"As an PMP device, Cowon S9 has no equal period endstop."5.0 starson by Chaynsaw
Pros: - Plays any file (except maybe h.264) without needing any conversion whatsoever
- Unparalleled audio/video quality
- You'd be hard-pressed to find an interface option you need that isn't on the S9.
- Starts up fast, loads files fast.
Cons: - No Wifi
- Recharge port cover is clunky, hard to remove.
- Interface somewhat complex/requires learning curve.
- Feels light
- Not an Apple product, so must be downrated to reflect paper-thin yet safe illusion of Itouch's unassailable superiority.
Summary: It's shameful to suggest that the itouch should win points for ease of use in a post-S9 era. You can put basically any file onto the S9 and it will start up (really fast) and play it. There's no conversion required, no messing with aspect ratios, poor sync, codecs (Maybe h.264 files. Maybe). You can put ANY file on this like any flash drive and S9 will play it, as if you had a fully codec'ed out windows media player in the palm of your hand.
The interface is SLIGHTLY complex, but that's only because it has many useful options, like a tilt-sensor lock that prevents it from going into landscape mode. You can organize your music by folders or by playlist... so I guess if you are too accustomed to itunes organization by IDv3 tag, you might not like the elemental drag-and-drop style that Cowon uses (and that you use every time you do anything on your PC or mac). The recharge port cover for the 20-pin usb connector is kind of clunky and it feels light, though never delicate. You also won't have wifi or access to the vaunted Apple app store.
However, the S9 performs the core functions of a PMP device like playing audio and video files so far above its competition that it's hard to take the negative reviews seriously in light of itouch's glowing status as the gold standard of PMP players.
The ipod touch may be better at being an iphone without the phone, but the S9 is inimitably better at being an Ipod.
Donald Bell gives the lie to fairness and dedicates most of his S9 review to rehashing embarrassing anecdotes about how the editors "thought the S9 felt like a toy" or "thought the play/pause button in the top middle of the device was a stylus". Seems more befitting of Derek Zoolander trying to get files out of the computer rather than a Cnet editor.
Whether your negative assessment is an attempt at using a collection of apocryphal anecdotes to disguise your unwillingness to unseat the Ipod touch from its hardware-reviewer-polished paper throne or not... The S9 is an excellent player. Its interface is not clunky, in my opinion, it is simply loaded with options. There's a learning curve. You get that when you want to do many things. And if you don't want to do many things, then you can either 1) not do them on the cowon and enjoy your easy-to-use PMP without video/audio conversion woes or 2) go back to the itouch and get awed by everything in it that distracts from the fact that it is a subpar audio/video player for no apparent reason other than Apple is too lazy to allow you to play xvid wmv avi etc etc etc.
In fact, I would say Cowon's only crime is not being an apple product and being reviewed by a host of reviewers who would rather reflect market share in their reviews rather than be honest.