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Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-07-31 14:02:07
Anyone know a current model of portable Mp3 player with real buttons? I.e. not touchscreen or scrollwheel. Thanks.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: Kohlrabi on 2012-07-31 14:06:18
A few minutes ago I convinced a colleague to get a Sansa Clip+ (http://www.sandisk.com/products/music-video-players/clip-plus/), which is currently extremely cheap on Amazon.de (http://www.amazon.de/Sandisk-MP3-Player-FM-Tuner-microSD-schwarz/dp/B002NX0MF0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1343739883&sr=8-2). Inexpensive, small, and measures very well (http://nwavguy.blogspot.de/2011/02/sansa-clip-measured.html) for its price tag. Just get a replacement for the stock headphones.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: probedb on 2012-07-31 14:13:52
Plenty out there if you look.

A happy user of a Rockboxed Clip+ here.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: pdq on 2012-07-31 14:34:21
I'm very happy with my Sansa Clip+.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-07-31 14:48:54
Sansa Clip+
Thanks, and I've found a couple from from Samsung. Creative and Sony seem to have dumped their major models.

Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: Apesbrain on 2012-07-31 15:26:16
No, Sony (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWZE465BLK-Walkman-MP3-player/dp/B005EQS9KS/ref=pd_cp_e_0/192-1116757-1390628) still out there.  Just kinda expensive for what you get.  That "scroll wheel" is actually a 4-way button.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-07-31 15:32:19
That "scroll wheel" is actually a 4-way button.
Crikey, that's dangerous design - someone might mistake the unit for an Apple!

Thanks - added to list.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-07-31 16:32:33
> Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?

Correction: Anyone know a model having screen around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: dobo on 2012-07-31 21:48:23
Screen larger than 2.5" ? i think thats larger than my sansa clip zip... if you want that large use a smart phone?

Now i got rockbox on the clip zip i cant think of anything its missing really. Maybe better headphones but cant decide which ones to get.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: mzil on 2012-07-31 22:17:45
I agree a cell phone is the way to go. Why carry two devices that are redundant if your phone already has a music player?

Granted, some cell phones may lack certain features one wants, but if I were in such a position, I'd get a new cell phone!
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: cpchan on 2012-08-01 00:52:08
Thanks, and I've found a couple from from Samsung. Creative and Sony seem to have dumped their major models.

Anyone know a model having around 2.5" (like the now discontinued Creative ZEN) or larger?


The now discontinued Cowon J3 can still be found on the Internet (http://www.amazon.com/COWON-Portable-Media-Player-White/dp/B003JME322/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343778260&sr=1-1&keywords=cowon+j3). The hardware buttons are located on the right edge of the device and is very easy to use even blindly. It also has a great 3.3" AMOLED screen and insane battery life.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: cpchan on 2012-08-01 01:26:29
The now discontinued Cowon J3 can still be found on the Internet (http://www.amazon.com/COWON-Portable-Media-Player-White/dp/B003JME322/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343778260&sr=1-1&keywords=cowon+j3). The hardware buttons are located on the right edge of the device and is very easy to use even blindly. It also has a great 3.3" AMOLED screen and insane battery life.


Oops, scrap my suggestion- I misunderstood you. You want a device that is totally controlled by buttons.

Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-08-01 01:26:31
> if you want that large use a smart phone?

I was underwhelmed by the music player facilities of the non-touchscreen smart phones I've tried e.g. Nokia and Motorola.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: saratoga on 2012-08-01 02:16:47
> if you want that large use a smart phone?

I was underwhelmed by the music player facilities of the non-touchscreen smart phones I've tried e.g. Nokia and Motorola.


Samsung YP-R0.

Physical buttons, 2.6" screen, and rockbox port in case you get tired of the stock firmware.
Title: Portable Mp3 player with real buttons
Post by: chrisjj on 2012-08-01 10:34:15
Samsung YP-R0.

Physical buttons, 2.6" screen, and rockbox port in case you get tired of the stock firmware.
Good to know - thanks.
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