06-15-2008 06:22 PM
Very nice! You'll notice plenty of differences with the v2, starting from the moment you power her up. The screen is sharp and evenly illuminated, without the two horizontal ghost lines (actually, it's a ghost region of sorts looking at it) on the SanDisk screen. The shadow detail (reflection) below the logo looks very cool, as well as the new blue sansa logo.
Notice the crazy fast boot time too. The new machine uses the AustriaMicrosystems processor common with the Clip and new Fuze. The v2 is the best of both worlds, with the rugged case of the e200v1, replaceable battery, the new tighter and more flush scroll wheel, and the sound!
The new generation devices are Rhapsody PFS compatible too, meaning that installing and using Rhapsody is a snap. Rhapsody Channels, previously the sole domain of the Rhapsody Sansa, are available from the main menu. And Audible support... Yeah, SanDisk made some major changes under the familiar skin of the e200.
The µSDHC port accepts high capacity cards, and you can store video on them too.
06-16-2008 11:31 AM
Check out this thread . . . seems you're not the only one having this same video orientation problem.
06-16-2008 05:03 PM - edited 06-16-2008 05:06 PM
HOLY, yes. it was fantastic. it was working so fast, i couldnt believe it, and all the new settings and things. LOVE IT! - still cant figure out that video thing though - the videos dont work with the windows media thing, so i cant rotate them, ahaha. any other suggestions?! thanks
You can tell the v2 is the newest, of the new. its really changed, i noticed it even before i turned it on! aha (the ring is different) i was like "woah, this is awesome!" I really like the delayed button for rec. because i use to always hit that by accident and it would start recording, and now theres a setting that u can set where it asks u if u want to record, which is really awesome. i cant believe it, its just WOAH ahaha.
*Thanks for the help everyone
Message Edited by nikolasharris on 06-16-2008 05:06 PM
06-26-2008 01:31 PM
I'm getting mine this Saturday (June 28, 2008) from Buy.com as 'Recertified.' Whether this is the synonym to refurbished or not I do not know. But yeah, refurbished Sansas from Buy.com come in a white box with the earbuds and 30pin dock connector. Same thing when my c140 came from Buy.com too. And thanks, I know now to not try to jam the R series firmware onto that crap. Just a hint: The R series is sold ONLY through Best Buy and Rhapsody (direct).
07-20-2008 05:28 PM
We bought a refurbished E280 from buy.com a few months back and it was a Rhapsody. I just got another and it was a v1. I think the refurbs are exactly what you'd expect, a crapshoot.
08-20-2008 03:39 AM
Hi Everyone, first time poster.
I'm looking at buying an e260 in the UK (probably from eBay), and i'm slightly confused by box designs.
Most have a blue non-slide box - i take it these are old V1's? The edition with Radio1's Live Lounge 2 album included seems to be a black box with a blue slide on cover, and some have a red box with a black slide on cover. Are these V2's?
Help would be much appreciated.
08-21-2008 02:57 PM
Unless the eBay seller honestly tells you it's a v1 or v2 in the listing's text (hint--if they say you can use Rockbox with it, it's a v1), it's a crapshoot--even if you buy new. Only the official ShopSansa site, which will ship internationally, is known to ship only one version--and that's the v2. Any box, even new ones, can contain either a v1 or a v2; the only sure way to tell which is which is to turn it on and check the firmware version.
08-29-2008 02:56 PM
So if I understand this right -
If you buy a Sansa e250 Ver1, it will NOT play audiobooks. If you buy a Sansa e250 Ver 2, it WILL play audiobooks. Is this statement correct?
However, you cannot tell what version you are buying (especially over the Internet) until you get it home and check the firmware. Is this statement correct?
I am very interested in playing only one audio book and five songs on my MP3 player. Of course, more is better but I would be happy with this minimum. But I am really looking to play an audio book. I want to spend less than $35 for a player as I plan on upgrading to a Sansa View 32GB if I am happy with this cheaper player .
Any suggestions as what to buy that is inexpensive but will play audiobooks?
08-30-2008 03:32 PM - edited 08-30-2008 03:36 PM
To clear up the confusion regarding audiobook compatibility:
The v1 players do not support Audible format .aa files natively, as synchronized via the Audible Manager.
That does not mean that you cannot enjoy Audible books, however. Remember, the books purchased from Audible are yours, meaning that you have the rights to the book. Simply use an application like Nero to burn your purchases to CD as mp3 files. These files are readily useable on the Sansa e200 v1 series, just not as convenient to load.
You should burn all purchased media to CD, whether it be music or audiobooks, so you are protected in the event of a computer crash. These things can and do happen when you least expect it!
If you wish, don't forget that you can use the CD-RW (rewritable) format, or DVD, if that's your preference.
The v1 player doesn't support the native .aa format of the Audible downloads, meaning that you can't port the books directly onto your v1, and you lose the "chapter" function, but those books are still readable!
The v2 devices fully support the format, meaning you can load .aa format files directly.
Hope this helps! Audible is a great deal, especially when compared against the "average" audiobook price out there.
Enjoy your books!
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 08-30-2008 03:36 PM
08-30-2008 03:49 PM
Thanks for the quick and very informative reply. I am not familiar with Audible books but I will research them. I am more familiar with the library downloads of Overdrive and NetLibrary.
I do have Nero Express Essentials though. So as I understand it: I download these audiobooks in whatever file format they are and then I change them to mp3 files so I can load them on the v1 Sansa 200. Correct?