IF YOU'RE LIKE many in Ireland, you run your Christmas gadget wish list through the filters of the Sunday papers. Do that today with icon, the quarterly magazine published by the Sunday Business Post, and you'll stumble upon my take of the Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. The short and skinny: I like it because it lets me manage my music as I like and it has given me longer playing periods between recharges than my iPod.
From the article:
While it's relatively easy to spot lust-worthy features on new mobile phones, often the ones that say the balance are phones that slot into a mobile lifestyle.
You probably have a shortlist of features that makes a phone stand out among its peers. If you like to take your music with your, then your mobile phone wish list should include the Walkman phone, the Sony Ericsson W800i.
The marketing hype for the Walkman phone points to the big reason people buy it: easily managed music with removable memory sticks.
After using the phone for a month, it started to feel easier to drag and drop music tracks through Windows Explorer rather than to use Sony's music management program. In fact, it's easier to transfer tracks to the Walkman phone than to use iTunes to manage an iPod's music collection.
This is a big deal because it means you're not trapped using one company's media format when playing back content on a Walkman phone. All users have to know is how to rip tracks to MP3 and then how to select them and drop them onto a memory stick.