Sony just released a new Walkman W series MP3 player last Saturday. I just got a unit from Sony today. So I guess I can call this fresh from the oven.
The NWZ-W202 is a 2GB flash based MP3 player with a very unique design. There is no tangling wires. The entire MP3 player is the headset itself. A magnet holds the 2 ear piece together when not in use. This unique design allows users to listen to MP3 on the go without the fear of their earphone wire being hooked. Weighing just 35 grams, the W202 is foldable and very portable. The earpiece needs a little while to get used to. But once you are used to it, the MP3 player fits nicely and you won’t even feel that it is there.
I think gals with long hair can use their hair to cover the NWZ-W202 completely. It is quite suitable for wearing while doing exercise. The gym goers will love this. During the launch event, Sony demonstrated the usefulness of this design by getting a few dancers do hip hop on a bus.
Not something I would recommend you to do on a bus or train, but nobody is stopping you if you really enjoy your music and want to break into a dance.
The W202 doesn’t have a screen. Well, with such design, even if there is a screen, you won’t be able to see it unless you take it off. So to solve the problem of finding a song, the W202 comes with an interesting feature call ZAPPIN. You can activate ZAPPIN by press and holding to the jog dial. Once activated, ZAPPIN will play the main chorus of each song for a few seconds and skip to the next track. Once you found the song that you are looking for, just exit ZAPPIN by pressing the jog dial and the W202 will play the song from the beginning. The jog dial also make navigation easy.
The W202 has a battery life of up to 12 hours. There is also a quick charge function which allows the device to playback up to 90 minutes with only 3 minutes of charging. A nice looking charging dock is included in the package. But you can always grab any mini USB cable you have lying around for charging and data transferring.
The Sony Walkman W series NWZ-W202 is now available in Singapore with a retail price of S$129.00. Comes in 5 colours: Black, Violet, Pink, Green and White.
A simple MP3 player with unique design
Unique design – Suitable for exercise
Quick Charge feature
Only available in 2GB
Many thanks to Audrey from Hill & Knowlton and Sony for inviting me to the press event and sending me a NWZ-W202.
PS: I think the W202 is pretty suitable for jogging. Hmmmm…. Maybe I should go jogging with it soon. Maybe only hor……
Update: Some of the NWZ-W202 are known to have issues when contacted with moisture. Sony will do a replacement for W202 damaged by moisture.