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Not Bad At All.
on September 23, 2010
I bought this through "Bear Motion" via Amazon.com and it just arrived today. It took me less than a minute to figure out all the controls, it's that easy. I have no idea why some people are saying it's confusing. It's not. The only problem I had was that when I tried to download too many video/music files at time it caused it to malfunction and windows to stop recognizing it's usb drive. But, that was swiftly fixed by turning off and unplugging the computer, waiting a few minutes and then plugging everything back in and turning things back on. After I re-plugged in the player it recognized the drive the second time around. As long as I upload one file at a time I'm golden.
So far, this is what mine is holding to give you a rough idea of it's memory: About fifteen hour long episodes of a show I'm trying to get into and about a hundred songs and one e-book. After I added the fifteenth video the bar that shows how much memory is left turned red so I didn't chance adding anything else to it even though it looked like I could if I wanted to. I think it also depends on the video quality and format for how much space it takes up. All of mine are .avi and seem to look and sound pretty good. The one e-book I have on there is all in converted .jpg images so I just go to photos and read it there. Works pretty good. I found a great little pdf to jpg for ipod and other digital readers program if anyone's interested. You can google it. It's called "ebook To Images 0.9.13" If you have an old iPod you may find reading e-books in the photos sections a lot easier than in the notes section. Plus, it gets rid of all that scrolling. But, I'm digressing here. Back to the main topic, which is my review for P.E.'s 4gig digital player.
The radio stations are wonderful and the sound for the radio, video and uploaded music is wonderful. I like to listen to it without the headphones and it all comes in very clear. The headphones are great too. I actually needed a new pair, too, and these are even better than the ones that came with my old iPod.
Overall I am very happy. But, there are some bad points. Here's what I don't like about it:
It's too lightweight. It feels very flimsy as though if I breathed on it wrong it'd crack and break. I can actually look through the headphone jack on the side and see inside of the machine and the light inside. O_o
The touch-screen isn't as sensitive as it should be. But, that's not really that big a deal. So, you press a little harder. Big woop. I ended up using the back of the stylus as it seemed to work better for some reason.
I wish it came with a place to store the stylus.
It did not come with the charger that the instruction manual claims it comes with. At least I can always charge the built-in battery by plugging it into my PC. I might need to contact the manufacturer and order one, though, if I ever visit members of my family for long periods who don't have access to a computer in order to charge it while visiting.
I'm not sure if the 4gig version is meant to have a camera/video camera on it or not because the manual claims it does, but I can't seem to locate it anywhere on the player. This is not really a complaint as I don't really care about the camera one way or another. Though, it would have been nice to have one to take pictures/videos of my niece and nephews. It has a voice recorder, though.
That's it for the bad/so-so points. Just a few more words before I go;
It looks like there's more bad points than good but that's only because I didn't put all the good points in order. It really is a great little player. If I didn't think so I wouldn't be wasting all this time writing a solid review about it, now would I?
I am not sure how long the battery life is as I haven't used mine very often yet, but during one of my trips through town on the bus or train ride to visit family in another state I will surely find out. I'd recommend ordering the extra 4gig memory card to boost it up to 8gigs. That is what I am going to do. I heard that only certain memory cards will work, though and will need to research which ones.
Okay, so here's how I recommend this product: If you aren't too concerned with high-tech fancy-shmancy buttons and dials and just want something basic to play your videos, show off pictures, listen to the radio, read your e-books and listen to your music at a fraction of the price for other higher-end players than this might be for you. If not, then I suggest you save your money and invest in an iPod. I am one of those people who can't afford to fork over one to two hundred dollars on a media player and this one was perfect for me in price and function.
Also, I noticed they have one in pink. Makes me wish I'd gotten that on instead. But, I can always find a pretty cover/skin. I don't really like the rubber skin/cover it came with.
Anyway, that's my review; as convoluted and run-on-sentencey as it gets.
~Ami E. Bowen