First off- As I have come to expect, Play.com did the business! I ordered this player late on the Tuesday afternoon and it was here first thing on Thursday morning! I just wish Play had a price match policy with the 'other' well known on-line store and then they would get all of my business! Play.com is much faster at dispatching your order and are always my first port of call when looking to buy!
The player- It's so easy to use; you just plug it in via the supplied usb cable (which also acts as the charger) and just drag and drop the folders that you want on the player! There is no need at all to use the supplied software if you don't want to.
The size of the player is great to, not too small that you can't use the buttons, yet small enough to easily slip into your shirt pocket.
A mate of mine has the ipod and he actually said he like my Sony player better! I agree with him, it looks more stylish!
The in-ear phones supplied are very good quality and sound superb; however, I use my Sennheiser PX220's as I find they are more comfortable over long periods of time! Again these combined with the player produce superb sound.
Battery life- FANTASTIC! The first day I took it to work I played a load of albums, when I got home I went to charge the player up...I didn't need to, it was still showing a full battery!
You have a choice of EQ setting on the player which are- None, Heavy, Pop, Jazz, Unique and two Custom ones which you can edit to your own taste.
The video playback is also good considering the size of the screen; I found the easiest way to convert video was by using SuperC with a video scale size of 320:240 and an aspect ratio of 4:3, you can alter the other setting to change the end file size.
The player has an auto standby mode (to save power) if you pause or stop the player, after about 25 second it shuts itself down, as soon as you touch any button it immediately start back up where you left off.
I think that people on here that try to put this excellent player down are just disgruntled ipod owners who wish they had bought this player instead of their more expensive ipods!!!