The Walkman was a household name back in the good old days; I got my share of Walkman in tape, optical disk but somehow never longed for an MP3 version. I wonder it has anything to do with the iPod? Nearly 30 years of carrying the brand “Walkman”, Sony preps to launch its most advanced and feature-rich Walkman Music player ever at the coming CES 2009.
Sony Ericsson have announced its new W705 Walkman phone, together with the MBS-900 Bluetooth 2.1 speaker. The W705 is a UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 slider with DLNA-compliant WiFi, shake control, a 2.4-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It comes complete with a 4GB memory card, supports SE's Clear Bass and Clear Stereo audio DSP systems, and has Bluetooth to stream music either to headphones or to the MBS-900.
We see tons of MP3 players here on SlashGear, but you've got to give credit to the Sony Walkman. They've been in the game for a long time and continually update their products for the times. And while the Sony B-Series Walkman isn't the best PMP on the market, it's noteworthy.
Sony has announced a new S-series of Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008, initially consisting of the NWZ-S730F and NWZ-S630F. 7mm thick and with 2-inch, QVGA displays capable of playing 30fps video, the PMPs can be used in landscape or portrait orientation.
Sony Ericsson has launched a trio of new Walkman phones, the W302, W595 and W902. Each focuses on music, although in the case of the W902 there's also a very respectable 5-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch QVGA display and built-in stereo speakers. An included 8GB Memory Stick Micro M2 card has space for over 8,000 songs.
Ubiquitous wireless headphones are perhaps the no-brainer Next Big Thing in the portable media market, waiting only on battery life that can keep up. Last year we reviewed one of the first PMPs to feature the Bluetooth A2DP profile, Samsung's YP-T9, and now Gear Diary's Doug has been spending some time with Sony's long-coming retort, the NWZ-A828K Walkman. Announced back in February as part of the company's new PMP lineup, the headline feature might be wireless but the 2.4-inch display and 3/8ths of an inch thickness don't hurt either.
Sony has unveiled its latest entry-level Walkman PMPs, and if the battle with Apple's Shuffle was based on color options then Sony would be ahead of the game. The NWD-E020F-series will be available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and feature Sony's Quick Charge technology; that means up to 28hrs of continuous playback from just a single hour's charge. It also has an FM radio and 3-line color LCD.
Those that have a relative to shop for this Christmas that can't let go of technology that was abandoned long ago might want to keep this Walkman Necklace in mind. Not only does it have that sentimental value, it is one of the better designs I've seen. Although it is slightly cheesy, it features great craftsmanship.