Excerpt: It seems every day that about 10 or 20 new DAPs (digital audio players) appear on the market, but try as they might, the iPod reigns supreme. The behemoth known as Microsoft has been trying to get into the market for a while now, with various portable media centers made by Creative and others, but besides a few media junkies getting into the fray, they haven’t seen wide success. Even big Dell just recently folded their brand of DAP devices .
Pros: - Lighter than the iPod, - Better interface, navigation and screen than the iPod, - More audio and video format compatibility than the iPod, - Not an iPod
Cons: - Not an iPod (not as many accessories), - Short battery life for a DAP, - Messy media management system via WMP, - Can crash, especially when working connected to USB
Conclusion: I'm a little disappointed by the gigabeat's short battery life and the lack of a voice recorder, but you get your money's worth with a high-quality, elegant audio/video player that has plenty of style and polish.
Pros: Very good sound quality. Videos and photos look excellent. Interface is polished and easy to use. Very attractive. Supports WMA Lossless.
Cons: Buttons on the side should be on the front or integrated with the cross-shaped controller. No voice recorder. Short battery life for audio playback. No Audible support.
Conclusion: The key appeal here is the 15,000 song capacity and the battery life. The control interface is good, although our pre-production model was dogged by poor response. Whether or not it beats the ClickWheel or Zen Touch slider is likely to come down to personal choice, but the though of doubling up this player as an image view does sound attractive as long as the done well.
Pros: Large hard drive, colour screen
Cons: Sound is very quiet even with decent headphones