Slacker G1 Player 8gb: Great Portable Music Solution !
MKT "MKT", Amazon
15 September 2009
Summary: I got the first generation Slacker while looking for an inexpensive player that I could dock at home to replace FM radio, I live & work in the City and get a lot of static even with a decent FM radio antenna. I'm a regular Pandora user before I discovered Slacker, using both apps on Iphone while docked and connected to my home audio was great, but I hated the regular interruptions when I get calls on my cell.
Summary: Please note this review relates to Gen 1 units. Pros: Nice looking unit, BIG screen! Pretty good selection of music, and excellent sound. Interesting alternative XM/Sirrus units. VERY TRENDY. Cons: Lack of instructions, piano black case is a fingerprint magnet, only somewhat easy to use out of the box. Takes a while to fully load new stations. In general, I like the product -it is new-ish, and quite attractive. The package looks high end making this perfect as a gift.
Summary: The Slacker portables bring a new dimension to music listening. Without the hassle of ripping your own MP3s, the service allows you to create your own customized radio stations and then, by WiFi or USB, load them onto the player for your enjoyment at any time. Many reviews have discussed the player in depth, so let me address a couple of issues in regards to the older player, the G1, versus the new player, the G2.
Summary: Great machine, but has some limitations. The screen is great, the concept is great. Reliability is tolerable. Great for someone who can't afford a LOT of cd's. You DO have to really get the monthly subscription if you want to make it worthwhile. You can really customize your "personal channels". I liked it, but returned it. 1) NO real classical music. 2) Very limited comedy stand up. 3) Decent in other genres.
Summary: to start off i'm a huge fan of slacker radio i love the software and everything. the device is just full of bugs. Its almost impossible to update my playlists with my comp. its slow and unresponsive. the touch strip on the side is cool but starts to get in the way if you have large hands. i would give the device a higher rating because like i said the software radio is great but the device falls short on just a few fronts.