"It really suckz."1.5 starson by kompusaurus
Pros: cool looking, compact, attractive ui, replacable battery
Cons: sound is mediocre, os lags, wheel not sturdy, software
Summary: I was all excited to hear the supposed replacement for the dearly departed rio karma. gapless, ogg, flac, parametric eq, etc. I loaded in some high bitrate vbr mp3s; sounded quiet & clean but, despite much tweaking the 5 band eq. the unit sounded cold, sterile & bright --no better than an ipod. encoded some hibitrate ogg/vorbis files. the bundled "magix" software made sure 90% of them were corrupted & unusable even in my iaudio player. if too many of these "bad" files showed up too quickly, the unit crashed.
at first the os appeared to mimic the convenience of the ipod's, but turns out to it's really convoluted and bloated. more than a few unnecessary functions in the way of ones that should be higher up --too many instances to name here. the large dial that controls most of the functions has loose control; it's easy to hit it in the wrong place and cancel what you're doing --very frustrating, especially if you've gone a few submenus into the os. the wheel seems floaty and like it won't put up with much use/abuse.
the microdrive is overactive for even simple functions & uses the battery more than it should.
also, the "magix" software keeps asking you if you want to purchase the "complete" version --more than once per session. at least itunes is freeware & jetaudio (iaudio's proprietary software) is bundled without having to pay for it --not free otherwise.
The player's ergonomics are also suspect; it feels like it will slip out of your hand. despite being made out of metal and rubber, the vibez does not seem sturdy & I needed both hands to comfortably operate the unit. that shouldn't be the case for a device only slightly larger than an ipod nano. despite the hefty promises and tons of features crammed under it's tiny hood, the trekstor vibez ends up falling --way-- short of acceptable, especially considering its price. if you want a buggy, mediocre mp3 player that looks like a trendy cell phone, then this might work, otherwise steer clear.