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Sony Walkman NWZ-S630 Series (S636/S638/S639)

Sony Walkman NWZ-S630 Series (S636/S638/S639)
alaScore 87

615 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analysed 615 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and value for money. The design and usability also get good comments.

sound, usability, design, value for money, portability

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 & Media Players the Sony Walkman NWZ-S630 Series (S636/S638/S639) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 615 reviews)

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Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F MP3 player review


Say "Walkman" and you probably now think of the Sony Ericsson phones, but Sony hasn't stopped making dedicated music players. Can the NWZ-S639F make you want to dump your current MP3 player? We get listening to find out. Small and tall, the Sony...

SensMe, FM radio, sound quality, headphones

Screen is too small for video

With a good sound, small design and drag and drop freedom the NWZ-639F has plenty going for it

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Sony NWZ-S639F Walkman review


Its older, larger, more expensive A-series brethren offers wireless audio and a whopping screen, but for ease-of-use, sound quality and sheer enjoyment to use, the S639F is a terrific choice. BBC iPlayer support is an awesome bonus for UK users

Sound quality ; Smart design ; Good price ; SensMe feature ; BBC iPlayer support ; Crisp screen ; Drag-and-drop file management ; Podcast integration ; Great battery life

No stereo Bluetooth ; No gapless playback ; DivX or Xvid support would've been superb

Is it an iPod nano killer? For this price, capacity and sound quality, it could be. The nano is still our favourite, but we wouldn't argue with you for choosing this over Apple's alternative, particularly if you enjoy BBC content and the fact that the...


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Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F 16GB


Stu takes a look at Sony's Walkman NWZ-S639F and is left feeling rather impressed!

While the most demanding audiophiles could do better, the S-Series Walkman has the edge on Apple's Nano when it comes to sound quality and value. Compact players don't get much better than this.


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Stuff magazine


Sony's latest iPod Nano competitor is better specified and cheaper than its rival. Can it outperform it, too?

Sony's on to a winner with the NWZ-S639F. It's the best compact MP3 player you can buy

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Sony NWZ-S638F (8GB)


The S-series Walkman is the perfect ultra-portable for the Apple agnostics

Compact design; extremely capable audio; brilliant (though small) screen; support for iPlayer

That darned nano

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Sony NWZ-S639F


The best of the rest - though we doubt that will satisfy Sony

Slim and solid ; bright, detailed screen ; poised sound ; Napster freebies included

Not the drive or detail of some rivals

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Sony NWZ-S639F


Sony took a while to catch up with Apple in the digital music department, perhaps it spent so long waiting for everyone to convert to ATRAC, stored on a MiniDisc and synched via SoundStage. Now though, the NWZ-S639F, with its 40 hours of music playback...

Stunning audio quality. Good looking player

The screen's too small to watch video comfortably. No Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

Slim, stylish and simple. But that's enough about us. The Sony NWZ-S639F is aslick MP3 player with equally slick audio

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Sony NWZ-S639F


The Sony NWZ-S639F is the new release for the Walkman series. It sports better and crisper displays as well as full audio support and higher storage capacity. The only thing that remains the same as with all Walkman series from Sony is that it still...

From rocky beginnings in digital music, the Walkman brand has evolved at lightning speed, and the NWZ-S639F is proof. In the sonic stakes it pumps out audio that’s nothing short of stunning. The headphones included in the box perform far better than...

You can’t expand its storage, and Wi-Fi is a distinct no-no. And sadly no Bluetooth. It’s a shame Sony couldn’t have crammed it in, since this is one of the smallest MP3 players it has ever created. Making it wireless would have been extremely slick...

Slim, stylish and simple, Sony's midget MP3 player cranks out sound in stunning quality. Don’t rely on it for video though, or expect the added extras crammed in by some rivals.

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Sony NWZ-S638F MP3, MP4 Portable Audio Player


Sony positions at the cutting edge in the technology field for years of heritage and recently it has won European championship of technology like one among its many awards. Every year the specialist magazines around Europe select the best brand and the...

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Amazon review summary for Sony Walkman NWZ-S630 Series (S636/S638/S639)


alaTest has collected and analysed 381 user reviews of Sony Walkman NWZ-S630 Series (S636/S638/S639) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on

sound, usability, value for money, portability, headphones

96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Walkman NWZ-S639FB 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - BlackSony Walkman NWZ-S639FR 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - RedSony Walkman NWZ-S639FS 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - Silver

Product Specifications

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, traveling or chilling at home.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud/In-ear ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback:Built-in/Built-in / Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback / Radio / Video playback
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio


Run Time (Up To):40hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / MP3 / PCM / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Equaliser:Built-in/Built-in / Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:16GB/8GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Walkman

MD System

Type: None


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Radio System

Tuner Type:Digital radio tuner / FM

Remote Control

Type: None