||02-02-2008 02:19 PM
Nice review. One could notice that you were quite annoyed about the continuous firmware updates because of the rather short end.
Hmm...I'm just not happy with the development. First, I think there is nothing wrong about the View's size. Personally, I don't like these tiny players.
However, there are some steps SanDisk made that I can't understand:
- Battery: Why non-replaceable? I know that modern batteries are likely to outlive the player, but I don't see why a revolutionary development made for the e200-series can't be made for the View as well.
- Interface: With the ZEN, Creative has succeeded to fit larger capacities with a better interface and better controls (such as the ABC-browsing). The VIEW still uses an interface which might be sufficient for 2-4GB, but not for 16GB.
The bottom line is that the VIEW is neither a good e200 upgrade nor a blasting sensation like the e200 back in 2006.
The e200 was an iPod-Killer because of the price AND the features. The View is just inexpensive, but nothing more :(