I bought this mp3 player to use at work where it is likely to be damaged (no I wasnt taking something delicate like an ipod!)
The menu system compared to an ipod is more fiddly but an idiot could figure it out in minutes, a child could easily operate it its very simple. If you are a windows user and are used to navigating through files and folders this will be super easy.
The sound quality with the stock headphones is very impressive compared to the dull and tinny sounding ipod nano for example. With better headphones this little mp3 is very impressive, where the bass on the ipod would cause distortion at high volumes this doesnt , even at full its crystal clear. (Note I use 320 kpbs) on an ipod the same song feels more empty and lastlustre , bring this baby out with its built in sound enhancement and the music comes to life. (though obviously its nothing like an original cd/vinyl through a state of the art sound system)
The battery life is good and material is pretty scratch resistant (take that ipod!)I have owned this for two months, it has been thrown in a bag with keys, dropped, used in a lab, thrown around the car etc etc and it still looks like new!
The screen is tiny, but useable if your eyes are ok , I would not get this if you are partially sighted however having any screen is better than no screen for navigation and this is only the same price as an ipod shuffle.
I am not anti apple, i love apple products but their ipods sound is terrible and they are super expensive especially if they are likely to be thrown around. I had an ipod touch and an ipod nano but before that i had creative and phillips. Creative and phillips have better sound however they are not fashionable , so if you want fashion spend 10x as much on an ipod, if you want something cheap and cheerful with better sound go for this.
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