I bought this Sony Walkman just over a year ago to replace my 1st generation iPod Nano, and I haven't looked to another one since. Here's the ups and downs:
Look and Feel:
This Walkman fits in your hands nicely, and is super light as to not be a burden in your pocket. The buttons are all easy to use, even blindly, with the volume and hold buttons on each side of the player being very prominent and easy to find. I've got the silver/orange version, and it looks pretty neat, the black version looks a little more elegant in my opinion, but I still love this one.
Navigation and Ease of use:
Navigation is pretty simple, with a home screen that shows all the main aspects of the player and the rest being simple to navigate with the up-down-left-right navigation wheel in the middle. The only problem issues i have is that you can't search for any song by simply typing it in, you have to search for just the first letter of the artist or song, which could be annoying if you have 1000s of songs to scroll through. The ipod does trump this walkman in this particular area.
You can however customise the colour scheme and home screen background picture, which is a nice touch.
The audio quality is pretty fantastic, with the supplied in ear headphones complimenting it well. The headphones give quality you'd expect with a £50 set, with great bass. My headphones however did stop working after about 6 months, seemed to be something to do wire inside the cable which caused the sound to keep cutting off, so i had to replace them. I'm not sure if this is an issue with all of them but beware of replacing them after a while.
This player comes with a FM radio, the antenna is built into the player and even so the signal always seems to be fantastic for me. You can save preset radio stations, but that's as far as customability goes.
There's a great features called senses, which analyses all of your songs and places them in category's such a Extreme, Energetic, Acoustic, Classical and a few more. I find this great when I'm going for a run and can't be bothered to make a playlist, or I'm in a particular mood and want the mp3 player to find things for me.
It can also play video clips in wmv. or mp4. format, but the screen is pretty small not of the highest quality, so personally I wouldn't want to watch it for more than a few minutes at a time. It's still doable if you don't mind small screens however, with 16GB flash drive leaving plenty of room for videos.
The Walkman software is a major let down. It comes across as unnecessarily complicated and difficult to use, and tends to freeze a lot on my computer. itunes is simply better, but you can't sync this walkman with itunes. Instead I use windows media player, which is a lot simpler.
Making playlists can't be done on the mp3 player itself, which would be nice, however you can do this quite easily in windows media player and transfer them.
After syncing the player does have to 'build the library' for a few minutes, so beware of waiting a few minutes if your transferring a lot of songs
The battery life is fantastic. I only need to charge it once or twice a week with casual use. By turning the brightness down and not playing videos, I'm sure i could get about 10 hours of music play, possibly more. Playing videos will drain it a lot quicker, but even then you could get a good few hours of play.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F 16 GB is a great little mp3 player that is very robust and has so many nifty features. Sony is well known for their mp3 players due to the ease of use and great features.
The device is very good looking in terms of design and colour. It fits perfectly into m pocket and it feels like it's not even sitting in there.
Not only is the device good, the headphones supplied are awesome and they have great sound clarity and deep bass. They are very comfortable to wear and you don't even notice your wearing them after long use. The sound does not distort at all when cranked to full volume.
After all the unpacking I tested it out and switched it on. It starts up very quickly. The menus are very easy to navigate and understand. I love the sorting features, you can sort by artist or song name. It will even show pictures if present.
Connecting to your computer is a breeze. It supports USB 2.0 so transferring will be super fast. Windows automatically finds your new device and installs it automatically. It can then be used a flash drive to hold your documents and music. Videos can also be played which is a bonus. While connecting the device to USB the device charges. A 3 minute charge will give you 90 mins of battery life.
After many hours of use the battery life was superb. It can play up to 25 hours nonstop. If you have ass boost enabled then your battery life will be shortened.
In terms of price it is very cheap compared to most popular mp3 players such as the Ipod. With 16GB of memory you can store a lot of albums on it depending on the quality of the music file.
Overall it is a very good device with easy to use menus and superb sound quality. There is plenty of storage to hole your whole music collection.
This MP3 player is much better than some of their earlier designs. The sound quality of the first ones were good but in this one the sound is the best quality, and you can chose the type you want it to sound like, such as live. My brother bought an I-Pod around the similar time to when I bought this but even he agreed that this had better sound quality, and he's studying for a music masters. Also on the previous make, it broke several times in the time I had it, but this one hasn't had a problem. It even took me longer to break the headphones, and I manage that quite often. It's so small and light that you can almost forget that you have it on you at all. It also rarely needs charging, I can keep it without charging it for a couple of weeks at a time and so I can listen longer .
This is the second Sony MP3 player that I have used and must say that these new Sony players have come on leaps and bounds.
The player itself is very small and light and will fit in any pocket. One of the best features is that unlike older Sony players and other brands this modle does not require software to load your music to the player, however it is an option. If you are like me and just want to dump your music on the player and then shoot out the door then the Sony is for you, you simply drag and drop the folders with your music in onto the player using windows explorer and a usb cable, its so easy and quick.
The downside to the player is that the buttons are a bit small if you have giant man hands and navigation can be tiresome, but maybe thats just because I have become too accustomed to my ipod navigation. I would also say that it is expensive for the memory capacity you get.
Overall this Sony MP3 player is very good quality, rather stylish, has great sound quality and it is easy to add your music files. I use mine just for when I`m out running as its smaller that my ipod.
I bought this as an upgrade to my Sony Noise Cancelling NWZ738 which I was using as my Rhapsody to go player -- now it is my wife's Rhapsody To Go player. The Walkman X has performed admirably as a replacement. It syncs flawlessly with Rhapsody and has the fantastic Walkman sound that I have come to love so much. The basis of my comparison: I will compare to the other Rhapsody players that I've owned -- Samsung P2, iRiver Clix2, Sony Walkman NWZ738 -- and since this is obviously targeted at the iPod Touch I will compare that also. As well, for full screen touch I am considering my Archos 604, 605 and 5 units. Lets just say I have an addiction to PMPs! 7/28/09: Update -- this player started out good and has become my favorite in my small harem of mp3 players. Solid construction, great sound, and friendly to Rhapsody makes it tough to beat. The touch interface has grown on me (initially a bit confusing!), and I have to say I've had zero problems with this player with the touch screen or anything else for that matter. Still a very happy customer!
Here's what I love about my new Walkman X:
1. Sound -- as with my other Walkman, the sound is fantastic. I'm not exactly an audiophile but this is how I describe the sound: A powerful but crisp bass, a very full sound stage, very precise mids and highs, and no distortion that I can detect at all (believe me, with my UE 11 Pro earphones I can hear distortion on all of my other players!). To my ears, the combination of my UE earphones with the Walkman sound is as good as it gets in the portable world. Comparison: Clix 2 is crisp, you might even say bright, but lacks power on the lower end, Samsung P2 is a bit blurry -- especially with bass turned up the way I like it, Touch doesn't have the same fullness of sound nor does it have the driving bass, the Archos is not quite as crisp.
2. Display -- the OLED touch screen is beautiful to look upon. The colors are bright and vivid, and the images are big and bold and beautiful. I especially appreciate the album art which is displayed at a large enough size to really appreciate. Comparison -- well the Touch and Archos both have bigger screens, and the Touch does album art like nobody's business.
3. Dedicated buttons -- ok, here we're killing the iPod Touch because this has dedicated volume button (which I can actually find --an improvement over the 738 volume button) and play, ff, rev buttons in a little metal panel on the top. However, the 738 Walkman has the best dedicated play button I've ever seen, nobody can beat that.
4. Operation by braille -- yes I can easily operate the unit without looking at it, very important to me because I'm often wanting to stop the music or adjust the sound while my eyes are busy elsewhere. The design of the buttons and the way they protrude from the body makes it easy to find the play button and the volume buttons. Of course, nobody compares to the wonderful big bumpy play button on the Walkman 738 -- but there's only so much you can do when you have a big screen taking up most of your face. It is quite easy to operate the play button using the touch screen as well. Comparison: the Touch has no dedicated play button and the volume button is not easy to find or use by touch.
5. User Interface -- its very intuitive, I can drill down to the now playing screen very quickly. With a little practice I discovered the submenus accessible from the bottom of the Now Playing screen which allow me to access music settings, playlists, you name it. Overall, I think its a sleek looking interface which allows you to get around quickly and effectively. It even has many of the fun feeling actions that the Touch has, the lists go zooming by at the wave of a finger much like the Touch interface. Big improvement over many other MP3 touch UI's -- Archos perhaps being the worst of them, where I go through quite a rigmarole to simply start playing a new playlist.
6. Portability -- I think it beats the Touch on compactness. Although the Touch is slim and sleek, the Walkman X seems to be a bit more compact and easier to carry around in your hand. It has an interesting plastic edge which makes it highly grippable. Weight is probably about the same as the Touch -- it has a nice heft to it. The only full on touch screen player that can beat the X for compactness is probably the Samsung P2.
7. Esthetics -- I love the sparkly, shiny black finish of the front and back. This has a very techno look, they've definitely gone a different direction than the sleek rounded iPhone look. It's interesting and different, but personally I prefer the Touch esthetically.
8. Rhapsody DNA -- lets not forget the reason I bought the X in the first place, this will work with your Rhapsody To Go subscription (or Napster I hear). This is arguably the best of the players that I've found which support Rhapsody. Even better, I can also load non-Rhapsody music onto the player using MediaMonkey and they all coexist happily together.
9. Touch Screen -- yes I love touch screens as evidenced by my Archos, Touch, P2, and on and on it goes. This is a very good touch screen, quite responsive and easy to use. The touch interface is well designed, I don't ever struggle with hitting the right button -- as has been the case with the Touch from time to time. Comparison: well, I have to give the nod to Archos on this one, I like a touch screen that will work with a stylus in a crunch.
10. Battery life -- excellent! I'm not seeing their advertised 30 hours, more like 10+, unless I turn off all my sound enhancements which make it so fun to listen to. Comparison: seems to have a lot more juice than the Touch, Clix2, or the Archos units for sure.
11. Fun stuff built in -- this has a really nice built in interface to YouTube, and YouTube videos look fantastic on this screen. Also included is Slacker with free music (I believe you have to listen to commercials though). I think they are giving the Touch a run for the money on built in features.
12. Wifi -- hooked up to my home wifi no problem and was able to watch YouTube in a heartbeat.
13. Noise Cancelling -- nice feature but I don't use it much. The headphones are nice also, Sony makes a very decent single driver earbud which is very comfortable.
So what's not to like? Here are a few of my minor critiques of the X:
1. Paucity of accessories -- its the endless story, once you leave the apple happy place... good luck finding cases and such for your beautiful new player. However, I was able to find a nice case through I-nique which I'm very happy with.
2. Price -- yeah, this is kinda pricey for 16 GB player. If price is a concern you might want to go with the Walkman 738 which offers pretty much the same sound and Rhapsody friendliness at a much lower price.
3. No App Store -- need I say more?
4. Web browser -- I just tried it and it really does suck. Fortunately I don't really care, I didn't buy this for the web browser. But if they're going to have one they should at least make one that is more usable.
5. Doesn't appear to support Rhapsody Channels. My old Clix2 did so I'm a little disappointed. Hoping to see this fixed in a future firmware release.
In summary: if price is no concern, and you don't mind getting your accesories by mail order and you just have to have the best sound for your Rhapsody To Go subscription then this is the unit for you! Its beautiful, it sounds great, the screen is stunning and best of all... its NEW! On the other hand, if you love your iTunes, don't even know what Rhapsody is, aren't that picky about sound, and really want a leopard skin cover for your player then maybe you are better off with some sort of apple iPod.
hi i have bought this last week ,this is a great product ,me and all my frinds are having much fun with it,specially if u have a bass reflex headphones then it will work more good ,i have also boght one for my girlfriend and she also really impressed by me it is also very beautiful and also very stylish and can be used specially by teenagers an now i am also going to buy anotherone for my family it is very simple to use and a new customer can understand its features in 2 to 3 hours it is very easy.it can also plays videos and have a very good print .its memory is also very large i can store many songs of my choice in it and listen to them when i m bored.really man this is a great product and me and my girlfriend are really impressed by this product,and it has also a very reasonable price so that everyone can buy it
Without a doubt, this product is a serious contender for the Apple iPod Nano.
Relativity cheap compared to its competitor, with much better sound quality, especially when you buy the recommend Sony headphones that accompany it, it beats the iPod hands down. My only problem with it is that it it only works if you didn't have an iPod before hand. Any protected music you may have bought from the iTunes Store will not work on the product, although this is not such an issue now since the iTunes Store is now offering uncopyrighted music. However, if you were a fan of the sync feature that came with iPods, this will only work with Windows Media Player, which is not as good as iTunes, and so you may find that the product can be irritating, as if you want to put any music on it through iTunes it is a case of drag and drop. Still, with a huge memory and as light as a feather, it is defiantly worth the money.
What a fantastic little MP3 player, Sony Walkman have an old skool charm associated to back with their cassette players and then cd players, relaunching the brand into mp3 players and as part of their mobile brand has really revitalised the company and brought about serious competition for the previous all conquering Apple Ipod.
Slim, stylish and light the Sony NWZ is hugely versatile and able to fit into even the tightest pockets, without the same touchwheel of the Ipod it means you dont have to worry about random track album changes from sliding in and out, using a 4 way scroll circle and a raised play/pause button it's simplistic and allows for play without accidental changes.
Pre-packed with a pair of In-ear sony earphones (£34 if sold seperately.) the sound quality is immense, Blowing that of the Ipod with standard Ipod earphoens out of the water, sound going up to a maximum of 30 you rarely find yourself venturing past 10.
Sorting your music collection into all tracks, albums or artists really makes choosing or finding a particular album to play easy, and also allows for artist and album art to be displayed.
Transferring songs from your computer is done via the very simple and highly applaudable drag and drop method, USB and USB 2 support allow this process to be completed quickly, without having to install extra programmes (sony package a programme with it but you don't need this)
Capable of video playback, and the ability to download and install shows from BBC Iplayer means cathcing up on shows is simple, the screen whilst not the biggest (2") provides crystal clear video playback and for the size of the player excels in quality.
Battery life is another very strong quality of the SONY NWZ, usually requiring only 1 charge a week for my use which equates to around 20-25 hours music playback with most extra features (bass amplifier etc) turned on.
Cheaper than most Ipods and unrivalled in price by 16GB versions makes the SONY NWZ a logical choice not only for sound quality but also value for money and memory.
I would recommend this to anyone over an Ipod anyday, whilst the Ipod is the "in" thing and is a quality products the Sony not only matches this but exceeds it.
I bought this for my new Sony NWZ-S639FR mp4 player. After previous portable music devices getting scratched by keys, change etc in my pockets i decided i needed a case to protect it.
Upon recieving the case in the post i set about putting it on my mp4 player. It fits ncie and snug over the player and is more sort of crystal/cloudy than clear. The sleeve itself is made of a nice grippy rubber and feels good if your carrying it round. The screen protector is also handy. it also has little slits in the back for attatching to a belt but i cant see myself ever using that.
Unlike other sleeves i have seen this one is really practical in the way that all of the buttons are very easily available. All in all i would say this is a very well designed product and i would recomend it.
My first review on here. I recieved this MP3 player just after Christmas just like another reviewer on here after my Ipod Nano battery died and I wasn't prepared to pay for a battery when my warranty was out of date. I love the way with you can easily drag and drop from Windows Media Player or Itunes this is a great move from Sony getting away from that awful software they used to have Sonicstage.
It has a fantastic interface and looks pretty sexy in pretty much all colours I have it in white while my sister has the pink version. I didn't think the sound quality was great with the supplied earphones but nothing to really complain about as I intended to use my own headphones anyway. Its incredibly light and I usually forget I have it in my pocket when I'm out and about. Only had it for 6 months so far but its been top notch and would recommend it to anyone who needs a new player.
I got this just after Christmas when my old mp3 player (a Creative Zen Micro) packed in (My laptop gave up at the same time - I think my electronic items like to conspire against me). Deciding I wanted a 16GB mp3 player, so that I could put all my music on it (the Creative was only 4GB), I was torn between an iPod and the Sony. Though sorely tempted by the purple iPod, with it's beautiful design, I went for the Sony - largely because it was almost half the price.
Though it's not as pretty as the iPod (and it's not purple), the Sony is far from ugly, being very small, light and compact. It makes the Creative Zen look like a brick in comparison. The Sony is available in three colours: black, red and silver - I went for the silver, which has orange edges.
I have heard a lot of people say that the sound quality of the Sony is better than the iPod. Now I have never actually listened to an iPod, and I'm not a great judge of these things anyway, but the sound quality of the player does seem to be excellent, and I often find myself hearing things in the music that I'd never heard before. The supplied headphones are good quality - I often get incredibly irritated by in-ear headphones falling out while I'm walking to work but these almost never do. Just make sure you use the right earbuds to fit your ear - the headphones come with medium earbuds as default and small and large ones are included in the pack if you need to change sizes.
You can listen to music by album or by artist, play all songs at random, or try 'Intelligent Shuffle' which includes a fun feature called 'Time Machine Shuffle' - enabling you to listen to all songs from a particular year. There are also the 'SensMe' Channels, which analyse your songs according to mood and put them in a particular stream, e.g. 'Upbeat', 'Extreme', 'Pop Ballad', 'Classical' and more. The song choices are odd sometimes - The Corrs in 'Extreme' for example - but overall this feature is quite fun.
The player is ideal if, like me, you use Windows Media Player to listen to music, and don't want to mess around with iTunes and the like. I find using the 'Sync' feature on Windows Media Player to be the easiest way to transfer music over to the player, and this has the advantage of copying the album art as well. However you can also use click-and-drag via Windows Explorer, or use the content transfer wizard. Pictures and videos can also be transferred too, and you can use a picture of your own to personalise the background display.
The player is compatible with BBC iPlayer. Now I haven't got enough internet bandwidth to go downloading iPlayer programmes, but judging by the included videos, the picture quality is excellent, and judging by the online tutorial from Sony, the procedure to transfer programmes is simple. Once I move house and get some proper internet I'm looking forward to giving this feature a try.
The battery life is excellent too - I listen to the player every day walking to work and back, which is at least an hour, plus on occasion at the weekends, and I only find myself needing to charge it roughly once a fortnight.
The player is charged through the computer, and no external charger is included, but this is pretty standard.
After getting one of these for my girlfriend I have been in her good books for a long time. She has nothing but praise for it.
It is small, well built and oozes quality. You can tell straight away that it is a Sony product.
The sound for which Sony "Walkman" is known for is there, the quality is very good and it is great that it can recognise and play various different music formats. It seems to play more than the Ipod her sister has! What does that tell you for a product that costs less.
Even though it came with software to transfer music she uses the drag and drop funtion that is a lot quicker. You can just put the files into the folders of your choice.
The battery life is also very good lasting for days without needing a charge, Sony have always been good at this and it is very important because of the size of the storage. Because it is 16GB you don't want to be charging it all the time. Perfect for the gym or travelling. Higly recommended.
I received a creative NWZ-S639F 16 GB MP3 player for christmas, and it is certainly the best MP3 player i have ever had. The actual MP3 player is small and compact, which is the perfect size to put in your pocket. The sound Quality of the player is fantastic, and it cannot be faulted in terms of storage, with 16GB being more than enough to hold most people's music collections. The player is simple to use, but this simplicity does not detract from the amount of features avaliable. The MP3 player can sort songs according to their characteristics, meaning that there is playlists for relax, energetic, day and night. This allows a good selection of songs at just the right times.
One downside to the player is the small screen size. Obviously it could not be a small MP3 player with a massive screen, but if you are looking to watch movies or tv shows, it may be better to look elsewhere. Overall, a very good purchase.
I traded UP to this unit from my Apple iPod 160GB.
I say traded up because the sound quality surpasses (in my opinion) the iPod. The clarity and richness of the sound is so much better than my iPod ever produced. I use Bose in ear headphones and they enhance the sound quality a lot over the Sony headphones provided, but the Sony ones are very very good.
The built in preset sound menus are very good but in the end I opted to set the equalizer custom settings to get the sound I was looking for.
The unit itself is very light and although it feels fragile it is very sturdy and the added advantage of no moving parts means it is more likely to survive minor knocks.
The screen is very high quality and big enough to watch video on although not for any prolonged length of time I would say.
One thing I am not so impressed about is the lack of a gapless playback facility. Some of the albums I have ripped to play on it have seamless playback but once in MP3 format there is a noticeable gap between them which I find irritating but not enough so to wish I hadn't bought it, not all my music is gapless and I guess if I looked hard enough I could find some software that would rip an album into one entire MP3 file and not individual tracks.
The unit is sleek and looks good, not sure Sony pose any threat to Apple's dominance in this market but it is very clear that Sony's vast experience in the manufacture of high quality audio equipment shines through for me.
It's more about the sound quality and robustness than the latest fashion must have.
I don't regret my decision to switch to the Sony unit and with 40hours battery life too it is a thoroughly excellent product.
After careful consideration between this and the offerings from apple and sansa (both my young girls have the clip which is great for them) i found myself drawn to this because of the price for the 16gb £87.99 on play.com when i bought it about two months ago,but am now not sure am having trouble in certain areas!!
Yeah sure its light and thin,try buying a decent case for it,ended up with a silicone skin off of e-bay because all others made it big and bulky!!
And yes it is gorgeous looking but really cannot imagine watching any sort of video on it,even though the screen is very high quality it is also very small,but i suppose for the odd thing it would be great.
I have the red version which is a lovely looking beast.
Unfortunately i cannot get on with the in ear headphones and have trouble getting them in and taking them out even after changing the size of the buds (3 different sizes provided) but i am still experimenting at the moment.
Sound quality is superb and i really cannot fault it,i am no expert in sound but this is by far the best MP3 player that i heard in ten years!!
Has enough menus and options to keep you going for a long time,with sound enhancments preset and also custom settings available.
I listen to a massive amount of different music from Metallica to Country and Western and it all sounds sweet through this little machine!!