Conclusion: The A805 sounds fantastic and comes with the best headphones in this test. Its battery life is a strong point, but if you want to use your MP3 player on multiple PCs, the SonicStage software is restrictive. An 8GB version, the NW-A808, is also available, but at around £170 it's expensive for its capacity.
Excerpt: We almost feel sorry for new MP3 players. It can't be easy going up against the mighty iPod, yet companies can't help but take their chances against Apple. So here we are again, with another challenger squaring-up to the nano for the featherweight crown.
Pros: Stylish looks, great sound and picture quality, surprisingly accomplished headphones
Cons: 2GB will fill fast, especially with video, bundled software is clumsy
Summary: Sony getting excited about its first player with video replay is a bit like a car manufacturer crowing about the inclusion of air con. It’s nuffing new, mate. But, given this player’s instant visual appeal, we’ll indulge the electronics giant. Friendly face Previous Sony players have relied on slick usability and brilliant sound to impress, and the concern in Stuffland was that the inclusion of video replay could mean interface and sonic sacrifices.
Excerpt: Konkurrenz für den „iPod Nano“? Sonys neuer „NW-A800“ hat ähnliche Abmessungen und ist ebenfalls mit 2, 4 und 8 Gigabyte Speicher erhältlich. Im Unterschied zum Nano kann man mit dem etwas teureren NW-A800 auch Videos anschauen. COMPUTER BILD hat die 2-Gigabyte-Version mit Platz für rund 35 Stunden Musik getestet.
Pros: Gute Bildqualität, Gute Tonqualität, Lange Akkulaufzeit