Keep on walking and listening with Sony Walkman Music Clip

Who’d have thought all those years ago, when we were proudly lugging round our original Sony Walkmans, that the next generation would be sporting tiny 10cm widgets that could hold and play nearly 1,000 songs?

Sony is continuing its Walkman tradition with the new Walkman Music Clip, a wearable MP3 player that features bass boost, quick charge and a detachable strap.

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Weighing a featherlight 28g and measuring less than 10cm, the Music Clip comes in a two-tone finish in a variety of colour choices (red, green, blue, pink and black), with matching power illuminator. The power illuminator also pulses in time with the music, and if you need a fuller, deeper sound, push the Bass button for even more low-end power.

Battery life is a very decent 18 hours – and if you’re in a rush, plug it in for only three minutes to get a 90 minute playback charge – handy if you’re in a hurry on your way to work.

The detachable clip attaches the music player to a belt, bag or pocket, and music can be loaded using a USB connector from your PC – you can drag and drop files or transfer them via Windows Media Player 11/12.

You can browse quickly through your music using the ZAPPIN button, which plays a short snatch of each track. The 4GB player can hold 980 songs, the 2GB version, 470 tunes.

The Walkman Music Clip will be available from mid-May – find out more at www.sony.co.uk

Sony’s A-Series MP3 Walkmans hit the UK market

If you want to get your hands on one of Sony’s new A-Series Walkmans this Christmas, than you’ll be pleased to learn that the electronics retailer Advanced MP3 Players have signed an exclusive agreement with Sony to sell the company’s flagship series of walkmans to British consumers. And judging by the spec of this super slim multimedia entertainment powerhouse it is wholly understandable why British consumers would want to get their hands on this video MP3 walkman.

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The features Sony’s new A-Series possess, are truly phenomenal and can barely be touched upon in a short review, but one of its key qualities is the slimness of the 64GB Walkman Video MP3 Player, which, being just 7.2mm thick, this stylish device is Sony’s slimmest MP3 player yet.

Aiding its stylish exterior is the 2.8 inch full colour OLED wide display, which, in producing 100% colour reproduction, provides razor-sharp, ultra-bright and decidedly detailed and clear visuals on the screen. With an optional video/audio output cable multimedia content from the walkman can be transferred to a bigger TV screen. With Content Transfer software, iTunes collections can be exported, whilst the Walkman can be easily filled using drag and drop with Windows Explorer and synchronised with Windows Media Player.

Other remarkable qualities of both models include Digital Noise Cancelling, which, by blocking out external ambient noise, delivers crystal clear audio reliability. Not only does the Digital Noise Cancelling suppress up to 98% of external noise, but users can set the function to comply with different environments, such as being on a train, on an aeroplane or in an office. The full S-Master Digital Amplifier produces sound so clear, it has been likened to putting you “centre stage in the studio or concert hall”.

Being the only retailer in the country to stock this product Advanced MP3 Players is naturally excited about having the exclusive monopoly over what has been dubbed as “incredible” and a “must have for all audiophiles out there”.

The 64GB model is priced as £299, whilst the 32GB model costs £219. Although if you want to purchase one of these truly advanced MP3 Walkman’s, you’ll have to move fast, as Advanced MP3 Players only have 300 of each model in stock. Visit www.advancedmp3player.co.uk to check availability.

TWIG: Sony s750 WALKMAN and Theory Test iPhone app

The Week in Gadgets

As ever, it was a busy week in the gadget world with the quietly brilliant team at HTC unleashing a slew of new European handsets at a London launch. Meanwhile, over at Nokia World the Finnish giant outlined its vision of the mobile telecommunications based future, with a number of new low- mid- and high-end handsets. We’ll be looking at both the Nokia and HTC releases in detail over the next week.

Twitter gave itself a brisk birdbath and launched a shiny new version of its web interface, modelled very much on the recent proliferation of desktop and phone-based apps – in particular the excellent Twitter for iPad app. Whilst the old Twitter interface was a curiously downbeat and simple affair, the new Twitter has a swanky 2 column layout and has much better photo, link and video sharing options built in. They’ve also attempted to shift the focus of the site to consumption – it’s a fantastic resource for people into news, music, film or comedy to dip into for real time content and the new layout emphasises this, reducing some of the pressure for you to “join in” as it were.

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Hot on the heels of Apple’s revamp of its iPod range, Sony have released the s750 WALKMAN. Ultra thin – 7.2 mm to be exact, the s750 manages to squeeze a Digital Noise Cancelling system into the aluminium body. They claim this can cancel up to 98% of background noise and coupled with other Clear Audio technologies, should provide a decent listening experience. DRM-free music and video can be transferred via drag-and-drop and there is also some DoubleTwist-esque software that converts your DIVX and AVCHD files into s750-compatible files. Handy if you miss the video playback stripped from the new iPod nanos. With 50 hours of music playback or 10 hours of video, a built in karaoke mode, a lyrics app and something that automatically generates mood-based playlists, the s750 should be worth checking out when it lands in October.

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If you’re learning to drive, you should probably take a gander at the new, feature-packed Theory Test iPhone app from the people behind LowPriceLessons.com. Using geolocation software, the app finds Approved Driving Instructors near you, shows you prices and reviews from other users and allows you to call them, direct from the app. As the name suggests, it also comes with Theory and Hazard Perception tests and even includes a multiplayer-social element where you can compete with friends. Not bad for £1.19 – especially when rival apps such as the £1.79 AA Theory Test application simply have theory tests and lack the instructor booking, multiplayer elements or Hazard Perception tests. Out now in the App store.