I was just planning on buying a new Sony AW180 (model available in my country) but after your complaints I am now considering another brand. Maybe HP.
Thank you for enlightening me on this issue.
My battery also died after 14 moths of normal usage. And I took almost another year to replace as in Brazil it is sold only bu Sony thru their site and I bought but they never delivered. Had to buy it in the US and now I am sueing Sony Brazil for their incompetence.
I also bought a Sony SZ120 in Febr 2006, and lost the clock and the external battery almost at the same time, around April 2007. The battery I finally succeeded to buy new but the clock... I wonder if Sony will ever think of doing a recall to solve these annoying little problems of some many users, or maybe they'd rather lose their customers instead of providing better service.