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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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reduced screen brightness
Comments about Sony 16 GB Portable Black MP3 Player:
the lcd screen brightness decreases by itself gradually. even the brightness in the setting does not increase the brightness. i bought two of it and they both have the same problem
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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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.
Best Mp3 I've ever owned
from Laceys Spring, AL 35754, USA
I had a Walkman for 3 straight years dropping it, making it in the washing machine, and still going strong before I accidentally destroyed it. I was amazed be the equalizer, sound quality, ease of use, and storage. I love this device and will buy another to replace the broken one.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Surrey, BC, Canada
Have used it for several months now and I have to say that Sony makes the best MP3, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of an Ipod but then all I want it for is reliability and to play music. I put the music on then stuff it in my pocket, it does the job very well. I find the interface to be well laid out, the brightness settings work great for a sunny day, and being able to have FM radio is just a bonus. I have paired it with the Sony Earbuds Extra Bass and it thumps awesome, it allows me to adjust it to just the right amount without causing me to have hearing loss in my old age. I listen to a lot of different genres and I find they all sound fantastic. There is an equalizer with different settings so you can fine tune the music to your taste. The screen really isn't big enough to watch a movie on it but then that is not what I bought this for, I bought it for music and eBooks and it does the job perfectly. The battery capacity is outstanding, I have never run it down in one full day. Well done Sony, its great to see the Walkman tradition is still alive and well!
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Not the best sony product.The worst.
I wish I would have read these comments before I bought my new Walkman. I am very very very disappointed with this product. I happen to like my volume at a reasonable level and I know how to adjust it to my liking. This new Walkman does not allow me to do that and I am not liking it. I would not recommend this product to a friend. I am now wondering if I can get me old Walkman repaired. It got wet. Does anyone know how I can get my old Walkman repaired. I don't usually review a product on line, but this is the worst Sony product I have ever had. SMH.
One bad comment only
Love it. The only bad thing is that there are no docking station for it. There all for IPod. Can't understand why Sony does not offer it for it's own product.
Wish I could've just bought my old one
from Everett, WA 98205, USA
Just bought my new one and I am hating it. Almost every aspect of it is poorer than my last two walkmans and for the same price. I would've loved to just rebuy my old one but they've discontinued it. For one, it's smaller than my last one (smaller screen, bigger text and more pixelated graphics) and the tiny screen is pretty irksome considering this isn't exactly a cheap, generic mp3 player. Maybe because they got rid of the hold button but the buttons are harder to use (snapping down instead of sinking down if that makes sense) and I don't know how else to say it but the buttons resist your fingers- it's just irritating to use. There is also an increased reaction time when you press the buttons which pretty much shocks me. It takes almost a second for your music to start playing once you press play from pause. It is such a decrease in quality, I do not understand. The option to set your background is gone and replaced with the option to have a strange screensaver which flashes with a clock every 30 seconds for like a half second. The option to prolong the turning-off time is also gone so if you like the option of lazily scrolling through a long list of music while listening to a song, well you can't. And you have to hold down the options button to both turn on and turn off the player now, which whatever, it's just an extra button you have to constantly go through. And in that line, to turn it off you have to both pause the song and hold down the options button. The volume is only accessible from the now playing page (up/down arrows) which I don't mind but it might be irksome to some if they're scrolling through a long list of music and they want to actually comfortably listen to music while they do so. And I just realized there is no sound recorder on it anymore which is really inconvenient as I'd gotten used to recording little voice messages on it. In the place of the recorder is now the clock- i.e. you have to go through multiple buttons now to take a look at the time. And the lowest brightness setting is higher than the lowest setting on my old one (the NWZ-E460). Not a big deal, but I worry it will drain my battery faster. Honestly, the only thing keeping me from taking it back and going for a cheaper, generic model is that I know from experience the Sonys will last a couple years and I like the options for customizing the sound. For all of this, I will say the sound quality is good.
The video feature is only for the name-sake!
I bought the 4GB Black. It has a very nice sound quality.I admire it. Better than my CREATIVE Mp3 player. But I have a problem with the videos. It only supports QQVGA. And that's a stupid thing thing, 'cause I can't find any sort of converter that can convert to QQVGA or 128X160. I know that this is mainly made for music, but I selected this one because I thought I could carry around some simple videos.
Of all the features to NOT include w/ a portable music player, Bluetooth is shortsighted. Who wants to be tangled up in wires? Nobody.
just bought mine. haven't got the chance to test my own music though. I've uploaded all my music on it and to be honest. it takes too long to load these songs onto the device. but let me tell you, once their loaded, im sure things get easier from there. so im pretty satisfied with this product. the size is great. the screen is crisp clear. sound is brilliant. all its missing is a clip to cling onto your clothes to take it to the gym while you workout. so I give it a 4/5
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