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Good player but with not so good menu system
on 15 April 2010
I am overall satisfied with the player. I have had no issues with it, though some functions are missing from my previous Samsung T10 (which stopped working less than a year after I bought it). My Sony NWZ-S638F (same as NWZ-S639 but with 8 GB of memory) is already a year old with no signs of battery degradation or some other malfunctions.
- sound quality - even with the supplied headphones which are of better than the average shipped with players. I got Sennheiser CX500 in-ear phones and the sound rules. I have only bumped the Bass a bit.
- equalizer and sound tweakers with many modes (but not so many bands)
- battery life - I charge it once every two weeks with 2-3 hours use per day
- build quality - solid player with no creaking noises (metal frame)
- SenseMe functionality - it detects the tempo of the music on-board and puts it into categories (Pop ballad, Extreme, etc.). Depending on the time of day it has Morning/Day/Night lists with music to wake you up, sound as background or put you to sleep. The time shuffle function will pick up one random year and play the music from that year
- browsing music - It has all the necessary categories (artist, album, year) as well as folder view
- pictures, radio and video - don't personally use them though it's good to be there
- hardware volume and play controls - if you have ever used touch player with volume being of the touch type, then you'll appreciate putting your hand in the pocket and having control over the player without the need to look at it.
- instant-on feature - If the player has been last used less than 24 hours ago then pressing play will wake it up in a split second. The startup time otherwise is around 15 seconds maybe (have not counted, though).
- track year is not synced properly - The player won't show the year of the MP3s if you are using it in USB flash mode and use Explorer to load the music on it. The only way to get the year correct is to sync it in MTP mode (WMP, iTunes)
- lack of Bluetooth - with my previous player it was so easy not to miss a call - just pair the player with your phone and on incoming call you can use the player as a Bluetooth handsfree. Really convenient.
- oldish looking menu system - Well, the UI is just plain boring. Even the font is boring with letter dots and angles visible. If my Samsung was a Windows XP UI, then the Sony is Windows 95.
- no games, calculator - Oh, no, Sir.
- pathetic playlists - No possibility to add, edit or organize playlists from the player. You can sync a playlist from PC then play it. That's it.
If you're up for playing music and not using the player as a fashion accessory or entertainment centre Sony NWZ-S638F will suite you well. The player is boring but has good battery life and very good sound quality. Just don't expect blinky UI.