Sony NWZ-S639 16GB MP3 Player Reviews

340 customer reviews

+ This MP3/MP4 player scores high on battery life. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 340 reviews.
Sony NWZ-S639 16GB: FM Radio See full product description
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Pat, Mission Viejo Major podcast user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Rugged and reliable. Battery life is good and it rarely hangs. Overall it has been a good unit and survived a lot of physical abuse.
Bad points:
Very few accessories are available compare with the major competitor.I wish there were more accessories to allow it to be used without headphones.
I use pod casts more than music and the Sony provided software leaves a lot to be desired. This software does not provide enough information as to what is going on during downloads, sometimes loads podcast dates I did not request, occasionally hangs, and manages to interfere with other programs. It is not as bad with Windows 7 as it was with XP.
Overall rating 5.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design/build quality 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 8.0
Portability 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Jul 2011

James,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
sound quality and functions.
Bad points:
interface with software is not so good. There are almost no docking stations available from the manufacturer. they appear to make them for ipods only! stupid!
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design/build quality 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 8.0
Portability 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Apr 2011

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent sound quality, feels well made and is always reliable. Quick and easy to use
Bad points:
Software that comes with it (MediaGo) does a poor job of automatically transferring podcasts and other media; it seems to refresh all other items first, even though they don't need refreshing, meaning a 30+minute wait before podcasts are transferred. There is no function to edit playlists from the device itself.
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design/build quality 9.0
Range of features 7.0
Display Quality 9.0
Portability 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2011

Peter,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
This is the third one of this series that I have bought. The first one was for me and I was so impressed I bought another for my son and then, more recently, one for my partner (finding the third one took some effort as it is now discontinued!)

My purchase history says it all doesn't it??
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design/build quality 10.0
Range of features 10.0
Display Quality 9.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2010

jonathan, Charing, Ashford, KENT. UK I'm a sound engineer.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well designed and made, light, simple to use, good battery life. A true development of previous models. It is now basic compared to some new machines, but it does exactly what it said on the box, qulaity sound on the move..
Bad points:
The memory is a little slow and it could do with an SD memory slot, so that you can pre-load 16 or 32k outide the player and just slot in what you want. A tone adjustment area would be nice, but I am finding it hard to get something Bad to say about this little machine, it's near perfect for it's task....
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design/build quality 9.0
Range of features 9.0
Display Quality 9.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Apr 2012

Chris, Huntingdon Enthusiastic amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good sound and battery life
Bad points:
Can be difficult to see what's playing
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design/build quality 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 7.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Nov 2012

Stephen, Welling Retired

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
An excellent player.
Bad points:
Wish one could scan through individual tunes or podcasts
Overall rating 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design/build quality 10.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 10.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Mar 2013

This Sony NWZ-S639 16GB is reviewed on Pocket Lint

Product Features

Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Extra functions FM radio
Playback formats MP3
Playback formats AAC
Playback formats WMV
Playback formats WMA
Playback formats WAV
Playback formats MPEG 4
Touchscreen No
Media format Memory card
Music playtime (Hours) 40
Video playtime (Hours) 10
Display technology LCD
WiFi No
Bluetooth No
Height in cm 9.0
Depth in cm 0.8
Width in cm 4.3
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 320
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 24
Weight (g) 46
Release date 2008-09-16

Also known as: Sony NWZS639FB-BLACK, Sony NWZS639FR-RED, Sony NWZS639FS-SILVER, Sony NWZS639FB, Sony NWZS639FS, NWZ-S639FB 16 GB, NWZ-S639FB 16GB, NWZ-S639FR 16GB, NWZ-S639FS 16GB, Sony NWZS-639FR, SONY NWZS639FB 16GB, Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F 16GB

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Manufacturer's Description

16GB (4,000 songs, 60h video) premium WALKMAN® mp3/mp4 player with 2" LCD screen. With superior sound quality, SensMe™ automatic playlist generator, FM radio and 40 hours battery life. This premium video mp3 player is the perfect blend of style and function.

Ultra light and super slim, get 16GB of amazing audio and video quality with this pocket-sized WALKMAN® player. Enjoy seamless sounds, crystal clear pictures and incredible battery life for the best show on the go, whether you’re commuting, travelling or chilling at home.

Stunning sound quality
You get superb sound quality from WALKMAN® thanks to three built-in audio technologies: Clear Stereo, Clear Bass and DSEE digital sound enhancement. They all work in harmony to bring you a listening experience as close as possible to the original sound, just like being at a live performance.

High quality video playback
Watch your videos in outstanding colour and clarity, thanks to 30 frame per second playback and our QVGA high brightness WALKMAN® screens. Play your video clips horizontally or vertically, and in advanced video formats like MPEG-4, AVC for crisp, smooth viewing whatever content you’re watching.

Longest battery life around
WALKMAN® battery stamina is way ahead of the competition, which means you can listen for so much longer. With up to 40 hours straight playback, plugging in to power up will be the last thing on your mind – whether you’re at home, in the car or anywhere on the move. Never miss a single beat again.

Drag-and-drop your favourite content
Transferring video and music to your WALKMAN® is so easy with drag-and-drop, you’ll have your whole library at your fingertips in seconds. Using Windows Media Player 11®, iTunes® or Windows Explorer, managing your playlists and moving files over is hassle-free. Just drag, drop, relax and enjoy.

More listening choice with FM
The freedom of a built-in FM Tuner lets you chop and change between music and video libraries and your favourite radio shows. With 30 preset channels, you can tune into all the top stations – and find more of your own – to give you even more choice over what you want to listen to.


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