Back in the day, Sony Walkman tape players were the hottest tech item around. Today, Sony has the 8GB or 16 GB Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player to revive the legendary brand. They are priced at $199 and $299. Unfortunately, the new Sony Walkman doesn't hold up against fierce competition in the mp3 player market.
With an interface that reminds you of Sony Ericsson cell phones, there are 4 buttons marked with arrows for ease of navigation and several icons. When the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 is compared to the iPod Nano, the interface looks a bit basic. It is relatively small when put next to other media players, but is still larger than the Nano, and for such a diminutive device, the screen size is quite impressive.
PC software on the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 is horrid, although on the device itself it is fair. Even though you can add music to your device with a halfway helpful interface and manage podcasts, it does go far slower than the speeds offered by iTunes. There is however a plus to this. You can drag and drop files onto the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729.
Audio quality tests yielded good results. Although the bass is a bit pronounced, it is in no way detrimental to the sound quality. There is also an extremely low level of noise and distortion on this mp3 player. The channels tend to stay where they are meant to stay. Bad reviews on audio quality only included the output power and headphones tests.
The headphones included with the device are of very poor quality, but are better than the ones that come with iPods. Low output power issues are of such a nature that the high impedance headphones will use a lot of the power that should be used to power the headphones. Other than this, the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player did a good job.
All things considered, the Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 has a few things against it. With a more primitive interface and physical look, it doesn't compare to the iPods or other comparable media players out there. It is also higher priced than the same size Nano. If you happen to catch one at a significantly reduced price, then you might want to check into it.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-A729 mp3 player has continued a tradition for the Sony Walkman franchise, but is not up to the standards previously set by them. It is slow and has a primitive design compared to other media players. It is also priced higher than comparable players.