I found the Meizu M6 8GB MiniPlayer a pretty cool little personal media player. It was simple enough to use, considering I had no instructions. It is smaller than a credit card, and only 7mm thick. 8 gigs will hold a lot of MP3s, and even a fair amount of videos, considering that .avi's aren't that large. Use of the sliding touch key takes a little practice, but it works very well.
No special drivers or software is required to download your media, just drag and drop directly from Windows files. It plays MP3s, .avis, and will show .jpgs, .bmps, and even .gifs. No weird proprietary formats here, nor the need to buy expensive subscriptions. If you store your music on your computer in WMAs, you will have to convert them to MP3s, but there are numerous free converters out there. The M6 comes with a small simple program to convert your videos to .avi. Being able to drag and drop files also would make it pretty simple to use it as a flash drive if needed.
The LCD screen is surprisingly large, and has excellent resolution. The sound quality of the player is excellent. The headphone jack is the standard 1/8" stereo jack, so if something should happen to the headphones, they are easily replaced. I am still looking for replacement headphones for my other player, which has a 1/16 jack. I thought that one would be much easier to find.
The M6 has other features that I didn't mention, an FM tuner with presets, a built-in mic for voice recordings, a couple of games, even a calendar, stopwatch, and calculator. I will admit that the calculator is pretty hard to use, but it would come in handy in a pinch.
I guess that the only real problem I had was not being able to use the manual. It ended up not being a big deal, but did give me some frustration until I realized operation was so simple.
I found prices for the 8gig M6 ranging from $140 to $160USD. Considering the 8gig Nano runs around $200, the M6 seems like a real bargain. If you are in the market for a full-featured inexpensive personal media player, the Meizu M6 could very well be what you are looking for. ThinkComputers gives the Meizu M6 Mini Player a 9 out of 10 score.
- Plays music, videos, shows photos
- Lots of features
- No iTunes!
- Uses standard media formats
- Requires no special drivers, just drag and drop from Windows
- Excellent sound quality and video resolution
- Very simple to use
- Costs much less than iPod Nano
- Manual printed in Chinese, but so simple to use manual not necessary
- It would have been nice to have found out somewhat easier what the model of the player was