Pros memory space, expandable memory, screen size, sound quality, features, battery life
Cons casing seam
Summary I got mine about a week ago at circuit city They have an awesome deal, and they just lowered it even more than what I paid, IF you can find it in stock. Newegg oddly doesn't list this item yet, normally they are my favorite.
First off I'd like to talk about the issue raised by cnet about bass response. At default settings, it does seem to drop off at the low end. If you ran it with flat EQ, it would sound just about perfect if you ran it through a car stereo which had a 'loud' button to shift things towards the bass end a tad. However, the EQ is quite responsive and allows for some serious adjustment. The presets (classical, etc.) are very poor in my opinion, so if you really like to use pre-made eq settings you'll be disappointed. And cnet is correct that if you raise the bass bar on the custom EQ by a lot, it does run into some distortion. However, this is true of any audio product which is being pushed for more bass than its amplifier can give.
Many people however, forget that only raising the EQ bars above the baseline increases the sound output at a given volume setting. And the sansa's EQ is extremely sensitive & responsive. Its very easy to overdo it. To improve sound quality without elevating the sound output above designed maximums, the bars should be moved both above and below the baseline, in roughly equal amounts. I have mine set at about 1/4 up from flat in bass & treble, default in mid-bass & mid-treble, and 1/3 of the way *down* in midtone. It sounds very good with no distortion.
Also, I have some mp3's which are badly encoded and have horrible sounding treble normally, but they sound surprisingly good on this player. End result, the sansa can make great sound, but it does take some tweaking to get it just right. I would agree that good bass response shouldn't be tucked away with tweaked settings at the limit of the player's ability though. It may have something to do with how it interprets the mp3's, since I have a few mp3's which have awesome sounding deep bass at flat EQ settings. Which suggests the hardware isn't at fault. I didn't update the firmware yet since its just released. I think a well designed firmware adjustment by sansa could make good bass something you don't have to tweak to get.
Syncing in WMP10 is a breeze. I haven't figured out how to simply drag&drop songs onto it yet, it doesn't seem to recognize as a usb mass storage device (my old mp3 player did, which kinda obsoleted usb flashdrives for me).
Menu's... The uppermost menu is nice, works well, and is fun to use. But all the submenus are rather plain. This alone is no big deal, it has a LOT of features in the menus, and its a media player, not a menu showcase. I did however find some of the menus a little counterintuitive to navigate during playback. Its just a matter of time before learning them inside out, but its nice when a device has a more naturally intuitive layout. It would be really neat if someone would code a new skin for the menu system for this thing. But it works fine.
Battery life... being used to using the cdplayer in my car since my old mp3 player died, i forgot to disconnect my sansa and take it inside the other day. 24 hours later when I left for work, it was still playing. Given that it got below freezing for most of the night, I'm really impressed with the battery life. It even continued to play through that work day, and it still had a bit of battery life left on the battery display when i took it home and finally plugged it in. in other words 'wow'.
The screen looks great. I don't notice any problems or lacking quality at all. It seems bright, great resolution, and has vibrant colors. And its 'big'. 2.4" is a pretty big screen compared to the size of the player. It is flush with the player facing, which looks very sleek, but I'd have preferred it to be recessed about 1mm to avoid scratches. The facing material does seem to be pretty scratch resistant though.
This is the largest flash-memory mp3 player i've seen. So it you want something you can clip to your nose ring and forget about, this isn't it. on the other hand, if you're looking for a portable video player, this is 'tiny'. It's still a bit smaller than most hard drive based mp3 players. While really small players do have a 'wow cool' factor, I don't really see this player as being too bulky to carry around (unless you're in a bikini and have a drink in both hands). Its about the same overall bulk as my cell phone (LG 8300, great phone by the way) but taller and flatter. its quite pocket-able, and light enough to put on an armband or some other jogging friendly spot.
The casing is slightly separated near the on/off switch. Its so slight that I would not have noticed it if I had not read a review which complained of this on another site. It doesn't have any effect on functionality and it doesn't make it feel at all lacking in durability. But I do plan on putting a little superglue on the corner of a 3x5 card and slipping that through the seam gap, then hold it tight with a padded c-clamp for about 10 min. It may be no concern, but I just don't want dust or lint getting in at all. Really I'm being quite perfectionistic about this.
The wheel feels great, works great, is great. Its pretty too, I love the blue glow ring around it. This is the wheel which the old e200 series should have been born with. The center button is small, but I haven't missed it yet. I have rather large hands, and manicured nails, so I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem using the center button. I have increased the amount of time that the controls stay illuminated. I use it in the dark a lot, so I'll leave it at least until I get to know the feel of the player more. Actually with the battery life, I'll probably just leave set longer it indefinitely.
The voice recorder is basic. Sound quality is not stellar, its about like any other pocket voice recorder. Its a neat little 'extra' that most other players don't have.
FM player is pretty good actually. Better than you'd expect without an external antenna. Lots of presets, etc.
Flash memory... For those of you who've never had a hard drive based mp3 player while jogging or driving a sports car over rough roads, you probably don't appreciate how nice flash memory is. Flash memory has no moving parts, uses very little electricity, doesn't have drive spin-up delays, and most importantly, has flawless playback even when you're shaking it. Also, hard drives in portable players tend not to hold up in the long run. Sure they may be rated to survive a drop from the moon without breaking, but the bearings do not survive routine shaking in the long run. Mine has 8Gb of memory, and a slot which can take up to another 8Gb of memory. My music collection is currently about 8Gb (the good songs anyway), so this is the perfect size right now. And as I add to my collection, it will be easy to upgrade and keep my whole music 'favorites' collection on my mp3 player.
In an ideal world, the menus would be really cool 3-D graphics all the way to the bottom layer, it would have a better sealed seam, bass response a bit better at flat EQ, and the EQ presets would be nicer. But in an ideal world it would also weigh nothing, cost nothing, and make me pancakes in the morning.
Its a really nice player. I also liked and gave some serious thought to the Zune, and the Nano. But I kept coming back to this one. It's nice enough to get sentimentally attached to it I think
Pros Sound was good, but could just be me. Pretty good for watching videos and pics. Love the expansion slot. Easy to navigate.
Cons Battery Life, Size makes it tougher to carry around.
Summary I've had the View for 10 days now. The sound is very good. I have 900+ songs on it, a few music videos and still 2 gb of space left. Plus I have a 1GB MicroSD card in the expansion slot, where I keep my family pics. I am impressed by the view. I am primarily using it to pump music into my stereo system using a $10 adapter. It works great for my purposes. Also, the video is pretty good. Battery Life: My testing shows it is less than 35hrs, more like 15-16hrs with constant music searches. Right now I am testing running it till the battery can't go no more. We'll see if not touching it and using the menus helps the battery life much. Unlike the review, i don't mind the interface. I find it easy to use. Happy so far. Good value.
Pros Outstanding feature line up
Cons Difficult to find accesories
Summary Let me start of by saying that I work as a mp3 expert at a very popular electronics retail store. In my time there I have had the chance to try a huge variety of mp3 players and I decided on this one for its price and features. This is my fifth mp3 player and so far is my favorite. It has a very highly rated battery life, an FM tuner, picture and video playback, custom EQ, and several supported audio formats. Yes it is large, but don't forget that part of that size is due to that vibrant screen. The weight is nice and the sexy black finish hides scratches nicer than an iPod. The sound quality is much nicer than reviews show, and I believe that may be due to users using the headphones that come with the unit which need to go in the trash right out of the box and traded in for a nicer pair perhaps the high performance Sony earbud or even a pair of Shures if you dont mind dishing out the $100. Now that you have replaced the earbuds start off with reformating the unit on you PC this really helps to make the unit responsive to being hooked up to the computer. Not sure why but it worked for me. Really other than that the only thing that in my mind that hurts this product is poor quality control by Sandisk. But dont let this scare you away from this jem of a product.
Pros Decent size, large screen, improved interface over previous Sansas, FM reciever, amazing battery life.
Cons Interface still could be better
Summary There's one thing about the Sansa players that bugged me at first but as I got used to it I came to love it and it became one of my favorite things about the device - there is no actual SanDisk brand software for managing music. To get music onto the little guy you can either sync up with Windows Media Player or just drag and drop music from your computer's music folder to your Sansa's music folder, making music transfer much faster than say waiting for iTunes to start up and getting that confounded thing to recognize any new tracks as part of your library and then finally getting to transfer music onto your iPod.
Of course the music also needs to sound good when it's on your player, and while many people complain about the sound quality of the Sansa View I personally thought it was good. Comparing it to my old mp3 players, I'd say it was better than my first generation iPod mostly because of the better bass and about the same as my last Sansa.
Other features I thought were nice is the size has been slightly increased over the old Sansa e-series, especially in the way of the screen which is very clear on any brightness level. I haven't had the chance to see how movies look on it yet as I don't have the patience the transfer any onto the player yet. It did come with a video pre-loaded into memory though, and that one looked very clear.
I'm also very fond of the battery life in this little guy. I like to listen to music while I read and at night I turn the screen brightness all the way up and keep the screen lit up so the player can double as a reading light while my old iPod only lasted a night like that I've gone a few nights in a row and still haven't had to charge the player yet. I have yet to see how the battery holds out playing movies, but I can confirm that the thing plays music for a while on a single charge no matter what you do with the screen lighting.
If there's anything wrong with the player it's probably in the interface. While it's been slightly improved over the Sansa e-series in the way that some of the myriad of icons have now been placed into a single "More". However, the circle of icons that's only partially displayed on the screen still fails to be as user friendly as the simply menu employed by other mp3 players.
But honestly, once you get used to the interface it's really no big deal. With the long battery life and so many other nice features the Sansa View is a very sweet little player.
Pros I dont think there are any
Cons Slow, poor navigation buttons
Summary I bought the 8gb Sansa View thinking I was getting something new and revolutionary. I was opposed to getting an Ipod, because I am a PC user. I wanted something different.
But after playing with the Sansa View for about 30 mins, I was very disappointed. The navigation buttons for photos and music are totally backwards and slow for loading photos.
Ashamed with spending money on this item, I went to Best Buy and spent the difference of my returned christmas (sansaview) present and bought the 8gb Ipod touch. After minutes after hooking up the Ipod - I was happy - and proud of my new mp3 player - (this is my first mp3 player - and I love it !!