Sony just won’t give up on their once popular Walkman portable media player that was once the apple of everyone’s eyes, until Apple launched the iPod. Sony has once again taken a stab at the Apple iPod with their latest Walkman portable media player, the Walkman F886.
The Android-powered Sony Walkman F886 last year’s failure that was the F800 and hopes to give Sony back some of its former class leading glory. Sadly the Walkman F886 doesn’t stand a chance against the Apple iPod Touch. The Walkman F886 comes with a 4-inch WQVGA display and 32 hours of MP3 playback. What makes it different however is the built-in S Master digital amplifier meant to handle WAV, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files at 192KHz/24-bit of which 26 hours worth of playback can be gotten out of the device. What will it set you back? A hefty $420 and it doesn’t appear to even pack water- and dust resistance.
So, sadly, we recommend the Apple iPod Touch, unless you REALLY want high quality audio or an Android powered PMP. For everything else, there’s a smartphone for a reason, although you might want to get a portable charger or extended battery if you use a modern smartphone.