Summary: There are tons of portable mp3 players out there - ranging from solid state players, to hybrid MP3/CD players to fancy hard drive based players. Of these Apple's iPOD is hands down the perfect player. It's only problem? The darn thing is expensive as heck... and one good drop on the sidewalk will break it's delecate internal hard drive. Still, here in town I see lots of people on the bus and around the city with iPODs.
Summary: For me, it was either an MP3CD player, or a flash based system. Hard drive based systems are nice, but I cannot afford to lose or drop a $250+ unit. This is also a good unit to have if you want to get into a hard drive MP3 player ::eventually:: but want to wait for the technology to advance / prices to drop. I liked the idea of essentially having a "playlist" of songs on media that I can keep for a while and not have to erase and rewrite all the time.
Summary: This product is a great "poor man's mp3 player" Giving the perfect balance between price, portability, mp3 storage, and quality. the only problem I have like some other people here have had is battery life. Just like one of the other reviewers here said, my unit drains batteries even if it isn't turned on also. A great product though, if you don't mind using the ac adapter.
Summary: I've had my Philips EXP 411 for about a year now and I have been pretty satisfied with it by far. The size of this player enables it to be easily stored in a pants pocket, or the breast pocket of your dress shirt. The mini cd may not hold as many mp3's as a full size cd, but if you are in need for such storage capacity, you mind as well go for any hard drive based mp3 player for both storage capability and size convenience, but for people know would like to carry up to...
Summary: As a CD player it's so-so. No better or worse than many others I already own, or have owned. The BEEP when you hit pause is major annoyance so I would recommend against hitting PAUSE when wearing headphones. It does this to remind you that you have it in PAUSE mode, and does it about every 6-7 seconds. The big problem is batteries. It only takes one AA but it sucks the life out of it in record time.
Summary: I've been using this for a couple of weeks now. For listening to music at the office, this one is hard to top. With the CD you don't have to physically connect the player to a computer to transfer MP3's and it's small enough to not be a burden. It takes up no space on the desk and with the AC adapter included, battery life is a non-issue.
Summary: my girlfriend gave me a 64mb samsung mp3 player which cost around $70, she told me that i could take it or not, cuz she havent paid for it... so i had this one for about a week and dont even put a song on it ... i just told her to take it back because 64 mbs is nothng .... 20 or 40 extra bucks and i could get a 128 or even a 256 mp3 player...
Cool and cute, but you're better off with a 5" portable
Robert Church, Amazon
8 December 2003
Summary: The sound is fine, and it plays MP3s beautifully. However, if I had to do it over again, I would have bought a cheap 5" CD-MP3 player. This device isn't small enough to warrant the inconvenience of using a somewhat unusual media format, and the battery life is terrible compared to a full size portable.