Excellent quality MP3 player let down by a couple of small details.
Firstly, let me address the criticisms regarding the volume cap; overblown. Yes, it's max volume is noticably less than the iPod or other similar devices when plugged into shared ...Read morespeakers, but for any usage that I've found for them they've not been found wanting for volume. While walking, while drumming, they go plenty loud without hitting the max volume, and the packaged headphones are of above average quality (although I use Sennheisers).
It's a quality piece of kit, with an intuitive menu system, good build quality, and handy physical buttons on the side (while driving it's easy to skip or pause a track once you're used to the locations, which is something you can't do with a high capacity iPod, for example). It's a very sleek and purty bit of kit. Easy drag and drop on PC, no need to install software.
Sound quality is very good, but from what I had read I was expecting better. Once I fiddled with the EQ settings to get a sound that I liked it does sound good, but it's not a massive improvement over the pretty cheap Creative Zen I used before it. It's better, but not £100 better.
Problems - It's incredibly easy to turn on by mistake. Holding down the 'Home' button turns it off, but the slightest brush of the volume controls, touch screen or track skipping buttons and it comes back on. I've often turned it off, flicked it to 'hold', put it in my pocket, gone into a restaurant or something, come out and it's been on the whole time and run down the battery.
Battery life is nothing special. I use it for, on average, about five hours a day, and I am having to charge it up every other day. The professed "23 hours music playback time" is an outright lie, unless I have a faulty unit.
Inability to create playlists on the fly is a shame. I had a relatively cheap 16GB Creative Zen that was a few years old, and the ability to bung a few songs by different artists into a makeshift playlist was often a very useful feature that I am missing now that I don't have it anymore.
To summarise, a good quality MP3 player, probably the best in the 32GB range without spending £300+ on a Cowon player which is much bulkier, but not without it's flaws, which is a shame.