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Good player, but needs software improvements!
IN GENERAL ============ Nice player and very easy to use (I never bothered to read the user manual). I got it one week ago and yesterday got another...Read complete review
IN GENERAL ============ Nice player and very easy to use (I never bothered to read the user manual). I got it one week ago and yesterday got another for my wife. However the software needs to be improved!! MY COMPLAINS ============= - Please fix unlock time - 2 seconds max - currently I have to hold the "HOLD" button for like 3 seconds to unlock the unit! Way too long! - I want to make playlists on the device, not to import! I don't know currently how to create a playlist :( - FIX FILE COPY!!! - when I copy files to existing folder sometimes it does not detect the folder is existing and creates new folder with the same name and puts file there. So I end up with 2-3 folders of the same name - nonsense! And please make a program to detect all the folders with same names and to join their files and to put it in one folder as it should! I don't want to do it myself. WHAT I LIKE ============= - Very loud sound (but I use big Sony headphones, so with the provided ones I don't know how it will be) - Very easy to use - FM radio with digital tuner - Can automatically scan radiostations and save to presets - No special software needed to copy files to the device - you just plug it to the computer and use it like a memory card - Real buttons!!! For a music player I hate if it is touch-screen only - I want buttons! WHAT I DONT LIKE ================= - No RDS (however I can live without it) - Cannot make playlists on the device (import only) - Time to unlock the unit is long - Bad screen (but I can live with it - when I listen to music I don't need a nice screen) - Can play pictures and videos but because of the bad screen this is pretty much useless - It does have 16GB memory but in reality you use only 14GB - the rest is reserved for system software and buffering I guess, however for both you don't need so much memory IN THE BOX ============= - The player - USB cable for charging or transfering files - Headphones (never tried them - I have big Sony phones - User manual or something like it (never read it) CONCLUSION =========== Sony player was the only one in this price segment and 16GB memory to have real buttons and to be able to copy files directly without special software, so for me was no brainer.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good BUT in comparison to the last model, horrible
I have had the NWZ-S764 and then went to the NWZ-E475 (got dammaged in a shipwreck :( ) Then I got this one, the NWZ-E385. The biggest disappointments are only 3 things but...Read complete review
I have had the NWZ-S764 and then went to the NWZ-E475 (got dammaged in a shipwreck :( ) Then I got this one, the NWZ-E385. The biggest disappointments are only 3 things but 2 of them make my life stressed. The first which I can live with is the volume up and down went from having dedicated buttons on the side to being integrated with the D-pad, okay so I can live with it. But the hold went from a dedicated switch on the side to holding down the option button. Every time I want to get in my car and go, I try to play my music but after some time the stupid thing automatically goes on hold and you have to hold the stupid options button. Every time I want to use my player this happens, in prior models it would only go into standby and you could just push the play button and be on your way, but now I just wish I had my old one still working :'( the last thing that is bad is they took off the bookmark, I have so many songs that I have never heard all of them but when I hear a good one I liked the option before that you can add it to your bookmark. Also you could create different play lists so you could listen to music that you like for the car or the boat or when your happy or sad. but now you have to take all the songs and put them in a folder on your computer and have multiple copies of each song which take up room.
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Comments about Sony 16 GB Portable Black MP3 Player:
This was the second Walkman device I've owned and it's a major step-back from the previous (now discontinued model NWZ-E464) that I had. The battery life is half of what my original model had. The display, and the general look and feel of the device was amazing but Sony changed things around on this model. The display is hazy and not very clear. It's slow to react to the pressing of buttons. I do not recommend this product, or any Sony product from here-on-out, as I purchased this product (over the phone) and when it arrived it had some scratches on it. I reached out to Sony and they will not take it back.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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First MP3 Player
This is my first mp3 player, so didn't know what to expect. Looked at many, and decided this was a good choice. Still learning how to use it. Right off the bat, I don't like the option button. When you pause, and restart, you have to hold down the option button for 2-3 seconds then press the play button. Seriously a pain. Doesn't seem to play things in order, or I haven't figured it out yet. Can't seem to advance thru a pod cast either. Only been down loading pod casts so far, no music.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Orange, CA 92865, USA
A few years back I purchased a Sony 8gb mp3 player and was thoroughly happy with it (still use it today). The screen graphics are amazing and are practically HD quality. Last night I purchased this 16gb player, and I'm just not happy. Upon turning the unit on, the graphics are nothing like what they are on my older player (reminds me of an cheap old RCA mp3 player I had for a few months before buying my first Sony). It also doesn't appear I can use stored pics as wallpaper on this as I could my old Sony 8gb, and upon plugging it in on the computer, it only has 14.4 gb storage. I thought this is a 16gb player...where did the other 1.6 gb go? I am very much leaning towards returning this item and now realize why people are so into iPods now.
from New York, NY 10010, USA
After 4 years of being one of the best devises I ever owned, my NWZ-S544 died. I purchased this thing as a replacement and I am very disappointed. They got rid of the recording the radio. Why would you do that, Sony? You had a great product before. You ruined it.
Not as good as 353
I had the NWZ-E353 for about 3 years that I liked before the battery stopped keeping a charge. It has a non-replaceable battery so I knew it would eventually need replacing. I bought a 585 and it does not seem as intuitive. It is smaller and the multi-function buttons on the front are confusing; I liked the dedicated buttons on the side of the 353. The 585's screen is smaller. Worst, the 585 does not have a bookmark function which I used a lot in the 353.
Sony 16 GB Portable Black MP3 Player
from Hickory, NC
About Me Budget Shopper
This is a good product at a good price.
Own it for more than a month.
About Me Midrange Shopper
I've only had it for more than a month, nothing to complain so far about reliability. The sound quality is good, but with the downfall of car speakers in the last decade, it is hard to tell.I like the 16gb of internal memory because it holds all of my music. I had problems with other brand players not adding the content of external memory to the list of the internal. Wanting to play one or the other but not mix both.The trend nowadays is to rob users of control over their devices and as such the Sony Walkman no longer has a true USB MTP protocol. You must go to Device Manager on your PC, update driver, choose search my computer, choose I will select manually and pick USB Mass Storage Device. Then it will detect it as external storage and you can then Synchronize it with the program of your choice.
Service and delivery comments:
Excellent Delivery by ABT. Delivered before time scheduled in great condition. I would use them again.
Trying to use this mp3 player compared to the older Sony models is absolutely frustrating. The number one issue that until Sony changes this I will not buy another one , is the ridiculous hold button feature. It makes me want to throw the this player across the room. For some reason they took away the dedicated hold switch that worked well on the older models and replaced it with an auto hold feature, which means if you pause the player for over I would guess one minute it goes into hold and you have to press the button for 2 or 3 seconds to get the player back on. This is a HORRIBLE feature. The next biggest problem with this player is battery life, if you are lucky you will get maybe 8 hours of solid playback before it needs charging, that is totally unacceptable. Make this player thicker with a bigger battery or make it an option to have one with an extended battery I don't care, just give me at least 25-30+ hours of playback without recharging. The final issue with this player that makes it an poor choice is that I like to put long podcasts on this player, ones that are usually at 64 kbps. To do this from windows media player, means you will be sitting there for hours while the files have to be converted to work on this player. I never had this problem with previous Sony players the files never had to go through the conversion process. They just went straight on to the player fairly fast. I am extremely disappointed in this mp3 player.
Cheaped out on the new model
I owned the NWZ-E465 four about 3 years until my toddler decided to soak it on a glass of water. It was an excellent product. I bought the new NWZE385B mp3 player. I was horribly disappointed and had to return the product. Like others have said the option button/ power button is a pain, the on-the-go bookmark option was removed which I used regularly. Sony also cheaped out on the screen size and headphones. The construction seems lighter and cheaper and from what I have been reading the battery quality is lacking. I didn't hang on to long enough to find out. You messed with a good thing Sony. Too Bad.
I liked the older version better
from Arlington, TX
I liked the older version of this MP3 player better, the battery life was much longer than this one, I could manipulate the playlists a lot easier, this MP3 player does not even give me the option to change my playlists. Time and time again I would sync a playlist with 30 songs on there and the MP3 player would only have one or two songs on there. I hate how the power button and the hold button are on the same button, often times I'm having to hold down the button because I somehow put it on hold when all I wanted to do was turn it off, at least with the older MP3 version the hold button was on the side. And the volume control was on the side too instead of on the wheel.
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