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on 7 August 2010
Does its job well, the play options include shuffle, repeat and, despite the size, you can browse through the music library using the small screen on the device. The design is fine, but after having used the iPod for years, the player can feel a bit plasticy.
As for the other features
- Zappin: A way to quickly browse through the music collection. The player will play a short section of songs for you to choose. Personally, I find it rather annoying. There doesn't seem to be a clear way to cancel this mode and get out to the song that you're currently playing. Moreover the cheesy voice going "Zappin in" and "Zappin out" doesn't have much appeal to me.
- Quick charge: Now this is something I can appreciate. Extremely useful for someone forgetful, who will often fail to charge the player over night as I do. Being able to quickly charge it in the morning before going out is very convenient.
- Bass boost: This seems to work brilliantly with some songs, and kinda messes up some other. Not too badly though, for those that this mode doesn't bode well with, there seem to be an extra constant pitch in the background [edit: scratch that, after changing my earphones, this mode works brilliantly].
- File transfer: Really easy to use, since it is recognised by the computer (in this case, Vista) as USB storage device, so files can be copied onto the player directly. Also tried using Windows Media Player, and that works fine as well.
(NB: Haven't had the need to use the voice recorder or the other equilizer modes yet, so they're still unknown)
If the light around the play button gets to you like it did for me, that can be turned off. The only major annoyance that I have come across after a while, is how player is charged by attaching it to the computer. This is not ideal for taking it on holiday if you're not gonna drag your laptop everywhere with you. There are, however, USB power adapters that can be bought.
Final note, be aware of the misleading image of the product on both this site and Sony's own. This model does not include FM radio, only models with names ending in F (as far as I know) do.