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Apple, Samsung, or SanDisk?

by cacross / April 21, 2006 1:53 PM PDT

My old mp3 players headphone jack broke so I need to replace it and I have been looking up flash players for about a month and I have narrowed it down to the ipod nano, Samsung YEPP YP-Z5, SanDisk Sansa e250. I like the SanDisk because of it's features but I like Apple's and Samsung's look better. But the Nano scratches easily and I am not for sure the Samsung has the enough features as the other two.I just want to here some of your experiences with these players.

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by PMR / April 21, 2006 2:26 PM PDT

I was in the same boat as you. The things that won me over to the SanDisk e250 was the price ($169 at BB) and the features. It is a great product and in my opinion better than the iPod nano. The most notable feature, IMO, is the video playback. While it isn't stellar, it is suitable for the occasional music video. The scroll wheel makes navagation very easy, however not as easy as the clickwheel. It doesn't scratch as easy, but I have gotten some minor scratches, but nothing noticeable. I love the ability to expand via the MicroSD slot. While it is bigger than the nano, it is by no means big. Longer battery life and bigger screen make up for the extra thickness.

The Samsung YP-Z5 didn't suit me. It didn't have any extras like FM tuner, video playback, extra. I wasn't fond of the controls either. It is very hard to first use it, but you do get the hang of it. The one thing I don't like about the controls is that is all one speed which makes it harder to narrow in a choice.

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Check out my Z5 vs Nano vs Sandisk review...
by bevtarlow / April 21, 2006 2:31 PM PDT

I recently went through this exact process that you are going through right now. I ultimately chose the Z5 and I haven't regretted it since. Check out my review under the silver 4GB Z5 which is titled "Why I chose the Z5..." I go into considerable detail about how the Z5 compares to the Ipod and the Sansa E200 series... Hope it helps!

Also, CNET just awarded the Z5 as their top "Audiophile" recommendation out of all the current MP3 players that have been reviewed! Check out their MP3 buying guide for further details -- You'll find the Audiophile designation under the section called "What kind of (MP3) User Am I?"

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Ok ya convinced me ....
by cacross / April 21, 2006 3:48 PM PDT

I shouldn't get the nano now I can brag to all the other hundreds of people who have one how mine is better .I loved your Comparison between the Z5 and the E250 Slydini. If it is true that there might be a new Z5 coming out with FM and Video I would definetly get the Z5. Since I personally have a lot of video I would like to carry around I still haven't decided between the two. How loud is the E250 PMR since I will be listening to it on a very loud bus.

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by PMR / April 21, 2006 11:03 PM PDT
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Hopefully, the pink is a prototype colour...
by bevtarlow / April 22, 2006 6:26 AM PDT
In reply to: YP-Z5F

I have to agree with you on that pink colour... but I think it's safe to assume that there will be a colour choice like there is on the regular Z5. After all, this will be their flagship model when it comes out.

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by wastedyuthe / April 22, 2006 3:20 AM PDT

Hi Slydini. Just read your review on here 'Why I chose the Z5'. Terrific detail there, and I for one completely agree with most of what you said. The only thing I disagree with is that I actually prefer the black version. From the pictures online I preferred the silver, but when I saw the black one in the shops, I thought it looked slick and bought the 4gb (my wife bought the 2gb black one too). I look at the silver ones online and actually prefer the black one still. Wierd eh? Still, each to their own. At least we have a choice.

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by rbovani / April 21, 2006 4:20 PM PDT

IPOD sucks. scratch that.

Sandisk - more space, higher screen res for 1.8" display, FM Tuner, Voice recording?

Samsung - easily beats out he sandisk in terms of sound quality, READILY AVAILABLE LOL

the last point is why i chose the Z5.

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Samsung YP-Z5 for me....
by Night Surfer / April 22, 2006 1:03 AM PDT

I checked out the e250 at Best Buy on Monday. I was unimpressed. I had grown tired of waiting for the e270 to come out so I bought a Samsung YP-Z5 with the intent to "trade" it in for the Sansa.
After spending about 30 minutes w/ the Sansa I have decided to just stay with the Z5. While I did not notice any noise on the Sansa at any setting, the sound quality and volume on the Z5 is superior, hands down. In the end, that's what it's all about. Sound quality.
The video on the Sansa worked well but I found that watching it on such a small screen was less than thrilling. I find the screen on the Z5 to be brighter and crisper than the Sansa. The Sansa seems kinda "washed out" by comparison. One nice thing about the Sansa though is that the album art takes up the whole screen making it larger than the Z5.
The controls on the Z5 are fine, despite some reviews.
Since I am not really interested in video, voice recording, or FM radio, I am going to stick with the Z5.
I will miss the 2GB (potentially 3GB) extra storage though.

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Thanks for all your help
by cacross / April 22, 2006 2:26 AM PDT

Even though I really want the video capabilities I am gonna go with the Samsung. Now all I have to do is pick a color. Thanks Again

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by cacross / April 22, 2006 4:02 AM PDT

I almost forgot can you view lyrics on the e250 or the Z5?

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No lyric display on any of the Nano sized players...
by bevtarlow / April 22, 2006 6:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Lyrics?

I just wanted to let you know that the Z5 doesn't support lyric display. I'm almost positive, however, that lyrics aren't supported on the Sansa E200 or the Nano. Maybe a firmware update can address this? I'm not sure if it's worth the extra strain on battery life though...

If you want a different kind of flash player that supports lyrics, check out the Samsung YP-T8 or the YP-D1. They don't sound as good as the Z5 though and they look too much like a cell phone. More importantly, their capacities are relatively low (512 up to 2GB max).

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I think the Nano can
by Tallcoolone / April 22, 2006 10:43 AM PDT

I read somewhere that you can get lyrics on the Nano. But this certainly shouldn't be a deciding factor in which mp3 player to buy, especially when the screen is as small as the Nano's.

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I know...
by cacross / April 22, 2006 12:24 PM PDT
In reply to: I think the Nano can

the nano has lyric display because it says it on the website and my friend has one but I still think I am gonna go with the Z5 I really don't need the lyrics

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My apologies....
by bevtarlow / April 22, 2006 2:37 PM PDT
In reply to: I know...

I honestly didn't know that the Nano had lyric display capability... my bad. Anyway, as you already pointed out, it shouldn't be a deciding factor for your MP3 purchase. The prolonged backlight and additional processor performance would definitely take it's toll on battery life.

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