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Worst device I've ever owned
on August 23, 2009
I bought this MP3 player at Target around the end of July 2009. It was ~$100. I thought it would be okay. I liked it's clean look because I was entertaining attaching velcro or something to it so that it could be stuck on an automobile's dash. The automobile is a 2009 with a high quality stereo. I've decided not to affix things to the dash because that's tacky. BUT, I can't believe how bad this device is. It's mind blowing.
Now, I came to hate this device in the course of two weeks. The underside's plastic's finish was scratched by sliding it across my desk slightly immediately. The buttons on the unit are too hard to press and don't always work. The sliding power button is too hard to use, you have to use a fingernail. You have to hold the power button in whatever position for over two seconds. The device takes over twenty seconds to turn on/off. The device will not work when the battery is low, even if it's plugged in and charging. If the battery runs out while you are using it, the device get's screwed up and has to be reset. Then, you can't even use it because it won't work when the battery is low even though it's plugged into a charger. The image on the screen would often freeze. Sometimes the buttons still seemed to operate the device, but the screen was frozen. Sometimes the device froze completely; it would not turn off or do anything no matter what. it had to be reset. The screen would often dim and not un-dim so that I could see anything clearly. The screen is unreadable in sunlight. The interface does not make sense; as in, the buttons used to navigate menus can randomly change with each new hierarchy. I don't understand why it would not be intuitive and always follow the same rules. The random play option was always the same random if you started playing music from the same song. If you pick a song and play it, it only plays that song as if you selected repeat. If you understand what I'm saying, the basic functions of a music player do not work the way you would suspect or want them to with this device. Unforgivable.
The sound output seems to be always very flat. There is a simple unlabeled in any way (I believe five band) EQ that doesn't seem to effect the audio output at all. I would even claim that it doesn't even do anything to the sound.
The music was synced to this device via Windows Media Played fine. It seemed to play any MP3 when it would work. I never tried to use videos. It came with software to convert the videos on a 3" CD that I never used. The headphones that it came with are garbage. It has a micro SD card slot for some reason.
I returned this device to Target for a free refund. I did so because my wife and I where listening to it on a road trip in the new car via Aux' input. It had a full charge at the start of the trip. After ~8 hours the device froze. I think the battery was dead, because it never had lasted more than ~8 hours of continuous audio playback. The unit would not turn off. I plugged it into the cars power adapter via a car USB adapter. I reset it by using a safety pin (many times) I keep in my wallet in case society falls apart and I get handcuffed by some psycho in some 'Saw' movie sort of scenario. The device has one of those small reset holes that you push a pin into. It would not turn back on. We could see that the screen would show various frozen interface hierarchies vary dimly. The device would not work at all after that.
I'm very savvy with these sort of things. I don't know why I thought this thing would be okay; I'll never buy a device impulsively again. I have, today, bought a Sony Walkman 8GB MP3 player from Amazon for ~$80. I hope it works better.
I suggest to anybody looking for a cheap MP3 player to look at Sony, Philips, or Sansa... perhaps Creative... It shouldn't be a big deal for these companies to make good MP3 players that work with Windows Media Player or any old file transfer scheme. If you know what I mean and are a person that has a music collection too big to ever be held on any portable device than perhaps you are looking for a solution like I was/am. That said, a person can't entertain Ipod, or Zune without minor 'hacking'. Soo sad.
You won't like this MP3 player. Do not buy it. It should cost ~$10.