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I originally decided to go for this product over an ipod because i wanted something that was cheaper and easy to use. It was also important that, for the price, i still wanted an mp3 player that would be of a good quality and build so that it wouldnt break straight away!
When first opening the box, i thought it looked quite nice in design, with a large wheel for easy pressing and a large screen despite only being a small mp3 player. One dissapointment is that it is plastic and so feels a bit cheap to hold. However, because it is black, you cant see any scratches that may arise (which isnt a lot compared to on the back of ipods).
When turining it on, i like how the buttons appear with a blue backlight so you know that you have turned it on and is a nice added feature. The screen is of an ok quality and is clearer on ipods but still good. The menu is relatively easy to navigate around with the option to view music, videos, voice recordings, photos and obviously settings menus. This was easy to get used to and so i didnt find myself constantly looking through the instruction manual to find out what to do!
This was a pretty straightforward process as it involves Windows media player which is easy to use, just dragging and dropping your chosen pieces on media into the sandisk folder. They will then appear onto your device. It's as easy as that! This is what i really liked as it meant i didnt have to sit for hours trying to get songs onto my mp3 player.
The sound quality is as you would expect off of any mp3 player. You can hear the music clearly and makes for good listening. Earphones come with the sandisk which are of a reasonable quality but you can always use different ones to make for better sound as the jack is 3.5mm which is standard for all ear and heaphones.
Battery life is very good, better than an ipod so you dont have to worry about when the battery is going to run our, making for an enjoyable music time! If it does eventually drain then you simply plug the mp3 into your computer to charge up again.
Overall, i would suggest this device to anyone not wanting to join the apple band wagon but probably not as good quality wise.
After my reliable little iRiver 4gb got filled up, I found myself in the market for a new MP3 player. I am a heavy commuter, I travel for 3 hours a day, and so was looking for something that could offer good battery life, a large capacity, and a video player.
When is started my search i was concerned by the price of large capacity MP3 players, and so decided too look for one which was expanable. There are plenty of MP3 players on the market that offer SD card compatability, such as iRiver and creative zen. But after some reasearch i found out that some of these players were slow too read the card or had battery issues and so i found myself with the Sansa View. The Sansa view is manufactured by the same people who make the SD crads, Sandisk, and so their card compatability is not an issue.
When I first got the player, what i first noticed was how much like an ipod it looks, only that it is much cheaper. The player itself is easy to use, and has a scroll wheel for going though the playlists of music, or turning the volume up and down. The top bottom, right and left of the wheel act as push buttons for menu, skip, play and pause, and their is a home button.
For sound quality, I cannot fault the player, and for video play back too, the player is astounding.
Thats not to say that their are not issues with the player.
Firstly, the software that it comes with to convert videos into videos for use on the Sansa View is useless, it will freeze and cause problems. I found that using the Any Video Convert on Ipod settings and dragging and dropping works perfectly, so this problem can be over come. Secondly, when listening to a large playlist, 1000+ songs, the player some times freezes when trying to skip. The screen will freeze but the music will keep on playing, i don't know why this is, probably because of the size of the play list.
Other than those two issues, I have had no problems with the player, and have found it to be real value for money, compared to the ipod equivalent. I have yet to use my SD card to expand the memory, so I cannot comment on how seamless the integration is, as I have still not filled the 8gb of space on the player.