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Well featured can suffer from locking up issues now and then
on 9 December 2012
Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my Son who is quickly outgrowing his old budget mp3 player (in both capacity and functionality)
The Kubik comes in quite a nice fold out case, well packaged with a USB charging lead and headphones.
The unit is pretty well put together, whilst not ipod levels of build it feels better than you might expect at this price point. The large display is bright and quite good resolution. Menus are mostly quite sensible and logical, bit of a windows 95 feel to the icons, but I value subtance over "eye candy" for this type of puchase.
Supplied headphones are "ok" for the price, you don't expect super quality Sennheiser for this kind of outlay. Enough to get you going, audio purists will of course prefer to use something better. Testing the unit with good quality headphones surprisingly good sound quality from the Kubik with decent tonal spread and nice bass response too. I also converted some video to the Kubik which played it back nicely without any obvious dropped frames, smootly and quite respectable for video playback.
At 4Gb this is probably enough for most users unless you have tons of videos and music to put transfer. It does have a "mini sd" slot which is probably not the best choice (micro SD would be more sensible) however at least you have a chance to increase the storage and a trip to ebay reveals mini SD cards that might do the job well enough.
Using windows media player 12 the sync function worked well and without problems. It's quite happy with mp3's and WMA files too.
Battery life seems decent enough, though the unit will consume more power using the built in speakers most people will be using headphones, again video playback will shorten the battery life quite a lot v playing mp3's (obviously LCD is active during videos). touchscreen was quite reponsive, not the best but by no means poor at all. Pretty easy unit to operate and use few people will have problems. Just note that switching the unit on requires moving the top power switch to the right "and" just afterwards holding the main button on the front of the unit at the bottom. I assume this is to make sure you don't turn it on by accident..caught me out though first time!
Included are a few games that are ok, you get camera and video recorder too. Don't expect this to replace a good compact for stills or video, but it's a step up over a super budget phone in this respect and a bit of fun for the user. Not great in low light but not too shabby overall either.
I was looking at a few players such as Sony and Samsung, but price wise wanted to "keep it appropriate" and sensible. If you are looking for a "decent" but not wallet denting MP3/video player then the Kubik is quite a good choice and worth looking at.
Update: I had a few problems with the unit sometimes it required a reset (locked up once in a while) it's not a bad player but I think the software needs a bit of work