Sony's New Android Phone Keeps the Walkman Strutting

Walkmans (Walkmen?) will never die! Remember that old, yellow, tape-filled piece of crap that weighed your pants down? Well Sony just birthed that thing's great-grandson. It's an Android 2.3 phone aimed music lovers.

The lid is off the "Live with Walkman" phone. On the specs side, it's decidedly low to mid-range. It has a 1GHz processor, and a 3.2 inch TFT screen with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution. Good luck sorting through your music while walking on that screen. It does have 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p video, but what Sony really wants to sell you on is the music.

It has deep integration with Sony's Qriocity music/movie/tv store. While Qriocity isn't the the beefiest music-streaming option (nor is it the easiest to pronounce), it's pretty good. It boasts some Facebooking prowess, which is designed to enable you to share and get new music. Sony has pretty music player, xLoud speaker-enhancing technology, an FM radio, and a few other bells and whistles.

All I can say is that this thing had better be mighty cheap when it comes out. Unless it's vastly less expensive, there's really no reason to choose this phone over one of Sony's nicer options. For the music fan on a tight budget, though, this certainly isn't a bad option. It'll be available in Q4. No word on pricing yet. [BGR]


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