Pros Great sound, sleek design
Cons Clip is plastic, hope it lasts; almost too small?
Summary Great little player to take to the gym and elsewhere. Short cords so has to clip to your shirt or get ear-phones with longer wire to player. Clip is plastic, hope it lasts. Power slider-button feels kinda cheap. Hope all the buttons and connections last - will see if all is still good in a year.
Pros Nice and compact, but not too small.
Blue/gold text contrast is easy to read.
Very easy to plug in and use immediately.
Great sound for the price.
More than enough storage space for my needs.
Cons No clock, but not a big deal to me.
Not clear on how to set up multiple music lists.
Earbuds are chintzy, but what to you expect at this price point?
Summary As other commenters have stated, I went for the Sansa because I didn't want a Zune or iPod due to their infuriating proprietary software requirement. Just give me a player that works like another USB/flash drive. Drag and drop the music files I want, then I'm good to go.
Menu navigation is easy, though I'm still figuring out how to set up multiple music folders (e.g., "workout" folder, "chillout" folder, etc.) assuming that's possible. I notice that it will store and play podcasts as well, which I haven't tested yet but consider that a plus. Just remember that you have to have this plugged into your computer so you can check the "Properties" for how much battery life remains. It would be nice if you could check that without having the Clip plugged into your PC.
Since this the first music/sound file device I've ever purchased, I may be rating it too generously. Nevertheless, I love it. I find it exceedingly easy to use. I didn't have to convert any of my MP3s to iTunes fomat, nor did I have to load and use any other proprietary software. 4Gs of storage for under 50 bucks. I'd say that's as close as you can get to a steal. The only problem? Spend the money you save on a good pair of earbuds or headphones. With the quality of sound this little guy belts out, the buds that come with it do the Clip no justice.
Pros Sound quality,size, and the on the go playlist for running..
Cons it doesnt work apparently.
Summary I bought it today and took it home, plugged it into my laptop to transfer music, batter was fully charged. got into my car and turned it on my headphones and after about 10 minutes it turned off, i cant turn it on and it wont charge. wish it worked so i can go running in the morning like i planned.
Pros - Small, long battery life, can record, remembers prior settings and brilliant display
Cons Limited storage space.
Summary I got one of these on Woot for $24 and it was the best bargain I've ever had. Here's why.
I use it as a specialty item. It sits in my workout room connected to some 2.1 Logitec speakers. Here are the reasons that I like it for that purpose.
When I turn it on it remembers everything from last time and starts playing immediately. I don't have to do anything but press the ON button. It starts playing immediately, remembers the exact volume I was at last time and continues where it left off last time. It's like turning on a light switch. When I leave the room I turn it off with one push of the button.
Here's why I like it even more...
- Recording. This is a simple, easy and quick recorder with built-in microphone. My daughter plays D1 college softball and she has a Thursday night only 3-hour class and was missing it too many times because of team travel to keep up. The professor often tests on the lectures.
I gave her my Sansa Clip. She tried it out last Thursday by asking the prof to clip it to her blouse while the lecture was going on. After the lecture she tested the playback and it was perfect! She, and the professor, are in love with that little thing. The professor says she never noticed it on her blouse and my daughter now has a solution for those missed classes.
Alas, I'm out my Sansa.
Easy solution. I bought 2 more. One for the workout room, one for the bathroom when I take a shower. These are like potato chips, I can't get enough.
When Woot has them on sale again I'm buying a bunch.
Pros Sound quality
Explained in more detail in bottom-line summary.
Cons ID3 tagging support
Explained in more detail in bottom-line summary.
Summary Sound quality - It's one of the best sounding players on the market, with a very flat frequency response.
Size - It's even smaller than I imagined.
Price - It's often on sale. I got a 4GB for $35 on Black Friday, and the 8GB was $50 at some Walmarts for a while
Screen - I believe it is OLED, and it is very clear and easy to read.
FM radio - It has impressively clear reception and can get a decent amount of stations.
Recording - It's mic is pretty good considering how tiny the thing is. While it isn't as clear as my iMac's onboard mic, it sounds more natural, because the iMac's sounds very tinny.
Rockbox - Rockbox, an excellent alternative firmware, is being developed for the Clip and is at a decent level of completion. This will eliminate the cons of ID3 tagging, equalizer, and gapless playback, because Rockbox supports file browsing , has awesome sound customizing features, and supports gapless playback. A warning is that this might make the Clip's battery life a bit too short, because as it stands, it is at "just enough" and Rockbox on my iPod 5.5G shortens the battery life to about 65% of what it is with the default firmware.
ID3 tagging support - The ID3 tagging is extremely annoying at first, but I learned to deal with it. The Clip pretty much can't read about 10% of my music's ID3 tags for some odd reason. All of my music is either French or English, which pretty much means the only thing that could possibly be messing it up is the accents in French, but there are artists/albums/songs that only use the basic 26 letters of the English alphabet that don't come up right. They end up going to the Unknown artist section. It's obnoxious, and if you don't learn to deal with it, you may find yourself ignoring your Clip more often than not.
Build quality - While it is excellent considering how cheap the player is, mine got a chip on it the day I bought it. Also, the buttons feel sort of flimsy, and while I'm confident that they will last as long as my player, some people dislike the slightest unusual give.
Equalizer - Using the EQ really screws up the sound, enough said.
Packaging - You will pretty much need a chainsaw to open up the packaging.
Gapless - The Clip simply doesn't support gapless playback, which is very irksome for things like live sets and concept albums.
Overall this is a very enjoyable player, and the only major flaw is ID3 tagging, which can be avoided soon with the release of Rockbox.