okay so i am very tired of my 4th gen 40GB ipod and am looking for a new mp3 player or pvp. i'd been wanting a 60GB ipod video for a while, but now i'm not so sure i want to continue buying apple products. i've had a few technological issues with the one i have now and have a few gripes that would be eliminated in buying a device by a different company. also, i've noted that it lacks support of many codecs and i don't like conversion.....
itunes is a real pain in the ass, but at the same time it's quite simple and effective.
yeah but anyway, here are some things i'm looking for:
-it HAS to be 40GB or more (preferably 60 instead of 40; i don't need over 60GB, however).
-should be $400 or less
-should be either an mp3 player with video/photo support/playback or a pvp player (mostly video) with audio playback/support. it might just be called a media player (consists of audio/video/photo/some other options)
-should not be much bigger than 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches for an mp3 player
-should not be much bigger than 4.9 x 3.0 x .07 inches for a pvp
-more than 15 hr. battery life
-comes with dock or some kind of charging device and software...included, yes
-should absolutely not look like a heaping, steaming pile of grizzly bear feces
-has easy-to-maneuver-and-interact-with interface
-supports audio codecs aside from mp3 such as ogg, wav, wma, m4a, etc.
-supports video codecs aside from mpeg-4 such as DivX, XviD, avi, asf, wmv, etc.
-relies on no software but can just drag and drop straight from windows (like w/ iriver stuff)
-has no buttons on the side but all on the face (except for hold button or maybe volume)
-touch sensitive buttons
-has intuitive search function (unlike ipod...ugh)
-has a wide variety of third-party software, peripherals, etc.
-has a screen bigger than 2.5 inches
-displays over 65,000 colors
the only thing i'm considering ASIDE from a 60GB ipod video would be a 60GB toshiba gigabeat. it's too bad that the creative zen vision:m and the archos av500 mobile dvr only comes in 30GB versions at the largest.
the ipod isn't terrible and i love the design, but i think it's time to move on. there are so many potential ipod killers out there (especially where codec support, screen resolution, and menu features are concerned) that are held back by small storage space or quasi-obscurity (which makes buying cases and such difficult).