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Old 10-05-2007, 09:10 PM
dhatherland dhatherland is offline
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Unhappy Short Review: Sony S610

I purchased both the S610 and A810 model. Used both for a day and decided to return the A810 and keep the S610. Reasons are:

1. the A810 looked more fragile of the two. Sure, it looked nicer, but didn't seem too solid. At least solid enough to withstand a drop of 3 to 4 feet on a hard floor.

2. the circular button on the A810 wasn't as user friendly: your thumb had to be very precise. I thought the S610 was more friendlier of the two because there is more area for you thumb.

3. the A810 was longer---too long to slip comfortably into your front jean pocket. The S610 is slightly fatter, but manageable.

4. The S610 appeared to be much easier out of the two to hold and grip---IMHO.

I've used the S610 and my impressions thus far:

1. Sounds great. I know sound is somewhat relative, but there's an extra sound setting on the A810 and it makes it sound slightly better, but not much of a difference. That is, both put out quality sound.
2. the S610 is very small and easy to handle. I wear it around the neck and can barely feel its weight.
3. the batter life is good. Nothing near 30 hours, more like 24ish for me. But that could just be because i'm playing with it more since it's a new toy.
4. Relatively intuitive user interface. Fast navigation (unlike my old Samsung T9).
5. transferring files is fast and easy. I use MediaMonkey and it works fine.

Biggest complaints:

1. NO SLEEP TIMER. I thought this would be a standard on every player nowadays. Since this is an 8GB player, i could have literally over a hundred hours of music and i don't want it playing till it runs out of battery should i fall asleep with it on. This is just lazy development.

2. it's way too easy to power on. the player will power up with the touch of any button. I think one should have to hold down a certain button for a second or two to power up, but not with the Sony's. Touch any button and it will power on. This is bad if you want to put it in your pocket to use later: you will accidentally turn it on and it will drain the battery. Only way around this is to always keep it on 'hold' when not in use. Stupid design again.

The two issues above are enough for me to keep an eye out for another player should it become avail before my return period expires (30 days). Sony could easily fix these two design flaws with a firmware update. I'm hoping for the latter to happen since this player would be solid gold after those fixes/tweaks.
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