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SanDisk remakes View as iPod nano rival

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2007

SanDisk Sansa View Remake

SanDisk today announced its final shipping version of the Sansa View, the flash memory maker's first video-oriented media player. Following several months after the company scrapped the old model, the new version is aimed at the same audience as the third-generation iPod nano. Though it boasts one of the largest screens for a pocketable player at 2.4 inches, the device is just 8.8mm (0.35 inches) thick -- as thin as a pencil, SanDisk says. Unlike the Apple player which has received similar comparisons, however, the View adds an FM tuner with 20 presets and a voice recorder.

The slightly larger dimensions of the View allow it to play up to seven hours of video in H.264, MPEG-4, or WMV form, while music is supported in "most audio formats" for up to 35 hours. SanDisk also plays its nature as a memory supplier to its advantage: every View includes a microSDHC slot that lets the device store at least 8GB more than its built-in memory -- an extra 12 full-length movies at the player's native 320x240 resolution, the company claims.

Two players are expected to ship by the early fall. A basic Sansa View with 8GB of internal flash memory will ship for $150 and should be accompanied by a 16GB version for just $200, which can be expanded up to 24GB thanks to the expansion slot. Using the player officially requires a Windows system with Windows Media Player to sync music and videos.



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  1. Will C

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    iPod prettier..

    ..but this has a built in FM radio.

    Wonder how good the UI is - anyone tried one?

  1. dliup

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    false thickness

    Looks like they are trying to pull a fast one. It's actually "8.8mm at the slimmest part". So the player is most likely much fatter than 8.8mm.

    In contracst, iPod Nano is 6.5mm thin all around. No "thinnest part" bs.

  1. Hobeaux

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    much thicker?

    in the photo you can see that the product is uniformly thin, except for the wheel itself; it's raised up a bit, in all likelihood making it the 'thicker' part.

  1. Deal

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    Tricksy my preciousssse..

    Actually, the thinnest part looks like the screen... that could be quite a bit thinner at that point.

    It looks like these guys are the only ones giving Apple a run for their money.

    However, there is a major factor that is easily skimmed over. Apple's iPods are made of metal and glass (these are also made of the scratch resistant glass, aren't they?). These things are much higher quality.

    As for Radio and recorder functions, I'd have to witness how well that works. Those are nice features but if they don't work well, what good are they? Like the new Sony eReader which supports PDFa would be very nice feature, but done so badly that it is pretty much useless.

    I'd like to see both products in my hand before passing judgement, but as we all know, specs on paper don't always add up to the best product.

  1. boris_cleto

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    Round Button

    It even has a round button on the front. Just like the Zune.

  1. Feathers

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    multi-format...

    Credit where it's due, this device plays H.264, WMV and DivX and has memory card expansion. Not to mention 16GB for the same price as an 8GB Nano. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    meh

    I'm not a huge fan of SanDisk. Ever since they refused to write OS X drivers for my 1 year old (at the time) CF card reader. :P

  1. bigmig

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    less competitive now

    Sansa has always offered twice the capacity at the same price point as the Nano. But they used to offer twice the size/weight. Now they offer 2.3 times the size, so they're even less competitive (and they're using the now orphaned PlaysForSure/WMP combo). The Sansa is 3.44 cubic inches, almost the exact size of the HD-based iPod Mini (3.6 cubic inches). 2004 called, and it wants its MP3 player back.

  1. bigmig

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    worse than I thought!

    Wow, it's even worse than I thought. The thing is almost as big as an iPod classic!!! (3.44 cu inches vs 4.03 cu inches)

    Here's the math:

    Nano: 1.47 cu in, 8 GB, $199 Sansa View: 3.44 cu in, 16 GB, $199 iPod Classic: 4.03 cu in, 80 GB, $249

    If you value storage enough to take the +2 cubic inch size hit for an additional 8 GB, then you will almost surely value value it enough to get an incredible +64 GB for a very small size hit (+0.6 cubic inches).

    The only people who would be unlikely to do that would be really income constrained people (but then why are they shelling out $200 on a new MP3 player to begin with?) or Microsoft fanbois.

  1. chucker

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    yum!

    indeed that is a good looking processor,

    do you think it is pin-compatible with a Core 2 duo?

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