Recently I discovered that after 2 months of lying on shelf my "beloved" e435f ( http://sp.sony-europe.com/da/64/31750.jpeg
) broke and wouldnt go beyond Every moment of lief haz its music. Of course warranty ended month ago, hopefully guys at Sony Centre were helpful and it ended being send to free warranty service. After 2 days they got message that it wont be repaired but I will get my money back instead, my father stopped by their shop, paid some more cash and bought me e444 since I was pretty amazed with my last model.
The first thing I noticed was cheap sound that buttons make when they are clicked (imo sounds just like in these Chinese mp3s for 20$) and that play button is so big that the arrows buttons will be covered in 95% by official leather case I bought with e435f thats also supposed to fit e444.
Next was that sofa shiny golden walkman logo... seriously it looks so cheap that it must have been a blind man designing this thing. The red logo on e435f was looking perfect and pretty sophisticated on metallic black background, even orange or green one would look better.
And the last thing and worrying me the most is the LCD. When I got my hands on e435f I didnt need 2 seconds to appreciate sharpness and vivid colours (better than on my PSP slim that was in that time the best screen I had seen so far). In e444 I noticed horizontal lines at like 1mm gaps that seem to slide at very fast rate through the screen (like somethings fckd with refresh rate?) not to mention that colours are more pale than on my older model. Is this common or just maybe I got unlucky? If it's like this in most cases I'll probably end my journey with sony mp3 devices.