Being a Sony, this MP3 player is blessed with a slim, modern and elegant styling. As usual, it has the Walkman logo centre in the middle, making it stand out with the colour contrasts. Its display screen is approximately 4.9 x 3.7 cm, dominating most of the space on the front of the player. It supports watching videos and viewing pictures, although the quality of the display is sharp and clear, it is still not ideal for watching videos for a long period of time.
Placed directly beneath the screens are the controls which include a back and option, and also a 4 way directional control pad. Its menu structure is similar to its range if mobile phones, in fact most mobile phones, which makes it easy to adapt to, especially because it works fantastically. The player is quite user friendly, since everything is straightforward and easy to understand.
The player's Bluetooth capabilities can be controlled via a buttons placed conveniently. However, the player must be connected to the computer via a supplied USB cable which is not standard, therefore if you lost the cable it would be a hassle.
When turning on the player, you'll be pleased to know that the is no start up delay. Its battery stamina is quite good, on average providing 41 and a half hours of continuous audio playback, and about 11 hours of continuous video playback. It takes about 120 minutes to fully charge the player, making it quite a fast process. Its file transfer speed is very fast, on average taking only 6 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.
When using the headphones supplied, the sound is very sharp and clear. It also provides another pair of headphones which are wireless Bluetooth, which also give an excellent sound quality. Upon using an additional pair of headphones purchased separately, there was a slight improvement, since both the supplied headphones are remarkable.
The player is compatible with all audio files in the AAC, both unprotected and protected WMA, MP3 file formats. It only supports videos in the MPEG-4 file formats.
I wasn't looking for anything flash - just a straightforward mp3 player with an FM radio, good sound quality and plenty of memory for my cd collection, but I've found that models with loads of memory tend to be of a high spec with video playback, bluetooth etc. which I'll never use. I also wanted an mp3 player that could be charged at the mains as well as via a USB so if I didn't have access to a pc and the battery was low, I could still get to charge it.
I spent ages comparing different brands, models and prices and I found that mp3 players with radios are few and far between and there don't appear to be any mp3 players in the market with tonnes of memory specifically for music and radio so maybe that's something that manufacturers can take into consideration when designing future models for customers not wanting all singing, all dancing players!
The Sony NWZ-A829/B more than meets my requirements.
Although I won't use the video playback feature, there is a sample video included and the picture is so crisp - very impressive!
The sound quality is excellent and you have the option of choosing your own settings which is very useful.
Downloading music couldn't be easier. (Even my computer illerate parents can do it!!) You simply drag and drop using Windows Explorer or syncronize the device with Windows Media Player.
I recommend this Mp3 player everyone, it's awesome!
The very fact that i am the sole reviewer of this product is quite sufficient to inform anybody who is thinking about buying one not to bother jus buy an ipod. you need 150 words for a premium review, unfortunately this definitly is not a premium review.