Pros -Excellent internal memory capacity, and option to add even more capacity through a micro SD card.
-Screen resolution is excellent.
Cons -Very poor player for MP3 audiobooks.
-New touch controls are poor.
-Power button at top of unit hard to use.
-SanDisk tech support for Sansa Fuze+ very poor.
Summary I can't talk about how this player functions for "Audible" audiobooks, since I do not use that service. However, I predominately use this player for playing MP3 audiobooks and the Sansa Fuze+ fails at this task big-time. When one or more MP3 audiobooks are loaded into the Sansa Fuze+ it treats each file, which can be either a track or chapter of a given audiobook, as a separate audiobook. So if you load one audiobook with thirty files (e.g. tracks or chapters) the Sansa Fuze+ indicates you just loaded thirty (30) audiobooks not one! To make matters worse if you load more than one MP3 audiobook it does the same thing to each MP3 audiobook, and then mixes the tracks or chapters, listing all chapter 1's together, then all chapter 2's together, etc. You also can't click on the first chapter or track of a specific MP3 audiobook and have the Sansa Fuze+ automatically play all the related chapters or tracks in sequence. If you create and load a playlist for a specific MP3 audiobook, which is then displayed not under the "Audiobook" menu, but hidden under the "Music" menu (sub-menu "Playlists", and then select it the MP3 audiobook may play correctly, or it may not.
As for the touch controls on the Sansa Fuze+ they are extremely overly sensitive. Like other players on the market the controls use sensors to recognize your touch by way of your body heat from your fingers. Unfortunately, if you lay the Sansa Fuze+ in your hand, with the back of the player against your palm, the sensors pickup the heat from your palm and assume you are making control selections, and the player makes random menu selections. To keep this from happening you must hold the Sansa Fuze+ off your palm, using your fingers on the thin sides of the player. The controls are also hard to use if your hands are cold, since the sensors aren't picking up enough heat from your finger to register what you want done.
I've talked with SanDisk tech support regarding MP3 Audiobook problems and they had me reload the firmware multiple times to correct the problems, but nothing worked. They then sent me a replacement Sansa Fuze+, but it still had the same MP3 audiobook problems. So they had me load the firmware updates multiple times on the replacement Sansa Fuze+, but again nothing resolved the problems. At one point they even told me a new firmware update was just posted that corrects these problems, but when I noted the latest firmware update was dated July 2011 (it was August 2012 when I was talking to them) the SanDisk tech person told me they just updated the firmware but frequently don't update the firmware date. Yeah right! If you're laughing now I understand. No software engineer would ever do that.
The Sansa Fuze+ is a real let-down as a MP3 audiobook player! The older Sansa Fuze player was a much better player. It easily supported MP3 audiobooks, and the controls were easier to use.
Pros Nice (though tiny) screen.
Durable - I've dropped it several times (with silicone case)and still works great.
Reads metadata accurately - not as common as you would think.
Seamless memory card integration - nearly unheard of.
Is not an Apple or Microsoft
Cons User interface has steep learning curve, requires light and accurate touch. It does weird stuff if you take your aggression out on it.
Takes outrageous amount of time to refresh memory if you've changed anything.
Used to occasionally freeze up and make
Summary I have had my Fuze + for a few months and I am very please that I got it. It did take a while to get used to the UI but I no longer even think about it. I had the previous Fuze, and I can navigate around much faster on the Fuze +. Took me a couple of weeks to get used to it though. Playlists are not buried AT ALL. The only things that are buried too deep are the EQ settings, but I figured out that with a decent pair of phones it sounds better with no EQ anyway. Most of my music is in FLAC format and I use iGrado phones and I am perfectly content with the sound quality. If sound quality is important, pay more attention to what actually goes on your ears and the quality of the music file than the gadget that's playing it back - within reason of course. Before I bought it I looked and listened to every mp3 player under $100 I could find, I shopped for months (really) and this was no impulse buy. For the same money, nothing else comes close.
Pros Volume setting
On /off button and lock
Cons Oversensitive touch screen.
Continously getting lost in the labyrinthine filing system.
Summary I should have returned it to the vendor. The old Sansa Fuse was fine . . . . except for the fact that they seemed to have a shelf life. If they could have improved it's reliability this would have been far better than developing something that is impossible to use. I will probably end up jumping on it
Pros -Micro sd slot
Cons -Horrible controls
-Feels more like and looks like a cellphone
Summary It plays music like it should. I can't come up with many good things that I loved about it. It's slow the controls are crap and frustrating. It feel like a cellphone, looks like cell phone. It lasted a year though surprisingly. I put mp3 player through a lot. Nothing really stands out about it. It's just an mp3 play with awful controls that looks and feels like a cellphone that plays ok music.
I would recommend it to anyone. I have cheaper mp3s that have worked better than this one. It gets the job done.
Pros Compact, attractive, lightweight
Cons Ambiguous, inexact interface; no looping of feature list at "home" level; extreme overshoot when scrolling
Summary The navigation system is profoundly frustrating and confusing. Even after reading and re-reading the instruction manual, the interface remains ambiguous, inexact, and far from instinctual. The manual may help the user understand how the navigation controls are SUPPOSED to work, but sliding one's finger over the interface doesn't always produce the result one is going for. I miss the definite, unambiguous tactical "click" of the earlier Fuze. Furthermore, time and again there is extreme overshoot, when options zip by way too fast to be selected, causing one to have to slide back the other way again and again to zero in on the target. A product this basic should not be this difficult. A great disappointment.