The Fuze does a decent job of displaying photos. Some people want that. Marvin, you got a Samsung Q2. Isn’t that similar in size(or perhaps a bit larger?) than the Fuze? The Sony S545 is also probably closer in size to the Fuze than the Clip+. Many who buy a Clip+ aren’t getting it to be their only player. It is a second or third player. The Clip+ has its place, however the rather limited battery life, small display, and lack of a scroll wheel make the Clip+ not the best choice as a player for many who want to have just one player. I have a Clip, Clip+, and Fuze, but bought the Fuze first before the Clip. Even if the Clip+ was available when I bought the Fuze, I doubt I would have bought a Clip+ without first buying a Fuze(or some other player with a larger screen and longer battery life than the Clip+).
I will grant you that for photos, the Fuze was OK. And please, everyone, don’t misconstrue my remarks as Fuze-bashing…I had mine for 11 months, and it worked very well for me. The Fuze and Clip were my introduction to the world of digital audio players, and easy to learn how to use, and remarkably trouble free. I bought something different because I wanted to see what else was out there. And JK98, the display size is a good point…while my eyes still can read the Clip’s display without difficulty, that wouldn’t necessarily be the case for everyone. Maybe someone with big fingers could have trouble operating the Clip, too.
The Q2 is similar in size to the Fuze…a little narrower but taller.The S545 is nearly the same size as the Q2. While they both work better as video units than the Fuze, I use them for the same thing I use my Clip for…music and podcasts.
They just happen to have album art, (which isn’t a big deal, really…never missed it on the Clip ) , more output power, and vastly more functional EQ/enhancement effects. I only have one set of 'phones that are “just right” with my Clip on Normal, and I’m not prepared to jettison the rest, and I can’t afford to replace them all either. These players are not the tiny, clip-and-forget player that the Clip is, but coming into the wintertime, there’s less call for that kind of player. I even have a co-worker inquiring as to my Clip’s availability. If he makes the right offer, I will sell it to him…and then next spring, buy a Clip+. I’m not bailing on Sansa.