Thanks Lachlan for a comprehensive and final review.
The Sony is disappointing on many and almost all fronts. As you have pointed out, the ZX-1 should wipe the floor with any smartphone period.
It firstly should kill the Apple products in the sound department without any fuss, it doesn't.
It should have the cpu power to achieve any task without lag, it doesn't.
It's screen rez and brightness should match any player(approx. same price) or phone out there and better it, it doesn't.
It only has two things going for it currently at least compared to the iPhone 5s in that it is better made, metal verses mostly plastic and it's 128GB of memory.
The iPhone 5s is first and foremost a phone with gimmicks attached, one being the music player. It has fixed memory and currently is limited to max 64GB.
This should push people to buy the Samsung Galaxy range which has expandable memory and meet and exceed the ZX-1 here. If the Samsung has comparable music playing finesse then it's really a no brainier- and you get a phone thrown in.
I have had the ZX-1 for some time now and the more I use it the more it's short cummings annoy me and at the price I paid I feel ripped off. I will wait for the new Cowon Plenue P1 to come out and compare.
Bad job Sony you should and can do better.
Edited by Cecala - 6/8/14 at 7:50pm