Pros easy joystick control
Cons sound stopped working after a month and product discontinued. overall lousy player.
Pros Very rough, Battery last long, expandable capabilities, and a time saver
Cons Initial Memory sucks, screen has weird spots after extended use.
Summary I recommend this product because it is extremely good at manhandling (I use it very often in rocky trails and trust me, I always thought it might break from my handling). Any MP3 player that can withstand THAT without very much but a scratch on a screen deserves the one of the best ratings. It also keeps track of music even if you disconnect it abruptly (the typical in a hurry guy). The NI-mH battery last a hell of a lot (6 hours less than the Alkaline, Kudos!). The default speaker with a customized equalizer can outrun the most noisy music in the world (even my dad's car can't compete with that!) The expandable settings CAN go to more than 512MB BUT mine is not like that, this one comes with the 512 limit but it is still as good as my last MP3 player. Overall, I seriously recommend this product IF you are going to use it for rough things (i.e. Mountain Biking or other things offroad), otherwise stick to the iPod or other subtle MP3s.
Pros Expandable memory, VERY VERY durable, great EQ, belt clip, RMM, Rio stick nav., Rio Taxi
Cons Power usage is a bit hoggish with a 2 gig SD card
Summary Well, to start out, I've owned this work of functional art for over 1 and a half years now, with no problems that weren't self inflicted (see below) It's great on sound quality, has an awesome 5 band EQ, has very expandable memory, up to 2 gigs with an SD card, and is very durable. I guess I'll tell my little story now. Well, me and my friends were horsing around and one started throwing rocks at me (he isn't a friend anymore) and the poor Chiba fell out of my pocket. Well, it turns out my so called friend had some anger management problems and decided retribution would be best served on my poor poor Chiba. Well anyways, he stomped on it and the screen cracked, but the sly dog was tricking him, it didn't really break, it still played music, the screen just didn't work. So in retrospect I had a future iPod Shuffle. Anyways, a mp3 that can take that kind of abuse could probably take any other abuse. The designers of the Chiba are sly also, they gave us a "belt clip" with it, but it really is a piece of hard back plastic with a 20 piece of insurance (really metal) on the back. You simply wrap your wires around it and if it falls it won't hit the ground (thats saved me 3 times and counting) RMM (Rio Music Manager) comes with it and is probably the best music (just music) player-manager ever. Its simple, yet functional. The rio stick (the red dot on the picture) is a breeze to use, but is a little cumbersome with a large collection. (get the rio carbon for your 2500-3000 song needs) Lastly the Rio Taxi program allows you to use your compatible rio mp3 as a jump drive, saving you money on CD's and floppies.
I only have two complaints, one as i mentioned before, the power usage is a little hoggish with an sd card equipped, but tthe sly designers got you again, there is full support for NiMH rechargable batteries (which will save you hundreds on anything with batteries, so that ends up ok. The bad thing is, is that you have to use playlists to seperate albums. Over all this is a great mp3.
Pros easy to use, durable, good battery life
Cons battery cover, crappy case, USB 1.1
Summary I've had this player for 5 months, and have had few problems with it. nothing serious enough to warrant RMA. The biggest problem is the fact that the battery compartment door slides off easily, but this is fixed by using the case. which is ugly, and has a crappy clip on it. the clip is removable by pushing out the little plastic rivet holding it in place. So far, all minor annoyances. Another thing, the time and date don't work. It remembers my settings, it just doesn't keep track of the time and date. right now it think it is new years day, 1970! but these are all minor annoyances. The player has worked fine, and is durable. i throw it in the bottom of my front backpack compartment which is notorious for eating up and spitting out everything, so far it has survived just fine. overall, yes, it's a good deal if you can get it for less than, oh , say $90. if you want something bigger w/ more features, spring for Iriver or Iaudio.
Pros Easy song navigation and good display
Cons Short battery life
Summary I've had this MP3 player for over 2 years now and it's worked great. The radio is certainly an advantage over many other MP3 players. The only downside is that the battery life is rather short. Other than that, I've been extremely pleased with this device.