At CES 2009, Sony unveiled two new Walkman lines – the touchscreen Sony X series, and the wearable Walkman W series. Of the two, I prefer the latter over the former because of its ergonomic design, simplicity, and portability. The Sony W series or the Sony NWZ-W202 is basically made out of comfortable 13.5mm EX headphones that offer rich sound quality. A ZAPPIN mode allows you to browse quickly through your music collection by automatically detecting and playing the chorus of each track and helping you find the song you want to listen to with just a few light touches on the jog dial. It takes only 30 minutes for the battery to get fully charged and you won’t have to plug it again until 12 hours later. The only downside is that the Sony Walkman NWZ-W202 has 2GB of storage, but then again, users might not want hundreds and hundreds of songs on an ultra-portable mp3 player.
The Sony Walkman W series is available in pink, green, purple, black, and white. No news about how much it will cost but they’re due to come out Spring 2009.