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Speedo Aquabeat 2.0 4GB MP3
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
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
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
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
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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 May 28, 2014
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
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 30, 2014
Color Name: PinkVerified Purchase
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
Color Name: Pink
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
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
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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on April 16, 2014
Color Name: Black
Considering it came with a one year warranty, it performed like it was designed for 10 months, nearly flawlessly. Note, i am not using the earbuds that came with it because I couldn't stand having the things wrap behind my ears. So this review is based solely on the device not the earbuds.
I had one time where it got confused and wouldn't charge but with some persistence and a lot of attempts to reset it just decided to start working again.
my biggest frustration was the shuffle feature would favor some songs and never play others. I tried to make a custom randomized list myself but it didn't respect the playlist order either. I could never figure that one out.
Last week(4/10/2014) I got to the pool, heard one song then it powered off. I couldn't get it to power back on and figured it was confused again since I had just charged it two days ago. when I plugged it into my computer I got a USB not recognized error. I let is sit for a minute before i tried to unplug it and try again. when I attempted to unplug it, it was really hot (dead short on the battery). I called swimoutlet.com for advice and they had a warranty replacement in my hands by Monday the 14th. I immediately opened the package to get it charged for a lunchtime swim. It never charged. It wouldn't power on. I called them back and now have a AudioFlood on the way.
swimming to music is worth just about any cost and even at $114 for 10 months of awesome sound, though a bit steep was worth the money. Even better when I got a credit towards a new and better rated toy. So even with all the quirks, I would give it 3 stars. too bad they couldn't make it more durable. (typical first world problems)
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