Pros I have a blue one and the paint is amazing.
Long battery life.
Easier to load music after downloading the media manager app.
Great audio quality and sound editors.
Cons No touch features.
Summary It's a good product overall.
If you can deal with it not having the Ipod name it's a cheaper and better alternative.
Pros Sound is good for the price, didn't bother with the ear buds though but that is to be expected.
Cons Lack of functionality to create playlist on the go was a surprize and a disappoint. Sometimes you just want to create a list out of the blue. Also had a terrible time trying to upgrade the firmware to the point where I just gave up.
Summary For the money, it is a nice player. Had I known about the lack of on the go playlists, I probably would not have bought this though as it was a really nice feature on my old Creative Zen Micro, which as great until it died after a few years.
Pros Excellent sound quality, Excellent user interface, solid battery life, works with Rhapsody-To-Go tracks (although it doesn't support Rhapsody channels), slim profile, small but still easy to use, pretty screen, standard USB interface
Cons Sony removed some functionality from it's previous model, no built-in podcast, lower battery life than previous model, doesn't play protected AAC, included earbuds are crumby, plastic body will scratch easily
Summary Short version: For $80 this is a brilliant mp3 player and decent FM radio.
This is a fantastic mp3 player for listening use. The sound quality is at least as good as my roommate's iPod Touch. This player may be a little short of some features, but it carries out its primary function exceptionally well. If you're looking for a budget player for listening to mp3s and the radio then I doubt you'll find a better one.
The features it doesn't have that might make you not want it: doesn't do internet, doesn't record video, doesn't record audio, you can't make playlists on the fly with it, doesn't support Rhapsody DNA (but does work with Rhapsody to Go), and doesn't play protected AAC files. If these things aren't important to you then get it.
The sound quality of the player itself though is as good as any mp3 player I've heard. The output amp is strong and should drive most any earbuds well (the included ones are crumby, so if you don't already have some use the money you saved by not getting an iPod nano and get some decent earphones. And the Apple iPod earphones don't count as decent earphones.) The player has a nice heft to it, but the plastic body does feel a little cheap compared to the metal cases higher end mp3 players have.
I use it with Rhapsody- to-Go. So far it works well and I haven't had any real difficulties. However, Rhapsody warns that it's not an officially supported device so they won't help you if you have difficulties.
"THUNDERSTRUCK!"on by SPOOK666
Pros Sound quality is absolutely wicked, controller is big and easy to operate, the equalizer looks like a professional soundboard and it is easy to use, and just like the iPod it has gapless playback and instant on
Cons some of the missing features on this player include on the go playlists like my iPod touch and smart playlists like my Creative Zen V Plus, wallpaper support like the above mentioned players.
Summary I currently have 4 MP3 players this one, a Creative Zen V plus, an iPod touch and a Sony NW-E003F stick, I bought this one recently and I am very impressed with it's features and I was "Thunderstruck" by it's audio quality, through my Skullcandy Titan earphones, bass sounded thumpy and other ranges held up pretty well, Other than a few other missing features I am pretty impressed with this player.
Pros Nice support with Vista
Cons Software doesn't work, Battery life is mediocre
Summary From Sony, I expected WAY better than this mp3 player. But, it does make a good mp3 player for home use, and for traveling to short distances (i.e. From Charlotte to Asheville; one way). I researched, and I thought a Sony was gonna fare better than a Sansa, but I don't know anymore. Oh well.