Sony has rolled out its latest set of walkman series that have attained the stardom level and are very attractive too. The following review is on their MP4 player of the S series.  The Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB MP4 player which possesses a whooping 8GB internal memory and voice cancellation technology. Let us have a detailed look and say if it possesses the charm of Sony. In fact, it has already managed to claim the tag “the best non-apple, ultra portable MP4 player” in the market.

NWZ-S738FB  – Ultra-portable device:

The S-series is designed in such a way that it is very slim, it is said that it is the slimmest series ever that Sony has produced, having its dimensions to be just 89.5mm x 42.9mm x 7.5mm (H x W x D)mm and weighing just 46 grams. The NWZ-S738FB Audio, Video Player comes in three colours but the black one is the best, and gives a luxury feel.

An ultra bright display:

Sony NWZ-S738FB possesses a Ultra bright 2.0″ QVGA LCD screen display that is bright and clear. Though the display is smaller than some of the players out there, it is sharper and detailed than all of them except the monster Nano. The buttons and controls on the player are also very minimal with just three function buttons or dials on the facia of the device.  Navigation within the songs can be done either by tag or folder.

A great interface:

Sony has resisted the touch screen technology and if you are wondering why is the venture there, the answer is that it feels that its own interface is good enough if not better. The interface looks very similar to that of the PS3 or Bravia interface, can be said as one of the best interfaces that are currently available in the market. There are 10 various wallpapers to choose from to funk it up a bit or you can choose from your own stored photos. Sony have also thrown in 8 music videos which are pre-loaded and vary to suit all. It includes tracks from Ting Tings, Sandi Thom and Chris Brown. This model is available in both 8GB and 16GB capacities.

The “SenseMe” technology:

Sony NWZ-S738FB MP3/MP4 Video Player has got the “SenseMe” technology which is Sony’s version of Apple’s Genius. No! it is proper to say that Genius is Apple’s version of Sony’s SenseMe, as SenseMe is the first to come. SensMe technology organises your music into different moods at the touch of a button.

Audio and video formats supported by NWZ-S738FB:

The audio formats supported by Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB 8gb MP4 Player is good when compared to its main rival. The addition of non-DRMed AAC compatibility is the most welcome and additionally, it has support for MP3 and WMA, as well as WAV for uncompressed tunes. Video formats supported include MPEG-4, H.264, WMV and the all-important iPlayer downloads. Though Sony has bundled its own media manager software with the NWZ-S738FB MP4 player, there is not much need for straying around windows media player or drag and drop.

Excellent audio:

The music delivery is simply excellent. When a track is played, you will be able to sense Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB’s impressive deep and taut bottom end that gives the track the intended drive and weight. And the delightful news is that, this quality does not come at expense of midrange or treble. Both the characteristics remains to be clear and balanced. The four clear audio technologies work together to create a pure sound true to the original source.

When it comes to performance, it can be said that Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB Video Player with FM Radio is just one of the very few players which perform equally with the Nano but on extensive listening, you will realise that it still lacks that extra degree of vim and vigour that that the Apple’s iPods offer.

Band equaliser:

It has 5 band equaliser a 4 presets and 2 custom settings that brings out the best sound mix for your music. The band equalizers in the unit are quite good, but we suggest that you better stay out of these technological sound enhancements unless you are extremely creative. The FM tuner is also quite reliable. It would have nice to be able to record the radio and have RDS support. Dynamic Normaliser balances the volume level between songs to keep sound even.

Video and photo playback:

Like most of the MP4 players, the video and photo playback is there just for name sake. It remains to be of little interest. The display is too small to be rated as a MP4 player. Yet if you intend to watch any video, you can rest assured that would look great. Having the support of BBC iPlayer, you will be able to download BBC shows on to your walkman with BBC iPlayer. That is, you could watch up to 400 hours of BBC programmes updated weekly. You can follow a simple online tutorial for complete guidance.

Ultra long battery life:

Coming to the star feature of  Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB 8GB Player, its ultra long battery life of 40 hours of audio playback and 10 hours of video playback.

Box contents:

The package contents includes A proprietary USB cable, a CD, a guide, MDR-EX082 headphones and the device itself of course. One interesting sheet of paper that will be most appreciated by the users is the three months free trial of Napster’s excellent music and download service.

Warranty:

Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB comes with one year warranty:

Verdict:

Overall, the Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB 8GB MP4 Media Player is a representation of a valiant effort from Sony. Though its portability is appreciably, unfortunately, it is not attained that point when it can dethrone the Apple Nano. The NWZ-S738FB is not perfect but is certainly an excellent player that would suit a lot out there.

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Sony Walkman NWZ-S738FB MP4 Medial Player 8GB – Technical Specifications, Features

Manufacturer Sony
Model Name NWZ S738FB MP4 Player
Media Player Type MP3/MP4 Player
Dimensions ( H x W x D) 89.5 x 42.9 x 7.5 mm
Weight 46 grams
Display 2 inches TFT LCD screen QVGA
Display resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Available Body colours Black, red and grey
Back light Yes
Battery type Lithium ion polymer
Memory Capacity 8GB
Supported digital standards(audio & Video) MP3, AAC, WMA, DRM, AVC, MPEG-4 and JPEG
Band Equaliser 5
Voice cancellation technology Yes
Recording No
Music searching methods All songs, album, artist, genre, release year, play lists, folder
Supported image formats JPEG
Drag and drop Yes
Operating system Windows
Additional features Horizontal and vertical display
Theme setting
Wall paper setting
FM tuner up to 30 presets
Battery life Audio: 40 hours
Video: 10 hours
Connections USB connection – high speed data transfer
WM-port
Package Headphones, extra ear buds for headphones,
windows media player11 CD,
media manager for walkman, content transfer CD,
operation guide CD,
quick start guide, WM-port,
USB cable and rechargeable battery
Warranty One Year