iPod nano Vs Sony Walkman NWZ-A726
| by Laiq Qureshi
Rather than bore you with preliminaries, I think I'll dive right into our shootout of the week. We shall pit the iPod Nano against the Sony Walkman NWZ-A726. We shall compare the design, features, performance, and price. For detailed reviews of the two players, click here and here.
The iPod nano comes with a 2-inch (diagonal) screen and an aluminum-and-glass body, while the Sony Walkman boasts a larger 2.4 QVGA LCD.
The overall design scheme for both is pretty up to date, but the iPod is slightly sleeker with a new thinness and affected curve that you will like. However, Sony hasn't done too badly either; it's given the NWZ-A726 a shiny glass front. Both come with a proprietary USB interface, which sucks.
The iPod navigation is better in many ways, thanks to the drop-down menu system that complements the click wheel. The Sony NWZ-A726 features a five-way navigation pad which is pretty responsive too, only there’s nothing new to offer. We timed the start-up times of the two players, and guess what... it was a draw.
I would say design is obviously Apple's strength. It's always delivered snazzy products, and the iPod is no exception. But then the Sony player has a form factor that's highly practical.
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