Sony NWZ-X1000: Walkman with 3.0″ OLED

Sony NWZ-X1000 Specifications

Display: 3.0″ OLED
Pixel Format: 432×240 (landscape)
Storage: 29.6GB
Video: MPEG4, H.264, WMV
Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC up to 320kbps
Pictures: JPEG
Connectivity: FM Tuner, WiFi BG, USB
Other: YouTube
Battery: 33 hours (audio), 9 hours (video)

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Sony: The Sony NWZ-X1000 is a Walkman touting a 3.0″ OLED display with a pixel format of 432×240 in landscape orientation. For a quick comparison, Apple’s iPod Touch has a 3.5″ TFT LCD with a 480×320 pixel format. Though the OLED display will get you better color, I would prefer the larger LCD with more pixels. Video playback for H.264-encoded video is limited to 320×240 on the NWZ-X1000. Same goes for MPEG4 and WMV files. It’s a bit puzzling: wouldn’t you want to take advantage of every pixel on the display?

Unlike Apple where you are chained to iTunes for the most part, the OLED Walkman from Sony lets you simply drag and drop music, video and pictures into the MUSIC, VIDEO and PICTURE folders. Podcasts go in a separate folder called PODCASTS. Simple. I like it.

What I don’t like is the granite-like chassis. Looks terrible. If you wanted to incorporate exotic materials I think it would have been better to stick with carbon fiber, magnesium, aluminum, or a combination.

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