Sony’s last stick player never made it to the US or Europe and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a small player from them that we could actually go out and buy. Along with the new E and S series players announced earlier this fall Sony announced a new such stick player, the B130F.
While lacking the color screen found on other stick players from Sony the B130F is still a nice looking player with MTP replacing the previous Sonic Stage dependability of older players. The player is a nice supplement to the stick player market but also has its flaws. Read on for the full review.
We already saw the E430 series a few days ago and the rest of the new Sony players have now been announced at IFA. The new player lines feature a higher capacity version of the E430 which will take over for the S610 and S710 series and a new USB stick type player.
The S630 and S730 series’ are almost identical in design to the E430 series, in fact the only difference I can see is that the S630 and S730 looks to be a bit longer. The specs are almost identical as well, with the same format support for both video and audio and an FM tuner. Compared to the players they are replacing the battery life is slightly improved with 40 hours of music and 10 hours of video and the new players also seem to be UMS and not MTP like their predecessors. Judging from the pictures the menu seem to be either skinable or at least support wallpapers now, something I know some people have been missing in Sony players. The S730 will be the noise cancellation version of the two new players, a feature I tested on the S710 and found to be rather useless with the earbuds that came with the player (and no other NC earphones are available for it). The S630 and S730 will come in 4, 8 and 16GB sometime in September. Update: Gizmodo reports that the S series will feature a mood sensing technology where you select the mood you’re in from a list of 11 moods and the player will choose music that fits the mood. Sounds weird but also interesting.
The other new player announced was the B130. Originally there was supposed to be a new USb stick player released months ago but we haven’t seen anything of it, so hopefully this one will actually be released in our part of the world. The B130 does however not hav a color LCD or the fancy interchangeable face plates the other player had. the battery life is equally unimpressive with 16 hours, but at least it has a fast charge technology that gives you 90 minutes of listening time from 3 minutes of charging.
[GenerationMP3 | Gizmodo]