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Decent multimedia player with some drawbacks
on December 12, 2010
For the money, this multimedia player does a lot: plays videos (including flash videos)and mp3s, displays photos, and serves as a decent ereader. Throw in a radio, an onboard speaker (albeit weak range) and recorder, and what's not to like? Well, for starters, as another reviewer notes, there are issues with the battery. The instructions say that for optimum use, you should do a full charge and discharge of the battery at least 4-5 times. What they don't say is that it may take more than 24 hours to do a full charge! It's true that with patience, the battery life does get longer, but not very long (watching videos, the longest it's worked is 2 1/2 hours, and 5 hours using the reader and playing music at the same time). Most people realize that you can only download kindle books with either a kindle or the kindle ap for androids, pcs, etc, so that was no problem for me. I have successfully downloaded books in ePub format from other sites, and enjoy the books already on the Primer. I've also downloaded news and magazines through ecalibre. I did have to figure out how to use each of the apps from the other sites (e.g.,Borders, my library), but once I did, no problems. What I do find annoying is that the directories are confusing, so it's not always easy to find your download immediately, and the ebook directory will list not only your ebooks but also your music, etc (though you can only play videos from the video directory and music from the music directory). I originally gave this multimedia player a four star review, then took that down after the battery problems. I am holding onto mine because it was cheap, and still does more things than a kindle. I also like the ereader's LCD screen better than either the kindle or the b & w nook. But you'll need to be prepared to take some time with this to make it work for you. Or just spend more and get the color nook, which has the color LCD screen, can play videos (though not flash, yet) and music, and has Wi-Fi with a decent browser to boot.