09-17-2007 06:56 PM
I was going to pick up a shuffle this holiday to exercise with, but I found this writeup that said at 1GB, the clip is HALF the cost of the shuffle AND comes with navigation and a screen? Is this really true? Doesn't it seem like Apple would HAVE to lower the price of the shuffle in order compete with that.
I don't know. I was pretty convinced to get a shuffle, but now I'm leaning toward the clip. 2GB for 60 bucks is too good a deal to pass up. Anyone else on the fence?
09-18-2007 05:41 AM
I am on the fence too. The interface looks very similar to the Sansa Express, its pretty simple and straight forward to navigate. 2GB for $60 + OLED display is a much better deal than $80 for 1GB and no display.
10-06-2007 09:45 AM
My Sansa sense is tingling.... lol
Yeah, the clip sounds like it will be better then the shuffle imo.
10-17-2007 05:50 AM
I dunno about overthrowing the Dark Orchard, but I definitely will pick up a Clip for the wife!
10-17-2007 07:29 AM
Since the clip is so much like the express, I wonder if it will have the same shoddy firmware the express has? Head over to the express board to see the horror stories there. Crippling bugs on basic functions, and 3+ months with no firmware updates. Random playlist doesn't work right, no auto resume after pausing and loss of power, slow ff and rev controls. Voice record that sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks once the display screen turns off. Oh, and the big selling point of using external SD cards to expand your memory? Only works if you use a Sandisk brand card, and then apparently not always. Did I mention that random play doesn't work right?
The express's hardware is awesome, and would knee Apple's Shuffle in the crotch, but the firmware is an embarassment. The little things that make a device a pleasure to use rather than a headache are all missing. And instead of getting better, each firmware release was worse, fixing some bugs and introducing new ones, and now there haven't been any new releases and now way to revert to previous stable versions.
Of course, maybe the clip will work perfect and they'll just abandon the express and its users and pretend it doesn't exist in a few months. That would be my luck. But at least it was only $50.