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Good: Small 20Gb player, colur screen, good battery live and not an iPod
Bad: Too many small issues that combine to make the player a pain to use
Comment: Originally I was quite happy with this player, but I now wish I'd spent my money elsewhere. There is no one thing about the player that is really bad, but it's just so full of stupid small issues that it becomes annoying to use.
The player freezes on a regular basis, and has to be rebooted by sticking a pin in a small hole. Don't know about you, but I don't tend to carry around a pin with me when I'm on the move.
If you upgrade the firmware you'll lose all the stored music on the player (though it does help resolve a few of the players issues).
There is a noticeable gap between tracks, which is annoying when listening to music that should be seemless. I know this is something common to hard-drive players, but it's worse on this player than on previous MP3 players I've owned.
The scrolling navigation is a feeble attempt to come up with something as usable as the Ipods click wheel, but a simple up and down button would have been a lot more user friendly.
When playing tracks in the random setting the same tracks just get repeated again and again.
The battery life inidicator tells you you have full battery life (4 out of 4 bars) until about 30 minutes before it dies, and when you recharge the player it continues to tell you the battery is dead.
When charging the player, or transfering tracks you have to pull out a loose rubber plug that comes loose from the player (i.e. is incredibly easy to lose).
There's no stop button, just pause and turn the player off.
All in all I think this player is pretty poor - my previous player that was bought nearly 3 years ago may have been bigger and had a monochrome screen, but it was so much easier to use, plus it aloud me to make on the go playlists (which I really miss). I'd never go anywhere near in iRiver product again, and I'd really suggest you consider doing the same.
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