drop all of my songs from my PC on to my MP3 player with no hassle but at the same time I wanted something that would do the job (playing music not games) as well if not better than say the iPod touch.
Lucky for me I stumbled across this Sony Walkman series when searching for MP3 players, now they are not cheap but then neither were / are iPods, they also weren't as popular as iPods and don't have the apps of the Touch but then that didn't bother me. I waited for prices to come down and luckily found it on offer in John Lewis and went ahead with the purchase.
The product arrived super quick and on opening I was instantly pleased with the size and weight of the device and super happy with its appearance, it looks really sleek and slick. I found the USB cable and plugged into the computer and was delighted when it showed as a drive on my PC and all I had to do was drag and drop all my music collection across.
Transferring files onto the player was not only easy but also very quick, I have around 1000 songs on there
with several audio books and there is so much space left that it is silly, I will probably put some videos on there just to use up some of the space.
The screen is amazing, the colours are very clear and vivid and it works really well in a variety of lighting, however the area in which this device truly excels is not video playback but in audio playback, but with this being the primary function I am very happy with this. The supplied earplugs are extremely comfy and fit really well in my ears and the noise cancelling is actually not a gimmick.
When I saw that noise cancelling was present it didn't really persuade me to buy it as everything I have tried this on hasn't really had an impact and I'm not saying on this device the noise cancelling will cancel out all your traffic when you are walking to work but it does do a much better job than I was expecting. I have tried using whilst out running (the player is light enough to use when running), in the gym and at a fairly sedate party (not to be rude but just to try it) and on every occasion flicking the switch clearly made a difference to background noise. The only time the noise cancelling fails you is in windy conditions but because of the way that they work that is exactly what I expected.
The user interface on this is really easy, you can set up playlists on your computer and just drag and drop tracks in and then you can just play these tracks, it is easy to play videos and you can easily change between shuffle and repeat etc.
The battery life in standby is really good, I have on occasion gone away for a few weeks and not used it and still been able to pick it up and go when needed, when using I can't quote a specific figure but I have used it regularly and not had to charge any more frequently than once a week.
For those people that like apps this isn't for you stick to the iPod touch, but for those of you who like listening to music in a good quality and don't just want the basic MP3 player then I think this is a really good buy.
I purchased this mp3 player, because in my school days I had owned old Sony Walkmans and was hugely impressed. This is a different type of product but still has classic reliability, functionality and usability as it's predecessors. I needed a device for listening to music on the bus on the way to University, and a mate of mine was sit besides me with his new fancy iPod touch, and we decided to swap (we're both geeks you see) and test our own mp3 players out, after 15 mins of browsing the web (on 3G) playing games, and obviously listening to music, I was hugely impressed. Despite this I still much prefer my Walkman. I find apps to be a bit of a gimmick. Although the odd game of Flight Control is rather fun! :) One big advantage my Walkman has to the iPod touch is the beautiful OLED screen in comparison with the LCD that the iPod dons. Another is the crystal clear quality of music. I'll start by sayinig the Apple standard headphones are horrendous in comparison with my Sony noise cancelling ones, which, on the bus work very well. The high price may be a turn off for some but in my opinion, it's totally worth it!
I bought this Sony Walkman because most of my friends had Ipods. It is the best alternative to an Ipod and even beats it in some respects. The sound quality is supreme, even from the bundled earbuds. The noise cancellation is noticeable on buses and trains but at this stage is just a novelty.
The screen quality is great with bright vivid colours and is very responsive to your finger. Controlling it takes a while to get used to at first but after the first week it becomes very natural and the good interface means you will be able to find anything you a looking for within seconds.
The build quality is very good. The whole product feels solid and the roughness around the edge makes it very easy to sit in your hand.
The internet browser leaves you wanting more, but can handle most websites.
The youtube player is excellent with no loading time if you've got good internet.
The podcast feature is also very good. You can subscribe via the rss feed that it detects automatically when you go on a podcast website.
All in all a great product.
BEATS ALL OF THE IPODS (unless you want apps :p)
Before I begin - I actually own a 16GB, not a 32GB.
My decision to upgrade came as my previous Walkman (a NW-A800) screen had began going funny.
I had decided to go for the newest model available, the X Series .
Fortunately for me, I also had an iPod Touch, a known competitor, to compare the X Series with.
First off, my sole reason for purchasing; the appearance.
-The X series is just under 4 inches high, and 2 inches in width; so fits nicely in my hand. It's less than half an inch thick which I was Impressed with, considering it's capabilities.
-The OLED screen is around 2.6 inches in height and 1.5 inches wide.
Now the screen really is something to get excited about. Having a touch screen phone, I was expecting a similar quality, but to my suprise, I was very very wrong. The clarity and sharpness of the screen is second to none. I recommend having the brightness set at the highest, 5, to really get the most out of the vivid colours.
-The feel of the Walkman is very smooth, except for the 'edges', whcih have a sort of faux graphite look and feel to them. I do like this though, if anything it adds to the edgy look. The back (and front, surrounding the screen) is a black, glittery colour, and on the back is the Walkman logo, right in the centre. On the front at the top, is the brand name Sony.
-There are 7 manual buttons, including the 'hold' button on the back, and 'volume', on the left side. The remaining 5 are as follows; on the top, a 'play', and 'skip' forward and backwards. At the bottom is a 'home' button' and interestingly, below the 'volume' button, there is a 'noise cancelling' option. Now that's something new. Built in noise cancelling. I'd only ever come across that on headphone before, I guess it only made sense to eventually come up with a product that had it built in.
Now onto function;
-The touch screen is very touch sensitive which, as expected, has its pros and cons. Pros; simple, easy, fast and efficient. Cons; too fast? pressing wrong songs/albums etc..
-Home screen. Simple layout, 9 icons. You can also change the wallpaper as the home screen to personalise. I like.
Icons: Internet, FM radio, YouTube, Pictures, Music, Video, Settings,
Podcasts, Noise Cancelling.
That's basically it, I've had long enough to know my Walkman inside out now, so I'll run through Pros and Cons now of it's actual function.
Internet; Wireless, and not all that good. Uses a lot of battery, and webpages don't really fit the screen properly, something which the iPod can do effortlessly. Also takes a while to load, a bit like mobile internet, as opposed to broadband. A good idea, but needs work.
FM radio; good once you get it tuned, seems to stay tuned. Again uses battery, but not to the extent of the internet.
Youtube; Better than the internet. Has the look of an app, and i specifically designed for the Walkman. Again takes its toll on the battery. However when using the 'search' function, takes a very very long time to type! A qwerty keyboard would perhaps have been a useful thing to add.
Pictures; Good, simple, can navigate through by touching the screen easily enough, fit the screen well and as mentioned earlier - the OLED screen really shows off on this feature. Also the option to set a picture as the wallpaper.
Music; Probably the best it's got going for it. Library easy to navigate - Can search for and browse through Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres, Release Year, Playlists and Folders.
Sound quality is fantastic. The in ear headphones supplied are also very very good. The quality is far far better than that of the iPod, it's more clear, more defined and just a better experience. Definitely for sound 10/10.
Video; Again a surprisingly good feature. Fills the screen, good video quality, sound not as good as on music, but by no means bad. Can easily scroll through films.
Noise Cancelling; I was actually surprised to find this works! To test if it actually worked. I had the TV on, put the headphones in and switched noise cancelling on, without playing any music. Really effective! Impressive. This is something the iPod doesn't have, and this is one of the features that makes the X Series a serious contender.
Another feature that I personally thought was great, was drag and drop. Unlike the hassle of iTunes and syncing, it's a simple drag and drop to get all your media on the Walkman, and it's pretty fast.
In all honesty to really get a feel for the X Series I'd have a play on it yourself. If it's apps to impress you're after, I'd go for the iPod Touch, but if you're serious about music, I 100% would recommend this Walkman.
The new Sony X series is a lovely piece of equipment, with a 3 inch OLED screen, the colours are bright and clear, and the sound is Sony's usual high quality. The greatest addition to this new set is that of noise cancelling technology, using tiny microphones set in the (included) headphones most ambient noise can be removed leaving you with a crisp listening experience. Having used it on the bus and in school, I can tell you it does actually work, and surprisingly well.
The touch screen is responsive and the icons are large and easy to select. Videos look great on it as do youtube videos using the built in youtube app which allows you to stream youtube over wifi.
The only downside to the X series is that the internet browser is not very good. It is hard to use the keypad and the pages are hard to navigate. The other weakness when comparing it to the iPod touch is the lack of apps, and the lack of a dedicated program like itunes. You can either drag and drop files, use windows media or drag files into the adding program included which will convert the files and add the files to the Walkman.
Basically if you want a MP3 player which is not an iPod and sounds great then get this.