Having been never convinced that all things must be Apple (for now, forever...), I had been looking for an MP3 player for about 3 months. I was interested in the Sansa Clip+ as it has excellent reviews. This is the updated version of that tried & tested format, and once found, I quickly decided to take the plunge.
My criteria list included (in order of importance): * Had to have excellent sound, * Can take a broad variety of formats * Was easy to use/navigate, * Was capable of using SDHC cards for increased capacity, * Was conforming to micro USB standards (future proof & will mean fewer propritary chargers lying around/having to pack), * Was relivitely inexpensive so that I could take it anywhere without having to consider what if it was lost/damaged, * Had a built in radio.
All of these are covered by the Clip Zip and has a few extra gems thrown in including: * It is a true Plug'n'Play device (using Windows 7), and once set up is not just seen as an external drive on the PC, * Displays Album Art, * You can copy your playlists, * Has an inbuilt 'GoList' playlist function (which is great for marking tracks for future playlists when on shuffle mode).
Drawbacks, for this money there are none really. It won't feel as solid as a Nano and the earphones provided do not do it justice. Just get a proper set of ear buds (I went for SoundMAGIC E10), and be amazed at this little MP3 Player.