Except that the Centro doesn't have the battery life that the Treo had, and I ALSO use my Centro extensively for email and web browsing while commuting.. AND - the stupid 2.5mm jack in the phone breaks too darned easily, and screws up everything else. SO - I've concluded that my phone is no longer an adequate mp3 device.
I just bought a very clever device off of ebay - an EvEO slice - which works with sandisk microcards. Expandable memory. At first I didn't think I liked the idea - but now I love it... because I actually have gotten to the point where 1GB of portable music is just not enough. (When I first started, I was perfectly content with 256 mb...!) the device is very nice, except for the following problems: latent noise in the mechanism (REALLY BIG PROBLEM!), absolutely NO song details (unless 41 of 242 counts as a song detail) on display, no ability to create playlists, and really weak equalizer functions. OK, so it was cheap - I bought two for 30 bucks, and I bought them because I was in a hurry, having some upcoming business travel. But I've finally decided that my lifestyle and personal preferences justify my spending more than 50 bucks on an mp3 player. I know what I want, but I haven't a clue how to find it... so I'm hoping you can help...
Here are the specs I need:
Portable: I need something that won't be bigger than my centro - and will preferrably be smaller (I still have to carry the centro!)
3.5mm jack - WHY do they even bother make 2.5mm jacks? They are way too flimsy!
STURDY: speaking of flimsy - I need a sturdy device. I'm commuting with the thing - so I'm eventually going to drop it. If it breaks first time I drop it, I'm going to cry.
Inexpensive: OK, I said I'm willing to spend more than $50, but seriously, given how hard I am on electronic devices - the fewer I can spend, the better. I don't want to accidentally drop a $300 device in a puddle scrambling through the busy New York City streets....(yes, I've been known to do that...)
Display: - I never thought I'd have to specify that I'd like to be able to see the name of the song I'm playing - even the cheap COBY mp3 player I bought 2 years ago had that feature... but I've also now owned 2 models (including the EvEO) that didn't have any way of knowing what song was about to play, and I've seen several such players on the market. It would be truly awesome if I could watch video on the display - but I don't know if that will come in a price I'm willing to pay,
Equalizer - a decent one. I don't mind presets, but I need more than 4 presets if I'm not able to customize
Playlists - seriously - this is a big one. It's not mission critical, because my centro still works... but I'd sacrifice lots of other stuff in exchange for the ability to create playlists. Including the equalizer, and including
FLEXIBLE FORMATS: Mp3 and WMA formats seem standard, but I would also like to be able to play Vorbis and FLAC formats. Mp4 would be a nice plus.
OK - so that's that. One last bit: I have been actively avoiding the iPod and the Zune. If I HAVE to go that way, then by all means tell me why that's best, but I have become resistant to the iPod marketing techniques (for instance, I resent the way QuickTime keeps pushing iTunes on me). But I'm at the point now where I want the product that best meets my needs. SO, have at it!
Edited by QueenTiye, 31 March 2009 - 11:11 PM.