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Coby Electronics MP826-4G 2.8-Inch LCD Touchscreen Video MP3 Player 4 GB (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 2.8-Inch LCD touchscreen control, 4 G flash memory
- Intuitive touchscreen controls
- Plays music, video, (Videos may need to be converted with the included software for device playback.) photos, and text
- Plays digital music from most online stores and subscription services( Music Service must support Windows Media DRM (WMDRM)
- Integrated FM radio, ID3 and LRC support for song and lyric information display
With Coby's MP826 Video & MP3 Media Player, the best in digital entertainment is at your fingertips. This ultra-sleek design features cutting-edge touchscreen controls, giving you quick & easy access to your entire media library. Enjoy music, video and photos, all with a 2.8-Inch widescreen LCD for a great viewing experience. USB 2.0 and Coby Media Manager (PC or Mac) makes it easy to manage, sync, and transfer your media at high speed. FM radio also included. Up to 4GB memory available.
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The downside is that its "Favorite" folder (roughly the equivalent of iTunes' On The Go playlist) clears almost immediately after you turn it off or let it go into power save mode. You also cannot grab files from folders (playlist) and put them in the favorites, you must go into the All Music section and sort through the whole library.
But like I said, I'm still much happier with it than with my old iPod. No worries about disk fragmenting from disconnecting too soon from the PC and the Coby doesn't get scratched and banged up as badly as iPods do. The screen seems much more scratch-resistant than an iPod's screen.
And at such a low price, you're not making a big investment if you choose a Coby over an iPod!
So here's my breakdown on everything about this little gadget:
1. Battery duration of play - manual and features say battery play time is 52 hours.
MP3 - I can't offer much info on this since I've never left it running for that long. However, I can listen to my .mp3's all day long on a single charge. The battery meter shows nearly empty at end of day, so I doubt that 52 hours is accurate.
Video - I've fully charged my coby and hit play. I was able to watch the entire movie of the Proposal before the battery was drained. So you're looking at roughly 90 minutes battery life for pushing out video resolution. Not the best, but for the price not too shabby.
Radio - Oddly enough, I hardly use it. I've got too many favorite songs to listen to on .mp3's but it's a great feature for when I'm just in that certain, "what's going on in the world" mood. So glad they added this ability to the unit. so battery life??? Umm.. i'd say probably same as mp3.
2. Size - Casing size is slim and portable. Nice sleek black front and shiny silver sides. overall, this little bad boy fits in my shirt pocket, pants pocket, palm of my hand. It's the perfect portable size.Display: TFT
Display Size: 2.8 inches
Width: 2 inches
Depth: 0.4 inches
Weight: 0.54 pounds
3. Quality -
Video - Niiice. Now remember, your video quality is greatly dependant upon the actual resolution of your video file. Fortunately, with the small 2.8 inch screen everything is so compressed, that it's really hard to have a bad video image. The image is bright,sharp, just imagine your flatscreen tv, and your watching it from another room. That's the best I can do, to describe this. I love the quality.
Audio - Using earbuds is probably the best way to use this (They are included with the coby - but I already have a favorite pair that I use instead). It uses the same small plug as your ipod device. *Disclaimer - It should be noted that I'm not one for having music blasting into my ears, and although it does have a decent audio level, It wont' go so high that you'll feel the music in your head with deep bass or anything. It's just loud enough to keep me playing it at mid level rather than full blast. And yes, you can still hear it softly if you take the earbuds off and place it on your desk.
Photo - This new toy is so awesome that i can carry my pictures with me also and proudly show off my recent images. the quality also holds up well and photos are vivid and sharp.
I Use Windows Media player to synchronize (transer) my music, videos and podcasts to my coby. iTunes doesn'e even recognize my player. Another way of transferring your files is by using it as you would a regular USB flash drive. Hope this helps.