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Old 05-14-2008, 03:45 PM
Jelement Jelement is offline
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Default 4GB Fuze vs 4GB Clip

So I've owned a wide range of players over the years from many different manufacturers (iriver, apple, creative, sandisk, microsoft), and since their release my fiancee and I have both been using the 8GB Zune. My frustration with the zune is that I have issues using the control pad while in my car. Clicking down on the button tends to result in a directional move and a click, changing albums/artists I didn't want, etc. My fiancee has issues with the Zune software as well, it doesn't bother me as much, but since she's got a folder sorted setup with a lot of missing tags, the Zune has been a headache.

After much research on sites like abi, I decided to give Sandisk another go, as it seems they've done a lot to step up their SQ and seem to be making use of the feedback provided on their forums. My decision was down to the Fuze or the Clip, neither of us watch video, I listen to more podcasts as well as music.

Well, Best Buy kinda made my decision for me as they only had the Clip in stock, so I figured I'd start with that one. I like the size, adding music has been smooth, firmware updated easily with the ABI link to the download (thanks!), and the SQ is much better than the Zune when connected to my car stereo. My biggest frustration is that I can't see the screen in the car. Even when stopped I have to move it closer than where it sits near the center console. When I took it home, my fiancee told me she felt it was too small and she would probably lose it.

I had planned to get her a Fuze anyways, but now I'm thinking maybe I should use a Fuze in the car as well. My biggest problem with that is with the standard USB on the Clip I can charge it using my car charger for my cell phone, whereas that won't be an option with the Fuze.

Anyways, long story short...I didn't see any comparison between the fuze and clip despite them being offered in a similar size. I'm curious if any previous clip owners made the step up and how they feel about it. I have a Sandisk I bought over a year ago (e280 I think) and I HATE the fonts on the menus...how hard would it be to switch to an anti-alias font, seriously Sandisk. It looks like the Fuze is the same way, but nobody has them in stock so I haven't been able to check. If someone could comment on the UI look that might help me out as well.

For now I'm going to enjoy using the Clip, and before my return period is up I'll decide if I'd be better off with the Fuze...if only it could have had a standard USB port this would be so easy. And don't get me wrong, I understand the proprietary port for docks and the like, that just isn't something I personally make use of.
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