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Loooong Battery Life
on June 15, 2011
Started freezing up CONSTANTLY. Sending back to amazon. BEWARE!!! zero stars.
If you need a player with extremely long battery life, this is it. I usually only buy players powered by actually batteries, AAA or AA. I cannot charge a player at work. And it takes too long. Few players now offer operation of removable batteries, like AAA or AA. This player last 3 - 4 full days @ 12 hour a day play time on its internal non-removable battery. In other words, one charge has lasted 55 hours easily, just as the specs on this player claim. I can charge it at home and get another 55 hours of audio play out of it. Not sure how long the battery lasts on video play. I only use my player for audio.
The sound is clear and strong. My only issue is on power-off, then power-on, the player does not pick up where it left off in the audio file played. It goes back to the start. I haven't found a way to bookmark a place in the audio file for saving. But it is easy to scroll back to the point where you left off listening. But it would be nice if the player remembered where it was playing in the file after power-off, and back on. Kind of strange, because even the cheapest players remember where it left off.
I do not play video, but the sample video files on the player are very colorful and look great.
FM radio has many presets for marking/adding favorites. And you can record whatever is playing on the radio for playback later of that song(s).
If you have an apple white square AC to USB wall charger, that comes with most apple phones and iPods, you can use that to charge this without a computer. Just plug the Cowon S9 USB cord into the apple white block AC to USB connection, and the apple charger will charge the Cowon S9 player directly from the wall ac power.
Saves you from buying the Cowon wall ac-USB charger.
The touch screen is not as sensitive as I would like. Most touch commands have to be done twice on the touch screen.
And the USB to device plug is a NON-standard type. One end is USB, the other a thin very wide plug that goes to the device.
So if you need more than one S9 connector, you will have to order another from Cowon. One would have thought Cowon would use a standard plug and not still another non-standard plug end.
I personally get tired of so many USB to device connectors all over the place. And owning the Cowon S9, you have to add still another to the collection.
But the #1 issue is battery life. And the Cowon S9 does deliver a full 55 hours of audio playback on one charge.
And it re-charges back up very fast too.
The Cowon S9 is pricy, and has no Wi-Fi but does have blue-tooth. It is worth the price mainly due to battery life.
If you need Wi-Fi, get an iPod. But an iPod only delivers a fraction of the battery life as the Cowon S9.