This is one of the best mp3 players in the world. For such a small thing, with "only" 2MB memory, it sure produces lots of fun. I don't need to prioritize my song list - all 300 hundred of my favorite songs are there, safe and sound. And I say that because it got into some rough situations during my college years. By that I mean accidental falling and some water being spilled on it. The playlist option is great because it gives me an oportunity to make music libraries inside a music library- like being a dj in your own club using the simplest software while doing it. If you're an "electronic dummie" this mp3 is just perfect. Another great thing is the video reproduction. The image is clear and the sound has no distortions so, with the right headphones you get a good "in the movies" effect.
The setback of this little wonder is the batery that takes a little longer to charge. Another thing is an instalation programme you need in order to connect the mp3 to the computer in order to charge it or put music/pictures/video files on it. That means you can't just plug it into somebody elses computer, which would be great. But then again, an mp3 like this one deserves to be a bit special. The programme is simple to use and has an information "hunter" that can find data on your music as you load it into the mp3. All in all, for such a small thing it sure can give lots of good music.
When looking at the Sony NW-A805, you can't help but wonder how all the features are fitted into a player that is only 1 centimetres thick. One of the compromise of having such a thin player would be the quality of the display screen.
The player has a good menu structure that is designed well, along with sensitive controls, this player is undoubtedly user friendly. When using the supplied headphones, the sound produced was exceptional with clarity and a good output power, which gives consistent bass. Upon using an additional pair of headphones, the sound quality was almost the same as the ones produced by the supplied headphones, since they were brilliant. The player also has a volume limiter, which would help you if you want to avoid damaging your hearing from listening at full volume.
Just like all players made by Sony, you will need to install the supplied software which is then used to convert the files if necessary. The player supports all audio files in the DRM, WMA, MP3, M4A, Atrac3 and WAV.
Its battery stamina is guide decent, on average providing up to 28 hours of continuous audio playback and about 7 hours of continuous video playback. It takes 1 and a half hours on average to fully charge the player.
The player supports videos, however the rather small display screen only measuring 4.2 centimetres which isn't tiny but not suitable to watch videos for long periods of time.
After never really being an ipod fan I thought I would go down the Walkman route. I was very pleased with my purchase and still use it to this day to listen to music and podcasts on the move. I find the menus easy to navigate and find it great to be able to upload photos and video on such a small memory device.
I have got a huge grumble though, the software supplied is appalling, and I mean appalling. Videos take ages to convert and waiting sometime over 3hrs for the conversion it says the video is corrupt when I know it plays and is fine on my computer. I think the software is the biggest let down of all with so many crashes its unreal. Bug after bug after bug.
I think you can forgive the software though for the immense headphone you get with the product and the great sound you get from the player.
Overall a good product but let miserably down by Sonic Stage and Image Converter.
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I was fed up with my Sony Walman (W550i) phone after a year as i felt it outdated and very bulky. I discussed with my friends whether i would get a sony handicam or a smart mp3 player capable of playing mpeg4 videos. Eventually my friends said that mp4 would be much useful and cool than a handicam. They said that you are not gonna capture movies whole day but would listen music instead. then i thought for a while and asked my dad to not to get a handicam. I serched the net (Google) and then an idea struck to me - the website of SONY. Ilove sony products 'coz they've got every feature needed for a good device. My search let me knew the Sony NW-A 805. I even got a SAMSUNG mp3 player on its official web. I compared both. Samsung had a few more features than sony but sony had one greatest feature of all time - its reloaded headphone design.
I asked my dad to get me that awesome player. And it was there. I got it and now i am playing my videos, mp3's and photos smartly on it.
After my iPod mini finally gave up after a year or so of misbehaving I was suffering going to the gym without an mp3. As my birthday was coming up I had started spreading the word (well, I had told bf) about what type of mp3 I would like just in case somebody would consider buying me one. The most important aspect was that it was NOT another iPod as I, and everybody I know whos had one, had had so many problems with it. I also wanted one that was easy to use, which could be dropped without breaking (as Im a bit clumsy and not very careful with my things) and preferably also pretty and shiny.
Guess what I got for my birthday? A lovely shiny and new Sony mp3 - the NW-A805 in black. I couldnt wait to try it out as I had been without music for so long and decided to get started by installing the software SonicStage, which is for music play back, and Image Converter, which is for videos and photos. You do get a Getting Started guide which takes you through each step but I didnt find installing the software difficult as you simply put the CD-ROM in your disc drive and it then prompts you through each step. You should ensure that you quit all activated software programs on your computer, including any anti-virus software, as it may strain the CPU otherwise.
As the software was being installed I took the opportunity to charge the player at the same time as it needs to be fully charged before you first use it. To charge the battery, simply connect it to a running computer. When the battery is full it will tell you so. It does say in the manual that charging the battery from when its totally run out may take up to 3 hours, however, I found that it was fully charged after about an hour.
As I was used to iTunes it took me some time to get used to SonicStage. It works in the same way really but I just had to figure out where to find things and how to transfer music. I have mainly transferred music from my CDs so far and not really used the online CONNECT store. This is pretty simple, you just need to insert the CD, find where it says transfer music from CD and you can then choose which songs you wish to transfer. It is generally pretty quick, a couple of minutes for a full CD transfer. You can then decide whether you want an automatic transfer of your library onto your player as soon as the player is connected to the computer or you can choose to manually transfer the songs of your choice. If you wish you can also create play lists which can then be transferred in full onto the mp3. I find this very useful for the gym, when a normal shuffle doesnt work so well.
This mp3 has a 2 GB capacity. For those of you who, like me, are not very technologically minded this is a measure of storage capacity. The more gigabytes the player has, the more music and/or videos you will be able to store on it. 2 GBs will enable you to fit up to 1600 tracks on it or up to 7 hours worth of video files. This is about half of what I had previously been able to keep on my iPod something which worried me a bit at first. However, I have found that 1600 tracks is quite sufficient for me, I can stick all my favourite music on there and still have space left over for any new music I might want to add in the future. If you are a serious music fan it may not be enough but for most people I think it will do nicely.
The player is very easy to operate, certainly easier than the iPod at any rate. The menus are similar to mobile phone menus which most of us will know how to handle by now. The menus are easily scrolled through by using the 5-way button. In order to start it just press any button, to switch off press the power off/option button - thats about it! The LCD screen is a reasonable size at 2 inches and can be used either horizontally or vertically. I have not spent a great deal of time either downloading or watching videos on this, as I mainly want it for the music. However, when I have done I have found the picture quality to be very good and I have not run into any problems either with the transferring or with the playback so far so it seems to lend itself well to this medium. Sound quality is also very good, I have been impressed so far that something so little can play back music so well. As with other mp3s it cannot play all file formats. This means that you will not be able to transfer music straight from iTunes, for example. The formats supported are ATRAC, MP3, AAC and WMA. I shall not go into detail about these as there is a wealth of information about all of these on the internet for those who are interested. Suffice to say is that I have not found myself excluded in any way due to the restrictions on files that can be played using SonicStage.
The headphones that come with the player come with an extension cord, which is lucky as they are ever so short. I only ever use them with the extension as I cannot even keep it in my handbag otherwise. I am not sure why they have decided to make the cord so short as I cannot imagine anyone having much use for it the way it is. The headphones themselves are of an open-air, design so they do leak when you have the volume up high. However, as they are also plug shaped (you do get 3 different sizes of plugs with the player) they cut out much of the outside noise which should mean that you will not need to turn the volume up that much in even if you are in a noisy environment.
Something that I cannot put enough emphasise on is the fact that the battery lasts FOREVER. It is such a relief to have a music player which you can actually play when you want to and which does not run out of battery as soon as you try to change tracks unlike my iPod. According to the Sony site the battery should last for up to 30 hours playing music or 8 hours playing video. I can definitely believe this as I have never run out of battery so far in spite of only charging the player once a week and in spite of listening to it a great deal. To me, this was one of the most important qualities for an mp3 and it is lovely not to have to worry about running out of battery ever!
Apart from this I also love the fact that the player is so pretty. It is small and neat, in fact it weighs a mere 53g. In spite of this it doesnt seem plasticy and the screen is a good size. The player, including all controls and buttons are black with white writing and metallic along the sides. Its not the most important criteria but it doesnt hurt that its a stylish little thing that certainly will not put you in anybodys shade.
The only things that I find a bit annoying is first of all you cannot buy a case for it. Not good for me as I tend to spill water on all my things regularly and drop them even more regularly. Luckily I have only dropped this once so far and never spilt water on it but it does worry me. The second problem is not really a problem I guess, more a matter of habit - it annoys me that the head phones are plugged in at the bottom! I am used to them being plugged in at the top and it confuses me when I try to use the buttons without looking at it. As far as problems go I guess this is of the milder variety though so I shall try not to let it bother me too much.
I have not had any need for support as of yet so cannot comment on the service provided, although I gather there is both a website and a phone number you can use in case you have a problem with your mp3 player.
In all I would warmly recommend this mp3 if you are after a stylish, small, sturdy player with excellent sound quality which is also easy to use. I cannot even compare this with the iPod mini I used to own as this is so much better in every respect that it wouldnt really be fair if you are interested you can find the Sony NW-A805 in most of the usual electronic retailers or online. As mine was a present Im not sure about the price but a quick search on the internet seems to suggest that you should expect to pay something along the lines of £70-£100 depending of where you go. Definitely worth it as far as Im concerned!