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Sony NWZA818B 8GB Video Walkman MP3 Player (Black)
£75 was what I paid for my last mp3 player ( a 1GB creative zen nano plus, about three-four years ago, i forget now. Still running as well as the day I bought it, but simply too small now bless it.), and this easily outstrips what it replaces.
However, I do have Four minor gripes. The headphones supplied annoy me immmensely. The sound quality is superb compared to the rubbish you normally get packaged with mp3 players, but for some reason one of the leads leading out of the headphones is shorter than the other. And not by a little amount. Obviously they don't expect people to wear both at the same time, or all the SONY people have narrow heads....
Secondly, there is no screen protector or case! Not even a cloth one! This is diabolical, and I simply am not going to risk taking mine out in my pocket until I get one.
Thirdly is a specific one for me. I know the companies say to allow a 10% Plus or minus on the 8GB size stated. Mine is 7.3GB. That's pretty damn close, and I just hope it's my bad luck. Luckily my old player is so small I can carry that around in addition, so it's not too much of a problem really, and it's probably specific to me. Even so, very galling to plug it in and read that I've ordered something that's 0.7GB off of what i've paid for.
However, play.com's £75 price tag means that I'm paying only £5 more than a 4GB version from some Amazon sellers. SO I can't really complain that much
Videos and photos are brilliant too. You don't really notice the 2" screen after a while, the videos are brilliant quality. However, it doesn't come with an mp4 converter- you need to do a bit of searching to find a decent free mp4 converter, I haven't found one yet, but my friend has got one he paid for, and Star Wars, 300, and old Pokemon episodes look brilliant on the screen.
This is all rescued however, by the ease of use and the quality of the player. I didn't TOUCH the installation CD, simply plugged it into my computer, and it was automatically recognised and i could start transferring files straight away. A major plus point is that the Sound quality is exquisite! This arrived with 7 Seconds of Love's album, and it sounds better through this than through my laptop. Truly brilliant. Definitely the player for anyone who's an audiophile!
Gets it's 4-star rating due to the fact the supplied headphones are stupidly laid out, it comes with no protection whatsoever, and it doesn't come with an mp4 converter bundled. (And my minor gripe about the size of the one I got... But that's luck I suppose.)
Would definitely recommend!