Top critical review
Makes swimming lengths more fun
on 12 April 2014
The player is small and unencumbering, and is easy to use by feel alone due to the textured buttons. It stays firmly attached to my goggles. 1Gb memory capacity sounds minimal these days but in practice I find it more than enough space for an "exercise" playlist several hours long, and I actually quite like having those selected tracks eventually come back round again. Battery life is very good - I haven't let it go flat on me but it has played for over 4 hours before I thought I ought to give it a recharge just in case. The sound quality seems fine to me. The supplied headphones broke after about 15-20 swims (the left channel just became crackling static). I tried "Beat Bone" bone-conduction headphones which were absolute rubbish, and "Northcore" headphones which are proving to be better than the ones that come with the Aquabeat - they sound better and stay in my ears better.
After about 2 years and maybe 40 or so swims it suddenly died. I cant get it open to perform an autopsy and establish cause of death, but it would be interesting to understand why a device so apparently well sealed & shock-proof with no moving parts would fail. Given the price for such a meagre specification, this player really does have to stay waterproof and keep working, so I am now downgrading it to 3 stars. I replaced it with a no-brand Chinese player that costs less than a third of the Aquabeat but is performing well so far.