Summary: When I read the reviews I had my doubts but I am pleasantly surprised with this recorder. It really does all the things that are mentioned and the recording quality is great. I always carry it with me and I've recorded clases at the univeristy, conferences, interviews, etc and no complaints. It is tiny, light, easy to operate and battery life is more than reasonable and it's still going strong after 15 months. ----------------------------UPDATED NOV.
Summary: I had to replace my older one, not this model, because it kept erasing ALL of my recordings. This one is great & allows me to upload them to my computer which I back up on my computer after a while. So there is no oops, all of my messages were erased. If you are looking for one to use in a meeting or lecture hall, this is not one for you. You would need to place it near the speaker. I expected it to be better than that.
Summary: Full-disclosure: this is the first digital recorder I ever owned, so I can't really compare it to anything else. However, I was somewhat disappointed by the faint playback from the device itself, although when transferred to a computer the digital files can be turned up reasonably loud. I used this recorder to do two interviews for a family history project, and the device performed OK, but not spectacularly.
Summary: In my job I need to have a quality device, that I know will work and because my job activities tend to be a little harsh on things, I don't want to spend a lot of money. This device fits the bill. Easy to use, and simple interface with either my desktop or laptop. I do have one complaint, but it has nothing to do with the product, but rather Amazon itself.
Summary: This is one great little pocket voice recorder. I am amazed at the ease of operation and clearity of this recorder. If you are in the market for one, don't pass this one up, you won't be disappointed.
Summary: I'm delighted with this. It's light but sturdy and is incredibly easy to set up and use - don't worry if you're not at all 'techy' - and the sound is remarkably good even when relying on the built-in microphone. I use it for interviews and I'm so pleased with how it performs.