Old School - but that's ok
Reviewed in Canada on 25 August 2020
This is an old-school Mp3 player wrapped up in a tiny shiny touchscreen package. There's nothing wrong with that, as sometimes you need a device that suits a particular application.
What I don't like:
-Bluetooth 5.0 capability is laughable. My Nokia 1 can operate my work site radios at over 100 feet, this player is a pitiful 40 feet. It also has a hard time transmitting from my back pocket to a blue tooth headset without interruptions. If you're looking for a bluetooth tower of transmitting power, this is not your device.
-If you like to organize your songs into folders, and are adept at staying organized, then you will be happy. Manage music manually, and files will stay put and you can browse them by folders. Using the automatic indexer, and arranger is an experience in frustration. Don't bother trying to search by genre, artist, or whatever. The search engine is garbage.
-Battery life is shorter than I'd like, but then you get what you pay for. It's ok for about six hours of bluetooth streaming.
-The screen is impossible to see in bright sunlight, even at max setting. To make matters worse, setting the screen to high reduces battery consumption considerably.
-As other reviewers have suggested, that adding two extra buttons to move forward or back in tracks would greatly improve the device. I understand their point, but this seems an over-reach considering the price point.
-The file management system doesn't seem to like certain starting tracks, and will continue repeating them, and not play sequentially. This happens randomly, and appears to be a software issue.
-I was unable to EQ the music for bass, treble, and mid etc. There is an included EQ for playback, but it only has presets for genre (rock, edm, classical, etc.). This is a huge software oversight.
What I like:
-It's small, so it fits very easily into pockets. I use it primarily as a work-out device, and also for working on job sites with my bluetooth devices.
-There is a lanyard attachment, so you have options for hanging it around your neck or wrist or just tying it down. If you go running with this, you'll need to put it into a zippered pouch or stretch pocket.
-Sound quality is ok for workout music, edm, disco, etc. It does play FLAC, but you'd be foolish to choose this cheap generic device for high resolution audio. I have noticed significant distortion and clipping when playing hi-res classical piano FLAC through bluetooth speakers. If you're buying this little guy to listen to the nuances of opera, well you will certainly be surprised (in a bad way).
-It only comes in black, I wish there brighter colors available so it would be easier to find.
-The device separates internal memory from the card, so you always have to choose which source (internal or micro sd) you're going to listen from. This is actually a good thing, as the pitiful search engine will make you cry in frustration, if it combined all data located on the device.
I did not try the included headphones as they looked so cheap I was afraid of them breaking off in my ear. Regardless, they are included to get you going.
It's just a tiny mp3 player, which plays files you put into a folder. Nothing more. For some people, that might be all you need.
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