In 1978 my trusty Sony Walkman allowed me to carry my favorite music with me and listen to it through high quality lightweight headphones. Now, Sony extended the brand by attaching the Walkman moniker it to their NW Z-1000, Sony’s first Android-based media player.
If you are a retro style fancier and your tastes harken to the 70′s and 80′s when a Walkman was the ultimate device of the hip and cool (exactly what the iPod and iPhone is today). You might want to look at or listen to one.
So, it is a very smart move for Sony to leverage their way back into contemporary device relevance by offering a cool new product that addresses the needs of the terminally cool. This effort starts with a recognizable brand name, and is followed by a slick device. Look for the Walkman media player to hit the marketplace in Japan first then eventually make its way stateside a bit later.
Sony’s iPod touch rival comes especially well featured and provisioned.
Sony NW-Z1000 Features:
- Runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread),
- 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) touchscreen
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core CPU platform
- 512MB RAM
- S-Master MX” sound processing
- Digital noise-cancellation
- Dedicated “W” button for the music player app.
- Additional apps via Android Market
- Digital compass
- Built-in mono speaker
- FM radio
- Lithium ion battery (20+ hours of music, 5 hours video playback)
- WMV (Full HD 1080p video playback at 30fps available)
- ATRAC Advanced lossless
- WMA music file formats.
- WiFi 802.11b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR, AVRCP, A2DP, OPP profiles supported)
- HDMI output.
- 134.4 × 70.9 × 11.1mm (5.29 x 2.79 x 0.4in)
- Weighs: 156 g (5.5 oz)