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evidently i've become a cheapass.

Posted on 2007.08.31 at 21:04
Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Music: styles of beyond - spies like us
cuz i needed a media player to occupy my mind occasionally at work- but even a 4g ipod nano + applecare was more than i wanted to pay.

thankfully, radio shack had my back.

a 2g sansa e250 was $90, a 2g microsd card for its upgrade slot was $30, and the service plan another $30.

the battery on this unit is actually user-servicable if you have a jeweler's screwdriver set, but i reasoned they probably charge about the same for a replacement battery, so why not go for the service plan in case something else breaks, or i decide i hate it and throw it on the sidewalk a few times; because the shack's service plan gives you a refund, not a replacement unit, so you can go buy something else if you want. this is a bit of corporate non-evilness that i would like to see more of, and it played into how i decided to "vote with my paycheck".

other thing i like: it has a rotating scrolly wheel like the original ipod; i always liked the tactile sense of that more than the touch-surface. i always overscroll on touch-based ipods, and had to learn to be exact with the original, but the sandisk has a bit more resistance in the "clicks". around the wheel are menu navigation buttons that are intuitively directional, and can be used instead of the dial if you don't like it..

the thing i actively don't like so far is that the "record" button is directly across from the sd card slot, so i tend to forget it's there and mistakenly press it when i'm swapping the microSD card over to/back from my laptop. and i kinda wish the device's OS just added the SD card to the available diskspace rather than treating it as a separate device. also, i can't use the ipod plugin to feed all my plays to last.fm, but i guess you can't have all of your music-whore desires satisfied if you're a skinflint. oh- and the back cover is made of that kind of metal that changes color when the oil from your skin gets on it, so it's always smudgey.

i'll admit that ~$160 after tax made me wince at the register, but...

the final touch? the bitch plays video, mofo! it's a decent deal compared to a nano, but a good one compared to a video ipod.

and apple already made enough money off your iphone. they'll be okay.


siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-01 04:10 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. I'll have to keep this in mind for someday when Gilbert dies. Yeah, I named my iPod Gilbert. Shut up. We got a deal through a friend around Christmas: 6g minis for $99 including shipping. Mom and Dad bought three, one for Chris, one for me, one for backup for whoever has theirs crap out first [it'll probably be me; I use mine a whole lot more] unless we come up with a better use. But even then, it'll probably only hold over so long. I'd figured I'd just go back to my mp3 CD player [Walter] post iPod, but if there's a decent other option I'll be all over it.

osby at 2007-09-01 04:49 (UTC) (Link)
and apple already made enough money off your iphone. they'll be okay.

LOLOLOLMAO.. Hello 2Day!!!
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dk at 2007-09-02 07:47 (UTC) (Link)
heh, you guys go through media players like pairs of socks :P

i don't care about the smudging, it's not the side of the player you're usually looking at anyway, but it is a check in the negative column.

i thought i scanned all the menus, but i'll look for that again. thanks.
antitux at 2007-09-02 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
I got a Microsoft Zune as an early birthday present the other day. They were on woot.com for $150. So far, it's awesome. the UI is intuitive, and I'm in the process of converting all my tv shows and movies over to .wmv. I have absolutely no complaints about it yet.

I've looked into the sandisk players, but they always felt like they were going to break if I were to drop it. The zune has a ruggedized, somewhat softer plastic on the outside, and feels like it could be thrown around pretty decently without cracking/breaking.

On that note, how are you doing? :)
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dk at 2007-09-06 05:13 (UTC) (Link)
On that note, how are you doing? :)

circumstances are finally aligning to allow me to get some shit straightened out.

headed out to my first national guard drill this weekend. a bit anxious about that, but just because it's still an unknown.

so hopefully this time next month i have minor details like apartment and car worked out. i'll have other stuff to post when it's more solid as well.
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dk at 2007-09-08 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
i saw that- but i'd still have to pay extra for applecare. and i think the sansa is smaller.
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dk at 2007-09-08 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
i got a pass on drill weekend so sure. where's that?
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dk at 2007-09-08 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, i'm in the u-district so perfect. let me know when.
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