LOL. Everyone seems to hate Sony these days. Honestly, Sony has (or had) the potential to take over the world. They could have easily killed Apple and their ipod years ago. I mean, not only does Sony make media devices but they also own media companies. But the way Sony is structured, they operate as a conglomerate of smaller individual corporations. Kinda like feuding siblings that don't talk to each other at family reunions.
As for their products, it's hit or miss. They used to make quality (and expensive) products. But now, in addition to their high end products, they make a whole lot of low end products. Not much is offered in between. So consumers are drawn to the Sony name, but get duped into buying a piece of junk product that was made in some third world country.
Their laptops are ok. But I'd only recommend the Z or S series, if you insist on getting one. Personally, I think ThinkPads are the best laptops, period. Sure they're not as sexy looking as a Macbook or Vaio, but they can take a serious beating and will last for several years. And Trackpoints are so much better than touchpads.
Their digital cameras are pretty good. Just as long as you get the right models. Their micro 4/3 cameras have gotten great reviews all around. As well as their DSLR cameras. Also, I believe Sony was the first to offer a backlit CMOS sensor on their mid-range point-n-shoot cameras.
I still buy Sony. But I'm really selective. Recently bought a Bravia LCD TV and I'm very happy with it so far. And I still like their MP3 players. Awesome sound, great battery life, easy to operate, no software needed to transfer music. If you want a no frills MP3 that just plays music and sounds great, get the Sony A-series. I've got NWZ-A818 and it's been running great all these years. I'm looking forward to the A860
. No apps, no web browser, no wifi. It just plays music and videos. I'm hoping they offer the 32GB and 64GB version here in the states. Guess I'll have to wait and see.