Rated 4 out of 5 by MadMutant great sound but a couple of quirks
I'm just about to head out to the gym and go to charge my unit up and lo and behold the mount for the left ear bud has broken off. I've only had mine for about six weeks now. A strong recommendation would be either to increase the size of the plastic snap on protector for storage so that it covers the ear buds as well or provide some kind of carrying case. Either that or increase the size of the ear bud mounts, they could be made sturdier and would not impact the wear-ability. It's frustrating because now I have to source another unit and really liked this one for the gym but will have to take it's fragility into account when purchasing something else.
The other would be to see an increase in the amount of ram so one could store more songs.
Other than that the thing is great and has wonderful sound. The ear buds took a little adapting to but I would recommend it to anyone as long as they store it where it won't get broken.
December 23, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by electrocutus Great for the gym, but no power off switch
I've had the NWZ-252 for about a month now, and I use it regularly for runs and gym workouts. I love it and it fits great. I was worried about the fit and weight after reading other reviews, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I've always had problems finding earbuds that would fit well during my runs, but this one feels almost perfect. The weight of the unit is not a problem at all, and after a few minutes of running, it feels more like I am wearing sunglasses than earphones because of the band hat runs over the ears. I barely feel the in-ear part. I also found that they stay in my ears fairly securely and don't bounce when I run.
I wish Sony would have incuded a physical off/hold switch instead of relying solely on the magnetic connection. Having to keep the unit in its "heart-shape" with the little plastic retainer is a real annoyance, and I am sure that plastic thing is going to break off rather soon.
I am also having a problem trying to get the "playlist shuffle" mode working properly. I basically have 2 playlists only on the player. One is uptempo for working out, and another slower for cooldown. The songs come form many different albums. When I put the player in playlist shuffle mode, I expect if to shuffle all the songs within the current playlist. Instead, it seems to think that each album is a separate playlist, and tries to suffle only a few songs I downloaded from one album. It seems I am stuck doing a "all songs shuffle", which is not what I want...
If I can figure out how to make this work properly, then this will be the best MP3 players I've had for my workouts.
As for rating the durability, only time will tell...
September 28, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marathoner Love it
I love it! The sound and bass is awesome. I am not crazy about the beeps when you forward it to the next song.Or the voice telling your in what mode your in but it's handy, It bounces around a bit when your running. This might have been resolved if the neckband was adjustable. The bass is unbelievable.Some people don't like the access to the small buttons but for sports it's not needed. You simply shuffle your music and enjoy. If you need to scroll a screen for music then this is not for you. If your looking for music when you workout or run this is perfect. Very happy with this purchase.
March 23, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by AmeOtoko Step Down From the Last Model - Disapointing
I was very happy with my last W series MP3 player - the first model. Came with a dock, easy to dock, never lost charge because it was, after all, always docked when not at the gym. The jog dial was the best possible interface option for the player as well.
It all worked perfectly and happily, but Sony, of course, had forgotten that people will sweat when using these things. And so, after a few months, it died.
Sony to their credit have a replacement program in place for free replacement with the new model - the one on this page. I don't like it, not at all. Not only is there NO DOCK included (instead, you get a cheap, cheap USB cable without a Sony logo and instead one that says 'Made in China'), there isn't even an OPTION to buy one separately! Why, Sony?
Worse, Sony keep killing the Jog Dial off. Why, I don't understand. Back when they made cellphones, I had a beautiful Z70, Jog Dial and all. They killed it off after joining Ericsson and there's been nothing 'Sony' about their phones since. Fast forward ten years later - they had the Jog Dial in the first W series. It worked fanstically. Now they kill it. Sony, please understand the Jog Dial is genius interface. It's perfect, easy, and natural. This 'Jog Switch' you've put in here now? It doesn't even deserve the name 'Jog'.
Finally, the design is worse. I hope the added bulk is for the waterproofing, because the gold Walkman logo is ugliness compared to the sleek black, grey and red logo design of the first W series (black).
In short, they've made the new W series cumbersome, dockless, and uglier. And the one complaint I had about the old W series, that the volume was not high enough? Still there.
Sony fixed the sweat issue and screwed up everything else. I do not recommend this. Seriously. I would rather have a supply of water resistant-less first-gen W series than this dockless, ugly, Jog Dial-less generic thing that doesn't even look like it came from Sony.
There's clearly Sony - Vaio P, Jog Dial, first-gen W-series - and then there's outsourced 'just-had-Sony's-name-slapped-on-it'. The new W series is undoubtedly the latter.
For shame, Sony. For shame. Show some pride in your own innovations, and especially for the Jog Dial you keep killing off.
February 2, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by MKsau MP3
I returned this MP3 6 times, that does not support the sweat that was built to chill. Sony took 5 months to pay me back and not completely Not for the sport but rather for people who love to go back to the store to exchange items. Do not buy
June 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by mn3m0n1c The best !
I always wanted an mp3 player with no wires and i finally found it. They are built great. The design is flawless. They look kinda cyberpunkish...i'm a throw that out there which is cool.The sound amazing and for being so small they have alot of functions. They are one of the best things i have ever bought.Charging them is fast it only takes like 3 min to charge and song transfer a breeze.Do not let these pass you buy well worth the price.
November 20, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alsip2003 Finally Found Something That Works!
I workout every day and have gone through 2 IPOD Nano's and the last one was only from last January. I went through so many earbuds and the dangling cord was always such a pain. I read about this in a running magazine and looked into it & ordered it the very next day! With the Nano's, I found it complicated to download songs and with the Sony...IT IS SO EASY TO JUST DROP SONGS ONTO THE DEVICE! AWESOME!! The only con that I have found, is seeing my entire music Library and the device does not seem to detect duplicate songs, so I think I have 2 copies of my library on my player. Maybe I'm just not very technical, but I still love this player. I almost want to buy another one to have on hand, but then I figure Sony would improve this one and would want that one instead. So worth the money! It does slip a little in my ear, but does not fall out at all and it sounds great! I will never buy another Apple IPOD as long as Sony does not eliminate this type of player!
October 3, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by XSportSeeker Close to perfection
It's clearly the best sports mp3 solution I got so far.
Very easy to use, perfect for outdoor running if you can't be bothered with dangling cables, annoying bracelets or headphones that keeps falling or causing irritation by friction.
The only thing I recommend for buyers is that if possible, make a test run before buying.
The Sony NWZ-W252 fit perfectly in my ears, but the neck strap doesn't have enough tension for me personally, so after running for a while the phone started slipping from my left ear due to sweat..
Easily solved by a quick cleanning, but still...
Might be interesting if on the next version there is some way to adjust tension, angle or maybe the device to ear distance.
Also, I know there are weight and size constraints, but hopefully Sony will be able to put some running stuff in the next MP3 player of the series.
Audio clock, pedometer and stopwatch for instance.
But I'm only quoting desirable extras for the future... truth is: This MP3 player is great for running!
December 17, 2010