Update: 4 July 2010-- the video is of the Independence Day celebration here in the US. The footage is in the skies above Miami, Florida.
After several weeks of shooting scenes and handling the device, I can confidently say it is a very good product: a practical product that takes great high-definition video and at a reasonable price.
While it is not a 5-star product, it is much better than a 4-star rating. Here are my specific thoughts.
* High-definition resolution. Considerably better than the video footage I take with my Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera (8.0 MP, 4xOptical Zoom) 2.5" LCD (5 stars). * Sound--picks up sound very well (sometimes too well!) * Compact design. Unobtrusive design fits well in a pant pocket. It is designed to fit in a casings made for an iPod. * Reasonable price for a high-definition, portable video camera.
As with the case with any mass-produced product, there's the inevitable batch of units or parts in a unit that fail to live up to quality-expectation and, in the end, the product ceases to perform. These things happen and all things being equal, these moments are the exception to a product line and not the usual.
While the battery and the harddrive are sealed within the unit, I'd like to see each accessible for removal when necessary as problems sometimes arise. And, certainly, if a company is confident in the overall quality of their product--design and performance--then, certainly they should go on the record and offer more than a 90-day parts and service guarantee.
I am very impressed with the video quality and battery life of the Flip Mino HD. (Although, for half a battery charge, you'll need to have the camera plugged into the u.s.b for at least 3.5 hours.)
For safety precautions, for units that are self-contained, I'd strongly recommend that one downloads the footage as soon as possible after it's been taken and make sure that the camera has had ample time to recharge.