The review is fair, they said the ex300's were decent compared with the stock headphones that come with most mp3 players, and they ARE. For the average user who doesn't spent $100+ on headphones, they will probably be very satisfied.
The screen isn't an issue for me. I have an Evo 3d to watch videos and such, an lcd screen is perfectly acceptable if you are using this primarily as a music player.
The sound is very very good, which is the most important thing. I use it with sony ex700's and with these and a fiio e5 amp (amp newbie, the e5 is a stepping stone for me probably) = audio bliss. 16gb is not enough however. I will probably order the 32 or 64 gb from advanced mp3 eventually.
Touch screen sensitivity has been improved over the X in my opinion, as the x was TOO sensitive in my opinion. They have also moved there vertical cover flow to a submenu option (used to hate accidently brushing the x screen too hard, it was way too easy to go into coverflow mode). I like the hold button implementation on the X better, the one on this is sufficient however.
Also, you can make up to five playlists (Called bookmarks) on the player, this along with the senseme function is sufficient for me.
Battery life is decent although not comparable to some competitors, I don't think it will be a major concern. I wish it was user replaceable however.
Originally Posted by Dreamnine
I shouldn't pay too much attention to that review - they like the ex300s it came with...
The new A isn't much of an upgrade on 2010's A - an lcd screen versus OLED, plastic versus metal.
Nor even is it an upgrade on the 2 and a half year old X.