Sony once again revamps the old school name "Walkman" with stylish, eye catching and elegant digital devices that is Walkman F800 and Walkman E470 running on Android's new OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that gives you full access to Google Play and Sony's Music Unlimited.
Sony's move is to give competition to Apple's Ipod and smart phones with small storage space and small battery life.
Comes with sharp corners and slim profile, there's no mistaking that the F800 is anything but a Sony device. Indeed, it inherits many of its design elements from the former Sony Ericsson Walkman phones and the company's current drop of Android Xperia devices.
It has 3.5-inch display that help in onscreen music buttons or the standard Android touch controls (Back, Home, and Menu). The display will show album art and the interface will be easily accessible to anyone who's used an Android device before.
The F800 will support a full slate of audio and video codecs including MP3, WMA, HE-AAC, PCM, MPEG4, AVC (H.264), WMV, and even FLAC. The latter format (it stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec) is especially welcome since it compresses audio without any loss in quality.
The F800 also delivers an S-Master Digital Amplifier, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, and it comes with a pair of MDR-EX0300E earbuds.
With battery life of 20 hours of audio playback and 4.5 hours for video, sony walkman F800 will cost you between USD 260 to USD 300 depending on the memory size.
The E470 is aimed at a more cost-conscious market. At just under a quarter of an inch thick (7 millimeters) the E470 is the slimmest Walkman player.
The E470 also runs on Android with player's controls below the display. The arrangement looks spacious and comfortable with the intersecting circles bringing back memories of Sony Ericsson phones from last decade.
The player comes with "fun" features such as karaoke mode, synchronized lyrics, and a selection of preinstalled games like Tetris and Sudoku. As mentioned, the E470 is affordable at $79 for the 4GB version, $89 for the 8GB model, and $109 for the top-of-the-line 16GB device.