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While doing my university degree I found that I sometimes drifted into daydreaming and missed some of the things that the lecturer was talking about. I figured that maybe if I used a Dictaphone it would help.
My friend at the time suggested the Olympus DM to me as his sister had one. I bought mine for £80 on ebay and hoped it would help me to remember some things from the lectures.
From the first look I wasn't really impressed, it looks basic in its silver casing and has way too many buttons. Quite frankly it looks shoddily built and looks cheap.
It is quite simple to use, just press record, pause and stop. However I found negotiating my way through the various folders to listen to the recording just bothered me after a while.
The actual recordings were just OK. You needed to be pretty close to the speaker and even in a quiet room the recording plays a lot of background noise that I just can't ignore.
Overall I think it looks bad, I think the recording quality could be better considering the price it was and the fussing over which recordings to listen to was just too annoying.
I think I got this about 2 years ago and I'm ashamed to say it's been in my draw for a long time... Don't get me wrong: the device is really good, I just don't seem to use it much!
Recording your voice is really simple to do and it's really easy to hear your playback! My main use for this for to record lectures at university and I was pretty doubtful to begin with as I diddn't think it would be THAT good at picking up their voice. In fact I was pleasntly surprized, it did take a few sessions for me to find the best way to point it but I was able to go home and listen to it again without hearing too much background noise, which was great!
I do love the top of this device, Is it really werid that I liked the material of the top?? haha! The top as you might be able to see is like a metal microphone (similair to singstar) if you ever played that.. haha!
The buttons are a tad small but I diddn't find this an issue, some people may and although I havn't used it THAT much, i have found the buttons to slightly rub off (which i guess is the same for any buttons of this material - like your sky control for example)
Overall it's a great small lightweight device but your iphine may be just as good...