Summary: I have had this Pearl for about 4 years now. I don't really use it for an MP3 player much anymore, but it was useful when I did want to listen to music. The main feature I use is the voice recording; I am a student and it records very clearly even if the recorder and I are in the back of an auditorium. It has an expandable storage capacity which is very handy now that I finally need to upgrade from the 1 GB card I have in currently.
Summary: I was a little disappointed in the RCA Th101 Pearl. First of all, what I was looking for in a mp3 player was (1) a player the ran on a AAA battery and (2) one that has a micro sd card slot. I thought that this player would be the ideal. However, when I tryed to play the sd card, it crapped out. I found out through numerous experiments that is only plays a 1 gb sd card. The 4, 8 and 16 gb cards did not play. So this essentially makes this player a 2 gb player.
Summary: I used this product daily for over two and a half years before having any trouble with it. About 4 months ago, the forward and reverse buttons started sticking and making it impossible to select songs. Honestly, for as much abuse as it took, I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did. The only reason I didn't replace it with an identical model is because I wanted something with a little more storage.
Summary: I've had this little guy for 3 years now, but 3 days ago, the left button to switch songs got stuck and it kept replaying the same song over and over again. I tried taking it apart cause I figured there was just junk jammed in it. It fell apart! I was like "Dammit!". But how about the actual review before I go ranting on about my personal experience. It's durable, Battery life lasted a week of about 4 hrs.
Summary: This is the perfect MP3 player for me and my needs. I sometimes take 25-100 mile bike rides and that's why I chose this MP3 player. The majority of MP3 players don't take batteries (they're charged by your computer when you connect them to the USB port). The problem with all the MP3 players on the market today (excluding the Pearl) is when you're on the "x"th mile of a bike ride or in the middle of the wilderness, and the batteries run out, you can't just hook it up to...
WARNING: The external micro-sd is limited to 512 megabytes!
18 May 2008
Summary: Just heads-up: I bought one of these elsewhere and returned it because the TH1101 refuses to recognize an external MicroSD card if it contains more than 512 MB of mp3's. Also, the audio level is low enough that I could barely hear the music at all in a busy office. You can turn it up higher but then the audio drops out on musical peaks. A $10 set of more-sensitive ear buds should fix that.
Summary: This Mp3 is okay for the first 6 months. but i advise you don't press the volume button (or any other button)with too much force because they are very sensitive. i also suggest that when the battery you're using dies, take it out immediately or it will leak and it will no longer be good. it fits up to 180 songs and the sound is very good if you like the music to go so loud that everyone at least 5 feet away can hear it.