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      16.07.2011 13:16
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      Reliable and useful, does what you need it to.

      I've had my Sony NWZ-E436FB 4GB for about 3 years. It's a very handy little machine and it's very sturdy indeed. This I can prove by the fact I dropped it in my parent's pond and had to fish it out by the headphones which luckily got tangled in my hair. Completely my fault as it fell out of my pocket when I was bending down having a conversation with one of the fish... (I know, I know). It was completely under water and sediment. Initially there was no joy when I tried to turn it on again but after a week drying out on a sunny windowsill I tried it again and low and behold it worked! There seems to be no ill effects even two years on and if that's not a recommendation for a long lasting and sturdy device I don't know what is!

      I must admit I'm not a great user of portable music devices; it tends to be holidays and gardening that I use it for and I'm not that technologically minded. I wanted a long lasting device that I didn't need to change for years that was reliable and had a FM tuner on it. This fits the bill! I've carried it in my handbag for years without a case and it doesn't scratch and is very small and light.

      Sound

      This is excellent and has really good deep bass. The sound is rich and clear. It's much better than the music player on my phone which is less than a year old and is pretty good itself. The radio tuner works extremely well and I can pick up FM well and clearly from almost anywhere.

      Ease of use.

      The screen is quite big - about 4cm by 3cm and very clear. It's easy to navigate for music and video. The software it comes with was very simple to install on my PC and it's really easy to load music onto via the drag and drop system. You literally just click on the track you want and drag it to the list for the device and that's it.

      Video.
      It's a bit small for comfortably viewing video files however this wasn't really what I bought it for so I don't mind. However I did load Dr Horrible's sing along blog onto it for a holiday last year and this played well without any problems and was nice to have.

      Charging

      It comes with a USB charger which is fine for me as I charge it in work. My Mum bought herself one on the strength of seeing mine and she invested in a small travel plug which works well for her as she doesn't use a PC much. The battery lasts for ages and I didn't need to recharge it for over a week whilst on holiday.

      Overall it's a great little machine. I paid £45 in 2008 and I reckon you'd pick one up for cheaper than that now. It may be worthwhile looking at the newer models, however I'm very happy with this model and it doesn't look like I'll need to buy a new one any time soon! It works perfectly.

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      13.10.2010 14:30
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      An excellent mp3 which may just give Apple a run for their money

      So the world is speeding along in the form of Apple from ipods to iphones and now some mini nano thingy but me, I 'm not all that high-tech or materialistic. As long as it sounds good, is affordable and is fairly time-proof, I'm happy.

      So when my last Sandisk mp3 clip started to feature problems I decided it was it was time to move on. But I wanted something in the same realm. The mp3 realm. Preferably with a well-recognised brand that wasn't as mainstream as Apple.

      So I went for this, an mp3 created by Sony. They have definitely done a good job here. The colour I opted for was red although it also came in grey and black. Dimensions:

      Height 44mm

      Width 9.3mm

      Length 86.8mm

      Meaning that its a good practical size, and thin enough to slip in almost anywhere.

      The Basics
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      Screen:
      It is a good size, taking up over half of the front meaning that everything is very easy to see, unlike small pocket size mp3s where the words scroll across or small mp3s where the text is annoyingly miniscule. The screen is a gradient blue-black and mine is surrounded by a deep crimson red interface meaning that it really is quite a good-looking device.
      The white text is also very easy to read and stands out well from the background colour.

      Keypad:
      It is very easy to use. There are just 3 buttons: middle navigation key, a 'back' button doubling up as 'home' and an option button doubling up as the 'power off' button. The design means that the middle button (navigation) is more raised that the other two but all the buttons feel like they are being pressed when you push them, yet are not so easy to press that you always end up accidentally brushing across them which is particularly useful.


      Synchronization with computer
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      Fairly important to me is how fast I can download music as patient though I may be, I like to be able to update my music relatively quickly. As I connected the device to the computer I found that once its connected a circular 'connecting' sign appears on the mp3 and you cannot use the mp3 whilst its being plugged in/being simultaneously charged. Which is a bit of a nuisance sometimes but not too much of a niggle.

      My computer takes 3-5 seconds to detec t the device.

      At first, moving music files from com to mp3 couldn't be easier. If I opened the music application 'real player' or 'windows media' a box appeared asking if you want to sync the device with the computer. You can click affirmative but this way takes a while.

      It is by far easier and quicker to simply open up separate windows for the mp3 and sound file and then jut 'drag and drop.' This worked brilliantly for me.

      However, after a few months I found that the computer doesn't seem to always recognise the mp3 that quickly. And would show a 'stopped responding' notice after a few seconds of being plugged in. Took it out, re-tried, changed usb portlets and a few times I just gave up altogether and waited a few hours or the next day. The reason for this could be my computer or the fact I bought a new mp3 cable (£2.95 off ebay) but I am not sure...


      Playing and sound quality
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      Music is very easy to access. It's easy to scroll through songs because of the navigation pad: there's the standard one- press and the other quite standard one- just holding on to the down arrow to go faster. The sound quality is also really very good- I was very impressed- probably down to the well-made earphones although using other unprovided earphones work too.


      Menu from left-right
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      Shuffle all
      FM Radio
      Clock/date
      Photo librar
      Music library:
      Video library: Settings: Ability to change music, photo as well as language settings
      Playlists:
      Now playing:


      Battery life
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      Very good battery life which is a plus as I'm not one to like having to charge up anything every two odd minutes. Officially 30 hours when fully charged although I'd say a bit less. So translated that means it can last me about 4-5 days of moderate listening although I do tend to re-charge it every night.


      Other negs
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      I'd say this mp3 is more practical than multi-purpose. For example, once songs are on the mp3 you cannot organize them into playlists or actually do much to them, this needs to be done whilst on the computer (creating folders). This said, there is a 'shuffle all' button which allows you to, well shuffle all songs.
      The start-up time may seem a little bit delayed at first but you get used to it.


      Conclusion
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      Apart from the occasional mishaps with the wire connection (which may or may not be a personal computer problem), and the lack of freedom once the music is actually on the mp3, I'd say this is a very recommendable device which is simple to use, practical and makes music sound good!
      Retail price: .£75.00 ish although selling in ebay for £35.00 and much less!

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        15.08.2010 13:25

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        could be worth getting

        This is by far the best walkman i have used. It is easy to use when you get the hang of it because at first the touch pad can be a bit sensative. it is a great size of fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. it very rarely breaks i have had mine for nearly two years now and it still works as if it was new. The sound quality is great and the headphones that come with it are great they are really comfortable and have a great sound to them. The other nice feauture to it is the ability to put videos on it in order to watch at a later time and although it only has a small screen unlike products such as the i pod it makes up for it with the quality of the image and the price of the product you can pick one of these up new with a 8 gig memory for around £70 if you shop around.

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        08.08.2010 23:42
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        This is a great purchase for anyone who doesn't want to follow the iPod trend.

        I bought this handy little personal media player about 10 months ago, as I wanted to try out what a Sony walkman was like and how useful it is. I found out that it was a great product a definitely worth getting. First of all I found it to be very small and sleek. It would fit into my pocket perfectly as extremely thin and fairly lightweight. Also when the walkman is in your hand, it feels so great, as it is not too light to hold.

        The next thing that is great about this mp3 player is that the sound that comes from it is amazing, although the earphones that came with it could have been a little better for the price you are paying. The quality of the sound that comes out of this little product is phenomenal and it is one of the best out there.

        It is great that Sony have thought about adding extra features to this product for example, BBC iplayer. BBC iplayer works great as an extra feature and is really easy to download the programs from the computer and put them straight onto this machine. As well as this, the video player is very good. Even though this Walkman doesn't have a very large screen at only 2 inches, it plays back films in DVD quality and is very useful for when you are out and about.

        This is a very good Mp3 player and for the price it is good, although the product itself could have come with more memory space, as 4 GB feels up really fast. Just another note that the time it takes to download songs and videos is extremly fast and the software that comes with this product is very good.

        Overall I give the Sony Walkman NWZ-E436F a massive 5 out of 5.

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        07.10.2009 10:02
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        Brilliant product

        Sony Walkman 8GB

        I used to have an iPod and I have to admit I loved it at the time. Sadly it wasn't built to last and died for no apparent reason about a month after the warranty wore off. This not only happened to me but also a whole bunch of friends and family who also had iPods. It seemed to be too common for it just to be a coincidence and as a result I don't really trust apple products anymore. (On a side note just last week a colleagues iPod shuffle had stopped working after only six months. I googled it and lo and behold it's a common problem.)

        So when I decided it was time for a new mp3 player I decided to avoid iPods and look for something a bit more reliable. One product that immediately stuck out was the Sony walkman. After a bit of research and reading a few reviews I took the plunge and bought one.

        First impression

        I bought the black 8 GB walkman. Its cost £80 in Argos (June 2009) and this included a wall charger for those times you can't get to a computer to charge it. I was immediately impressed by the size and weight of the product. It's about the same size and weight as a small milky bar. The black is more of a dull black as opposed to a shiny cover like the back of an iPod.

        Initial set up and usage

        The initial set up for this product is a breeze. The device is plug in and play. I simply had to just plug the device into the usb cable supplied and connected it to my computer. The computer recognised it instantly and to get music on the player it was simply as case of drag and drop. The player ships with a copy of windows media player also which can be used to synchronise the device. I have used the method as well and found it to be pretty straight forward.

        Sound quality

        The sound quality on this product is excellent. I have a pair of great headphones (Bose) and along with the player they make it a joy to listen to absolutely anything. The headphones supplied are also really good. They are the in ear type and look almost as if they are broken when you first pick them up. It soon becomes clear they are not and that Sony has taken the time to develop a set of the most comfortable in ear headphones ever built.

        The player has and equalizer which is excellent too. I enjoy playing around with this on different songs and its easy to switch between options such as rock, acoustic, live etc.

        Video quality

        Quite simply this was a feature that I was not expecting and when I first seen it I was blown away. The player comes pre loaded with about eight videos including one by Leona Lewis. The picture quality is excellent and prior to owning this I wouldn't have even considered watching a show on something so small but after seeing the quality of the screen I would easily watch a show on this player.

        Battery life
        I would be a moderate user of the Mp3 player and I could easily get over 25 hours of listening in one charge. I have never let the battery go flat and charge it more out of habit than need.

        Sense me technology

        One great feature of this product is the sense me technology. The mp3 player automatically groups songs into modes or categories. Should you choose to use it you can then select music to suit your mood. Options include relaxing, energetic, acoustic and many more.

        Other functions worth note

        I liked the fact the Mp3 player can also be used to store photos. I have a few photos and when in use and no button have been pressed the photos appear as a slide show. They like the rest of the product are of great quality.

        The radio is about the only downside to this product. Ok it does work but I think it must be too sensitive or perhaps I haven't got it set up correctly yet. It seems to crackle a bit when listening to it and you have to move the player about trying to point it in the direction of the best signal. It's ok but just not as good as the rest of the product.

        My opinion

        Overall im delighted with the product and would be happy to recommend it to anyone. I noticed another reviewer mentioned about the lack of a clip for the gym. I bought a cover off Amazon for this which has a space for a clip/band so it would be easy to sort this out of you wanted to use it like that.

        I use mine a lot in the car where I plug it into the radio. The sound here again is brilliant and it makes my commute feel a lot easier. All round this is a brilliant product from Sony and well worth purchasing.

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          03.06.2009 21:42

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          The mp3 is very easy to use and to search for the song you are want to listen to. I use the MP3 on a daily basis on my way to work and I very rarely need to charge the battery up using my laptop. It is small and eay to hold in you hand. I find it far better than my partners ipod and it was far cheaper as will.

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          19.04.2009 00:23
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          By far the best choice for a straight forward MP3 player on the market

          There's no doubt really that both Sony and Apple are the best MP3 player-smiths around at the moment. But I've never really understood why ipods are the most highly rated, I guess it's probably because they were the first compact high-quality MP3 players on the market. But nowadays I think that Sony are leaps and bounds ahead of Apple when it comes to overall quality.
          I have owned two ipods, and two Sony Walkmans in my time, and it isn't even a competition. The Sony Walkman is better in almost every compartment (with the possible exception of cosmetics). The sound quality is clearer, more deep, rich and crisp. The menus are far more user-friendly, and the number of options you have during playback are better and easier to navigate through.
          The biggest difference though, is the battery life. The Sony Walkman absolutely destroys the ipod when it comes to that. I reckon I can get at least 8 hours play with the volume right up with one of these, compared to around half of that on an ipod.
          If you want a gadget that does just about everything apart from wash your feet for you, then of course go for the iphone (as Sony haven't really made an equivalent of that yet). But if you just want an MP3 player, definitely go for one of these.

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          14.02.2009 01:31
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          Easily the best thing since my first cassette walkman nearly 12 years ago

          iTunes has crashed again, iTunes has refused to transfer my track as it wasn't brought from the iTunes store, iTunes has stolen my car (last comment not true)

          Let me start this review by saying Goodbye iTunes, hello Windows Media Player.

          That's right, if like me you hate iTunes then this is what you need. Not only can it be used with ease with your existing copy of Windows Media Player which we all have installed with Windows 2000/XP/Vitsa, but also I install software on the disc and presto, a little icon appears on my vista sidebar and I can drag and drop all my movies and videos directly on to the Walkman, no fuss whatsoever.

          As the popularity grows for Apple and the iPod revolution, I'm glad to say I USED to own one, sure it was a great ride whilst it lasted, but you always felt as though your iPod could do so much more for you.

          The iTunes issue was key for me, a terrible bit of software which unfortunately was the only way to put songs on your iPod. It's a Marmite thing, love it or hate it. I, like most of my friends feel sick when near it.

          So onto what's so hot about this Walkman.

          - It's Sony
          Yes the creators of the Walkman, they have been at the portable audio game for donkey's years, they have the technology to build it, the experience to innovate and the common sense that lack's Apple at times. You pay for the brand, the build quality and design.

          - Sound
          Well it's what you brought this for, sure it looks nice, but you want it to sound good also. This is helped a lot by the fact you get some awesome headphones out the box, these cost £39 to buy separately so you know these are the business, they perform stunningly, tested with a few genres from jazz to hip hop, it copes with ease.

          - Design
          You need it to look good, a nice response when someone says "hey, look at my new iPod" It's got a similar style to most of the newer Sony Ericsson walkman phones, looks new age and easy to use. The buttons are well placed and its easy to navigate around the bold menus.

          - Software
          A key factor, you don't want to be messing around all day trying to get your latest CD or MP3 download transferred over. This is easy; either use Media Player to sync your library or install the software which comes with the player on disc and drag and drop your files onto the walkman icon.

          - Battery Life
          Another key one, this is a portable music player by the way, something you can use out and about. Why would you want to be charging this every 2 hours??? It has a quick charge time and a full battery life of 40 HOURS! Nearly two day's continuous music playing. It's like the Energizer bunny of the portable music world.

          - Final Comment

          For the price you won't get anything that compares, much better than my iPod Nano which cost nearly double and didn't have half the features. I love it and will be upgraded when the new series arrive. Goodbye iPod...

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            03.02.2009 16:47
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            Everything just works the way it should - wouldn't have anything else

            I have upgraded from my previous walkman (which was also excellent) This is one of the best mp3 players i have ever owned.

            To summarise why i like it;
            - Brilliant Sound Quality through both through the player itself and the supplied earphones. The earphones are easily the best i've ever heard and easily comparable to the high end (and very expensive) manufacturers such as Shure. The earphones have a £40 rrp. on their own. Don't take my word for it try it yourself - you will literally be blown away.

            - Excellent build quality and a good size for the pocket.

            - It just 'works'. I haven't had a single problem with this or my previous walkman unlike other mp3 players i've used which have buggy software or crash.

            - Stunning screen - Excellent contrast and very bright.

            - Plays Iplayer (although the screen is small)

            - No messing about with any software (e.g. Itunes...) again it just 'works' - all you have to do is drag and drop.

            - Battery life

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              11.01.2009 18:02
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              great little mp3 player with a colour screen

              The sony walkman is great for anyday use, and it is small and compact, which allows anyone to take this with them, wether they be traveling, or relaxing at home. The sony E series walkman is one of the best MP3 players, and features it own earphones, and has a small but large enought screen, to watch both videos and listen to mp3 tracks. The sony NWZ-E436F features a 4gb memory, which will enable you to store a large amount of cd's on te mp3 player, however if you do have a very large number of records in which you wish to transfer onto your mp3 player, i reccomend that you purchuse the higher memory version, whic for the money will ensure you can play all of your favorite tracks on the go. Ive had many mp3 players, and this has to be one of the best ive had to date, and the price is very competitive too.

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              07.01.2009 20:10

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              Great little device.

              This walkman is brilliant. Although it only has 4GB when I was looking for 8Gb, I was pleased that I didn't go by how much storage I wanted on my music player. I was originally looking at Apple iPods, but when I found this I thought it was much better looking and a lot cheaper for what I get. The video playback is great. Although I wouldn't change my music player, there is something I have found myself concerned with. I don't like the way you have to plug it in through a USB cable to charge. It's a long process and I think sony could have found an easier ay to charge the player.I have the red music player, but you can also purchase it in other colours such as black, blue and pink. Whatever suits you. The sound quality is great and I wouldn't change my walkman for an apple.

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