Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Oakcastle MP100 16GB Mini Portable MP3 Player with Bluetooth, FM Radio, Micro SD slot, Headphones + Waterproof Case Included, Expandable up to 128GB, plays FLAC & WAV files, Ideal for Running & Sports
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I was looking for something to replace my old SanDisk Clip. I've used my phone which I feel is too heavy and bulky for running. I bought another player by AGPTEK which was horrible IMO. Big, heavy and lousy user interface. Worse the screen was difficult to see in daylight and it was easy to switch out of the music playing mode by simply trying to increase or decrease the volume or skip a tune. Not so with the MP100. It's easy to change the volume or skip ahead by feel and once you learn and get used to the UI it's a breeze. It's like my SanDisk only better. This has bluetooth so I can use my wireless earbuds and it still sounds great. You can add a micro sd card for more storage (up to 128 GB) and it's small and light so when it's clipped to your shirt or whatever you will barely notice it's there. I love this thing. The battery seems to last long. I haven't measured the hours but it doesn't feel like I'm charging it every other day. For the money, I don't think you can do better. Seriously! I never want to use my phone for portable music again. Oh, and this will also play Flac and Wav files among others and the display indicates what type file is being played. I haven't had any problems with tuning into my favorite FM radio station but I only tried that just to see if it works.
Pros: The device is small, almost to small for someone with large fingers or thumbs to operate. It connected easily to my PC (Windows 10) and I was able to drag/drop files to it. If you wanted, you could use it as a thumb drive or backup device. I like that it is also a recorder. The sound quality is decent. It displays the bit rate of the song and I notice tunes with a higher bit rate sound better than tunes with a lower rate, so the unit can at least work with what it gets.
CONS: The manual I got does not accurately represent some menu features/functions. The biggest issue I have with the unit has to do with the shuffle feature. I loaded 400 hundreds songs and started listening for a few hours in shuffle mode. I did this for a couple of days and I did not get anywhere near all the way through the 400 songs either day. After only about 3 times of listening to only some of the songs, it occurred to me that it had started to repeat only the songs that it had played. This means that eventually it would get down to only playing one song over and over. After messing about in the menu, I found that it was counting how many times it played a song, probably trying to assign favorites. Since all of the songs I put on the unit are favorites of mine, I did not want it to be doing that, but I cannot see a way to stop it. The counting feature is not explained in the manual.
Just got the Oakcastle MP100 mp3 player. I'll update if something occurs that would change my review. It came fully charged. It accepted my 64gb micro sd card. Sound quality is acceptable and top volume setting is loud on my Oraolo M91 Bluetooth Speaker (others I have tried do not produce loud sound output on speaker due to maximum settings for earphones). The player is very small and plastic, thus very lightweight, but seems sturdy enough though less so than some all metal players. This is the third try at finding a small mp3 player as 3 previous purchases failed way too soon even with extreme care. NOTE: They indicate if you register you can opt in for an additional 24 months warranty at the UK website but the site does not have a selection for Amazon US purchase so I selected Amazon UK to register and tried to opt in (requires you fill out a review) but was denied as I had not met minimum eligibility requirement for filling a review of purchasing a minimum of 40 pounds from the Amazon UK in last 12 months. Not a game changer since it only cost me $15 with discount at Amazon US. Oddly enough I received an email while composing this review that indicated I now had a 3 year warranty but "To gain access to all the benefits of your extended 3 year warranty, why not review your Oakcastle product online today. Simply visit the online store where you bought your Oakcastle device and leave your feedback..." so maybe this review will do it.
I bought this for vacation and was happy with it when I received it. I loaded my music without issue. The interface is very user friendly and I like the controls (I prefer real buttons over touchscreen). I never ended up using it while we were on vacation and when we returned a few weeks later and I tried to use it, it wouldn't turn on. I charged it overnight - twice - just to make sure it wasn't the battery. I contacted Amazon CS because I had not registered the product prior to leaving on our trip and wasn't sure how to proceed. I was past the Amazon return window but an awesome CSR sent me a replacement as a courtesy free of charge. I'm currently in the process of transferring music to the new unit. I don't have high hopes for it but we'll see how it goes. I did register for the 3 year extended warranty so we'll see. Part 2 of the registration process takes you to this page to submit a review. Normally I run away from those kinds of schemes but I figured I could at least provide info to other potential buyers to assist them with making an informed decision. If yours works, you'll probably like it. Good luck.
Own several Sandisk and agptek mp3 players. I was intrigued by this so I bought it. Very similar to agptek. GOOD: the included ear pieces were surprisingly good. Don’t throw them away before u try them. The Clip is solid. Perfect when u do yard work. Easy to use. I believe the tracks in folders ( the whole albums) r sorted alphabetically, which is a terrible idea. My Sandisk players would show tracks without extensions. Agptek wouldn’t. So, I ended up adding numbers to all the tracks in each album. ( with a free software named Renamer). Battery life is good. Naturally, higher bit tracks consume more battery. EH: the display shows equalizer! WTH! Silly. Who cares. Album art is a better choice. But, u r stuck with it. VERY BAD: the only thing that bothers me. ( just like agptek players). After listening to last track in a folder ( album) , the player does not stop. It starts with the first song of the next folder !! It shouldn’t. There should be a pause where you decide which folder you want to listen to.
At first I was impressed with the design and the fact that it was small and light weight. But as I experimented with it, I found a flaw (maybe in THIS one?) that I DO NOT like. While attached in bluetooth mode, the volume will NOT remain constant at the setting you select. When I turned the volume down, using the "down" arrow, it will lower, however, I can set the device down on and not touch it and the volume will come back up to an unacceptable level without the volume button being triggered. Interestingly enough, if I pick it up and physically shake it, the volume will do the same thing. This doesn't happen with the volume being raised to its loudest level. It will remain loud, regardless if I set the device down or shake it.
This ONLY happens when the device is on Bluetooth setting. If you utilize it with a pair of earbuds that plug in, this will NOT occur. I tried it with a pair of ear buds (wireless bluetooth), as well as a set of bluetooth headphones (ear muff-style) and the problem re-occurs. BIG problem for me. I don't want a device that selects what volume level I should listen to. And the real problem is that it lifts the volume to almost its highest setting, so if I set it down after selecting the lowest volume that I can hear, the volume turns up too loud for me to handle.
As for the functionality, the instructions are simple and the buttons (when used with a wired pair of ear buds) work properly and efficiently. I like the sound quality, the ease of song selection and the fact that it has a "hold" button on the side. It clips easily to clothing, but because of its size, could break off the clip if bumped hard. I use it in a breast pocket and that seems to work fine.
Again, the deal breaker is the volume control issue with bluetooth connected. Overall, NOT worth the money spent. I will send it back.
I've been through a lot of bluetooth mp3 players in the last few years. Most had clips that just didn't hold up. In less than 6 months, the clips would crack in half and fall off. Often, the screens fogged up or scratched within a day or two of arrival. Battery life was also poor. I just got this one a few days ago. The clip appears to be a bit sturdier than the others, although still not quite as my old Sansa Sport Clip. The battery life seems better and the BT connection does a better job of reaching through my house walls. It has more control button than others, making it much easier to do exactly what you intend to do. It included a silicone sleeve, which will certainly help protect the screen. It retains my place on audiobooks and has a bookmark feature. There are just two problems I've found so far. One, I can't figure out how to insert the microSD card I have. I see the slot, obviously, but the card won't go in all the way or go in straight. There are no instructions in the booklet to help. I'm wondering if the slot is defective. I keep the device's memory fully stocked with audiobooks and had planned to use the card for music. No go with that so far. The other thing is that the silicone sleeve is very difficult to see through and has no indications of where the control buttons are. It also covers the charging port. It should have been made a little more transparent and have a cut out for the charger.
Edit: I've now downgraded this from 4 stars to 2 stars. Four months after purchase, the battery stays charges for only about 2 to 3 hours at a time. I bought a second one about a week after the first because I was so pleased with it initially. I've now transferred all my audiobooks off of the first one and onto the second one. I hope this one won't end up with the same problem.