I just bought an 8 GB Fuze, and I have to say, I’m quite satisfied with what I got for the price. However, there is one little niggling issue that has me concerned.
You see, the player’s specs have the battery life listed as 24 hours for audio. However, when I play it, with the backlight set to turn off after 10 seconds and which only occasionally turning back on as I adjust the volume or switch tracks, I can only squeeze out about 12 hours of life, and that’s being generous. I even drained the power completely and then recharged it to recalibrate the battery, and that made hardly a difference. I know that manufacturers often slightly embelish their player’s estimated battery life, but this seems unusually low – especially for a flash player.
Could the fact that I have the player using a 16 GB SD card be the culprit? Or could it be that the songs I use are mostly set at VBR 192kbps, and the player’s estimated battery life was tested using 128 kbps songs, if that makes a significant difference. No video is being played, so this is not an issue. Any insight into the matter would be greatly appreciated. If this is, in fact, likely a defective battery, I aim to exchange it for another Fuze.