Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: 32GB MP3 Player, Mibao MP3 Player with Bluetooth 4.2, Music Player with FM Radio, Recording, 2.4" Screen, HiFi Lossless Sound, Support up to 128GB(Earphone, Sport Armband Included)
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Player produces good quality MP3 sound however the radio is not to my expectation, even after I tried using earphones or radio antenna it is still producing noises, making listening to radio unbearable.
I originally gave this product a 1-star review, but the seller has been in contact and now I understand that no inexpensive MP3 player on the market does what I want. This updated review is based solely on how the product functions as is, not how I thought it would work.
Pros: The device came fully charged and was immediately recognized by my computer. One glitch is that the instructions say the device needs to be off before connecting, but that's incorrect. The device needs to be on or your computer won't recognize it (another reviewer stated this also).
The interface is easy to use - much easier than two of the other inexpensive MP3 players I tried. It was easy to find the menu item to have the player look for music on the 128GB microSD I had loaded with all of my music. It was easy to set the player to Shuffle All (not all MP3 players make this easy and on some the Shuffle All is buried several menus down). The device remembered my settings when I turned it off and on - again not something other brands of MP3 players will do.
Cons: And this is a big one and why I am giving this player away to a family member. This, and apparently, all of the new, inexpensive MP3 players, will only access 4,000 songs at a time. This means if you have an extensive library, you have to create folders or playlists of no more than 4,000 songs. Then it can only play one playlist or folder at a time.
Why are manufacturers doing this? All of my older MP3 players - which are dying and why I'm looking for a new one - could access all of the music on the player. I could shuffle through my library and let it randomly play through 20,000 songs. I don't want to try and guess what 4,000 songs should be in my playlist for the day. I want to turn on my player, select an artist, or genre or all music, and then happily listen to my music, not just a small selection.
So If you have a small music library, or are happy with creating endless playlists to suit your mood, or just want a player for your car or a short trip than this is the best choice of the inexpensive MP3 players.
As for me, I've had to purchase an inexpensive Android phone to use as an MP3 player, which will let me play all of my music however I want, including songs ripped from LPs and other sources (not all artists have been released digitally) that Amazon and Apple won't let me play on their devices.
UPDATE: the inability of my unit to keep Bluetooth connectivity appears to be confined to the OontZ Angle 3 speaker unit-- or at least, it appears to work fine with another brand of external speaker (Anker SoundCore 2). The interface is still clunky and battery life is still 20 hours or less (not 50), but at least the unit can be powered on now and will automatically resume playing without the need to fiddle with both the player and the speakers., so I've upgraded my rating to 4 stars. At this price point, the unit is a decent choice.
Original comments: My initial unit was unreliable when accessing a computer to load data, and then died (failed to power on) within 3 days of purchase. The company promptly replaced the unit. I'd score this a 5 in terms of customer service, but unfortunately at best a 2 in terms of product reliability and performance (keep reading for more on that).
My replacement unit is still working after a week, but when paired with Bluetooth speakers, only half of the time will it remember the last pairing settings powered it on. Even worse, when it fails to detect the existing/last connection used, it is unable to re-connect with the device unless I dissolve the existing Bluetooth connection in the MP3 player, turning both devices off, and then search for a 'new' Bluetooth connection with both to establish a new link after restoring power. That's way too much work when you're simply trying to turn the device on to continue using it.
Original bottom line: when things work the player is a low cost and decent unit (although the user interface quirks get old fast), but the failure to hold Bluetooth device pairing is a deal-breaker.
Now that I am looking at my "Golden Years" life should be easy...right? This MP3 player is lightweight, excellent sound quality, clear and easy to navigate icons and able to hold a lot of music as well as connect to Trekz Air by AfterShokz when my HP laptop couldnt. But why would I want to read an Ebook on a 2 inch screen? Really?? Can you at least join forces with Audible so I can save what is left of my eyesight? The sound is so good but it doesn't support audio books??!! Deal Breaker!!! If ANYONE out here can help me load (done this) and listen to audio books on this let me know. This Nurse needs to escape!
I've used this device for three days. I take it on my motorcycle, have it paired to a Cardo PackTalk Bold helmet comm device.
I have used a Sansa Fuze for years. It is generally regarded to be a high fidelity device as far as little players go. It does sound good! Compared to my Fuze, the Mibao doesn't come close. I tried a cheap-o set of headphones and a pair of Sennheisers. Sound was poor. I do have the EQ set to my preference.
Fortunately, the amplifier in the Cardo unit is much better. Using the Bluetooth output signal, the Cardo unit sounds fine through its JBL speakers. A motorcycle helmet is an awful environment in which to expect even half-way decent sound. The Mibao does just fine.
I ran the unit at full volume connected to headphones for 15 hours. The battery usage indicator showed about 20% use. Excellent.
The face of the unit is fragile. Advertised to be something wonderful, it's not. Three hours in my bike tank bag left a good amount of chafe on the screen. I have an 11 year old Samsung phone that doesn't have a rub/chafe on it. Some scratches, yes...but nothing the Mibao got in a few hours. Not a big deal to me..but it's unfortunate the screen couldn't be made of something decent.
File handling? I had zero problems with it. I transferred 10GB of music from my laptop to the device without issue. Album art, song names, all the sorts of associated data one would expect to be transferred showed up perfectly. The majority of my music I ripped using Media Player with a variable bit-rate sample. That isn't important, said just in the way of information. I have read of others having trouble with album art being transferred. I didn't.
Bluetooth connectivity is pretty good. It did connect to the Cardo easily enough. The two do seem to lose contact from time to time with them being no more that three feet apart. That may well be a Cardo problem. I know the software on that device is less than wonderful.
I don't use playlists. I set the unit to 'shuffle' and 'repeat'. My Fuze got to the point I could hear the same song twice in a three-song sequence. It's randomness went south for some reason. I have heard nothing of the sort from the Mibao. In a couple of years, I might have another point of view.
It's a good unit!
**update after a week of daily on-the-road use** The unit worked well. Continued to have connectivity issues that I cannot say are the Mibao's fault. BT range is less than 10' and if the link breaks, it may not re-establish when back in range.
I found the unit powered down a few times for no known reason. It would be very nice to have a 'lock' mode to prevent any inadvertent button pushes.
The display cover is not good. I carried it IN the supplied arm-band pouch for its protection. The screen still got hazed from rubbing on the pouch cover. Less than 'robust' in toughness for sure.
With the exception of the several unknown disconnects and the unit's too-fragile screen, it worked fine. After 10-12 hours of use, the battery still had over 50% of use showing in the progress bar. It FAR outlasted my helmet comm.
I've paid considerably more for other players and gotten better sounding, more useful players. For the price of this unit, it's a good deal! If I lost it tomorrow, I'd buy another one.
If the Chinese ever get their design capacity up to snuff, they will be a powerhouse. Until then, we get sometimes good products like this could easily have been great products if they were better designed & thoroughly tested.
This music player was one of Amazon's recommendations. I can see why. Reasonable price for a reasonable product. Things seem to work, tho by no means in the way that an Apple product "works." It is pretty full featured with one huge gap noted below. With the 32gb internal memory, and a max 64gb external SDHC card, plenty of memory for even a large music collection. And it produces good sound (altho the quality of sound is really dependent on the audio device used to produce sound as this has no speakers).
What is most lacking is support of playlists. And that lack is near-total. As one who curates an extensive set of playlists in Windows Media Player, and whose past experience has been with a Sansa product that seamlessly accepts and works with playlists imported from WMP, I was disappoint that this product has no such support. Even if you import only thru playlists, what you get are the songs, not the playlists. Nadda.
This thing does have what it calls playlists. But they are playlist 1, 2 & 3, and they begin empty. You must laboriously add individual songs to your playlists on this device, and of course that won't transfer to your other devices. Really foolish design fault.
More generally, the device has neatly organized, extended menu hierarchies. But unlike Apple devices that smooth off the tediousness of the consequences of just that, you're stuck clicking up or down many, many times to navigate to the next thing you want to do. And it is tedious.
If this device had a touch screen (which it does not tho I find myself tapping from time to time), that menuing system would have been much easier to use.
Finally, the package comes with two things other products may not that are useful. One is a pair of wired ear buds that I found to be a decent quality. The second is a sports arm band to hold the device with engaged in outside activities. You also get a short USB-C cable for syncing & recharging.
The product arrived as promised and in perfect condition. It was easy to transfer my music from my iPod Nano over to the Mibao (thank you, Mp3tag!). Sound quality is great. Screen is bright. Ear buds that come with it are fine (I have another pair anyway). Haven't used the armband thingy. Can't comment on Bluetooth, podcasts, etc., etc. I bought this as a music player.
But . . . you can't use the screen to control the music. It is just a display. You are stuck using the rocker-controls at the bottom. So getting to a song, by a band, on an album, out of 2K worth of songs is a bit of a pickle. As a small additional gripe, the screen does not 'scroll' through the song information. You are basically stuck with the first information that is contained in the name/title file (again, thanks Mp3tag for helping me adjust that information!).
So, for the price, this is a great little player with a couple of minor problems. If you are using this in "shuffle" mode, that won't be an issue (or if you are using the other features, which I don't use).