Sony is out with their latest PMP, the A845. The advertisement looked good right? But does it really deliver “as shown on TV”? We plug-in the earphones and find out!
The device has a sleek look, with a crystal clear 2.8 inch OLED display on the front. Below the display are the main function keys laid out in a round dial format. In the centre is the play/pause button, surrounding this are the navigation keys, which help you to navigate through the menu, playlists, and also act as a fast forward or backward keys while playing a song or a video. Just outside the navigation keys there are two buttons for Home/Back and Option/Power respectively. On the right-side of the player are the volume keys and the hold key. At the bottom, there’s the 3.5 mm audio jack and the proprietary Sony WM-Port for transferring files. Weighing at just about 62 grams, it’s quite light.
Overall, the design is awesome, the buttons are well-spaced, the device is light-weight and quite convenient to slip into your pocket!
Features and Performance
Starting with the magnificent display screen, it’s a WQVGA with a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels supporting 262,144 colors. The User interface, which may not feel intuitive at first glance, is rather easy to navigate in between songs, menus, photos and videos and very simply operates smoothly. With a capacity of 16 GB, there’s a lot of music, podcasts, videos and photos to store.
Moving on the audio performance, which in one word is brilliant! The fact that it comes bundled with a pair of in-ear headphones earns it a brownie point. The music quality is really satisfying and is guaranteed to set your body in rhythm! The bass and the treble are well balanced, and with the Digital Noise Cancellation (DNC) function, you can further enhance the listening experience by selecting any one of the three pre-set modes (In-train, In-flight, office) in the player as per the surrounding. Tune up the volume, and public commotion is history! On the audio perspective, it surely does the job.
Video performance is no different than the audio, and picture quality is absolutely stunning! There is no particular problem with framing, and the images are absolutely crisp. With a satisfying experience, there is nothing to grumble on the video grounds either.
Images are stored in the jpeg format and are clear to view, so you don’t have much to complain over here either. Audio recording is very good, and the recording playback is nice. The FM reception is pretty okay, and all you get in closed rooms is static! The A845 has some good battery life, with 28 hours 30 minutes of audio and 8 hours 15 minutes of video playback.
Is it safe to say that performance-wise the A845 is flawless? No. One thing that was not good about the PMP was that of the file formats supported. It supports only MP3, WMA and AAC-LC formats for audio, MPEG-4 and Windows Media Video for the video and JPEG for the images; which are not many, and that is not very helpful at times. If you have a player that’s compatible with most formats it helps with just dumping your favorite songs or videos without taking the hassles of converting them.
Otherwise, performance makes this player a sure-winner!
The A845 has made us happy in more ways than one. It certainly deserves points right from design to the features and performance. How much is it for? Now here’s another reason where you smile again, at Rs. 11,990, where you’re getting great audio/video experience, a storage of 16 GB, and a brand like Sony, you shouldn’t think any further for this awesome PMP. Yes it has problems with the file formats, but it easily overshadows that problem with the performance! Advice? Go for it!