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Had the 16gb model for a while now. I've owned many makes and models of mp3 player, Phillips, Sony, Ipod, Samsung, Creative, Sandisk. I have no interest in video playback. I require good sound quality and battery life. My mp3 player needs to be tough and small. There is no mp3 player I know of that can hold a candle to this little beauty. Every aspect of this device is perfect, once you get used to the gui. The sound quality is the best I have ever come across, once you plug in your own earphones as the bundled set are terrible. The sheer amount of sound manipulation is unmatched by any other mp3 player. I cannot stress this enough, the options may be a little confusing but they truly enhance the sound that is produced. The bbe effects and MP3 enhance are genuinely impressive for manipulating your tunes. Use these options along with equaliser and all your tunes will sound better than you would believe. I play many kinds of music, from Kate Bush to death metal so I use the options as I need. The volume goes way beyond what you will need and so powers full size cans at home with ease. The battery life is stunning. I use mine for 13 hours a day for 4 days to and at work on one charge with ease using Sennheiser cx300 earphones. I work in a factory and walk outdoors a lot so the robust build quality is a huge bonus as ALL of my other players have died or have destroyed screens.I cannot believe anybody buys Ipods when there are devices lie this available. My only criticism is that the gui takes a while to get used to as there is so many options. It plays every file type you will ever need and some I've never heard of. Most reviews complain about the small screen but to me this is what I want. It is the perfect MP3 player, I have watched a vid and it is clear but not advised, but hey that isn't what this device is really for.
Great sound, amazing even, but do NOT buy this player.The screen on it is made out of very weak plastic, and mine just broke for the SECOND time. I am careful, I do like my player, I will fix it again instead of getting another, but had I known this would be the case I would have passed. The first time it broke in the FIRST WEEK after I got it, they were nice enough to fix it under warranty, but be advised the screen is NOT covered. Now I have moved to another city and although it is still under warranty, I'll have to pay for repairs.The protective screen is MUCH weaker than on ANY phone I have ever seen or heard about. I'm very careful, my player has no scratches, and judging by the shape it should be VERY solid, had the right materials been used.I like COWON, I am against ipods by principle, but this particular player caused a LOT of grief. Find another, or buy at your own risk. And do google it, broken screens on this one are not uncommon. Peace
This is a player designed by engineers. There are two important consequences of this. The first is that it has almost every feature you could possibly want from a portable audio device and more again, and they all work absolutely perfectly. The sound is fantastic, the level of support for codeces is awesome, the fact that it has a radio, an line in and a mic, things that are so convenient, all this is wonderfull.These guys reallythough about the product spec when they put this thing together. If al you care about is sound though, you would be hard pressed to do better than this device.Unfortunately, the user interface is a complete afterthought. The top-level menu looks nice enough (though a bit dated now) but the rest of it is a complete mess. There is no consistency between the operation of the menus and the relationships between the buttons. You have to constantly think about which button to press depending on the context. Worse, the touch sensitive buttons on the from seem like a good idea, but actually, they area complete pain in the arse. All you have to do is think about picking the thing up the wrong way during playback and you will hit a button, causing the thing to pause, skip a track, or trigger the playback loop button. Particularly a problem if like me you operate these kinds of devices from inside a jacket pocket. Why they have a track skip instead of volume control on the from panel I have no idea, and to operate both together requires two hands or a lot of shuffling about of the player in one hand. The form factor does not help, making it impossible for the designers to place the buttons in a way which would make them easily accessible in single-handed mode. Apple are the most successful media player manufacturers on the planet for lots of reasons but a big one is that they design products that even a humanities graduate can grapple with easily. Cowon need to get user interface design people on these projects before a single drawing is even made. Summary: its cheaper than the equivalent Nano, and has waaaaay more features. If sound is important, had to beat. User interface is terrible, but just about manageable.
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