This will not a thorough test, just a comparison between two very distinct devices that can both be used for listening to podcasts. I compare 2 years old iPod mini and spankin’ new Sony Ericsson W800i.
I use iPod almost exclusively for podcasts and I always carry phone with me (except when I forget it somewhere, which is not very uncommon). If I could I would merge both devices and I would have to worry for one battery less.
Here what I think good podcasting device should do/have and what these devices have/can do:
||Both have more than enough storage for couple of shows.
|Fits in pocket
|Remembers the position when song/podcast was stopped
||This is crucial. Trying to remember where you last stopped listening and rewinding can take a lot fun out of podcasts. iPod remembers positions of every podcast if you listen to .m4b audio books.|
|Sufficient battery life
||Both can hold their juice for couple of days which works for me.|
||SE fails here. Fast Forwarding is not fast at all. It can take you couple of minutes to fast forward and hour long show.|
||You can put songs on iPod in gazzilion ways. You can use infra red, bluetooth or USB for SE. Quite different, but both good enough. |
||This is killer function of a podcast player. You can accelerate playback on iPods if you listen to .m4b audio books.|
So, what’s the conclusion? W800i is a great walkman. But it is still bad compared to iPod. If I would own an iPod I would use it for listening to podcasts, but this way I still carry both with me.