"Best Player I've Ever Owned or Used"5.0 starson by n8dog021
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.