Sony's handy – but Windows only - Content Transfer widget comes pre-loaded in the W202's memory and once installed on your PC lets you drag and drop files directly from iTunes or Windows Explorer – though not WMP or Songbird. It's a simple little application but it makes life a lot easier for those of us who use iTunes to organise our music libraries.
To round things up, it's worth saying that we had no problems accessing the W202's storage via either Mac or Linux machines, and that while Sony reckons a full charge is good for 12 hours of playback we found that to be a little optimistic - the best we managed was a little over nine. Sony also says that a three-minute charge from flat will give you 90 minutes' playback, a claim that this time we found to be almost spot on.
If the W202 has a downside, it's that wearing it makes you look a bit like Lando Calrissian's mate Lobot from The Empire Strikes Back or a wannabe Cyberman. Street crime may also be an issue – with the player on display from the rear and lacking a headphones cable it would be a pretty straightforward snatch and grab for any felonious urban youth that you happened to encounter.
Sony will sell you a 2GB W202 for £59 - though we suspect you'll be able to find it cheaper in due course. That's the same price as a 4GB iPod Shuffle, but then the Sony is the better sounding player and is altogether a more funky and clever bit of design.
As a player for use when you are out and about, in the gym, jogging, sh**ging or travelling, the W202 is hard to fault. It's light, comfortable, sounds good and does away with the need for earphone cables or Bluetooth connectivity. ®
Sony W-series Walkman MP3 player
does anyone make...
...bluetooth stereo headphones for deaf people?
Deaf people might like a pair of hearing aids that function as a BT add-on. then you could use ANY compliant music player. a tentative thumbs up, as I prefer my Sony noise-cancelling headphones for my daily commute.
While I like the concept of integrating the player into the earphones, I don't think this was the best way to go about it.
Anyone wearing those would look like a right muppet, and get stared at with a level of derision normally reserved for people on segways.
Paris, who is clearly pressing "skip" on her glasses with integrated MP3.
Then what do you use?
I see the HD DVD / XBox losers have made it here... They must have a "sony" filter on.....
Wonderful workout player
Picked this up over the weekend. Love it. The SQ isn't as great as my S639 and Cowon i7, but it is still good enough for none-critical listening. The in-ears appears to be the same (EX082/EX85), provides ok isolation and is far better than the crap Apple bundles their iPods with. The controls are also intuitively placed.