Keeper - There are 2 reasons why I chose this player. The first is the fact that I dont have to waste hour/days/years/my freakin entire life converting every video. Just drag my avi file that I downloaded on the web and dump on the device through Windows Explorer. No name brand player will do this, ever. That includes Crapple, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, and the list continues. The second reason I got this thing was that it was cheap. I mean super cheap compared to what the namebrands were giving you, especially the total GB capacity of the player, its about a third of the price. Most name brands also dont allow you to add an SD type card at all. I kind of expected this player not to be perfect in every way, but I did expect it to basically play what I threw at it. It has done that so far with minor glitches here and there. I have so far played 3 to 4, 1.5 hour movies a week back and forth traveling to work for about half a year. Battery life is superb!
Videos do play but some exceed some set bitrate found on this site, even though I personally think the player can be pushed even further, after all, it should be able to take 800x600 videos. Videos play, and so far I have yet to find one that doesnt. I usually play Xvid and DivX avi files. The player has never restarted while playing a video nor audio. I have played standard 700 mb movies, most approaching 800-900kbps.Yes, sometimes frames are lost in sync with the audio, but that is usually an hour into it, and it is fixable by getting out of it, and then going back in and continuing. This should be fixed as the buffer isnt enough, but I am sure this is programable. The touch strip is sensitive, and sometimes when my huge thumb presses between the dots, the device crashes and auto restarts.
Audio has so far been of very good quality, but getting to my mp3's on the SD card is impossible. Some menu's scroll way faster than others. I have my entire collection on a 16gb micro SD card, but all I can do is play in shuffle mode, as scrolling is impossible. Putting music in folders makes them inaccessible.
For portability, there is no silicon case for this device. I have been looking everywhere. I did however get some good quality Hori brand made in japan PSP screen protectors on ebay for $1 (its the same screen size so who cares). It has lasted half a year so far with no scratch and no side corners folding up. The device has been very pocketable. It always fit everywhere.
Hope this rant helps!