Read the manual… But get it online!
Reviewed in the United States on 4 August 2020
I've only been using this thing for about 12 hours, so I may come back and give more detailed update in a couple of weeks. But from what I had seen so far, this thing is pretty awesome. Not perfect, but awesome. Kind of like that girl I was in love with back in high school (except she wouldn't give me the time of day, which is why she was not perfect, but I'm sure she was awesome).
What I like about it:
1. It functions logically. That shouldn't have to be a plus feature, but if you have tried a lot of other non-namebrand MP3 players available on Amazon, you'll get that. They often look great but leave you signing and shaking your head, wondering, "What were they thinking?" For example, the buttons generally are where you would expect them to be, folder structures allow you to organize content the way you would expect, and you can contain the playback to a specific folder, etc.
2. If you are listening to an audiobook, it's important that it recognize the order, so that you are not, in effect, jumping around all over the book but rather reading it sequentially. With this player, you can do that.
3. There are a couple of different ways that you can get the device to remember where you left off, so that, after you do a restart of the device, it will start playing at the same spot where you left off. This can be a big deal if you have, say, a thousand songs, and you want to crawl through them over time one by one. With some players, it would start your list over from the song it deemed as the first one, and you would never ever make it to the end of your list. Being able to remember where you left off also helps when you are listening to a longer song file, such as a 30 minute podcast. You don't want to have to remember where in those 30 minutes you were if you didn't finish it when you had to turn it off. With this device, you can shut it down in a way that it will remember, and you can also manually set bookmarks and return to them later. I haven't had to use the bookmarks though, because it appears that the default function of the player is to start it up where you left off. Perfect.
4. Clearly designed to be used in sport-like situations, such as hiking or running or working out at the gym. First, the clip on the back of it makes it easy to secure it to a pocket, hem, belt loop, or gear loop. Second, it's small and super-lightweight! If you have ever owned a Sansa Clip: this is nearly identical in size and weight.
5. It has physical buttons. This is very helpful when you want to, for example, go to the next song without having to pull the device out of your pocket, awaken a touchscreen, and find the desired command. Since I use it for trail running, having to do all that would be downright dangerous, or force me to stop. But I can keep running and just feel for the right button once I get familiar with button placement.
6. The manual is written with good English. Some of the manuals I have read to other things recently have been so hard to understand because it was written by someone for whom English was not likely their first language. This one is good.
Stuff I don't like:
1. You really do need to read the instruction manual to fully understand its features and how to use it. This is the bad side of a good thing; it's good that it's got lots of features! But it's not all intuitive, and so it's worth reading the manual. In fact, some of the negative reviews here are about things that the MP3 player cannot do, but it actually can!
2. The instruction manual that it comes with is ludicrously small. There is a handy workaround though, which is to go to their website, where you can download it as a PDF and read it full-size, as big as your computer screen.
3. It has an equalizer but, unfortunately, there's no way to create a manual equalizer profile. I've got hearing issues, and so I'd love to go crazy with the treble to compensate. Not possible with this device.
4. I personally did not find the button placement intuitive. So it's taking a bit longer to learn than I had hoped. That's a short-term problem. I can live with that.
Ultimately, it's a strong recommend from me.
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