Front Runners August 2015: Walk On
The Japanese electronics giant’s latest attempt to modernize its Walkman brand, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 (sony.com) delivers portable music with a level of fidelity that makes the Apple iPod and similar players seem downright dated. The casing of the new $1,200 Walkman, which weighs about half a pound, is made with brushed aluminum alloy and textured black leather. The 4.6-inch touchscreen displays the intuitive Android operating system and 720p HD video. The device offers 128 gigabytes of built-in memory (a microSD card slot can double the storage capacity) and a battery that enables 16 hours of continuous playback of music files with resolutions as large as 24 bits/192 kHz. The Walkman’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity enables users to browse the web, download apps, and play music wirelessly.