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Customer Review

on November 10, 2008
This product has all the basics: MP3, video, voice recording and FM radio. Its interface and sound quality are good, and its build quality seems solid.

However, if you actually *use* anywhere near the amount of storage the unit gives you, it will bog down to unusability. I filled the 6GB of storage, and used a 2GB MicroSD card as well. Every time I turn the unit on, it takes 40 seconds to get past the SanDisk splash screen, and a full 3 minutes to "rebuild the database" - every single time. Not only that, trying to change tracks tends to take 15 seconds or more to respond when you press the "track forward" button. According to what I have read from multiple sources, this is a firmware issue that SanDisk has failed to resolve. This is absolutely unacceptable in a unit designed to be an iPod competitor.

Also, I was led to believe that this unit accepted MicroSDHC cards up to 8GB, but this is false - it will only accept standard MicroSD cards up to 2GB. Had I known this, I might not have bought this unit at all. I will be trying the Rockbox firmware on it to see if it remedies any of my difficulties, but as-shipped this unit's performance is unacceptable.

/edit: I have installed Rockbox on this unit, and am far happier with its performance. While Rockbox has a few flaws in terms of ease of use and features, it boots and performs far faster and offers far more features than the default Sansa firmware. It also enables MicroSDHC cards to be used, up to 8GB. If you are going to purchase one of these units, I strongly suggest using Rockbox - it bumps up my opinion of the product from 2 stars to 3.5.
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