The one thing I can definitely say about the Sandisk Sansa View is that its a very durable product. I have dropped this thing on the hard floor a ridiculous amount of times and everytime it comes right back on. I did have some issues loading songs and video to the device initially but that might have been my computer at the time because every since I got my new computer I have had no issues. The battery life is decent I guess and I like the function that allows you to choose your preferred music genre with the sound.
One more thing about the device is since I bought it I have had many of my earbuds go out on me and of course whenever I call the maker of those particular ear buds or headphones they always ask what mp3 player I have and when I tell them Sansa they always say that that might be the problem. I don't know if I should buy more high end headphones or a more high end mp3 player. Btw, the earbuds they give you when you buy are absolutely worthless.
I suppose this is a good mp3 player if its your first one but if you have the money I think an ipod is much better.