"Not bad, has lots of room for improvements`"3.0 starson by btng1
Pros: ogg support, multiple playlists, Linux support
Cons: dumb pregnant belly design
Summary: I won't recite the specs. You can get that from many places. (But don't believe the manufacturer's claimed battery life.)
I got the Vibez to replace a Cowon G3, which can't see all the files it can store, which was a real deal breaker. The Vibez at least does all the key things it's supposed to do.
It's nice. It's satisfactory. It supports ogg and Linux, which are key for me. But sometimes I think the physical and software interfaces were designed by children. It has the following flaws. (I'll save the worst for last.)
One feature crashes the player so frequently that I don't use it anymore: saving play lists. It can take minutes fighting with the sloppy thumb wheel to save a playlist, mostly entering the name (can't we just *select* a current name and overwrite it???). After that effort, the player frequently freezes and can only be resuscitated by opening it up and inserting a paperclip in the hole to reset it. Gross! Trekstor told me to upgrade the firmware, but it didn't fix the problem. Good thing the Vibez also supports m3u multiple playlists that you create on your own.
Because I had to open up the Vibez so often to resuscitate it after freezing, I now have lint and dust under the glass face.
The face is scratched after placing the Vibez in a pocket with coins one too many times. To me, that's an easily scratched face.
The thumbwheel is placed to low. Hasn't anyone notices that our thumbs point upward? My thumb ends up covering the screen and has to stoop way over to operate the thumbwheel.
I've mentioned the thumbwheel was sloppy. Sometimes it fails to registers the clicks while you are turning it.
The animated menu is dumb dumb dumb! It just slows down an already irksome interface. I wish I could turn animation off.
Screen brightness settings should be finer. The minimum brightness setting (other than off) is blinding in the dark. (The Cowon G3 also had this problem.)
The volume should also have finer adjustments. The lowest non-mute volume was too loud for me to listen to at bedtime.
The equalizer selection is a pain in the neck. Can't we just have the on-board computer select the equalizer based on the genre of the song?
Okay, the most flawed feature on the Vibez has got to be the thumbwheel design. The thumbwheel idea is great, but if Trekstor was going to design implement it like this, I wish they'd just go with the joystick design most other players have. Why?
It's way to sensitive to the press. Forget about putting this thing in your Vibez. The slightest bump or rub from your clothe will forward, reverse, pause the song or change volume.
Pressing the center of the wheel selects a menu item. Great! Unfortunately, the center is a tiny spot. If don't you hit it right on, you could easily have hit the up, down, left, or right arrows instead. I think the center spot is about 5 percent of the thumbwheel area. My camera's spot metering area is not that small!
But the worst of the worst flaw is the bulging pregnant design of the thumbwheel. It sticks out there screaming "Hey, hit me by accident, please!!" The thumbwheel really needs to be concave--NOT convex! This is an eminently unpocketable design. Why did they do it? Because it's "sexy"??? Come on, folks! I was a nerd when it was nothing but lonely to be a nerd, I even I don't think it's sexy. It's a machine! It's not sexy! Get a life!