I bought this Coby mp3 player for my 10 year-old son. He loves music and his old 1GB Sansa was full of music and it took AAA batteries, which I was tired of buying or taking out and charging.
Recommend this product?
CHEAP I paid $29.99 for this Coby at a local store. It was the cheapest 4GB one they had and I thought it was a "bonus" that it plays videos (more in a bit).
EASY TO USE He has had the Coby for about a month now and everything has been great. He figured it out with no help at all. Loading music, videos or photos onto it are a snap, with no software to mess around with like itunes.
GOOD BATTERY LIFE It does seem to have very good battery life. I think he gets several hours out of a charge. He hasn't complained about it and we have made a couple of long car trips (several hours) without it dying. I don't know if the battery would last as long using the video function.
I am going to list the sound quality as "decent." It isn't bad and it isn't outstanding. I plugged in my Sennheiser over the ear headphones to this and it sounded fairly good. It has an equalizer, which adds some to your preference. All my mp3s are 192kbps or higher, so maybe that helps.
POOR VIDEO SCREEN OK, the video screen is a joke. It is probably the lamest LCD screen I have ever seen. We tried a couple of videos on it, but just deleted them to make room for music. You can view photos a little better, but the quality isn't much. You recognize the image, but not much detail. Honestly, this wasn't an important part of the purchase for me or my son. The things in the "pros" are.
JUNK HEADPHONES The headphones that come with this mp3 player are earbuds that are cheap and maybe worth a dollar or two. They were tossed in the junk drawer immediately. My son has a set of nice Sony over the ear headphones for the car and lighter Skullcandy ones for putting in his backpack.
BUTTONS ARE ANNOYING. To change songs, there is a round multi function controller (buttons) in the center. It makes a loud clacking sound each time one is depressed. First, this gives the unit a really cheap feel to it. Second, it drives me crazy! He sits in the back of the car and searches for a song and I hear, clack, clack, clack...etc. for what seems like eternity. An ipod-like touch sensitive wheel is too much to ask, but normal quiet buttons shouldn't be. This is my biggest gripe about the unit. If it is quiet and someone is using it, you will hear it.
Overall, it is a decent unit for the money. I am not going to give it rave reviews, but it was $30. A 2GB ipod shuffle with no screen at all is $50. Most of the other similar units at the stores I checked were $45-$60. I went to Radio Shack after I bought this one and they had a Sansa with no screen for less. I probably should have grabbed that, but this one performs as advertised.
Amount Paid (US$): 29.99
Recommended for: Beginners - Easy Enough for Tech Newbies