As I was rather unimpressed with the mediocre battery life on my old clip (which apparently is about to die on me anyways) and just got my tax return, the prospect of buying a new DAP is upon me.
One big thing is said battery-life: I want real (not manufacturer-********) ten hours...twelve would be better, more of course a bonus. Those good old things that run on an exchangeable akkumulator are apparently a victim of the same thing that made touchscreens popular...and that reminds me. No bloody Ipod.
Tactile buttons would be a big bonus. Touchscreens are not to my taste, there's only one thing worse: these asinine non-tactile buttons. Those disqualify any DAP that sports them.
Memory. 8GB and an SD-slot is fine, more would of course be a bonus.
I want something that plays Music. Nothing else. So no multifuntional touchscreen wannabe smartphone. I know the big cowons are good...but I simply don't need all the crap they sport and I seem not to be able to go about and use a touchscreen. I've tried it, and apparently I'm to old for these things. Hell, I'd be fine with a monochrome display! (that btw. means no video either.)
File Support: Flac would be nice, but is no necessity. Again: Music. No video, no pictures, no album art.
Browsing by folder - would be a big plus for me.
If I could I'd go and get myself the Cowon U5 that seemed so expensive back then, but those apparently do not exist any longer, what a pity. I copuld kick myself for not having done that. Its apparent successor, the iAudio 9, sports a tiny touchscreen which is imho stupid, but at least sports a nice 29 hours of battery-life...supposedly.
Sandisk Sansa Fuze+ has a ****ty battery, and those stupid sensor-buttons that combine the faults of both systems. The Archos 2 at least has normal buttons, but as the company says it will run ten hours - and we all know what companies do with these numbers - it's propably crap anyways.
Does anyone know wether the buttons on the iriver E150 / E300 actually are mechanical like those on the clip-zip or thise idiotic sensor-things? If they are not there is as far as I know no alternative left to the original question:
Sansa Clip+, Sansa Clip Zip or what? Which of them has the better battery-life?