Pros Beautiful graphics. Sound quality is excellant. The radio is pretty good also.
Cons Only a usb charger...which is upsetting. preloaded music, pics, and video waste a lot of memory if you dont take them off.
This player is excellant. I like most that the battery can be replaced when I want it replaced and for only 20 dollars, not the outrageous fees Apple charges; and I can do it by myself.
The screen is excellant. Perfect graphics are displayed on the very colorful screen. The radio is alright, some stations are like i'm listening directly to a cd, because the one station is only a mile away from me.
The preloaded items are awful. I freed up about 800 mb by removing the preloaded Rhapsody channels. It was pathetic. The music was junk also.
Overall its a great buy for your money. I would definitly recommend it to anyone wanting to find a great mp3 player/video/picture viewer.
Pros Rhapsody Channels and Rhapsody to Go Support
Cons Scroll wheel; 2GB capacity
Summary The Sansa e250R is how Rhapsody to Go should be experienced. Not only does it download music faster than other Plays for Sure devices (we own a regular Sansa e250 and a Zen V Plus also) , content is automatically downloaded to the player each time I connect to my laptop via Rhapsody Channels. These are helpful for finding new artists and songs that you wouldn't otherwise think of when looking for new music. Songs on the Channels are not added to your library but are available for listening on the player. If you like the song, you can add it to your library with a couple of clicks on the Sansa.
Album art, ratings, and the witty Rhapsody artist notes are available with a couple of clicks.
While the text is sharper and the interface is slicker than the original Sansa e250, the scroll wheel is the same and that's not good. Ipod owners will rightfully sneer at you when they pick up the Sansa. The scroll wheel is clunky and rough compared to the Nano. But when you compare Rhapsody to Go and Rhapsody Channels to Itunes, my bet is you will be alot happier. My daughter loves her Ipod but she is very jealous of how much music I get everytime I connect to Rhapsody.
One caveat - 2GB can get filled up very quickly with Channels. If you like a lot of music in your library, splurge for the 4GB or 8GB models.
Pros Sound, downloading capabilities
Cons Manual (or lack of a useful manual)
Summary I bought my daughter and myself each one for Christmas. I was ready to return both to Best buy 2 days later, but after 4 episodes totalling 6 hours on the phone to Rhapsody Customer support -- in which FINALLY I was transferred to "level 2 support" (someone who said something other than "no problem, m'am, no problem, we will help you", and then accomplish nothing) a very helpful rep explained why the 2G memory was full on each when there was less than 200 songs on each device. Key point: reformat the whole device and make sure that while you are in "Rhapsody" mode, save all songs in 128 WMA files, otherwise the drive will be full with very few songs. I am very happy with the Rhapsody service, although if you signed up for the "free" 2 or 3 month offer, check your credit card -- I have been billed. Also, while you can play NetAudio books on the devices, if you switch to any music, you have to start over on the book. So don't plan on using the device for EBooks (in contrast to what Sandisk customer service told me prior to purchase). Manual is WEAK. Still can't figure out how to use the Auto-off feature, and haven't had the time to wait for customer service again. Yes, you can pre-set FM stations, but haven't been able to access the presets due to the weak manual.
Overall I would purchase again. I picked up a 2gig micro SD card on Buy.com for less than 20 bucks for later expansion -- had purchased the player for 99 bucks on Black Friday, so for 120 I can get 4 gigs.
On other thing: makes sense, if your memory is getting full you can't record much more than 1/2 hour on the FM recorder. If you want to record the whole "Prairie Home Companion", you'll need to empty out some songs.
Pros Well, sync with Rhapsody 4.0 is at the top of the list... Great interface, color, size, battery life, features, NICE work SanDisk!
Cons Small buttons can be hard to hit, lack of EQ, scroll wheel awkward at times
Summary For the "non-ipod" conformers of the world, there has been little to no options for taking services like Rhapsody with you... until now. FINALLY there is a viable option, and it rocks! If you have diverse music tastes, you can go through a few hundred tracks in no time flat... buying these on itunes = $$$, whereas you pay the flat fee at Rhapsody and end up money ahead. Now your entire collection can go with you... 8 gigs is a LOT of music.. probably a couple of thousand songs depending on your sampling rate. Unit is small, GREAT size for carrying around... a lot more convenient than the ipod, comparable to the Nano. Color screen, ok for pictures, but who really wants to view pictures seriously on anything that small... FM tuner is a great bonus feature, long overdue on other players. Battery life, awesome.. syncing up and transferring data to the unit worked flawlessly after initial setup, rock solid performance. Wish there was more EQ control, ability to output higher volume level at times, larger buttons (for large fingers), and a scroll wheel that worked a little more fluidly. All in all, minor tweaks. One of the best off the shelf release hardware products I've ever owned, and I have been an early adopter of electronics for years. Great buy!
Pros Great looks, good size, nice interface, good sound quality
Cons Software seems buggy
Summary I got the e250R for only $70 at Best Buy thanks to post-Thanksgiving specials. This player looks really good. It's a bit heavy compared to some other players, but I like it. Compared to my iPod nano it feels very sturdy. I listened to some of the pre-loaded music and the player sounded good. The interface is easy to understand. A problem with the buttons is that they're too close to the scroll wheel so it's hard to press them sometimes.
Now for the really bad part. The software that comes with this player didn't work for me. Everything was installed correctly, but the Best Buy store never started up. And this is what you have to use to manage your player, so you can see how this can be a problem. You could always use WMP or Windows Explorer, but I always like using the software supplied with the MP3 player. The Sansa Media Converter did start up, but converting videos is hell. I got this player because I wanted an inexpensive player for video and another one for my music collection (which is on my nano). Converting a video is actually easy, it's the results which gave me trouble. For some reason my player synced the videos as photos and a "Use the media converter to use this file" message kept on appearing.
This is a great player, if the software works for you, you'll probably love it. But I'm going to return this to the store and I'm upset that the software didn't work better.