Way back in January of 2007, SanDisk unveiled the new Sansa View to the world at CES. For some reason, SanDisk felt that this original design wouldn't be popular in the consumer market, so they went back to the drawing board to totally revamp the design of the SanDisk Sansa View. Keep reading to see what they came up with.
The original design featured a large wide screen, similar to the Archos media player. It was basically a dedicated personal media player (PMP) to be used for video playback. It turned out, though, that this design would never actually make it to the store shelves.
The new View was released back in October 2007 and for the most part, it has been a successful MP3 player, even though it's in direct competition with the Apple iPod Nano and the Creative Zen. Like the competition, the Sansa View features an 8 GB model as well as a larger 16 GB model.
Probably the biggest advantage that the SanDisk player has over its competition is its price. The 8 GB and 16 GB SanDisk Sansa View models retail for $149 and $199 respectively. These prices are much lower than the competition, especially the Creative Zen which sells for $50 more for its 8 GB or 16 GB Model. The question is, did SanDisk skimp on features and functionality in order to create a budget-friendly player? I'll explore that question and hopefully answer it by the end of this review.
The SanDisk Sansa View is the successor to the popular Sansa e200 line of MP3 players from SanDisk. Like the Sansa e200 players, the View features an almost "Zune-like" appearance with a good-sized display and a navigational wheel on the front. This is a far cry from the original Sansa View design, which was much larger and thicker, obviously intended for a video player and not so much a music player. I think that the move by SanDisk to can the original design and opt for a more popular video/music player was a smart one.
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