I decided to buy the Cowon J3 to replace my Ipod Touch (2nd Gen - 16GB) which Iíve had for 4 years, and during this time period its had no space left on it, suffered a water damaged screen, a power/stand by button which no longer works, and was start...Read moreing to overheat, so as you can tell it was time for a replacement.
I decided that my next piece of kit wasnít going to be an Iproduct because I started to hate apple, which to me is just a fashion accessory for the teenagers, as well as I hated using Itunes because I find it irritating and annoying, and me being 21, I wanted something more grown-up and more adult-like which stood out from the crowd because to be honest I donít follow fashion, and thanks to the following sites
I came across a company called Cowon which I have never heard of, until now and all I can say is thank you that I now have, I saw all these positive reviews and also the little AMP3 favourite logo sticker in the corner of the screen so I thought it must be good if all the experts that work there are calling it one of their favourites.
Now the only thing that the J3 has got that my old Ipod hasnít is the wi-fi or apps, but I never used them because they just completely drain your battery and I found most (if not all) apps were very boring, and my Samsung galaxy SII has got WiFI and 3G So what's the point of having a PMP with WiFi? Answer Ė there isnt , so I decided to get a dedicated PMP
First things first, the J3 is classically styled with a matte black finish, simple curves and a beautiful fit/finish, it just sits nicely in your hand that only weighs 76G so its very very light.
The 3.3″ AMOLED screen makes my jaw drop to the floor, itís just a gorgeous thing to look at, and all the colours are natural and vivid. Images are sharp and no visible ghosting or flushing.
As for movies the J3 is a sleek little player which bears a gorgeous screen to play those humble films and the J3 will do it! With style! And if you deicide to watch a movie on it then your going to feel as of your actually in a cinema because the sound effects are mind-blowing, crisp and crystal clear and thereís so much depth within the quality of the images which adds intensity to the movies,
The picture quality compared to my is just surreal because the picture quality could sometimes be a bit muddy and blurry, and sometimes caused eye strain after long periods of time, compared to the J3, I just donít get any.
Itís also worth mentioning that you get sub-titles on the movies for the ďhard-to-hear peopleĒ which makes it a BIG BONUS for my friend whoís deaf
I have researched that the pass models such as the X7, or S9 have had some complicated User Interfaces (UI) to get your head around, and I must admit it took me about a couple of hours to get used to it, but once you understand it its very easy and simple to use, its very snappy, no lag to be noticed anywhere.
This is where Cowon starts to demolishes apple because I love the transfer mode, no stupid software like itunes, you just plug it in and shows up the same as any external USB hard disk or memory stick you then copy your files on it then safely remove it, job done, no faffing about.
Another reason and more specifically the main reason as to why I wanted the J3 was because I heard that Cowon has a speciality and a reputation for delivering brilliant sound quality, so when I got it I didnít know what to expect, so I tested it and without using any foul language its phenomenal, I tested it on my music collection which consist mostly of metal, anything ranging from old school 80-90ís band such as Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest to more modern metalcore bands such as Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive and As I Lay Dying, and, Iíve never heard that much detail in my music, thereís just so much depth within it , the J3 has made me fall in love with music all over again, all I can say is that it lives up to its reputation and its absolutely trashes the sound quality on my Ipod, and just so you know I donít have any of the ďtop of the range headphonesĒ I just have some Sennishers MX 580, although Iím looking to buy some Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X
Another advantage compared to my Ipod is that the battery life on it lasted for approximately 12 hours and thatís if I was lucky, and the J3 just makes a laughingstock out of it because Iíve only had to charge it up approximately once every 2 days where as before I had to charge my Ipod up every couple of hours.
On my Ipod I easily filled 16GB and when I wanted to add some music to it, It meant that I had to delete some of my other music to make space for it, and that was really frustrating, and in order to put on the extra music, it meant buying a bigger capacity Ipod, and Apple would be making more money from this situation. Iím sorry that for me is just unacceptable, this is in fact another reason as to why I bought the J3 because I bough the 32GB J3 and when I do eventually fill it up I can just add a SD card and give it an extra 32GB so essentially it will be a 64GB on a very very light device so that for me is a big MAJOR advantage so thank you Cowon for coming up with a GENIUS IDEA! This is a very useful feature for your customers.
However there are a couple of problem with the Cowon, they are not serious and itís not really worth mentioning but itís just me nit-picking at it (also I would like to point out AMP3 and Cowon are not to be blamed for these)
ē The headphones that come supplied with the J3 are so cheap and basic, they are rubbish. Want my opinion? Bin them and get yourself some better ones. However this is very common because most company supply ďfreebieĒ headphones which are all useless so itís nothing new there.
ē You have to buy the AC adapter separately, where as with the x7 it comes supplied with it, but they donít cost much and most companies donít include a charger in the box anyway, so itís nothing serious.
ē You better be prepared to spent time ripping all of your music collection to FLAC or a different type of audio file you prefer (if anything this is an advantage because you can listen out for new details in your favourite songs)
However the only bad thing I can say is that you will eventually fill 64GB easily if your using FLAC music files, which means that you have to buy another J3 or the possibly the X7 but it doesnít matter because its worth it in the end.
Iíve still got my Ipod, itís in the corner of my bedroom gathering dust and I only use it now just for the reason that I like to laugh and make a mockery as to just how bad it is and I canít believe I bought something from the apple market, in my opinion Iím ashamed of myself for it.
So if you want something that is grown-up, with supreme sound quality then get yourself a Cowon, otherwise you will regret it.
However on a serious note I would like to thank AMP3 for their informing me and keeping me up to date with my order, Thanks a lot, I will be buying from you again in the future.