Pros Very Versitile. Very reliable. Easy to use. No hastles. Very portable. Palm sized. Very long recording time in CD quality mp3 format. Handy recorder is an understatement.
Cons Very small screen which is difficult to see important information. Battery life isn't real long. Somewhat delicate tripod mount.
Summary I love it. It's the one electronc device that never lets me down. I use it to record broadcast airchecks for the radio show I do. I also use it for theatrical Old Time Radio re-creations which I do sound mixing and record for broadcast. It does the job with flying colors. The few cons are only minor inconveniences not worth considering when purchasing this product. One of my fellow broadcasters just purchased one on my recomendation. The sound quality is excellent.
Pros I did a test on http://vomictest.blogspot.com/ for anyone who wants to hear the mic used as a voiceover. I've tested many mics over my career in the thousands of dollars and this does just as good a job. I have not tested it for music.
Cons none really, best for the money
Summary Bottom line its a must have for anyone interested in exellent recordings whether on the go or in a studio. Check out the mic sample i posted on http://vomictest.blogspot.com/.
Pros Perfect for photojournalists
Cons Not pure enough for snooty audiophiles
Summary I haven't used one, but I've been *recorded* on one by a Salt Lake Tribune reporter. The audio clarity and range was startling. If I hadn't actually seen him with this little device (I thought it was a light meter) I wouldn't have believed it could produce such amazing audio images. And he says it's "[what] we use" at his newspaper! Brilliant!
Pros Good audio for low price. mp3 and wav format. SD media
Cons Noisy hiss on external mic input. Flimsy battery door and construction
Summary Overall, this unit is a good value for someone who is a podcast hobbyist. If you want to interview other people in your podcasts, you should look at another unit. The mic input on this device is very noisy with a hiss. The line input is Ok, though, if you want to use a phantom power mic with a separate unit to provide the phantom power.
The construction is, as was noted in the CNET review, very flimsy. Especially the battery door. The hooks are, as others mentioned, extremely thin. Be very careful with them.
I purchased my H2 to record my students speaking and practicing English. I found some good online samples by another guy who podcasts here in Seoul. You can hear them at www.midnightrunner.mypodcast.com
Pros Don't spend twice as much for very small differences in the sound quality
Cons Slow fast forward and start-up time
Summary Instead of setting up a mixerboard and microphones, which is not portable, I can get just as good of a recording using using this device. I like the variable gain control, I have used the high gain for recording outdoor nature sounds outdoors, and the low gain for recording band rehersals, which are very loud. It is very quiet, in my old cassette recorder days, I would always hear the motor whining in the background, but the zoom does not have this problem. After hearing several sample recordings on the internet with the zoom, and comparing it with other device samples, I could not see spending twice as much for very small differences in the sound quality. I am very satisfied with mine, it is serving me well. One complaint I have is the fast forward does not work very well on playback, and start-up and shut down is slow.