Summary: Micrsoft might have pulled the plug on Personal media center by going the Zune route, but this device is a nice implementation of PMC. I have an ipod and I bought this for my sister as a present and spent a few weeks loading music and testing it out. It beats the ipod classic on many fronts. It was $50 cheaper for the same capacity (30 GB). Dedicated controls beat the wheel any day. I know the wheel feels cool for exactly 1 week, after that its a pain.
Summary: I've had this gigabeat for several months now and I'm very happy with it. The battery life is about what I expected. Every manufacturer out there lies about the battery life so I knew what I was getting into. My previous MP3 player a Creative Zen Micro 5 gb got four hours of battery life and they claimed something like 16 hours. I get six hours of battery life for the gigabeat for audio no matter what I do.
Summary: I've been using this player for about a month, and while I hate the computer interface, I do really enjoy it in operation. The menu navigation system is so clean and easy to use, it's practically invisible. The rest of the industry would do well to copy it. Also, the screen is large and looks great, and the size and weight are comfortable - surprisingly small for a 30G player. The sound quality is pretty good, too.
Summary: I really wanted to love this player. I've read many great reviews about it and so I decided to finally get it. I'm anti-iPod so this seemed to be the best alternative. Coming from an iRiver IHP-120, I expected this to be a huge upgrade after using my iRiver for the past 3 years. Well, in many ways it is a huge step up. Navigation is second to none, screen size/color/clarity is great, transfering songs is a breeze, and the design is (in my opinion) the best out there.
Summary: I love the S30. I'm currently in high school and literally nearly everyone that has seen it likes it better than the iPod. I personally did not want an iPod and went with the Gigabeat. The navigation is very good, closest competition possible to the scroll wheel. Pros: -Love the d-pad navigation -Great look, stands out from the iPod -Good quality audio -Screen is better than the iPod (not sure about specs, but just from using it) -Very small compared to the Zune -Comes...
Summary: I have owned this device since Sep06 and am very pleased. The only downside is the lack of options. No leather case available any place. Also if your battery is fully charged and you do not use your player for a while, and do not turn of the hard to manipulate little on/off switch at the bottom left corner, your battery may no longer be charged. I also wish you could use the device with other media than MS player. Quality player, you will not be disappointed.
Summary: I bought this for my 17 year old son. He had a Dell DJ30 before this which had constant problems. The Toshiba Gigabeat is everything he expected it to be. Very user friendly, easy to use with Napster. Quality MP3. I would purchase again.
Summary: This device is beautiful. It sounds great. Photos and video look great. It is a breeze to navigate. Once you use the device, you realize the care taken in the design of both the physical product and the user interface. The click wheel was novel in its day, but in all honesty, Toshiba's plus-button control is more elegantly executed.