The player's interface is a little tricky. First, there are the two top menus, which make it a chore to get to otherwise handy features, such as the FM radio. Second, it takes a bit to get the hang of navigating via two horizontal rockers (the track shuttle and volume keys shown here).
The 1GB Pearl only costs $39, while the 2GB version goes for a mere $48. If you need more memory, you can add some via the MicroSD card slot. The top of the player also offers a hold switch and record button for taking voice notes.
Disposable batteries are totally passe in MP3 player land--we're not sure why RCA went that route for the Pearl. You'll probably have to spend more money on batteries than you did on the player itself.