Hi I've had this player for about 3 months now and have been waiting for a review on it that does this little guy justice. Who'd a guessed that my favorite review site would be the one.
So I guess you're wondering what the BUT is for in the title of this reply...
The review while detailed left no mention of the great option of the expandable miniSD memory slot out side of the configuration options in the begining of the review.
This was a big reason why I chose this player over the Sandisk e250 2GB along with the screen. The fact that I could double my memory was to me extremely important. Now with the realease of the 4GB miniSD cards from companies like Samsung you can triple the memory with the use of the expansion slot.
I even went as far as to call Kingston and ask about compatability and the CSR told me that as long as it is a MiniSD you can use it. That means that when they come out with the 8GB MiniSD's later this year yup you can use'em. This is a lot like PSP owners that have 5 or six Memory Card Duo's loaded with movies but only better & cheaper. Sure the screen can't compare with the PSP's but the price is right. The CSR also told me that you can replace the battery by going to an electronics store and having them open it up, he said they use the standard Lithion batteries which are available in those types of stores. All that holds the back on are 4 small screws.
Something else the review was a little brief on was how to add more games to the unit. It stated that you can add more but didn't explain or link to any instructions like the ones on the firmware update (much appreciated by the way, I need to upgrade my firmware).
All in all the review was good, I can't wait to see the second generation of this device, a firmware that addresses the slow boot time and more playlist options.
This device is great, one of my favorite features is the speaker. I can be listening to it in the car then instead of having to take my head phones out to continue listening upon exiting the whip, I can just unplug it run in the store or what ever and get back in the whip with out missing a beat. How many people sit in the car when you're really enjoying a song and don't want it to end, I do or I used to anyway but no more I can take my music with me.
It's best to watch movies with the head phones unless you are in a noise free environment as the speaker does not hold up in noisy conditions. I went on a trip to texas and loaded every Heroes episode on this thing for the plane ride and drive to and from the airport and got through 8 1hour episodes out of 11 before the battery died on me.
In reference to the charging of the battery you can I repeat can charge it from the wall. I have a plug to usb charger I got with my wifes MP4 iPod nano look-a-like player that works perfectly.
I'd love to see some more prehipheral support for this thing to.
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