Rated 1 out of 5 by chicheeil Why Zappin?
I was very excited when I bought this player because I thought it would be perfect for the gym. No wires from the headphones/earbuds to get in the way. However, it would n't come on initially. When it finally did, it was in the zappin mode and it took a couple of minutes before I was able to turn it off. Finally, with the zappin off, the sound was pretty good. I was impressed. But later, at the gym, when I tried to turn the music on, it wouldn't come on right away. When it did, the zappin mode was on again. It took almost five minutes to get the zappin off. Sorry, but what is with this feature? Who listens to a song for only 4-15 seconds? I took it back to the store after only two days. Your other mp3 player is so easy, turn it on, music plays, Sony should remember, Keep It Simple!
November 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MusicOntheRun O-K
I have many Sony products and out of countless items, this one is probably my least favorite. When it functions, it's great. The only other product I can compare this to is Apple's Nano and shuffle. Overall, my biggest complaint is in the way it charges. Sometimes, it won't charge so I follow the manual which is really more like a post-it note, granted it is pretty intuitive- cleaning the grooves with a toothbrush. However, I'm not sure when it is charged fully. At times when not in use, I leave the player in its charging cradle and the light goes out so I assume it is either charging or it is completely done charging (?) but when I take it off the cradle and press power, the light blinks red as if it never charged at all despite seeing the initial glow of the charging. Has anyone else had this issue? As far as having an 8-hour playback- non existent, but I'm not being physical for 8 hours straight that requires music so that's not a huge concern and Sony does advertise that the battery life varies; it would be nice if it didn't die out in the middle of my long runs.
January 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diego Great purchase
I like this product. I have had it for about 1 year and I can now say that I am happy with it. I do cycling, running, gym, and swimming. It works great for all sports. I have a MAC computer and one thing that I do find annoying is that in order to clear songs from it, I have to actually reformat the walkman since it doesn't let me delete songs individually. Adding them is a breeze but I like to keep interested so I try to change music often. Another reason why I did not give it five stars is that when swimming, it sometimes falls off. Quality during swimming can be touch and go at times if you get even a little water in your ear. Now, this is not to say that this is not a worth buy because it is.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark1234 Good sound, Easy to use buttons, long battery-life
I noticed right away when I open the box and read little notes, Sony has put extra effort into helping ensure the very best experience for using the mp3-player- headphones in water. There are actually 4 sizes earbuds for use out of water plus 4 sizes earbuds for use in water all included. I bought the player for running and going to the gym. Even though my ear-canal is an unusual size, I found a good-fit using earbuds right out of the box that I could wear comfortly for extended times and stayed in my ears as I move my head all over. The sound is good, leaning to less bass, but very understandable for a small, light-weight device. There are audio-cues for nearly every button you press. So for instance, I had the player on my ears. I felt the buttons and thought I pressed "volume up". A voice prompt said " shuffle". So, I knew I was one button too far forward. There are also little "nibs" on some buttons to distinguish them from the others. For running and gym, the volume range is very good- from be quiet to really loud. There is a auto volume limit also you can enable or disable. The battery-life indicator indicates four different levels which is really convenient for guessing how much battery-time I still have before recharge. I just look at at myself in the mirror to see the battery-life indicator on the device. It just takes a little bit of knowledge of how to transfer files on a computer, and you can easily set up the music inside the player: moving music from folder to folder, deleting songs, adding songs. The device can play songs in several different orders: in order by folder, shuffle between all folders, playlists, or "you pick" after hearing a few seconds of each song. You can jump forward and backward by song, folder, or playlist. I am very happy I chose this Sony NWZ-W273, 4Gb player.
October 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by cg0721 Very good
I have used a pair for almost a year. It is tricky to get them to fit properly because once you start swimming if they are not properly placed and get water inside you are done for the session. You have to dry them etc.. What I discovered and has worked for me is to use the goggles so the strips on the them somehow overlay the mp3 cable and get them in place. Since I did this, I have use them without trouble for months. I had to replace a pair (using the 1 year warranty because it was not charging). A plus is that if you can fit them properly you won't have water on you ear (Swimmer's ear). I use Mac. With the new Yosemite version transferring music does't work as well as it was under Maverick.
October 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JeanTerrible additional features
Got it for my birthday. Very comfortable and easy to use but as to me needs more features like FM tuner and blutooth to use it with tablet or phone.
July 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by bluejeff audible book user
I am a audible book user, looking for this type of mp3 player for listening.
Before purchasing this, I checked for compatibility with book's format
I got the mail from audible.com
"Regarding your inquiry about Sony devices, this device does not currently support our .AA (Audible Audio) encrypted format. All of our files use DRM (Digital Rights Management) due to the publishers' licensing agreement, and Sony has not yet created a firmware to support our file type"
Is there any firmware available for this issue?
January 5, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kirkland Need More Storage + Better Battery
Concept is great, no doubt. The battery life is really bad. After about only 2-3 two-hour long workouts, the device goes dead. The storage is really bad too in that only half my ipod was able to fit onto the Sony device. I don't see this as a travel (plane otherwise) replacement for my ipod because there are just too many weaknesses. Ipod remains the best venue/site for music content.
January 3, 2015