Advantages Excellent sound quality, great headphones, cheap, impressive battery life.
Disadvantages No podcasts or on-the-go playlists
I have been using this MP3 player for around one year and so far I am very pleased with it. I purchased it for £69.99 from play.com and in my opinion this is an absolute steal, especially as it comes with £35 headphones in the box.
The sound quality is excellent - deep bass and a very full, satisfying sound. The player is very powerful and I have found it to be very loud on 15 out of 30 volume. This enables it to retain battery etc. My previous MP3 player was the iPod Nano 1st Gen and I have found that the sound quality is incomparable. The Nano delivered tinny sounds that were far from bass-driven. The equilizer on the A818 is very customisable and, after playing around with it for a bit, I have found the mix of sound I like.
As for video, the interface works extremely well. The fact that the player bookmarks where you have stopped watching is a great feature. It is simple to drag and drop videos into the folder on the computer, however they need to be the correct format and resolution to play on the A818. Video quality is very good (as fine as possible on a small screen) and I can watch films easily on it.
Battery life is superior (over 30 hours) and it can keep on pumping out the tunes for days. This is great as I don't have to charge it every single night.
The only things that I have found missing from the Sony (in comparison with the iPod) are podcasts and on-the-go playlists. However these are in no way essential, it is just annoying that these features are not there.
I would definitely recommend the Sony A818.
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