Summary: I belong to a chorus where weekly rehearsals are held. Recording segments of the rehearsals is mandatory so that all songs are learned. I've been using a cassette recorder for this purpose, but tapes can age, skip, etc., and there is always confusion between the A and B sides of the tape. I experimented with this digital recorder, but the quality of sound is inferior to cassette tapes.
Summary: This is my first voice recorder, so I have nothing to compare it to. I use it to record reminders for myself as I'm driving or whenever an idea pops into my head. It records my voice and lets me play it back... that's about all I was looking for. I do wish it was skinnier because I like to carry it around in my front pocket. But, overall, it works for me.
Summary: My mom bought this a long time ago and I know for a fact she spent a lot more than the price on here. I took from her cause I have bad short term memory and once someone says something I totally forget everything else that was said. So I took it from her to help me take notes in my Human Nutrition class and it is very helpful. The problems I have with it though is that the battery life is very VERY short.
Summary: I'm a newspaper reporter and I bought this as a very fast replacement when mine broke on the way to an interview. This recorder has some good aspect - pretty good battery life, easy to use, has the divider button which is essential when taping longer segments and it's very compact. The negatives - and the reason I'm in the market for a new recorder - is the playback and recording. You get a TON of background noise on any of the three recording levels.
Summary: I have used this for probably 5 years, and it still works like it did when I got it. It has been totally worth the $20 I paid for it. The sound quality is not the best. I just use it so I can record and not forget random tunes I think of on the piano, and the quality is just fine for that. The battery life is pretty good, I have left it on for a couple days, not playing or recording anything, and the battery didn't really seem to be affected.
Summary: she claims its great. I had an experience with this, when i was messing with it while i was watching something naughty on tv. when i played it back later my eyes poped open, thank got nobody wasnt around. lol.