Sony’s previous Z-series portable media player pumped out great sound and looked good but didn’t really cause a dent due to the steep price tag and its competitor’s huge popularity (mainly Apple’s iPod touch).
Well, seems like Sony isn’t giving up. The Japanese home entertainment giant has just revealed its new Walkman F800 PMP which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and boasts a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, web-browsing, access to Google Play and a couple of Sony-exclusive features such as the S-Master MX Digital Amplifier, Clear Audio Technology, a built-in xLOUD speaker system that — according to Sony — is said to “cut distortion and unpleasant clipping for clearer listening”.
Sony’s products often sound good in paper like always but how does it really stack up in real life? Against Apple’s uberly popular iPod touch?
The iOS app store is a serious contender against Google’s Play Store and the F800’s gaming and app availability obviously relies on the latter so it’s pretty much up to the consumers. Pricing is also a big player here, if the F800 will sport a price tag of around $199 it might just stand a chance against the similarly priced iPod Touch (Php11,490 Apple store Philippines) BUT anything higher than that? The F800 will surely end up in limbo the same way Zune did.
Sony hasn’t even revealed the processor that’s ticking under the F800’s hood, and given Sony’s track record on updating their Android devices… we’re not even sure if this thing will get Jellybean.
It’s worth noting though that Sony’s portable media players often set the standards when it comes to audio quality — something that the F800 will surely possess.