That’s right, I *am* calling it dim!
In fairness, had I *not* seem the OTHER models – the ones with the CLEAR cover – I’d have been satisfied; after all, it *is* visible, and usable (except, I suspect, in bright sunlight, at which time I will probably be shading it with my hand, taking off my self-darkening eyeglasses, and squinting every time I need to see it).
It really is a relative thing – you can’t weigh in definitively UNTIL you’ve actually eyeballed a Clip that does NOT have that “Pimp My Playah!” screen over the display.
Then, you too will be gritting your teeth, cranking the display all the way to the top – while your OTHER Clip(s) remain at partial brightness – unable to stop thinking about the reduced battery life per-charge (due to having to drive the OLED at full-house output), and, the reduced *life* of the display (due to the same factor).
Suggestion: Keep your eyes out for one of those ten-dollar 1GB Clips that show up every so often (I bought the most that Woot would sell me when they listed them). This will give you a treasure trove of spare parts (displays, batteries, switches, etc.) and, a CLEAR front cover that you can move over to the Silver unit once the warranty is up.
I *do* suggest waiting until the warranty is up – the only site I’ve seen that shows how to open a Clip makes it pretty clear (NO pun intended) that it’s really difficult to lift the hood on one of these things WITHOUT doing “cosmetic damage” to the case (I presume they use a jig at the factory to snap it open). When I opened the Express, I was pretty careful, yet I was unable to prevent tiny chips of plastic to go flying (nothing major – just enough to void the warranty, which was already expired for the Expresses).
I wasn’t being a brute about it either – I had the famous “black sticks” on hand (having already replaced the LCD and battery in my wife’s ipod), and, I spent a long chunk of my life doing wholesale camera repair (the kind of work that makes watch repair seem simple – literally; Nikon tried hiring watch repairmen some time back, but it didn’t work out – the work was several orders of magnitude too stressful for them).The point is, I was as careful as I could be, yet there was still some visible damage to the “latch” areas of the case. Makes me wonder if the problem was engineered-in to provide telltale evidence of tampering.
So, I’ll wait out the year, and then replace the “pimp-o-matic” filter.
BTW, let’s not forget that it *also* cuts down on the resolution of the display. Yes, yes, I know… “my Silver Clip’s display looks really crisp and sharp.” Hold that thought – until you have a BLACK Clip to compare.