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Poor, Woeful, dire, not worth the money
on 19 December 2012
I was given one of these things for a present, following the demise of a very good mp3 player (Sansa Clip), if it had'nt been a present it would've gone in the bin and here's why:
It's overpriced given what you get and what it's actually capable of.
The ear phones are cheap and not of the in ear type.
The limited use jog wheel is way too big & cumbersome.
The sound is woeful unless you use zapin, which plays a few seconds of each song as it skips thru them all.
The volume, zapin & rec/stop button are way too close, and you will press Record frequently.
Charging it after being fully depleted is a right royal pain in the ???, as it will probably need re-setting.
The interface (how you move within the menu is awkward & frustrating, not designed by garmin was it ?).
Battery life is poor (less than a week from a full charge and only used for half an hour a day).
No Music styles (rock,pop etc).
Deleting a track should be easy, but it's not.
The Lcd remains brightly lit for way too long, at night it becomes a lighting beacon.
My Sansa clip on the other hand was in a totally different class (better sound, easier to use, better battery life, smaller & cheaper).
I can re-call getting a similar style but far better device several years ago on an auction site from hong kong, and being a very big Sony fan to say that I'm disappointed is an understatement, now I can see why the Ipod is so popular.
The ONLY good thing about this piece of dire equipment is that it looks fairly stylish (just).
Quite clearly (going by the other reviews) I'm not the only one to think that this is about the worst mp3 player you can buy. It will be in the bin within the next month (until I can source a cheap sansa).
Final update Dec 2013; Having foolishly bought the above I continued to use it, and a set of sony ear buds did help improve the sound quality from 3/10 to 5/10, again Zappin provided the best quality (7/10), a gadget show group test featured the b4173, it got panned, this very poor excuse of an mp3 player has even been bettered by a 5year old plus 128mb creative zen that i recently found,sound comparison is laughable, the zen stomps all over this sony, which is why it was thrown in the bin, an iPod shuffle was received on x-mas day and the difference between the sony and the ipod is the same as day and night, I know understand why apple products carry a price premium, the shuffle is far superior to the brand that invented the Walkman in every way.