Sony MP3 player review | Photo & Software
Sony picture player
Watching photos on the Sony Walkman player
Transferring pictures has to be done through the software, as the device itself cannot take pictures. What struck me immediately was the rapid display of high resolution pictures. The second thing I noticed, although this time in a somewhat more negative sense, is that some pictures are not rendered entirely realistically. I blame the OLED screen, since it provides very vivid and bright colors, which does not suit every picture. Whereas in video mode I didn't notice, it now turns out to be a small disadvantage of an OLED screen.
Sony NWZ-X1050 photo mode
Sharing images with friends
There are not that many options in photo mode, and it is only designed for sharing pictures with your family and friends. It is certainly not a picture frame, and admittedly not the best way to share pictures, yet I am still glad this feature is available. If only to find a nice background for the menu of the Walkman X1050. The Walkman supports only JPG format. Sometimes, the Walkman also takes album covers along to its library. This is not a problem, since there are filtering options available in the picture menu.
Sony Walkman internet browser
Wi-Fi connection and WEP security
The Sony Walkman X1050 offers a quick Wi-Fi connection and WEP security. The Web browser allows you to download podcasts, watch YouTube movies and surf the web. This browser reminds me of the first generation WAP phones. Pages are displayed in mobile view, and the screen is too small for a good overview. The difference between the first WAP phones and this player, is that the Sony Walkman player loads web pages much faster and is very suitable for searches and Wiki sites.
Internet on the Sony NWZ-X1050
Type a URL via the screen keyboard
To type a URL, the Sony Walkman X1050 provides a screen keyboard with a numeric format. This makes typing a bit tricky, however; fortunately the Walkman has a built-in predictive text engine, allowing quicker typing of words, since you don't always need to write the entire word. If the keyboard would have an easier set-up, the browser would show to better advantage whilst browsing the Web. When it comes to downloading podcasts and viewing YouTube videos, the Walkman works excellently.
Sony MP3 player software
Sony file transfer tool
The following software is included with the Sony Walkman X1050: Sony Media Manager and a file transfer tool. The latter seems to be small and minimal at first sight, and in practice, this also proves to be correct. It does not immediately reveal the fact that it is a very powerful tool using very little memory. The software allows you to drag media such as music or videos from your computer to the software, and if a Sony Walkman is connected, the file will then be stored on your Walkman music player (depending on the file size) within seconds. I am happy Sony chose this program, since it does exactly what it should do without any fuss.
Sony Walkman software
Sony Media Manager software
Your computer does not slow down due to the file transfer tool, and as a user you are not forced to use this tool, because you can just as easily use Windows Media Player, Apple iTunes or any other synchronization program supported by the Walkman X1050. The Sony Media Manager is designed to organize media files on your PC. This program is not my first choice, because there are better programs available. However; it is very useful the software allows you to directly send files to your Walkman.