Device that touch your heart
How Does it feel Out of the Box?
The Sony Walkman NW-A35 is the most compact and beautifully designed portable music player inspired by simplicity. Though it retains a fashion-conscious vibe, like the black one Sony sent us for the review, the new player offers respectable performance the moment you power it up.
At the front is a 3.1-inch WVGA(800×480 pixels) display which is sharp enough for showing text and simple graphics like album art. There’s a nice touch screen, instead of forcing you to navigate around with physical buttons. The NW-A35 has a built-in 16GB storage, but only 12.2GB storage is available for use. The memory storage can be expanded through microSD card slot. NW-A35 weighs at just 98 grams.
On the right sides of the NW-A35, there is a row of buttons to access the device. The power button turns on the display or switch-off the device, followed by the volume buttons, the next-forward button, play-pause button, previous-reverse button, and lock switch. The display doesn’t turn on while operating the playback buttons, which is great for saving battery as well as preventing accidental touches.
Coming towards the bottom side, there are 3.5mm audio jack, proprietary data and charging port, followed by a wrist strap holder. Sony Walkman NW-A35 comes with its own proprietary cable, losing the cable will make the player useless. Wish Sony could have implemented widely popular microUSB or Type-C port instead of Sony WM-port. Connectivity-wise, the Walkman packs Bluetooth and NFC to wirelessly connect with the speakers or headphones.
How does it perform?
The Sony Walkman NW-A35 packs Sony’s proprietary OS, so there’s no Android or any apps which can be downloaded like your smartphones. Copying music to NW-A35 is damn easy on Windows 10 machine. All I need was to drag and drop music files over to the player connected to the PC’s USB port.
Let talk about Audio performance, I’m happy to report that vocals stand out when they should, the multiple layers of sound from various instruments don’t feel messily stacked up and the NW-A35 has sufficient grip on the music. Generally, every volume control has maximum 100 steps, but NW-A35 volume can be increased up to 120 steps. The NW-A35 continues to feature ClearAudio+, DSEE HX, Dynamic Normalizer, VPT (Surround) and 6 band equalizer for sound enhancements. It supports a wide variety of music file system like AAC (non-DRM), AIFF, ALAC, DSD, FLAC, HE-AAC, mp3, linear PCM and WMA (non-DRM).
Talking about the battery life, the NW-A35 has a battery life of 30 hours when playing hi-res audio files and around 45 hours while playing MP3 file formats. Like smartphones, the NW-A35 suffers from battery drain when there is excessive use of the display. Anyways, I’m less worried because I am not a gym guy and have access to charging facilities when required. Under the Settings, I can actually see the total audio played on the device, and this number does not reset even when I switch-off the device. Within 3 weeks, I only played about 9 hours of audio.
In terms of usability and design, the Sony Walkman NW-A35 looks good and is easy to carry around. It supports a wide range of files format which definitely a plus point to own a Sony Walkman. While the touch response is not as instant as smartphones, it is certainly more easy to use than the non-touch Walkman series.
Price: ₹ 15,990/-
- Display: 3.1-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display with capacitive touch
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
- OS: Sony original OS
- Input: MicroSD slot, Stereo mini-jack, WM-Port
- Size: 55.9 x 97.5 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 98 gram
- Battery life: 45 hours of playback