27 February 2014
25 January 2014
Excluding some headphones I have purchased, I think this is my first Sony product after my MD (Mini-Disk) player back in the 90s. In 2000, I hated Sony's strategy to exclude Macs as Sony wanted to sell its PCs, Vaios, so I didn't purchase any Sony products. As we can see now, that was a bad decision and Walkman was totally killed by Apple's iPod.
The reason why I bought a Sony product after a decade was that I got really interested in the wearable and waterproof MP3 Walkman last year and I finally purchased it today. Waterproof? Yes, you can listen to music while you swim! Though, I don't swim often enough. I will use this in the gym and I will not need to care about the headphones and the code anymore. It is quite comfortable and light to wear and also you will be surprised how good the sound is. Yes, "it's a Sony" after all. The quality of the sound is great.
Yes, there are cons as well. If you are used to Apple products, the instruction really sucks a little. Some information is missing as well (e.g. Content Transfer, I had to download this from Sony Asia website after Googling). The buttons are kinda too small and not intuitive. Again, though, these cons also remind you Sony's good, old "it's a Sony"-get-used-to-it kind of attitude (better or worse, lol).
I highly recommend to runners and swimmers. It was secretively on $10 off sale at Futureshop so I can sense that they will have new products coming out soon?
Sony's revenge in the market may follow?
19 January 2014
I am occasionally reading news in Japanese, Canadian, American, and Korean media to understand what is happening around my two home countries, but I often end up with getting confused between the media. The recent Japan and South Korea political relation is one of the mysteries to me. Japanese media don't tell the Korea-related news at all or in details and they often lack of insight commentaries. South Korean newspaper (Japanese version) has obvious criticism against anything that relates to Japanese politics. American and Canadian media often lack of understanding of the post war history between or in the 2 countries. Thus, I usually suffocate myself under the sea of information. I started to notice Akira Ikegami's news shows on the TV a couple years ago. Akira Ikegami is a Japanese journalist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Ikegami) and I am quite fond of his style of explaining and interpreting what is happening in Japan and around the world through news. In fact, I watched his show yesterday and I got more understanding of the current Japan and South Korea relations after watching. I really like his fair point of view as a journalist and his efforts to broadcast the news to make everyone in the society to understand.