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Old 05-15-2008, 08:22 PM
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Default Prospective D2 Buyer - 3 Questions For The Cognisenti

Nearly ready to take the plunge in part due to great info. here and anythingbutipod. 3 questions for those in the know:
1. I prefer to load files onto an SDHC via card reader then drop the card into the DAP...will this method work seamlessly to integrate the files on SDHC into the player, so I can then navigate and select them without connecting my DAP to the PC everytime I want to change music?
2. While I love ID3 tags as well as the next fella, I have a huge collection of high quality (320 kbps) mp3 music organized int folder hierarchies, such as Rock, jazz, Classical and within each the album folder, then within that the tracks numerically ordered aliong with an info. text file and cover art. Much of this collection isn't tagged. With the D2 can I browse to the album in folder and play by numeric sequence? While doing it, can I read the text file as well and view cover scan jpeg's as well?
I know this sounds like a tall order but I actually enjoy doing it with my Treo 755p's music app., but I doubt the SQ can match the D2 which of course is the most important factor.
3. Last issue is the touchscreen...is it easy to navigate without a stylus (who can use one of those at the gym!) and can you lock the touchscreen so it doesn't inadvertently activate while in your pocket, etc...?
I appreciate being able to put these questions to enlightened end users like all of you. Sincere thanks for any information you can offer.
LW
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:57 PM
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1 - Card readers work fine. Just make sure you never format an SD card with Windows' formatter, use the Panasonic formatter instead. In file/folder mode both memories, internal and SDHC are treated separately, due to file system limitations, in ID3 browsing mode they're merged. You cannot copy/paste files between the two memories. However, you don't have to connect the D2 to your PC all the time, if you only put music on your SD card (like I do).

2 - File/folder browsing is all I do, I never use ID3 browsing. It works fine. Cover tags for untagged files should work, as long as they're called "cover.jpg", or the same as the corresponding file name. Audio continues to play while the text reader is active.

I have a Clie TH55, and my girlfriend has a Palm T|X... both sound a lot worse than the D2. AeroPlayer sounds better than other PalmOS players, but they're still no competition for a proper MP3 player.

3 - I never use the stylus with the D2. The touchscreen supports "virtual motion" gestures, which are incredibly nice for easy navigation. Of course the D2 has a hardware lock button, so you don't press the screen by accident.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:11 PM
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1. Yes. Depending on how much music you have, expect up to a 60 second or so boot time the first start after taking out the SDHC card or altering files normally.

2. Yes, you can browse folders quite easily on the D2-- however, to view text or jpeg you would have to go to a different menu and navigate back to the corresponding album. But it doesn't really matter, since the D2 has a half-decent album art display anyway-- if you want fullscreen though, you'll have to navigate to the folder under the Picture selection.... I think.

3. When my fingers get sweaty I dont like using it as much because they dont glide along the screen when scrolling and they leave more noticeable smudges, but for all honest intents and purposes, yes, it works great without a stylus. As far as hold... I often forget I actually use the hold switch, if I have to take it out of my pocket I rock the hold switch to turn on the LCD, I do my thing, and rock/lock it to turn off the LCD and disable the touch functions. You'll get what I mean if/when you get the D2. Its a very nifty device...



Lastly, dont think that switching to the D2 will magically make anything you plug into it sound better. Using cheap earbuds with the D2 or anything similar is like using leaded fuel in a Lamborghini. If you can afford a Lamborghini, you !@#? well better be able to afford some half-decent in-ear monitors. A couple great-value ones to check out would be the Future Sonics Atrios M5 or M8's, and the Shure SE530's, which can be had at about $150 and $330 respectively. For serious exercise, IEM's are generally about the best choice-- buds dont isolate, cans are too large/dont stay on well enough, often enough.

You can get cheap IEM's, mind you, but I just dare you to listen to some earbuds and then stick in some good IEM's... your jaw will drop off.
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:31 PM
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Sounds like I better save up some green for the D2 and an SDHC...sounds sweet. Thanks to all who posted replies, it definitely helped.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:01 AM
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3. Last issue is the touchscreen...is it easy to navigate without a stylus (who can use one of those at the gym!) and can you lock the touchscreen so it doesn't inadvertently activate while in your pocket, etc...?
LW
How thick are your fingers?

I sometimes get angry with my D2 (or my fingers) because instead of selecting the "downwards" movement in a file list my huge finger touches the "Close" button and I have to start all over again. But for the rest I hardly ever use the stylus or any other pointer (pen, pencil).

The stylus does help you if you want to use the tiny scrollbar on the left side of an item list in order to get faster from the A.... items to the L.... items.

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Old 05-17-2008, 11:12 AM
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bwprius, instead of using the buttons just slide your fingers across the screen to scroll-- its called Virtual Motion.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:21 AM
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Indeed, I never ever use the scroll bar, virtual motion works perfectly fine.


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