Pros - Amazing Sound Quality
- Large Wide-Screen with Unbelievable Quality
- Unbelievable Battery Life
- Responsive Touchscreen
- Flash Player allows any flash (.swf) to run
- Comes with easy-to-use conversion software
- more below
Cons - Price is higher than some other players (still lower than the inferior I-pod touch), but you get what you pay for!
Summary I've owned the S9 (16GB) for about 6 months now and I love it. I have no major complaints. The price was at the top end of what i wanted to spend, but looking back I'm very glad i chose to go with this player. If you're looking for one of the best mp3/video players, look no further. It does not have Wi-Fi, which would have been a nice perk, but that was not important to me in making a decision.
First thing i noticed was how light-weight the thing is. It still manages to feel solid and has proven to be sturdy while being lighter than any player I've held. The second thing i noticed that it was comfortable and fit nicely in my hand, making it easy to use with one hand.
Turning it on, the AMOLED touchscreen was immediately impressive, and is a major reason the battery life is so good (more on that later). Millions of colors for a brilliant display. The touchscreen is plenty responsive, with very few instances of any lagging at all. The screen is large enough to watch videos on it (supports AVI format, which is great).
Sound Quality is Unmatched in my experience. This was something i found in reviews before buying, and i was still very impressed after buying it. I would recommend buying some nice headphones/earbuds to take advantage of the full audio experience. I was amazed to hear such "new" depth and nuances in songs I'd listened to for years. You don't even need to turn it up more than halfway to hear all this depth. There are a ton of "Jet Effect" preset equalizers (EQ), plus 4 FULLY customizable 'user' presets. The additional options (beyond standard EQ) of 'Mach3Bass', '3Dsurround', 'MP Enhance', 'Stereo Enhance', and 'BBE' settings have allowed me to customize my ideal personalized sound setting.
Battery life will blow you away, as it did for me. I recently visited a friend in Seattle from Chicago which is minimum 4 hours each way. I watched movies for about 8 total hours, and listened to music for my 2-hour delay on the way home. I continued to use the player listening to music for 2 weeks after the trip before the battery needed to be recharged. I rarely worry about if i need to charge this player.
Finally, the user interface. Since i bought mine shortly after the product was released, the OS and firmware was fine, but nothing special or flashy. Now i've recently updated the firmware to the newest release, and must say they've made a lot of improvements (see link below, using copy/paste). I expect and look forwards to more in the future.
Pros AMOLED! Spectacular sound quality! What else to say! Well, there's also the light weight which can be construed as "cheap" to some. Bluetooth compatibility, a text viewer, flash, and an ever-improving number of firmwares.
Cons The design of the curve makes it hard to use it on a flat surface. The S9's user interface could use a little work; it's not as polished as the competition...namely the bitten apple.
Summary The Cowon S9 is great if you want a portable player that can do everything media. It reigns supreme in audio and video - it supports a lot of different codecs for videos and many music file formats. It is well worth the modest ~$210.
It has a great battery life because of the amazing AMOLED power-saving display - which many other players could do with.
Pros -Best Sound and Video Quality ever.
-55 hours music, 11hours video
-great design for especially chrome-black one
Cons -menu transitions are slower than ipod
Summary great player.. great value for the price
Pros - Great Sound Quality
- Plays xvid natively without conversion
- OLED Screen is impressive
- Various skins can be made in Flash as to improve the interface
- Bluetooth audio out
- Build is light, yet not 'cheap'
- EQ is great
- AMAZING battery life
Cons - Could be more intuitive
- No H264 support
- Some of the menus such as "coverflow" and the like are slow (can be improved with custom skins fortunately)
- Can only save Playlists with MTP mode (MSC mode deletes it; firmware upgrade needed)
Summary I'm using Shure SCL3s with this player and it complements it rather nicely. Sound quality is great, coming from a Zen Microphoto. The hardware itself is lightweight but does not feel cheap, feels better in the pocket than the iPod touch (the latter is a tad weighty in comparison).I forgot the address the issue of lack of WiFi. I think it would be nice but the screen in my opinion is not large enough and probably would kill the battery life on the device. If you are coming from an iPod touch you might miss it but those people who already have data plans with their smartphones probably won't see it as a big issue as the iPod touch and smartphones overlap in some cases. Summary: You can't miss what you never had.
f WiFi is a big deal to you, perhaps this device is not for you. Lack of saving playlists is kind of a drag, not a dealbreaker but Bluetooth capability seems to be rather focused for speakers/headphones and not used for file transfers (and unlikely to be updated in firmware imo).
There are a lot of great skins available that fix a lot of the personal nuances with the player such as slow coverflow or more menu options. A big flaw is obviously noted and that's playlists can only be saved in MTP mode when synced. MSC mode deletes it when connected to a computer. Cowon NEEDS to fix this asap via firmware update.
Battery life is
FM transmitter has a neat interface and autoscan is nice. Not much else to say. The equalizer is great and doesn't distort the bass (like the Creative Zen (new one)/Microphoto.
Battery life is pretty much awesome considering how much it can be used for. I was surprised with the 55 hours audio. Even if it were to be like 48 hours it's still amazing.
In my opinion this player is a niche player but fits very well. There is more potential to this player (Don't expect h264 period, the Cowon O2 might be a better player for videos otherwise), especially with its interface that can be written in Flash.
Updated on Jan 21, 2009
"Abysmal service."on by sswanke
Pros Completely overshadowed by Cowon's horrible service.
Cons My player broke just after the warranty. Cowon charged me $55 to replace an internal electronic part. A little while later the same part broke again. Cowon told me they discontinued that part because it was faulty. My unit is now worthless.
Summary Why buy a player from a company that will not back it up? Don't buy any Cowon pruduct.