Hey guys! First of all, no way can you compare a mini to the micro-maybe the carbon is all. But anyways, I own a micro now and am happy with it. Mine is white with the back button that just has an arrow and looks see-thru. After reading this entire thread I am slighty confused which arrows are the new ones or old. Also, my player came with an extra battery. I picked it up at Frys and they still had several others with the extra battery. I already have the remote on order.
One thing I want to say about mine-the back cover is shiny and smooth without a single scratch. I would think that scratches like the ones shown is not something that should be normal and that would annoy me also.
As for the screen, I got a razor blade and cut the clear plastic around the micro but left it over the screen area to sorta protect it for a while.
Ive had a rio carbon and a Sony HD-1 and I have to say that the micro is by far my favorite. And there is no doubt that this thing is so small...pictures do it no justice. When I got my carbon no one mentioned how small it was, but the ladies did like how they could use the back for a mirror. lol. Figures you conceited women....
But the micro, everyone is amazed how tiny it is! Very nice. And the color scheme is slick, the blue glow is very impressisive.
Honestly I am totally impressed and have no desire to take it back like I did with my Sony and Rio. Go creative!