I agree. FiiO has been dealing with a lot of crazy, unrealistic requests for the X7 and even when it's close to production there are still massive requests for some significant changes. To be honest the X3 was pretty weak IMO with the layout of the buttons but I bought one on launch because of the price/performance ratio (sold it as soon as the X5 was released). I guess that not everyone can be pleased.
I agree, it looks like a smartphone, but I don't really care. I agree that pressing buttons on one side will be more difficult when there are symmetrical buttons on the other side. Too bad they didn't stick with a couple of their earlier designs. All I know is that if the X7 sounds close to what I think it will based on the hardware spec so far the unit will be a steal of a DAP at its price.
Then again who really knows how the interaction and SQ will be until it gets in people's hands. Waiting patiently.
Edited by x RELIC x - 8/6/15 at 2:03pm