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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2011
To begin, let me explain that this was purchased as a gift for my 4-year-old.

I bought it with the intention of it being a miniature way for her to watch her videos (and thus leave my cell phone alone!) I have not tested out the ease of the mp3 portion, only the video. That's where it gets tricky.

You can only use AVI files of a certain size. While it is easy enough to add content to the player (drag and drop works just fine), making sure that your file is usable is the trick. There are several pieces of software that are on the internal drive of this player. After a failure on the first, I decided to try to download any number of free-ware (partly due to the fact that the 'converter' was only a trial edition!) Even though I was following the specifications included in the documentation, I would drag and drop only to get a 'format error' show up on the screen.

I was ready to leave a really negative review.

Finally I went through the tools on the player one more time and discovered one I'd missed. It's called mp4 tool, and it really DOES work with a practically one-click setup. Dragged and dropped and FINALLY got a workable file.

So do be prepared for some trial and error as you figure this out.

The interface on the screen seems pretty simple. I was a little disappointed to discover that even though the front screen is picture-driven, once you are in the video's folder the files are textual ... this is not a problem for me, but remember that this is a present for a four-year-old who does not know how to read yet. She picks her movies based on picture and graphics clues. I see a lot of "Mommy can you put (insert movie name here) on for me?" in my future.

I did not test this with the included earphones, because I didn't want to disentangle them before gifting this. I used a pair of dollar-store earbuds and the sound was okay. But please bear in mind I am not a huge audiophile who has to have the perfect surround sound and am satisfied with mediocre!

I will probably update this after my daughter has had it for a while to comment on durability.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
This product is a really cheap buy, I used to own a few cheap iPod nano knock off MP4 players back when the iPod video came out and wrote a top 100 guide for them on ebay back in the day. I bought this expecting to get a similar product but boy was I wrong.

Lets start off with the design. It is shaped like an iPod shuffle but boasts a touchscreen with an AM radio and video playback. The constuction is bottom grade. It makes those Mp4 players I used to own look like like top of the line products. It uses low quality plastics and it looks like it was designed in a hurry. The metal portion of the player is low grade aluminum but is sturdy enough for normal use. The touchscreen is less then usable. The touch layer sits too high off of the display and you have to do finger smashing to get it to register. The display has poor color reproduction and is such a low resolution that watching videos on this is little more then a novelty trick.

Software
The interface is severely limited. The arrows do not do anything, it's a cheap trick to make you think it does more then it really does. It says it supports folder browsing to organize your music but only makes a list of all the songs on the device with no folder browsing. The radio does ok but it does not pick up radio stations very well. for a 1.8 inch screen it should have enough space to browse your music with no problem, but the resolution is so low that you cannot even read half of the song names.

Audio - The audio amplifier is so low powered that even at maxed out volume the audio can barely comfortably be heard in a slightly noisy place like a gym. The signal is dirty as well. As mentioned the Audio player does not even allow folder browsing. It just loads a single list of all the songs onboard.

This product is little more then a scam using outright lies to get you to fork over some cash. If you want an overglorified iPod shuffle then you should be happy with this product, otherwise if you are looking for a feature rich device at a steal of a price then you can do way way better for about 10$ more. I would give it a little higher reguards if the touchscreen wasnt an absolute pain to use. The only person I would consider giving this to would be a young child looking for a toy to play music and videos, that is if they can muster up the strength to press the touchscreen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Its no iPod, but for the cost it does everything i need. i take this to the gym, so i just set the thing to random and listen. the headphones are decent, not great, but decent, and pretty loud. i have no issues hearing anything over the sound of the machines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
I took a chance - hoped that I wouldn't get one with a touch screen that did not respond at all, but after I first charged it up, I was disappointed. I could see the menu icons, but couldn't get any of the icons to respond to touch nor could I change to the second set of icons. I could connect to it with my computer and load more podcasts, etc, but the screen was totally unresponsive.

I was about ready to send it back, but decided to try the magic step - to reset the unit.

Reset - the usual paperclip into the reset hole. I did feel the reset button depress. I then turned it on again and now was able to get the screen to respond.

While to get the icons to respond means a firm press, to change from screen one to screen two it is a steady firm swipe on the screen from one side of screen to the other. (I was a bit confused as to whether I was just supposed to 'press' hard on the arrows icons pointing offscreen or to swipe the screen to change - and when nothing seemed to respond, it was impossible to figure out, of course.)

Now I can agree with the positive reviews. System is not super responsive, but it is as expected for the price. It does what is is supposed to do and is cute. While it has icons, it is not a system designed for people who are not used to typical issues in the logic within these small electronics. Nor is it easier for people who have poor eyesight. (I had purchased it hoping that I could use it for my mother (with early dementia as well as poor eyesight) to use. But while the icons are nice colorful things to press and easy to 'see', there are too many subsequent steps and choices each time to work through for someone who either doesn't see well or who is impatient and not adaptable.

(If I were designing this for my mother or someone like her, I'd put all choices in the settings, so that pressing the icons would just start that application running with the next item in its queue, and pressing the screen during running just gets to a forward or back arrow (to advance or go back) to next item. And the menu button on top to get to the icons again.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This Mp3 player is a pure knockout. It works and exceeded my expectations. It has so many functions for a really good price. Everything about it is perfect, from design to functionality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
I bought this while on the road when my Sandisk player literally went up in smoke. I guess it wasn't getting along with its car charger.

Anyway, this unit promises a lot and delivers little. The most frustrating things are the user interface (klutzy at best) and its lack of a power off timer which lets it keep running until the battery is completely flat.

And another thing: putting the micro sdhc card from the Sandisk in it was fine in concept, but required a lot of moving files around before I could see the contents of folders and play 'em. Jut not the friendliest thing I've ever used by a long shot. This may be due to the fact that I don't use iTunes, but maintain my own directory structure for music and audiobooks. Still, I'd think that it'd be able to see files where I put 'em.

I've ordered another Sandisk player which should be at my home when I get back. Then I can use this thing to prop up one of my monitors (it's too small for a door stop.)

Update (06/14/2013): I had to revert to this after the Sandisk Sansa Clip+ player I ordered quit playing in the middle of an audiobook and I couldn't bring it back to life (I couldn't find any necromancers in the yellow pages) and my opinion of it is unchanged...unless I could give it zero stars. The most frustrating thing (aside from all the others) is that if any of the buttons get bumped, it goes off into never-never land (no, not THAT Neverland) and starts playing at a seemingly random point. With music I wouldn't have much of a problem with it, but with audiobooks, it's a real PITA. I should have the replacement Sandisk player today and I can relegate this POS to monitor support again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
If you're looking for a player that will get you by it's ok.. Expect a poorly planned out and executed menu, poor reponse touch screen but everything does work.
What I like... The metal housing and clip on back are solid, which is what I wanted. For a mere $20 I dropped in a 32gb micro sd card. It's also a drag and drop type player, no real options for play modes other than repeat, I don't necessarily like Itunes anyway so this works next to my iPod... I have to also say that the sound quality I do get is pretty damned decent, I do have a mid range set of headphones on the thing though so.. Again, if you're a work out person and want a cheap clip with okay build this does the trick. If you're looking for the polish or options of an iPod or ANdroid player this is not for you. Videos play fine as well, radio is mixed, reception pretty crappy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
I bought this only after a salesperson assured me that this player lets you create playlists, only to discover that he was wrong! Unless you transfer a complete CD, each song ends and it requires that you manually go to another file for a new song! Even when I added files to files, the player always stopped after each song. The touch screen does not work very well, and it is really confusing to navigate this product. I read the directions, but they were advising me to push buttons that were not on my player. The manual even said that the directions might not be correct with the product since they have made some changes. I am returning this TODAY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
The songs started from the beginning every time it was turned off. After 4 days the volume down/screen unlock button stopped working. I also had to go online to see how to delete songs and read manual, does not come with one.
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