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Living With A 10-Dollar mp3 Player: Unnsavvy or Must-Havvy?

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C2861T 10 Dollar note, dollars, money, American banknotes. Image shot 04/2011. Exact date unknown.

C2861T 10 Dollar note, dollars, money, American banknotes. Image shot 04/2011. Exact date unknown.

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C2861T 10 Dollar note, dollars, money, American banknotes. Image shot 04/2011. Exact date unknown.

Eli Moore, Entertainment Editor

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Yes, if you’re wondering, I will be reviewing budget technology. The first item in this brand new series will be the Eclipse 2.8v, a ten-dollar mp3 player I found on Amazon. Is it obsolete? Maybe. Did I use it for a week? Yes, and the results are interesting to say the least.

 

Day One (Saturday):

 

The mp3 player came in the mail, and I unboxed it rather quickly. The build was aluminum, and had features like a camera, voice recorder, notepad, and touchscreen interface. Seems like a good deal, right?

I plugged it into my laptop, and within two hours, it was good to go. It came with a stylus, and I preferred it over a finger. I thought the device ran a version of Android, but upon second glance, it had its own custom operating system. It had one page of applications (much to my ignorance), and when I tried swiping to another page, I instantly got to the video player. Apparently, the application was highlighted when I swiped the screen, and it registered as me loading the video player. Not a good start.

To my curiosity, I loaded the camera, and the device froze. Seriously, the camera menu froze up. However, I did reset it, and things returned to normal fairly quickly. When the camera did load, I was shown some green and purple lines. Apparently the camera was off the table.

 

Day Two (Sunday):

 

I noticed an application button, and tapped it. Four applications were on it, which was a bit of a pleasant surprise. There was a notepad, stopwatch, calculator, and calendar. Pretty sweet.

I had the device for a day, and I don’t know how to load music on it. My Chromebook is apparently incapable of loading music onto it, so I was kind of stuck. I tried the camera again, and got a solid green screen. Luckily, it didn’t freeze on me, so I managed to get back to the main menu with ease. I finally eased into using it with a finger, and turns out it’s not as bad as I thought. Maybe if I contact their tech support, it won’t be my next paperweight.

 

Day Three (Monday):

 

Today had no progress. I emailed the Eclipse tech support, and it said that it didn’t come through. It’s honestly pretty infuriating whenever you can’t serve the purpose that I paid for. Hopefully the email comes through and the whole thing is resolved.

 

Day Four (Tuesday):

 

I found out that I could actually upload music via Windows. Huh.

 

Day Five (Wednesday):

 

I’m honestly beginning to despise this thing. The camera never did get a good shot, and the screen freezes up so often that I always have to have the paperclip handy.

 

Day Six (Thursday)

 

Was notified the email failed. Looks like I better print off some documents for my next paperweight.

 

Day Seven (Friday)

 

I lost my micro USB cable to charge it. However, I picked up another one and put a Popsocket on it.

 

Day Eight (Saturday)

 

My final day with this thing, and oh boy, it couldn’t come any sooner. This thing is practical garbage. I used this for a week, and I am honestly surprised I didn’t go insane. The camera was awful, I couldn’t do basic features like capitalize a letter, and it froze up so frequently that I always have to have a paperclip within five feet of me. Worst of all, I didn’t get any music on it!

 

My final thoughts:

 

I don’t recommend this thing. It’s not even close to usable. The battery life, combined with a camera that was potato, awful user interface, and garbage tech support. Buy this thing if you want a cheap device that only works half the time.

 

I rate this Unsavvy.

 

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