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I noticed a lot of negative reviews about playing Audible format so I thought it would be helpful if I shared my own experience. There is a dwindling number of devices that can be used to play Audible content so I was delighted to find this product. I was surprised how easy it was. I activated the device from the Audible Manager and downloaded the content I wanted from the audible online library. I thought it would be a nightmare but it wasn't. I didn't find any difficulty with the player itself. It will pause with a single press of the play/pause button or sometime two if it is in blank screen mode. Just holding the centre button puts it to sleep and when it is pressed to wake it carries on from exactly the same place as when paused. Pressing the forward button will advance to the next chapter. It's not all in one single track as with some other devices. Another really useful feature is that the speed of reading can be adjusted in the settings. Fast/slow/normal.
I've bought a fair few of the similar Clip Jam and the previous Clip MP3 players as they do get lost from time to time. Proper MP3 players for those who don't want to use a phone are getting rare, and the clip on the back is very handy if you're a runner like my partner.
This is a bit bigger then the Clip Jam but still small. The main difference, the colour screen, is quite OK for album art though you'd not want to watch a movie on it. The interface is familiar, including the annoying volume restriction! Set your location to rest of world straight after a factory reset, then choose Yes when raising the volume to decent levels. It goes about loud enough, and there's an EQ feature so you can play with the tonal balance to suit most headphones.
Tips: all the EQ presets (rock, jazz etc) are useless - custom gives you 5 bands and that's OK. And the supplied earphones are genuinely awful - SanDisk have been getting worse at this and only the no-brand players are worse in my experience. Do yourself a favour and budget another £10 for some Betron buds or similar - it's so well worth it.
I've given a 3 star rating, mainly because it has a good, clear screen and decent sound quality (not using the supplied earphones).
Otherwise, as with MP3 players generally, the design is outdated and poor. Menus are not intuitive, or even logical. Dual-function buttons are so sensitive that it's easy to give the wrong command. The greatest exasperation is that, there's no control over the sort order. With 8GB of storage, this is absurd. Even the "Folder", which should surely enable sorting in alphabetical order, doesn't. Don't makers even realise that this is a problem? If they bothered to look at the number of web pages asking for a solution to this, they would do.
It seems to me that development today is concentrated on "hot" items like smartphones. MP3 players have become a low priced, "yesterday" product with a declining user base. Makers don't seem to think it worth bothering with design development, even to address criticisms that have been made for years.
I've had a sensa clip for years and it is brilliant. When and if mine gives out I'll get another. Small and clip is strong. Easy music loading, drag and drop, no messing around like Apple. Gave up their shuffle for this and never regretted it. Some reviews say volume is low. Well don't set it up for Europe use. Those EU idiots have set the decibel levels so low it's useless. Set for Rest of the World and volume is great. Can't speak more highly for this inexpensive great little MP3 player.
Our young children wanted to be able to listen to music on the go before they were old enough to have phones. We ordered two of these and they were excellent. They are very small and compact and they have a great little belt clip on the back to attach to your waist or pocket. The screen is bright and vibrant, easy to understand menus and the sound quality is great. The headphones that come with them are not the best so we swapped them out for some better ones but other than that, the unit itself is brilliant.
I bought this in October 2018 and it has just packed up. This is particularly annoying as it's just over a year since I bought it, so I can't return it. Previous to this I had an iPod shuffle which had worked fine for 3 years + before dying. Good points about the Samsung: >A lot of memory for the money (I think I paid about £25 for it) >It plays "flac" files, unlike apple products >You can drag-and-drop music to the device, no faffing about with iTunes >The battery life is very good. 3-4x my old Ipod shuffle. >Quite light and compact Bad points about the Samsung >It will likely break sooner rather than later when exposed to sweat >If you appreciate good sound quality and pay £50+ for headphones, you are going to be dissapointed. Just about listenable but you will enjoy your music a lot less.
The reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 is because I use these things at the gym where I sweat a lot. The sweat kills most electronics sooner or later - if it had lasted 2 years it would be 4 stars. I will try and find something with better sound quality this time and I will likely have to pay £50. I don't rule out buying another Sandisk as for £20-25, it's not terrible.
UPDATE (18-OCT-2019) I've just received my replacement - a "KingBox" 32GB, £23, with better sound quality than the sandisk. A bit "boomy" perhaps, but overall a clearer sound. Maybe I'll write a review on that. Anyway I thought that 8GB was a lot, but apparently things have moved on since I bought the SanDisk. 8GB is now NOT a lot of memory for the money so I'm dropping the sandisk to 2 stars (was 3).
I'm not sure how many of the problems I had are Sandisk's fault. It really didn't do much until it was patched. Fair enough, and pretty easy. It worked just fine with DRM free files, with both the internal and external memory. It just did not work with either apple or audible DRM'd files. I spent ages working on this, including changing drive letters directly editing my computers registry (yes really.) Audible/amazon just continually got me to re-download and retry the same two or three steps over and over again. It might have worked eventually but the return window is closing. Audible seem to want/need you to use apple products - I can get iPods to work just fine. Time to just pay the extra...
It started off quite okay. Nice and cheap and simple. However, after putting my SD card into the slot, I realised that at least 80% of my music was missing or unable to play.
The worse thing however was the fact that it would often tell me “the card isn’t inserted properly”, which meant that I had to restart the device maybe 3 or 4 times whilst walking. This really ruined it for me and made it incredibly frustrating. Hence, it’s just a cheaply made, unreliable and annoying little device.