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 ====== Vorstik V1 - Portable MP3 Player ====== ====== Vorstik V1 - Portable MP3 Player ======
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 +A brief review of a this MP3 player, focused on the handling of full music albums. It is actually a **Chinese no-brand MP3 player**, shipped by some on-line reseller with varying fantasy brands, as **Vorstik** or Verstik; it seems - from some photos seen on the net - that the firmware is the same as the one running in the **Benjie K11** and **[[http://​www.benjie-tx.com/​MP3HiFiPlayer/​254.html|BJ-A12]]** models. The main features are a **metal body** with **glass screen**, **Bluetooth** connection and **FM radio**, a **2.4 inches** display TFT color (non-touch),​ integrated **mini-speaker**.
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 +^ Display ​   | 2.4 inches, 240x320 (?) pixels, TFT color. ​ |
 +^ Memory ​    | 8 Gb, expandable to 128 Gb with microSD. ​ |
 +^ Buttons ​   | 7 front touch buttons + 3 side phisical buttons. ​ |
 +^ Battery ​   | Sealed rechargeable battery. ​ |
 +^ Connector ​ | Micro USB for charging and file transfer. ​ |
 +^ Extra      | Bluetooth connection, FM Radio, speaker. ​ |
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 +From the home screen: //Set// => //​Information//​ => //Player information//​ we read Model **Vorstik V1**, Version **V.01.1.1.1**.
  
 === Pro === === Pro ===
  
-  * Low price. +  * Low **price**
-  * 8 Gb storage space, accomodates about 80 music albums in 256 kbit quality. +  ​* **8 Gb** storage space, accomodates about 80 music albums in 256 kbit quality. 
-  * Quick and responsive user interface. +  * Quick and **responsive** user interface. 
-  * Support for extended charsets (accented characters, etc.). +  * Support for **extended charsets** (accented characters, etc.). 
-  * Support MP3 and Ogg/Vorbis codecs. +  * Support MP3 and **Ogg/Vorbis** codecs. 
-  * Scan tracks for ID3 tags, browse by album, by artist, etc.+  * Scan tracks for **ID3 tags**, browse by album, by artist, etc.
  
 === Con === === Con ===
  
-  * Poor quality display. +  * Poor quality ​**display**
-  * Display: truncated ​directory and file names, track titles, album names, etc. +  * **Truncated** ​directory and file names, track titles, album names, etc. 
-  * ID3 inline ​picure not supported. +  * Inline **picure** not supported ​in Tag 2 Vorbis
-  * Per-folder (album) artwork poorly supported. +  * Per-folder (album) ​**artwork** poorly supported. 
-  * File browse mode not alphabetically sorted. +  ​* **File browse** mode not alphabetically sorted. 
-  * Non-oleophobic display glass: full of fingerprints in few minutes.+  * Non-oleophobic display glass: full of **fingerprints** in few minutes
 +  * Internal **clock** loses its time randomly.
  
 ====== Browsing Music ====== ====== Browsing Music ======
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 When you eject the device from the PC operating system, the player updates its the music library scanning for **ID3 tags**. I used V2.4 tags, which are recognized correctly. If the music collection is correctly tagged with ID3 tags, the player can browse the music collection **by artist** or **by album**, in alphabetical order. This is very handy. When you eject the device from the PC operating system, the player updates its the music library scanning for **ID3 tags**. I used V2.4 tags, which are recognized correctly. If the music collection is correctly tagged with ID3 tags, the player can browse the music collection **by artist** or **by album**, in alphabetical order. This is very handy.
  
 +{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_music_list_menu.jpg?​direct&​120|Music List Menu}}
 +{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_album_view.jpg?​direct&​120|Album Browse}}
 +{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_file_view.jpg?​direct&​120|File Browse}}
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 +In the above pictures you can see how - in the **Album view** - the names are truncated to **12 characters**. Browsing the file directories (in my case each folder is one album) the file names are truncated to **19 characters** and they are **not sorted**.
 ===== Truncated ID3 Tags ===== ===== Truncated ID3 Tags =====
  
-{{ .:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_id3_tags.jpg?​direct&​160|Truncated ID3 Tags}}+{{ .:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_id3_tags.jpg?​direct&​120|Truncated ID3 Tags}}
 One of the worst defects for usability of this player, is the user interface truncating ID3 tags: album name, track title, artist name, everything is truncated in player screen. This is very unpleasant, considering the fact that the display would be wide enough to show much more. One of the worst defects for usability of this player, is the user interface truncating ID3 tags: album name, track title, artist name, everything is truncated in player screen. This is very unpleasant, considering the fact that the display would be wide enough to show much more.
  
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 It is also unclear why the image is **sometimes resized correctly** to occupy the entire available space, other times it remains much smaller. It is also unclear why the image is **sometimes resized correctly** to occupy the entire available space, other times it remains much smaller.
  
-{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_filename-bug.jpg?​direct&​160|Bug in Filename Display}} +{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_filename-bug.jpg?​direct&​120|Bug in Filename Display}} 
-{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_fullscreen-artwork.jpg?​direct&​160|Artwork Fullscreen}}+{{.:​vorstik:​vorstik_v1_fullscreen-artwork.jpg?​direct&​120|Artwork Fullscreen}} 
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 +===== Sound Recording ===== 
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 +An handy feature is to use the player as a **sound recorder**. It is not clear where is the **inside microphone**:​ there is not an hole in the body marked as mic. From my tests it seems that the mic is on the bottom side of the player, may be it uses one of the holes on that side (micro USB, SD card slot or phone jack). The microphone is **quite sensible**, it is better to leave the device on a flat surface because if you hold it with an hand, you will **record the noise of your fingers** grabbing the device.
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