Sony’s iPod killer is due to arrive in the UK in September and looks set to cost around £220. At £398 (plus shipping) from Audiocubes, you might prefer to hold back your urge to own one for those few extra months after all.
But the NW-HD1 is an appealing prospect. The 20GB hard drive (the same as the mid-range iPod) is smaller than the iPod and has the benefit of playing MP3 and WMA files, as well as Sony’s own Atrac 3 files (compatible with the Sony Connect music download service coming soon).
But its trump card is its battery life. With Sony claiming it will last for 30 hours under certain conditions – at least twice what the iPods currently deliver.
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