Android Player Walkman z1000: Sony Launches Ipod Competitors

After Apple and most recently Samsung Sony brings out a device, that looks and works like a Smartphone, just that you can not call him. Thereby, the company uses Walkman, which stands for some decades for high quality audio player on the name.

In 2007 Apple released the iPod touch, which strongly resembled the iPhone appeared in the same year in appearance and technology and also ran with iOS; mainly the telephony function as differentiator was reserved for the Smartphone. Last year Samsung went “Mobile Internet devices” (MID) Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and S WiFi 5.0 , the same strategy in the, as the company is called. The MIDs, Media Player, Mini-tablets or as you always would like to call it, although not with the Super AMOLED screen of the “original” Galaxy S, but were only with Super LCD, but otherwise also has two cameras, Android and Wi-Fi and therefore are an interesting alternative for those who do not like to have the Apple eco-system.

Android 2.3, but not cameras

Now, Sony to attract as customers with the “Walkman Z1000 Mobile Entertainment Player” who would like any iPod touch or an expensive Smartphone for phone, but would like to have Internet, music and games in the bag. The Z1000 is although not the slimmest of all players, however, what may be owed to the speakers with 11.1 grams. On the scale he brings 156 grams. The device has a 4.3-inch display, which resolves with 800 x 480 pixels and a Tegra 2 processor, which pulses with 1 GHz. In addition a memory of 512 megabytes, runs as a OS Android 2.3 gingerbread version. The internal memory is either 16 or 32 GB. Sony renounces completely to front – and rear-view camera, what is something incomprehensible to me, because as video telephony would have been at least possible. This is connection standards Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI and DLNA and a proprietary solution for connecting to the PC available. Video formats, the Z1000 can MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264, MP4, M4v and WMV play, also full-HD (1920 × 1080) with 30 frames are no problem for the device. Audio formats he can handle linear PCM, AAC and HE-AAC, MP3, WMA, ATRAC, ATRAC Advanced lossless. The battery should suffice for 14 hours listening and five hours of viewing pleasure.

On the ears

The name “Walkman” is still a term of portable cassette recorders, mini disc, CD or MP3 players finally many of you. Some of its cell phones and most recently Smartphones such as the “live with Walkman” equipped Sony (Ericsson) with the brand and corresponding audio quality. In the Z1000 Sony has put his decades of experience in the area and so a lot of special audio features, like for example the S-master MX amplifier with noise and noise reduction, which should provide sound particularly great in conjunction with the supplied in-ear-phones. Other technologies of the Z1000 are clear bass, clear stereo, DSEE (digital sound enhancement engine) as well as xLOUD and ClearPhase for a rich sound through the built-in speaker. To, the user can select the selection from some surround presets called Studio, Club, live, stadium and matrix and save own settings of the equalizer.

For €3,99 a month you also has the possibility of its files in the “Music Unlimited”-to download cloud and from anywhere (where one has Wi-Fi) to retrieve. You put €9.99, you can access an always growing according to the Sony range of over 10 million songs.

The Z1000 is in the next few weeks – maybe a little too proud – price of €269 (EIA, 16 GB) or €309 (EIA, 32 GB) in the shops.