I was optimistically trying to give this player a fair chance, but in the end my review will be pretty negative. The short story is that I will try returning it this week (after two weeks of ownership). I knew I was getting a cheap player, but financially had no other choice and for the features, short life span was acceptable. But two weeks is a bit of a disappointment and only half the features really worked... First, the good: I needed something that could plug into any platform of any age and be able to manage the files without software, as my Mac computer is 7 years old and is too old to load new software. This player worked great in that regard, except it did not read the file data – meaning the viewscreen showed “unknown” for all the song, artist, album info on most files. The radio worked great for me and since I’ve not had one before, kind of liked having it on the commute. I thought the sound on this player was awesome – I didn’t need to adjust any of the settings and usually I have to crank a lot of EQ bars to keep the sound from being tinny, even on my expensive iPod. The bad: After only a week of normal, careful use, there is a crack in the screen. Unlike an iPod, the sleep mode seems to use just as much battery as play does. This means you have to turn the player completely off when not in use and you lose your place in the shuffle que/book chapter/podcast every time you shut down. While the price was good for the features offered, half the features are not really functional. The screen is so unbelievably dark (even at the highest setting), the video player is essentially useless and viewing pictures hardly worth it. And you literally can’t read the screen if you are outside. It’s pretty faint on a bus on a sunny day, but indoors it’s fine for music maneuvering and some video playback. The camera is little better quality than a security camera cam, so that’s another worthless feature. My own headphones would not stay in – they kept expelling out. And since there is no way to turn off the speaker, the whole bus got to hear my music every time I fumbled around for the cord to shove it back in. The headphones provided fit fine in the jack but were not the style that work for me (keep falling out of my ears) and the cord is so short, I couldn’t have the player in my pocket or purse. I have to wonder if they purposly created the jack a different size than standard? I hated the touchscreen (in general) – Something I knew from the start but I thought, “Hey, they’re all the rage, so it must just be me.” On this one, the screen unlock button is right over the play/pause and forward/back buttons and I kept accidentally hitting those, screwing up my place in whatever podcast I was trying to listen to. These buttons are also placed in a difficult spot to maneuver one handed. And the screen lock function is a double edged sword – Either you constantly have to get past it to adjust volume/skip around, or you set the timer longer and have it constantly screw up as your fingers bump against it. I liked having the minesweep game and played it a lot – unfortunately, the screen calibration kept going wonky and every three or four games I’d have to go all the way out into settings and recalibrate the screen before I could play again, which got frustrating and tedious.
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