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Trade up and get something better,
This review is from: Sweex MP470 Vidi MP4 Player Black 4GB (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)For its looks and space capacity, the cost of a Sweex is a reasonable price to pay for an MP4 player, but it feels more like a novelty keyring than an all round media player.
It's one up on trading up and getting an iPod Mini is that it's cheaper and plays video, but boy the navigating is frustrating - but you get what you pay for!
The controls, while slightly imitating the iPod's click wheel doesn't make life easy - where on an iPod you'd find the OK button in the middle, the Sweex puts the Back button in its place, frustrating for those conditioned to Apple's navigation menus. The interface reminds me of old mobile phone menu. The screen is moderately bright with a resolution of around the same as a small Gameboy screen.
Battery life, while quoted at 8 hours does last reasonably well, but there have been occasions of sudden battery draining, and I should also raise the point that the screen never turns off to conserve battery life - a bit of a flaw considering 8 hours could be improved upon.
Here's the problems though: synching a 4GB catalogue of songs took over an hour load onto it via Windows Media Player (it's meant to be USB 2.0), and once the Sweex was booted back up it took nearly 30 seconds to start playing music!
Other technicalities have included the playing cutting out randomly, and when trying to resume the play, starting at tracks from the last time it was booted properly - sometimes several albums back, and navigating back to it, as I said before, is a nightmare.
I'm also having trouble trying to shuffle the songs so I can play songs at random. Yeah, it's the next best thing to owning an Shuffle, but cannot for the life of me find how to enable it!
14 October 2010:
Since acquiring a digital camera I loaded on some hi-res (10 megapixel) photos to the Sweex. Once you navigate to the folder they're in they load surprisingly quickly - almost instantaneously. However, they're about 2cm in size, with a low resolution viewing screen. Handy for browsing thumbnails, but no good for family photos.
Also, the recording facility saves audio with considerably good clarity in an empty room, making it handy as a dictaphone to have at hand.
As I stated above, you get what you pay for: It plays music. The some of its features, however, will have you pulling your hair out.