"quality over quantity"4.5 starson by iruka*
Pros: great display, superior audio quality, speaker, nice build quality, lots of audio customizing options, voice recorder
Cons: bundled earphones, sometimes laggy
Summary: I just got mine a little more than a week ago and I am still LOVING IT.
First of all, the audio quality is amazing, just so long as you don't use the bundled earphones. Even my Skullcandies sounded better than those o.o
The screen maybe not be as big as some people want, it still big enough and certainly beautiful. The colors are awesome and it's just so clear.
It's nice that they added a speaker in there. It may not look big or get overly loud, but it gets loud enough.
All the metal and glass they put in really helps with how durable this feels. It's not so heavy that it's a pain to carry around, but it's not so light that it feels like a cracker. The silver line going around is actual chrome and the screen is made of tough glass so it won't get scratched by your keys or the like.
Audio customizability was also great. This isn't usually something I go for, but I found myself always going back to edit the EQ settings just because it was so fun to see all the options. Not only do you have the 7-band EQ (most players have just 5), but they have "clarity", "3D & bass" and other stuff. Usually, these would sound a little synthetic, but in this case, it actually helps to improve the quality.
One thing I liked about this over the P2 was the touch strip under the screen. Nice instant access to simple playback controls without having to go through menus.
The Bluetooth integration was GREAT. I know they only gave a handful of phones that the P3 would fully work with, but it worked great with my Sony Ericsson TM506. It took a few tries to sync my contacts, but it works fine now and call quality was better than I thought.
It was also awesome how many languages you can set this thing to. I still don't know the difference between "menu" and "content" for setting the language (I tried setting both to different languages, but only the language set for "menu" showed up, but not like it's important). It was cute how you can select from 3 types of fonts, too.
I know many people were complaining about the placement of them volume controls, but I never found it to be annoying at all. When I hold it, my index finger is automatically on the top side so it's easy. Even if it's not, it doesn't take that much effort to press. People were also complaining about where the headphone jack was placed. In the beginning, I did think it was weird since when you connect it, the headphone wire is in the way of the side squeezing thingies. But I found that you can just use your fingernails to get in that space and pinch them without having to take out the headphones, cause that gets pretty annoying.
The UI is very fun and pretty (even the useless widgets were fun), but it was a bit laggy sometimes. Firmware upgrades improved this a lot and now the problem only lies with the main menu, but it's fine with me, it's not such a big problem that I think about it every time I use it.
I don't know why people think the "sleep cat" is useless. To me, it was the widget I used the most. I fall asleep listening to music so it's great to have a sleep timer right there instead of having to dig through menus. And I don't think most people know that for the note widget, you really can make and save notes, not just make one note that shows up on the menu.
One more thing people were complaining about was the proprietary USB. I don't like it either, but you can get one for about $8 online, so that's not bad at all.
The only REAL complaint I have is the EmoDio software. I don't think you absolutely need it, but for me.....I did. When I tried to drag-and-drop pictures, it would say something like "this format is not supported - it will be stored but will not appear in your media library" so I had no choice but to use EmoDio to sync everything. It's not hard to use, it's just annoying. I just have it to sync pictures and videos, I still use WMP for music. EmoDio gets confusing when it comes to editing ID3 tags. As I know it, you can't even edit using EmoDio.
So overall, the P3 is a great value with an awesome amount of features, great audio quality and a durable build. For those of you who still appreciate the audio quality over all the crazy apps, this is for you. BB&H Photo-Video have random $20-off sales, so get them while you can ;]