Well i've had about 24h's to play around with my S:flo, so i thought I'd pop by and say my impressions of this so far. i plan on doing a better review after a couple months of having it. I do wish to mention my box did get scrunched pretty good from the mail. i've very happy everything works!
The unit itself: 4.5/5
I used to own a first gen Ipod Nano, so i can say the quality is almost equal to the nano. The only 2 things that i think could be a little better, is the on off button as it feels loose on one end and the metal back does feel a little on the light side. All in all, I love the look and feel of my S:flo! the screen size is a huge plus to have as well.
The touch screen works very well. I've never used a touch screen unit like this before, so i do have to get used to pressing on exactly what i want, and not to the side. It very sensitive for what i need and i couldn't be happier on this part.
The battery life on my S:flo, is very very nice. I got it yesterday with half charge, and that charge lasted me 3h's yesterday, and another 3 full hours today as well. i still have 1 bar remaining too!! The battery is very nice. lasts a lot longer then my old Ipod which is great!
Music Playback: 3.9/5
Okey, i scored this a little lower for a couple reasons. I know i didn't look it up, but it can't play ANY of my itunes music. I was under the impression it would play any acc format as even my PSP plays .M4a, and their a direct competitor of Apple. So i had to spend a 2 hours encoding a few thousand songs back to MP3, then running their ID3 tags and album art again. that wasn't time well spent in my opinion.
Now onto actual playback. Once i had my music on here and tagged, sorted and have their album art, i feel my S:flo does indeed live up to its name. The audio is very nice on even my old headphones. It sounds great on the Alpha's that come with it (thx Raz!). I've heard a lot about this right phase sound issue, and i thought it would be indeed, terrible. Okey, i admit there is a SLIGHT! difference in my S:Flo from left to right. but its hardly noticeable once i adjusted the sound options. In fact, i;d say theres not much wrong. When i hook it up to my computer with ym speakers (6.1 EAX surround), there is something i did notice. When i change the output to a single left or right balance, the bass almost triples in amount! How ever, with headphones it sounds pretty good. I only knocked off a little from the bass reduction. from the phasing issue.
Video playback: 5/5
This was the first thing i wanted to toy with on my S:flo as i wanted to know the direct limitations of the video. I love the ability to drag and drop and video files i have, weather it be youtube videos, animes, or just movies. They all work on my S:flo. I have no problems with it at all. I admit sometimes there is frame drop, but i can't complain when its based to be a music player.
I ran videos with over 1000kb's Xvid @ 640x480 with 130kb's aac audio. Now thats good!
Picture Viewer: 4.5/5
Theres only one thing wrong with the picture viewer, and thats being only able to zoom in a few times. While its not a problem, i do wish i had a bit more. otherwise, absolutely no other problems. it can display picture sizes my psp can't even touch.
Listened to the radio for quite some time today, and all i can say is wow! very clear signal, with soooo many options to choose from. i can scan, or just manually search myself. Simple interface and very well thought out.
Conclusion: Overall, 5/5!!
Well I've talked enough. All in all, with everything i lists and problems and otherwise, i'd still give this player a solid 5/5 for the money I paid. no way did i have the money for another ipod or half the other decent mp3 players in stores. My hat's off to Raz for his hard work on bringing this player into the Nationite line. I recommend it to anyone!