Unlike the Apple iPod Touch (shown left), the Fuze doesn't provide frills, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This is a died-in-the-wool portable media player that delivers a thorough set of features at an outstanding price.
Flipping through the main menu using the capacitive touch-strip navigation pad (good-bye click wheel) you'll find options for music, video, photo, radio, podcast, voice recording, microSD card, and settings. The graphic interface is a far cry from the Windows 98-esque rotation of icons used on prior Sansa players, and borrows heavily from the Zune "twist" philosophy of using horizontal swipes to switch between functions and vertical swipes to flip through content within each silo. It works well, and the touch-strip control is reasonably responsive.
In our limited testing so far, nothing really stands out in terms audio, video, or system performance--though, there's nothing to complain about either. SanDisk's strategy of making reliable, broadly compatible, inexpensive media players has earned the company a strong second place behind Apple in this product category, and we imagine the Fuze+ will only strengthen that position.
The Sansa Fuze+ portable media player's broad audio and video CODEC pack ensures easy compatibility with most major media formats. Audio support includes: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC/M4A (iTunes), FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Audible, Secure WMA, Podcasts. Video support includes: H.264, MPEG-4, WMV, Flip Video (using Sansa Media Converter software). Photos: JPEG, BMP, (TIFF, GIF, PNG supported using Sansa Media Converter software).