"Overall, I'm disappointed..."2.0 starson by gregrout
Pros: Solid Construction, EXCELLENT audio quality.
Cons: Top rewind button is TOO close to headphone jack. The Menuing system is sketchy at best. The edges of the screen are not very responsive. The cellphone interface for entering in text is a nightmare and the web browser is utter garbage.
Summary: The scrolling album covers will wear off.... quickly...and then it'll hit you that the interface needs a lot of work. For example, if the current track is fully set to the beginning, logic would indicate that pressing the rewind button would take you to the previous track. Instead, the interface simple "rewinds" the current track. You can do one of two things here, spam the rewind button until the interface "sees the light" or try your luck with hit and miss track list button. The top rewind button is too close to the headphone jack, so you're likely going to hit the play / pause button by accident once and a while (especially with the headphone plug jutting out there).
Selecting an album is fun and fully responsive. This is great if the song you want to hear is the first track of the album, as this will play automatically. This takes me to another flaw, any controls along the edge of the screen are poorly responsive. That includes the ever popular track list button in the bottom left corner. You're going to need to practice using this, especially if you want to select a track other then the first one. Trial and error here has taught me to press an hold for a second, not tap to get the list to open up. This problem is grossly exaggrated when you're in the video playback portion of the interface as it keeps trying to "auto-hide" the controls for that full screen playback.
The text entry system is a picture of a cellphone keypad, and it's just as dreadful to use. There's a reason it isn't shown in any of the demo movies.
The web browser is absolutely dreadful. Having used the itouch/iphone browser and then using this "after-thought" of a feature will leave you cringing. Throw in the above text entry system and you've got it... I've completely abandoned this feature.
What boggles the mind here is that the iphone/itouch has been on the market for quiet a long time. You would thing Sony engineers might have taken a look at that before they came up with this mess.
Now it's not all gloom and doom, where this player REALLY destroys the competition is with it's audio quality. The audio playback and the cancellation feature really deliver impressively. I can't stress this point enough. The sound is incredible.
If you're a fan of high quality audio, have a photographic mind when it comes album covers and have the patience of a saint to stumble through the trail & error interface then this MP3 player will deliver. If you're expecting an iTouch/iPhone killer you WILL be grossly dissappointed. One can only hope Sony engineers will go back to drawing board and release a firmware update that will address these shortcomings. As it stands now, this is a very expensive MP3 player with awesome sound quality, that had a few "after-thoughts" added in a shallow attempt to make a dedicated MP3 player into the iTouch it isn't.