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Perfect Player for the Price!
on May 15, 2011
The V-Touch Pro is not an iPod . . . and that's why I considered it in the first place. I'm probably not the only one who has issues with Apple products-- the cost, the way Apple forces you to download their software in order to use their device, etc. Additionally, even the smallest iPod costs too much for a device that will be carried around in my pocket/backpack, take a beating, and get dropped (more than once). When it comes to portable music/video players, I'm looking for something that balances features and quality with price. Beyond that, as a PC user for many years whose music and video collection is currently in Windows Media Player, not having to download and utilize iTunes (AND Quicktime, now) is an added benefit.
For several years now I've found Visual Land players to be a great balance between functionality and price. If you're like me, with a tendency to punish your electronics (mainly by accident-- you've dropped your MP3 player while working out, too?) you want something that is easy to use, works great, and doesn't break the bank.
For the price, the V-Touch Pro offers more than the basic functionality: support for multiple audio, video, and image file formats, a 2MP camera, FM radio receiver, voice recorder, ebook reader, and a MicroSD slot. To be sure, this unit doesn't do everything spectacularly. However, those few functions that fall short are really only add-ons. I have other devices that cover these needs. For the things I really purchased this player to do, listen to music and watch videos, it either meets or exceeds my expectations.
1. Music Player: Since I've used Windows Media Player to rip my music collection, as well as sites like Amazon.com to purchase music, my collection is either in .wma or .mp3 format. In particular, ripping CDs to .wma means smaller file size so that I can cram more music onto my player. As someone not constantly plugged into my music, this is plenty of space. Adding my 2GB MicroSD card from my old cell phone gives me a full 6GB of space. Need more space? MicroSD cards have come so far down in price that having 8GB or more of storage space will still cost less than even the smallest iPod. Like most people, I've always used my own headphones with any music player. Sound quality is perfect, and the player has an equalizer with several presets. The external speaker is small and sounds a bit tinny no matter what the EQ setting, but this is an example of one of those features that is an "extra"-- not something I particularly use. Despite my earlier frustration with the iPod, it should be noted that the interface is not something I have an issue with. Having said that, the VTouch Pro's interface is very much like the iPod, which makes it easy to navigate. I like being able to sort my music collection by artist, title, genre, etc. For the price, I'm not losing any functionality with this music player!
2. Video Player: The VTouch Pro supports .avi, .flv, and .mp4 formats, along with several others. As before, I sacrifice nothing as far as my ability to download and play video here. As an experienced computer user, it's not hard for me either to convert my video to the proper format to be played or to ensure it is downloaded from YouTube in the proper format. This is one point to take note of-- you do have to have some familiarity with video formats to be able to use this player. Occasionally, I have to go through the extra step of converting a particular video for viewing on my VTouch. It doesn't bother me, but it may be an issue for some. Once you learn the basics of video resolution and file formats, you can easily pull video to this player. One complaint with the screen on the VTouch becomes apparent when playing particularly dark video-- the contrast ratio isn't the best, so darks aren't distinguished as well as I'd like. If you're planning on using this player mainly for video, keep that in mind as it can be occasionally distracting. The included RGB cable makes it easy to hook the player up to a TV, but this is another one of those add-on functions that I really don't use.
3. Touch Screen & Battery Life: The touch screen interface has a bit of give to it, and requires a slightly more forceful touch than your typical smartphone, but this is easily adjusted to. I couldn't say exactly how much time I've gotten out of a battery charge, but with use of a couple hours a day, I can often go several days without charging my VTouch. (Note: A charger is not included. However, with the included USB cable, I charge mine by plugging it into my computer. I haven't yet felt the need to purchase the charger.)
4. Extras: A few extra functions of this player-- not things I use frequently--
* The FM-Radio player works fine, but you must use the included headphones because the cord functions as the antenna. Not something I use much, but a plus if you plan on listening to the radio.
* Camera: The camera takes 2MP stills and records standard definition video, however the quality of either is not great. At the same time, this isn't something I use the VTouch for, so it's not a complaint!
* Voice Recorder: The included voice recorder works well, especially if I need to capture an idea. It records to .wav format, which is easily transferred to my computer, or I can listen to it through the player. A nice touch.
* Ebook Reader: Don't expect a Kindle on this one. Files need to be simple text (.txt) files. Again though, who buys an MP3/MP4 player to read books?
I use my VTouch around the house, while working out, working in the yard, or just laying down to listen to music, and it fulfills each of these functions perfectly! Better still is the fact that I didn't have to fork out three times as much (like I would have for an iPod). I don't need the prestige of owning an Apple product. I just want a solid unit that does what I want, the way I want it to, for the right price. The VTouch Pro more than meets these requirements!