Of course, in order to keep up with the times, Sony has had to overhaul Walkman’s looks and capabilities more than once in the past decade, with the newest member of the family, dubbed F886, actually running full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Google Play access.
Then again, that’s forced the Japanese to considerably up the pricing ante (to €319 in Europe,) which brings forth the big question – why would anyone want to purchase this over a full-fledged smartphone?
Keep in mind, for that dough you can score a fairly decent mid-range Samsung Galaxy fellow nowadays, which can do all the things the Walkman does, plus phone calls. Food for thought, right?
Anyhoo, if you’re taking the F886 seriously, you should know it sports a wickedly cool 4-inch Triluminos screen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Though it comes with a hefty 32 GB of on-board storage, the newest Walkman doesn’t allow the expansion of the memory through microSD, which is another major flaw.
On the bright side, this baby can play any audio format known to man, including WAV, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC, features Digital Noise cancelling, an S-Master HX digital amplifier, ClearAudio+ system and a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine.
Its battery is no pushover either, handling continuous Hi-Res audio playback of up to 26 hours, but the bottom line is PMPs are out of style, out of fashion and outdated. End of story.