"A great player but it won't fit everyone"4.0 starson by Waveblade
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