11-08-2010 03:34 PM
posted in another area but thought itd be better placed in here. enjoy my rant.
So i literally registered and came on here just so i can fully complain about the new Sansa Fuze Plus. It is literally that bad. I used to own the previous sansa fuze with the scroll wheel and the small size. So it breaks accidentally I go to get a new one and i see this new "iphone" looking contraption with touch front. First off, the sensors on the front arrows are so incredablly sensitive that whenever it bumps my hand the songs stops, changes or something irritating. then the sansa takes fforever to turn on or to switch screens because of the amount of new design in it its not strong enough to change as quickly as the previous. on top of that scrolling is a bitch. I would scroll up or down and accidentally slightly touch the side and the entire screen changes, then when i go back it resets back to the top of my artist list and i am in a bad mood. The charger is different and the size is different so i cannot use any of my previous sansa equiptment. LAME. Another irritating quality is the fact the LOCK feature isnt a switch on the side but you hold down the touch pad. WTF? to unlock you slide up. so when its locked and in my hand and my hand happens to "slide up" it unlocks and the song changes in the middle cus it hit my palm. i have never been so irritated with an mp3 player ever except this one SUCKS. Please go back to the original sansa fuze when it was actually handy. thanks.
11-08-2010 05:10 PM
Something that I am hoping for is maybe the ability to change background colors, use whichever colors you want. I disable a number of menu options simply because I don't ever use them, but doing so actually changes the background color of the UI, so I'd like the ability to pick whichever color you want.
Also, it seems that when I have all my music on the micro sd card, the background album art collage does not work. I hope that could be fixed.
11-09-2010 08:50 AM
one more Idea:
In order to improve scrolling artist list
I noticed that in the Artist menu, down and up botton can only be use with simple click (while fick is most of the time presice enough to make selection). Would it be possible to implement a double click on these bottons that would jump directly to the next alphabetic letter? I think this could increase dramaticaly the usability of large library...
11-09-2010 10:29 AM
And again one more idea:
If we keep the goal trying to implement some alphabetic selection...
I noticed that while playing a song one can keep the center botton pressed in order to add another song to playlist.
This input method (keeping center botton pressed) remain free in the artist selection. It could be used in order to activate the flick from letter to letter. The inconvenient might be then that one keep on waiting 2 second to actived it all the time. This issue could then be solved by a linked option in the properties menu in order to decide wether or not alphabetic selection should be always on when one enter the artist menu.
And right another one:
If some material restriction are making impossible to have locking fonction on the power button, you may consider the possibility to implement it when both volume botton are pressed together (the goal should be to transfert from the "too sensitive" pad to the 3 remaining botton the locking-unlocking fonction
11-10-2010 02:16 PM - edited 11-10-2010 03:29 PM
Just got this today, and here are some suggestions, mostly a couple of things that have already been mentioned:
Change behaviour of the touch controls/locking
Change it so that it continuously scrolls, and that the speed at which it scrolls at is proportional to the distance from the centre (already suggested). Make it so that you press the power to lock/unlock, or at least get rid of the swipe-to-unlock UI feature -- with the sluggish UI, it's hard to determine whether this swipe was performed successfully or not. Hitting the play/pause button in a menu should not play the selected song, it should play/pause appropriately.
Menus should wrap instead of bounce back
Pretty self-explanatory. It's annoying to have to go all the way left instead of just wrapping to the other end.
Variable font sizes
Allowing us to change the sizes of the font (even just in typical intervals such as "Small", "Medium", and "Large) would greatly benefit those of us that like seeing more info, and those of us that want to see more songs listed at once.
Allow us to put a menu like Songs on the main menu, and have left-right scrolling scroll through the alphabet. I, for one, rarely use Artists/Albums, and would rather have an easy way to access the Songs menu to browse through all my songs.
Support album art transparency
White stripes are ugly.
Speed up UI
I know this is categorized as a known issue, but I can't stress how slow the UI is right now. Trying to scroll through a small 300-song list takes forever, and the framerate seems rather low. The font smoothing is kind of awkward and seems slow. Do whatever it takes to boost the FPS of the UI up to par.
Modify current playing UI
The touch controls right now are simply too sensitive for regular use. I skip tracks by accident way too much. Make the track skipping be based on swipes rather than taps, and that'll be a great first step. Centre the text displayed, and have everything scroll, or do what the iPod Nano used to do, which is display track/artist then change to track/album. At least, make the track title larger to make it a little nicer to look at.
I know I made a lot of suggestions, but I really do think this is a rig with tremendous capacity for improvement, and I have trust in you guys, knowing what was done with the Clip/+.
11-11-2010 04:49 AM
I also agree with the Idea of having the possibility to navigate through directories. For exemple, now that the musics and videos from cards are automaticaly add to the general library, why not converting the card menu into directories search, with an extra directory for internal memory?
11-11-2010 08:24 AM
That would require folder/file navigation, something that was added in a firmware update to the original Fuze and came standard with the Clip+ model. The Fuze+ does not have this feature currently, but SanDisk may be working on adding it in the future.
Currently, it only sorts, organizes and displays the information gleaned from the ID3 tags of the files.
11-11-2010 09:59 AM
I also kind of wish the Fuze+ would handle id3v2.4 tags. The current version of EasyTag found in the Ubuntu Software Centre doesn't use id3v2.3 tags any more, and when I first tried tagging the files they just ended up not being recognized. Only afterwards did I realize what happened did I install the repository version that allowed the 2.3/2.4 change.