Pros -Recordable programing
-Pause, rewind, and fast forward live programs
-Good looking interface
-SD card slot
-Able to program lots of favorite channels and listening options
Cons -TERRIBLE reception when not hooked up to a home or car antenna
-Poorly designed interface
-Not compatible with the XM OnyX dock
Summary The XMp3 is a nice idea that falls short. After wandering around town with this radio I found that I lost signal every time I came close to a large building, traffic signal, or any neon signs. There was zero reception inside of any building. The radio gets fine reception when plugged into a home or car antenna, but I bought it for it's portability--which is pathetic at best.
The radio and its interface look very nice and you can customize the listening options quite a lot, but using the interface is a bit awkward and clunky. I actually found it easier to simply type in the channels I wanted to jump to rather than use the favorites option (which goes against the whole point of having favorites), there were no options to alter or customize the look of the display, and setting up the device the way I wanted it took more work than it should have.
The display was informative and did what it needed to do well, I wish the OnyX had the same amount of information on its display.
The bottom line is that while the radio is a good one if you are only using it at home or in the car, the XMp3 is marketed as a portable radio and in this it fails. There are cheaper options if you are looking for a well designed good looking XM radio. Sadly the XMp3 simply does not work as the portable radio that it is marketed to be.
Pros It works almost everywhere I've taken it, including in buildings and across the southwestern U.S. border.
Cons Battery life, Menu Options, Recording Songs & Programs, Remote Control Ease of Use and Overall User Interface
Summary It tends to work fine for several months or longer depending how frequently you use it. Then at a certain point you might go to use it and the whole system seems to shut off and restart continuously, not permitting you to use it at all.
This seems to be a recurring problem with many owners, as I've discovered that I was not the only one, by a simple search online for a solution to my problem. It will work fine if you take the battery out and just leave it in the home/car cradle with a direct power connection; however now you've lost your portability, which is the aspect of this unit that sets it apart from all the other units.
Well there is a simple solution to this problem, albeit somewhat of a defeating one. Purchase a new battery. That's all there is to it, you see the charger/cradle base station of your XMP3 has over charged and corrupted the old battery. Now the battery will not hold a usable charge. The cycling of the XMP3 from OFF to ON to OFF again, in what would seem to be an infinite loop occurs because the XMP3 battery does in fact have a little usable power residing on it, but just enough to turn itself on. After it turns on, or should I say during the process of it turning on, the unit registers the battery-life available and subsequently turns off because there is not sufficient power to run the device. Again the solution to this problem is to buy a replacement battery, however this does not protect you from future occurrences of the same issue. The problem, although fixed by replacing the battery is not caused by the battery, but by the charging unit itself along with the firmware of the XMP3 that should notify the base station of how to properly charge the unit without causing damage to the battery.
A great device but not quite the dependability one would expect.
Additionally I would like to see a video interface for your television that would allow you to see channel and menu information when connected, I feel that this would help the ease of use for the remote interface.
Pros I no longer have to choose one program over the other. I can record a program while listening to the other. It's great.
Cons The remote control buttons are not intuitive. The up and down buttons move left and right across the menus.
Summary This radio is good for anyone that listens to many different radio programs on a regular basis. You won't miss your favorite programs with this device.
Pros Comes with recording feature and MP3 player which is very handy.
Cons The reception does get bad but with car kit and home kit, that solves the problem, unfortunately, if you are using it for jogging, signal is bad so this is the best time using the recorded music or the mp3. Also battery life does not seem to last.
Summary Bottom line, for the price you pay and the features you get, it is well worth it. It is very convinient, but be prepare to spend more money for extra car kit or home kit. With proper kits set up for you, it runs smoothly with minimal bad reception. The display is big enough to see even while driving.
Pros Small and easy to use.
Cons Terrible if you want to walk around and think you will get any reception at all. If that's what you want, don't bother.
Summary I became a Sirius/XM subscriber last year when I bought this device. I was interested in the portability factor, and being able to record lots of content to listen back to whenever. As a portable reciever, this item is utterly useless. I suppose if you were sitting at the beach (facing South) and had the device sitting out, you could listen to live content. Otherwise, no, you will not get a signal. If you want to walk around with this device like you did with an FM walkman or some such thing, don't buy this. Why then do I love this thing? Here's why: I bought a car kit. I listen to whatever I want in the car with almost no issues at all. One time I was driving in a wooded area and reception was spotty. Anyway, I record content on up to 5 stations at once, 6 hours at a time. That way, when I take the device with me I can listen to all that music, fast forward, rewind, whatever. It is also super easy to plug into any radio with an auxilary port. I absolutely love this device and have had no issues with it at all. The key is, buy the car kit. Sirius/XM is not perfect. However, reception in my car is near flawless. To those who want this to organize their content like an ipod or something, that would be awesome. I just don't see how they can evolve to that. I like this because I can take a chance on a station I might not otherwise listen to. I record several hours of content and fast forward what I don't like. Additionally, it gives me songs and artists I might not otherwise listen to. Finally, with the addtion of Pearl Jam Radio and their 2 daily concerts, I think I will go to a lifetime membership when my year is up. Be sure to ask for the $77/year price if you are not sure if this is for you. Some hardcore Sirius/XM people find it immoral to ask for such a deal. I don't get it. Why not ask for a deal if they are willing to bargain? If they say no, oh well, it's still a great product/service. Just don't use the thing as a receiver, or you will be very disappointed