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First Look: SanDisk Sansa Clip+

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First Look: SanDisk Sansa Clip+

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The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is an excellent successor to the line, offering a fitness-friendly design with a built-in belt-clip, a simple interface, solid sound quality, and plenty of handy features--all for an ultralow price. It's an unbeatable value

[ silence ] ^M00:00:03 >> If it ain't broke don't fix it. That has to be one of my favorite sayings. And I love it when tech companies abide by it. I'm Jasmine France, and I'm here with the SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus. And this is a follow up device to the excellent Sansa Clip. And I'm just so thrilled that Sansa has managed to keep the spirit of the original clip, and yet improve upon it. So let's take a look at the design first. It's actually a pretty noticeable change to the design even though it's, it's minor. It's, it's got a kind of different body shape just very slightly. It's got the curved edged. And then instead of having a color, a plastic color that wraps all the way around the device, it has kind of a, a brushed black plastic back that wraps and curves around the front of the device. Now that's a little different from the boxiness of the original shuffle. Now the overall effect of this updated design is that the new clip has a slightly more higher quality feel to it, so we definitely like that. And this player still, of course, has the built in clip on the back, because you have to have the clip otherwise you can't call it the clip. A couple other physical characteristics that are a little bit different on this player. They've moved the dedicated volume rocker to the left side here next to the standard USB port. And that is in order to make room for a micro SD card slot. Now as you might recall with the original clip there was no card expansion. Now that's kind of rare, because every other SanDisk player has it. So it's great to see that SanDisk decided to include it on this player. Now in order to make room for this card they actually had to get rid of the physical power and hold switch. Now instead they put a power button on the top and they integrated the hold functionality into the home button on the front. So they've retained all the functionality of the device, but kind of updated refreshed the design a little bit. And one other thing you might notice is that the control pad is a square instead of a circle. Everything else pretty much remains the same on this player, the onscreen menu and navigation pretty much the same. It has a small monochrome display. Would have been nice to see it get a little bit bigger, maybe have bigger writing, but don't really need it on a device this size, so that's not really a knock there. There is voice recording, a built in FM Tuner, and of course your music selection. And it does support a variety of audio kodaks. [phonetic] It supports MP3, WMA, including protected WMA, and Rhapsody DNA, as well as Aug Vorbis [phonetic] Slack [phonetic] and Otawa [phonetic] files. And it has separate menu selectors for audio books and podcasts, which is great, because we want to keep those separate. The one thing that is missing is a AC support. We would have liked to see that, but that's just a relatively minor gripe there. Also some people might appreciate the ability to navigate via folder view. So if you don't want to navigate by artist, album, and genre you have that option. Like the previous generation clip, this is a 15-hour rated battery life, which isn't great, but it's adequate. Would have liked to see that go up a little bit. But that's okay with something this small. It also has the same audio chip, which means you're gonna get the same good sound quality that you got from the original clip. Now the big news of this player is the pricing, which is unsurprising, because SanDisk has a tradition of offering extremely low pricing on their flash players. You can get a 2 gigabyte version for just $39.99, a 4 gigabyte for $49.99, and an 8 gigabyte for $69.99. And that is just a fantastic value considering all the features you get with this player. I'm Jasmine France, and this is the new Sansa SanDisk Clip Plus. ^E00:03:14

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