Reviews and Problems with Toshiba Gigabeat MEG-F20
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Toshiba Gigabeat F20 Review
5 July 2005
Excerpt: You can’t blame consumer electronics companies for wanting to carve out a slice of Apple’s pie, but any product that takes a serious run at the iPod had better do everything it does – and do a better job at it. It has to look cool, store gobs of tunes and be fun and stupidly simple to use. Toshiba’s Gigabeat scores on volume, but its ergonomics fall way short.
Pros: Big colorful display, stylish design
Cons: Poor navigation; bad software; prone to lock-ups
Excerpt: On paper the Toshiba Gigabeat F20 looks good. It's got a decent size 2.2” screen, landscape display option, as much storage as anything else in its class, and the promise of ripping your CDs directly into the device whilst bypassing your PC's hard drive (owners of a certain unnamed popular mp3 player must maintain their library on the PC as well), so how did it stack up in the flesh?
Cons: Software on device and on PC is not particularly intuitive, Plus touch is nice for input but a little slow
Summary: Toshiba’s debut MP3 player looks angelic: it even has a cross on its fascia. The 2.2in colour screen lets you view downloaded album covers as well as photos, and there’s a neat docking station as well as Gigabeat Room software to run the show. Battery life is an impressive 16 hours. Up and running, however, the software navigation proves a bit tricky, and CD tracks can’t be saved on your PC using Gigabeat Room.