Having been a previous owner of the Sony MP3 NW-A1200 I decided to upgrade. I'm not a fan of the ipod, ipad etc so mainly looked around at the sony, kubic, philips and samsung. I like the upgrade of the Sony grab and drop option to put music on the machine directly - which is so much easier than the previous software, and you can also use media player if you prefer.
I love the fact the you can put on BBC iplayer, podcasts and photos on to the mp3 player. Fantastic for those long train/bus/car journeys when you want a film or the previous weeks soap catch up to watch.
The buttons are easy and simple to use play/stop/back/forward which for someone like me with limited technology knowledge is perfect. The homescreen is simple and you can see what you need. As with the older model I can still have the time machine shuffle - which chooses a year and plays all the songs from that year that are on your machine but it also has a sensMe channel; which puts songs into different categories and you can chose different times in the day the songs to play or different moods such as energetic, relax, upbeat. My only fault with the senseMe option is it includes every track on the mp3 player - which means that random teaching material that I have stored on the mp3 player occasionally plays after some songs! My only other criticism is now you are unable to put songs into play lists via the mp3 while on the move and must be hooked up to your computer. The older model allowed you to make up play lists.
All in all I am certainly pleased with my purchase and although the cost is more than some mp3 I am convinced that the workmanship of the mp3 means it will last...my other mp3 is still running after nearly 8 years!
I picked myself up an 8 GB Sony Walkman for around $80 at Best Buy after my Sansa Fuze died. I must say, the Walkman is probably the best mp3 player I have ever owned.. and I have bought 6 of them over the years. We all know that Sony has a pretty good track record of delivering quality products, and this is no exception. However, generally if you want Sony quality you have to put up with Sony price. Not the case here as this is MUCH cheaper than anything like it at the moment.
Anyhow, the player itself is excellent. Transferring files to it is a breeze, you can use the "Content Transfer" software (drag and drop, very easy) or you can just use Windows Explorer and drag and drop files onto the device like you would any other folders. With 8 GB, you have a lot of space for music, but you can also store photos and videos. I personally don't really do this. Just because you CAN transfer videos onto the device doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD. It takes up a ton of space and quite frankly, the quality of the videos isn't too good. However, this device has one feature that really impressed me and that is the battery life. Just listening to music this puppy will go 40+ hours on a full charge! You just can't find anything else like that, trust me I've looked.
Overall this is a great player. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who wants to have a lot of photos and videos, this will disappoint you then. But if you just want music or are traveling a lot, this is great because you don't need to worry about charging the device at all your entire trip.
The Walkman brand is synonymous with quality and before the iPod was
released, was the premier choice for music lovers everywhere. The NWZ
S638F is a small mp3 player which packs 8gb of storage and features
playback of music, photo's, videos and radio.
The photo's and video
look good and crisp but the screen is a little small to compete with
the likes of the iPod Touch. However it is the music playback which is
where this player really excels. The sound quality is amazing, so too
are the included in ear headphones I didn't bother replacing them as I
The bass is punchy and clear and the trebles sound crisp.
The menu interface is simple enough and the battery life is amazing.
Just purely playing music I got about 17 hours playback, you can keep
the apps and games on your iPod, for just enjoying music, the NWZ
S638F is king.
This is a walkman worthy of the name and a great alternative to an ipod.
The first thing you notice is the size, its both thin and small and nice to hold in the palm of your hand. The next thing is the top quality screen, photos look vibrant on this player. I don't use it much for viewing but what I've seen shows that Mp4's / video looks crisp and realistic.
The most important part is the music and on this Sony does not disappoint. The sound is among the best quality available on today's MP3 / MP4 market - with a good set of headphones you will hear sounds in songs you didn't know were there. There are also Sony's options on the graphic equaliser to modify the music. The sound really is first class.
The intitial menu system is easy to navigate although the submenus could be a little easier, but you get used to it pretty quickly and if you buy a quality walkman you would expect many options. You can also choose background / icon colours to personalise the player.
It is true that as there is no switch on / off button (however, pressing and holding the option button switches the walkman off) you might occasionally leave the walkman on, only to have the battery run out sooner. But it is also true that one charge can last upto 5 days with occaional use. There is also the hold button that you can use to ensure that the player doesn't switch on in your pocket.
The NW7S638F is a top quality, stylish MP3 and if you are considering an alternative to an ipod this walkman deserves your attention.
This walk,an is brilliant is stores everything from music to photos to films. With the mp3 there is headphones and a usb cable. This is used for charging the walkman and for putting songs onto it. You can create playlists and you can also choose a song randomly from the year it was released. You can choose the background image for the menu on the walkman.
It is very sleek and visually atrractive and is very easy to use.
The only thing that is slightly irritating is the fact that the appliance can not be turned off, only by holding down the options button. This does not tun the walkman off, just puts it on standby so if you toucg any button the walkman will spring back into life. So if you accidentally push any buttons you will waste the batteries.
If you want a mp3 with a lot of extra features and a lot of space for photos and music.