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five star deal
on March 11, 2013
First off, I gave this item five starts because, for the price, it's worth eveyr one. Here's my take.
1. Don't expect an iPod. People give this item two stars because they have unrealistic expectations. It's costing you less than $40.00. Don't expect an iPod or Zune in quality. That being said, there great qualities and some duds in this gizmo. Positives first.
2. The camera has three resolutions, and all of them are what they say: 640, 1280, and 1600 dpi. The camera is only .3 (point three) megapixels, so the higher resolutions are interpolted, but the camera is actually not bad for the price. Colors are a bit dull, but so what. I don't think anyone is going to be recording family memories with it. There is also a 5, 10, or 20 second delay timer.
3. Video. Great for the price. Resoluitons are 176, 352, and 640dpi. As the resolution goes up, the frame rate goes down. At 640, the device delivers about 10 frames pers second. I didn't even know this HAD video. I knew it had a camera, but the video was a surprise. Again, not bad for 40 bucks.
4. Radio is mono, but you still have one. You have to adjust the stations by hand one tenth at a time, but then you can save them as favorites.
5. Music is itemized by Artist, Albums, Genres, and favorites, but you have to load the songs with the meta-informat0in in the files or else it will just alphabetize the songs for you.
6. It reads text (and possibly pdf) files. Load up your .txt files and you can read them on the screen, though the text size is somewhat unclear and I found no way to adjust the font size. The device says "ebook" but I don't know if it will open and read actual efiles such as from Amazon or Borders, etc.
7. Photos are slow. ALl of the photos you have in the device have to become icons before you can look at any of them, so keep the file numbers low or use only low resolutions. The higher resolution photos in the device by default when it's delivered slow things down, so, if you don't absolutely need them to trick you friends and family that you took them, delete them. Each one can be deleted, or else you can only delete them ALL, not in individually selected batches. Mount the device in your computer via USB to delete the photos in batches more quickly.
8. The explorer funtion, for deleting (and moving by copying) files.
9. There is a calendar, but you have to actually set it so that it displays the correct day and month. Strangely, setting the date is in Day/Month/Year format, but the actaul DISPLAYED date is in month/day/year format on the screen.
10. Setting the clock is easy and dislays correctly.
11. Ditch the crumby headphones. Your professional headphones will deliver the music from a device that does a pretty good job of converting to digital to analog for your happy ears D to A converters are pretty cheap these days, and you often cannot tell the difference between a cheap one and an expensive one, and most people don't know the difference anyway. The music sounds great.
Don't listen to hardily to the naysayers here who give this device low reviews. For your 40 bucks, you get a gizmo that delivers what you would think 40 bucks should deliver, AND MORE. Don't bang on the screen. The touchscreen is slow, so you doh't have to press twice (usually), but you have to be DELIBERATE about it. Light touches sometimes won't work, but if you "mean it" when you touch it, you'll get a response. Again, just don't, you know, PRESSSSSSSSS on the screen. You just have to be deliberate and wait a half second for it to respond.