Sony Finally Launches PMP

By Butterboom Writers  /  May 18, 2007

iPod Combatant #421: Sony Walkman NW-A800

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Sony is definitely giving their new portable media player (PMP) the Walkman NW-A800 a big push in Hong Kong and it does look quite nice in its variation of colors and sizes (2GB, 4GB and 8GB) but doesn’t it feel a bit late to be launching this? Especially for such a technology leader as Sony.

It is cute and small and has a suggested retail of $1,388 for the 2GB, $1,828 for the 4GB and $2,188 for the 8GB making it a nicely priced player, but is it too little, too late?

Stuff seems to like it:

Worry not fellow gadget-mainliners, the NW805 is supremely easy to operate – this, Samsung, is what we mean by one-handed-friendly operation – and the menus are super-intuitive. Battery life also goes up to an impressive eight hours for video.

And once the files are on the machine the 2in screen looks top: rapid action is smooth and detail levels are high. LG’s spanking new FM37 offers smoother and more vibrant video, but otherwise Sony’s video Walkman totally impresses. We like.

Apple will have to come back with video for its Nano which you know is just waiting to come out by the end of the year.

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