Quick, somebody call PETA now, because there’s an ongoing savage beating of a dead horse. Following the timid announcement of the Walkman F886 during IFA, Sony has earlier today brought to light several new members of the once mighty portable media player family, proving that common sense is as old-fashioned as audio cassettes.
But is there really a point to the Walkman NW-ZX1, NW-F880 series, S Series and E Series? Granted, some might argue that these things deliver superior audio quality to today’s smartphones. And there is indeed some truth to that.
There’s also the issue of smartphone battery life, which users might not want wasted on audio playing. Yet coughing up around $400 for a dedicated media player in addition to maybe spending $600 or $700 on a mobile phone is ridiculous.
Then again, all these new Walkmans appear to be heading Japan’s way and it’s a known fact people around those parts tend to be, how shall I put it delicately, eccentric. And not very careful with how they spend their money.
So for them, a ZX1 or F880 with 1 GHz dual-core processors, 4-inch 854 x 480 pix res displays, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and Google Play access might actually make sense. Even the S Series gizmos lacking Android support, but with better autonomy and up to 32 GB of on-board storage. Or the low-end E family, consisting of tiny, budget-friendly PMPs with nothing more than FM radios and 4 GB memories.