Many buyers of music systems carried the impression that Sony; once venerable player in the market has moved on from the music player production. They were however proved wrong with Sony chipping in with its F800 Walkman and reviving the old fire.
Of course; the term ‘Walkman’ is a revival of the past and leads one down the memory lane when the view of people, especially the younger ones moving around with earplugs attached to the walkman in their hand on the streets or travelling in the car, bus, or trains. It had already become a phenomenon. With the rapid growth of mobile devices and cell phones with similar facilities for listening as well as recording music, Walkmans started taking backseat and their revival seems a little bizarre when the market is dominated by iPods and Androids.
People in Sony clearly understand this and what they have come up is no less than a virtual wonder. F800 is a digital device that runs of Android and has a familiar interface. At the same time it has full access to Google Play as well as the Sony’s music unlimited. E470; also in the series runs on the Sony’s operating system though the designs are hardly new.
A natural question that will crop up is whether the new devices developed by Sony can any way challenge the iPod. Apple is clearly at the helm of the digital players in the world but it seems that Sony is bent upon throwing serious challenges to the virtual king of the era with their F800 series running on Android. Only problem is that with the growth of smart phones, the necessity of having a standalone music system has come down substantially and whether Sony will see any great success with their new device; only time will say.
As a device the F800 has sharp corners and slim profile and inherits a lot from the erstwhile Sony Ericsson Walkman phones and recently dropped Android Xperia devices. Neither highly exciting nor totally uncreative, the device has 3.5 inch long display and on screen music buttons or the standard Android touch controls. Access to the interface is easy for people that have already used the Android phones.
Operating system in the device; the Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich is not yet very well known. Hopefully the Sony OS will augur well for the ultimate users. A Tegra 2 dual core processor is inside that lets things run smoothly.
Great feature of F800 is that it supports a full range of audio as well as video codecs that includes MP3, AAC, WMA, AVC (H.264), HE-AAC, PCM, WMV, MPEG 4, and also the FLAC. Quality of audio compression is very good and compression does not end up in loss of quality. It also has S-Master digital amplifier, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and such other facilities along with a pair of MDR Ex0300E ear buds.
Decent and original set of features in the F800 with the price range of $269-$299 depending on memory sizes and promised battery life of 20 hours for audio and 4.5 hours for video and memory in the range of 16-32GB, the device is well made without crossing the capability boundaries.