Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050

If you want a dedicated MP3 player, but can't bear to buy an iPod Touch, then this Android-powered Z-Series Walkman may be the go for you.


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In brief

Remember the time when MP3 players were the must-have items? Well, Sony does, but unless you're a Walkman or Sony aficionado, you're probably unaware that the Japanese giant is still churning them out.

The latest Z-Series Walkman is fronted by a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Underneath the skin there's a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running Android 2.3. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-HDMI and USB 2.0. There's also a GPS receiver and an accelerometer built in.

In addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack, the NWZ-Z1050 features a set of speakers. After a five-hour full recharge, the battery is estimated to last between five hours for video playback and 20 hours while listening to music. Supported audio formats are MP3, AAC and WMA, while on the video side of the fence the Z-Series can handle H.264, MPEG4 and WMV.

Outlook

The Walkman NWZ-Z1050 goes on sale in Australia in April 2012 for AU$269; only the 16GB model will be available locally.



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Stevie D posted a comment   
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16Gb only? Such a shame...

 

gregory.opera posted a comment   
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I can't wait to get my hands on this... But if it's only the 16GB model that is going to be available in Australia, I think I'll be importing.

What is it with non-Apple manufacturers and being afraid of products with 32GB built-in? Even 32GB would barely contain all my music...

 

Rolloxan posted a comment   
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4.3 inch is a pretty interesting screen size for a dedicated music player... I wonder how succesful it will be. Very, I hope.

I've always loved Sony's music players, even if they haven't taken off hugely. They always offer some great innovations, but they mainly appeal to music purists. Their CD Walkmans were always the bomb, then they invented the Hi-MD which was great for its time, and their mp3 players (pre-iPod touch) outclassed all iPod's with a built in Bluetooth 2.0 stream and $200 Bluetooth streetstyle headphones included in the price, back in 07. Those were the days.

 

GregT2 posted a comment   
Australia

Sony are still making Walkmans? I guess there must a market for them out there somewhere... somewhere...

 

DamienC1 posted a reply   
Australia

I think they only discontinued the tape playing walkman last year.

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"Best Music player on the planet"

DinuD posted a review   

The Good:Sound quality, Bass, screen resolution, color quality

The Bad:little big

Yes, it has a market for people who love music and sound quality not other things like camera and useless shi**. That is enough explanation for a smart person to understand about this walkman.

I got 64 gigs one from www.amazon.com




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  • Stevie D

    Stevie D

    "16Gb only? Such a shame..."

  • gregory.opera

    gregory.opera

    "I can't wait to get my hands on this... But if it's only the 16GB model that is going to be available in Australia, I think I'll be importing.

    What is it with non-Apple manufacturers a..."

  • Rolloxan

    Rolloxan

    "4.3 inch is a pretty interesting screen size for a dedicated music player... I wonder how succesful it will be. Very, I hope.

    I've always loved Sony's music players, even if they have..."

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