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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
I've had this for 2 months now, and have used it a few dozen times. I also previously owned the Aquabeat 1.0, and have owned several waterproof ipod nanos.

First off, you need to get a good fit from for the ear pieces, or else any underwater mp3 player will be junk. And what fits one person well won't fit another. I tried 3-4 different types before I found something that works. That ended up being one of the cheaper underwater earphones available through Amazon. Once you've got earphones that work, you'll be able to tell that basically all the underwater mp3 players sound pretty much the same (okay, but not great, fine for podcasts or casual music appreciation). It's just a matter of how reliable they are, what features they have, how easy they are to use.

In comparison with the previous Aquabeat, this is a big winner. This new version is smaller, much, much easier to use with the LED screen, and has a radio that surprisingly works pretty well. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't float like the previous version, but that's not really a big deal to me.

In comparison to the ipod nano with waterproofing, well, that's tougher to say. If you like to listen to radio a lot while swimming, then go with the Aquabeat 2.0, sure. But the nano is so much better designed and using iTunes to manage your music is much, much easier if you are trying to listen to podcasts that update frequently. The controls on the nano are much better as well. The Aquabeat's buttons are clumsy and the interface really needs to be simplified to allow the most common operations with one or two touches. The nano has voiceover, so the lack of an LCD screen is not a big deal, it's pretty easy to find the music you want.

So would I recommend a waterproof nano over the Aquabeat? Well, while they're operating, I loved my nano. It's fantastic. But, in the last three years, I've been through four of them, they all failed after after 4-8 months of usage. Look at reviews from people who have had the product more than a month, it's a frequent complaint. However I have had good experience with Waterfi's customer service, they gave me a free replacement within their 1-year warranty period twice. They're advertising an upgraded waterproofing system that they claim will work much better, without coming out and admitting that their previous system wears out with frequent use.

Presumably, since the Aquabeat is actually designed by the manufacturer to work underwater, it'll last longer. I don't really know if it'll work out that way, since my first Aquabeat was stolen after only a month, and I've only been using the Aquabeat 2.0 for about two months. As Of right now though, I'd definitely recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
Pros,

Easy to use once I got the manual which it did not come with it. It is hard to use most functions without it.
It Clips easy on the goggles but I had to take off the plastic piece that wraps around the ears which is attached to headphones/earplugs.
I yet to use the stopwatch while training.

Cons
The sound is not loud enough; I had max the volume to be able to hear it.
The radio does go out of tune once underwater and gets static sound , you have to re -tune it which is easy.
The fitness function is strangely not really designed to work for a swimmer more like a runner or cyclist.
Battery charge does not last all that , it drains even while shut down.
It would be great if it had a lap counter built in.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I waited until the Speedo 2.0 before making my first purchase of an underwater MP3 player, purely based on the fact that I didnt believe that technology had come far enough to provide a decent consumer level product. I was sadly mislead into believing that this was it.

Looks
The Aquabeat MP3 player looks pretty nifty, unfortunately though the buttons are not very user friendly, with an absurdly complicated level of buttons to get to the main menu from whatever is playing at the time.

The sound
Even on ground, the sound quality is below average, far worse than even most of the chinese knockoff mp3 players you find around the place

The headphones
this is probably the worst part. Once underwater, these constantly come off, even after I adjust the earpiece to suite my ears. Even if they do by some miracle stay on the ears, the sound is so badly muffled, that its like having two pillows over your ears.

Features
Dont even bother thinking about using things like the distance calculator, timer or radio. For one thing its time consuming to get started and the radio is terrible once underwater..

Rating and recommendation
- Wouldnt bother buying this, I hear good things about the FINIS underwater MP3, but will wait out a few more years before testing the waters again!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
I own this device for about 4 months now, and I can't swim without it anymore. The only down point are the headphones that don't fit properly in my ear canal, I had to cut a piece of the rubber part and adapt. For that reason, the sound is really low when your head is in the water, they should find a way to make a headphone that is able to keep the water from getting in.
The device is great, but I'm giving it 4 stars for the headphones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
The thing I like most is that it remembers where my song is after I turn it off. This is great for me, because I listen to large NPR podcasts and they may be cut short by the end of my swim, so I can return to the place where I left off the next day.

Other than that, it's FM player sounds great and even pre-programs channels, it's very easy to read the screen and to navigate after a couple minutes of practice.

I do have a problem with the headphones though. After getting them wet for the first time, they sound distorted and about 75% volume. Thankfully there is a 90 day warranty on the headphones.

The battery life is huge given in the specifications, it actually lasts in real life about 4 lap swimming sessions of 1 hour apiece. Which is good enough to have to plug it in 3+ hours to charge it every week or so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
I like this MP3 player. I've had it a couple of months now and it is reliable for swimming laps. I do not use the earphones that came with it. I have a set of H2O surge Pros that I've been using for a year or so and I am sticking with them. Speedo must have been listening to it's customers because they fixed two of the shortfalls of the previous models. They added a shuffle option and a battery meter. Way to go Speedo! This MP3 player seems more stable when adding music to it. I do NOT like the plastic clip that this MP3 player uses to clip onto goggles. The old integrated retainers were much better.

I've had a Speedo LAZR for years. I have put a lot of laps in the pool with it. However, it doesn't want to reboot after a charge like it used to. I have to reset it a bunch before it works after a charge. I figure a few years in a wet environment is pretty good for an electronic device.

I tried another cheapo piece of !@#$% non-Speedo MP3 player. It was chrome plastic and the headphones screwed into the player so you have to use proprietary headphones with it. I ordered an adapter when I bought it but the instructions said the adapter could not be used in water. Didn't say that in the description of the product when I bought it. Plus the adapter was not a standard size. The non-Speedo MP3 player only lasted for about a month and one side stopped working. So I came back to Speedo. Glad I did.

I'll keep using the current setup until it goes bad. I have my old LAZR and the new Speedo headphones from the new player as backup. I am spoiled. Laps without music sucks! Maybe I'll get 3 years out of this setup. too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
I am very dissapointed. I unpacked it, charge it and used it once and next day failed...
I also notices it has poor fm reception.
Manuel
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on November 29, 2014
I ordered for the Aqua Beat about one month back. Waited to write the review as I wasn't sure about the product. I have used a lot of branded MP3 players, the most fav of mine always remains the Sony MP3. But we moved into an island and I knew the salt water effect on my MP3. Then decided to give a shot to Speedo. I heard a lot about Finis but the broblem would be that I couldnt use it without a goggles support.

I must say Im really Happy with the Speedo. I wouldn't give it a 5* coz the major drawback are the headphone. They do not always fit properly. It takes too long for me to plug it to my ears , adjust them and then swim. But definitely the sound quality is better when under water. Has improved the laps I do. It will be nice if they look for a alternative design for the headphones. Ear plugs are fine. But its the around the ear design that I a problem. So until now its working fine.
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on March 15, 2015
I bought this Aquabeat 2.0 after having loved the first version. My headphones had broken and my charger was missing from my old one and I figured that it was only a matter of time before it bit the dust and I should have a backup. Plus I thought it would be nice to have a spare if my battery died before my workout was over. The 2.0 worked fine for about three 40-minute swim sessions before it died. I charged it, but then it would just scroll through all the menu options on the screen at high speed and the buttons were non-responsive. I returned it and received a refund after owning it only a few weeks. In the end I found my charger cord and bought some new Waterfi headphones to go with my old Aquabeat which is still going strong after about four years.
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on April 26, 2014
The metal screw part is rusty after a few swim and now 4 months down the road, the unlock button is no longer functioing and could not be switched off, so the whole unit is now declared useless, considering the amount of money one has to pay for this, I would rather go for other alternatives. I have used the older version of the aquabeat, it lasted several times more than this newer version. very disappointing with this product from Speedo indeed.
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