Pros Sleep timer! Bookmarking! Awesome sound. Feather light and has a clip for easy carrying. Progressive fast forward and the controls actually work well! Best MP3 player out there for audiobooks.
Cons You MUST download the latest firmware update on the SanDisk website to ge the bookmarking to work right. If you don't, it won't let you transfer audiobooks into the audiobook folder on the player unless they are Audible downloads.
Summary This review does not do the Sansa Clip + justice. For the audiobook listeners out there, let me point out that it bookmarks anything you have in the audiobook folder (not the music folder) so that you can easily switch back and forth between your books and your music. It also has a sleep timer which is awesome if you fall asleep listing at night. It has a progressive fast forward which is essential if you listen to audiobooks alot. I've had several mp3 players and this is the best by a mile.
Pros -Small size makes it easier to clip to, say, belt loop
-Price is unbeatable
Cons -Transition from iPod will take a couple of days
-Battery life could be better
-included headphones aren't great
-FM radio isn't great
Summary On Saturday I went to Best Buy to buy this. The MP3 player table did not have the Clip+ on Display, so I asked if they had it. They did, but it was tucked under the table, locked away. I got the 4GB black one to compliment my JVC Marshmallows. the total cost was $60: $40 for the player and $20 for the headphones.
The first thing I tried out was the FM radio. It could be better, doesn't have good reception inside buildings, and terrible reception in my room. Oh well, I bought it for the player. So after that, I tried the voice recording. It's okay, but if you move it too much you'll get clicking noises, and it ruins the quality.
I plugged in the Clip's short cable to the computer and started syncing it. I haven't used any programs yet, just old Explorer.exe. It works like a charm. I do have problems syncing one song though, but I think it might have something to do with the way I took it off my old iPod.
I plugged in my 'Mallows and listened to my music. I haven't tried Ogg Vorbis or FLAC yet, but it does well playing MP3s and WMAs. In fact, it does better than the iPod.
Over all, this player is a great product at a great price. I STRONGLY recommend this over any other player.
Pros Size: easy to stash.
Clip: great for exercising.
Features: many for such a small player (as many as the larger players I tested).
Sound quality: great.
Cons Size: due to it's matchbox size it's kind of awkward holding it in the palm of my hand and pressing buttons with my thumb on the same hand...not impossible, just takes getting used to after having a larger player.
Summary Well worth the money. Lots of great features. I especially like the built-in custom equalizer...you can also select from several preset EQ settings if you don't want to take the time to manually adjust the sound quality. FM radio and voice recording is a nice touch. Bright, easy to read screen (indoors anyway...outdoors, a bit harder but not impossible to read, and you can adjust the brightness settings if needed). It was also very easy, no-hassle experience to plug into the computer and upload music. Expandable memory is a huge plus (not sure of the limit, but adding an 8GB micro SD card to make it 12GB overall gives you enough space for roughly 2000 tunes).
Before purchasing the Clip +, I tested four larger players in the same price category, but wound up returning them all due to various quality issues. Some were off-brands, some not. I've only had it for a few days now, but I'm confident in saying that the Clip is a keeper. I'm simply blown away that such a small player can pack such a mighty punch. Great job, San Disk!
Pros Has a well made look and feel. Sound quality is excellent using the ear buds that shipped with it.
Gets incredible radio reception.
Cons More of a comment on Rhapsody... the Clip+ comes with a Rhapsody CD. Once installed , Rhapsody is asking you to set up an account. You DO NOT have to sign up with Rhapsody to use the player for your own music.
Summary Would recommend this to anyone. I put in 8GB micro which gives this matchbox size player 10 GB!BTW, the Radio DOES have a record function. If you're listening to a program you want to record, go to the Radio> Radio Options> scroll down to "Recording" > Record Now. Its funny, that a feature like this is not listed anywhere ( I could find). This makes the Clip+ even more amazing !
Updated on Mar 1, 2010
Pros Cheap, expandable memory, good sound quality, small, rational design, builld quality of "Plus" is better than original Clip, appears as external hard drive-allowing "drag and drop" file loading
Cons So small that it is easy to misplace.
Summary The Clip is the answer to the question "why carry multiple electronic devices?" The Clip Plus is the ideal mp3 playing device, and that's all it does.