Top positive review
Best I Found Right Now, but Many Improvements are Possible
October 14, 2019
I bought this Searick, after recently buying the similar Rofeer and Akamate MP3 Players. Here I will compare all three. I bought them for playing through Bluetooth speakers and receivers, and I have concluded that these all are based on technology that existed before they added the Bluetooth capability, so the Bluetooth is an afterthought, and none of these deal with it as a user would want. The Searick is best, only requiring 6 touch strokes after turning on to reconnect to the Bluetooth receiver it was connected to when it was turned off and resuming music play, which is actually bad, but the Rofeer requires a minimum of 10 stokes to reconnect and resume music, and the Akamate skips the first 2-6 seconds of every song, so the Akamate is worthless for playing through Bluetooth, even though I tried it because it takes fewer strokes than the Rofeer to reconnect after off-on. I'm returning the Akamate due to the worthless Bluetooth, but if you are using without Bluetooth, the Akamate has the benefit of being the only one that will go right to resuming play where it left off when you turn it off and back on, without any key strokes, but again, only if using it without Bluetooth.
The Searick and Rofeer both have almost identical graphics and functions, but there are significant differences, and the Searick is a True Touch Screen, and the Rofeer is Not touch screen - it has touch buttons below the screen, as does the Akamate. The graphics on the Searick and the Rofeer are excellent, whereas the graphics on the Akamate are not as nice, its functions are similar to the other two, but the Akamate User Interface is noticeably different than the other two, which does have a few advantages, requiring fewer strokes in some cases than the Rofeer, but the Searick is a true touch-screen, so the Searick almost always requires fewer stokes than the Rofeer or the Akamate. I like the touch buttons in that it is easier to be sure what you are pressing and fewer mistakes, but when you can make so many fewer strokes with the Searick touch-screen, that makes it the best. The Searick swipe-right capability also adds a significant ability not available on the touch-button models, which only have a return button (equivalent to swipe left) but don't have an equivalent to the swipe right. For example, in the Searick, you can swipe right on the song in the file menu that is already currently playing to get back to the now-playing screen without interrupting its play, whereas with the two button-based players, you only have the option to press OK on the current song in the file menu, which causes them to start the song over from the beginning. If you want to start the song over from the beginning in the Searick, you can by pressing the song in the file menu instead of swiping right.
Another Huge Advantage of the Searick over the Rofeer is that you can Forward (skip a song), or Rewind (start song over or go to previous song) with a long press of the side volume buttons even when the Screen is Off/Lock is on. I am not sure if the Akamate can do that also, I think it can, but I have already boxed it up for sending it back, so I haven't tried that. It's important to be able to control the skip forward/back with the screen off, because battery life is way longer with the screen off.
On the subject of battery life, all of these models have some serious negatives. As far as I can tell, none of them have replaceable batteries, so in a few years they will be junk. Come on, let us replace the batteries. Another common fault is none of these have a true on/off switch. The "on/off" button is what is called a soft button, which requires power to read it, so after some number of days even without turning it on, the battery will be drained. Come on, put a real on/off slider on it!
The Searick is smaller, and more ergonomic in that you can hold it in the left hand and press both the volume and the power buttons with your left thumb, or hold it in your right hand and control both the volume and the power buttons with the right fingers, so in either hand it's one-hand operation, especially with the Searick ability to Forward or Rewind with a long press of the Volume buttons even with the screen off and locked.
One advantage of the Rofeer over the Searick is that it allows you to view Pictures while listening to Music via Bluetooth, but while viewing pictures while playing music with the Rofeer, the pictures are smaller than full screen. If not playing music, all these players can show pictures full screen. When playing music on the Searick via Bluetooth, if you try to view a picture, it will warn you it will disconnect from Bluetooth, whereas on the Rofeer you can view reduced-sized pictures while staying connected and playing.
All these models have the fault that they don't update the curser/place in the file menu when you forward or rewind songs, so if you do a bunch of forward and or rewinds while playing, then go back to the file menu, it will still be where you started the first song instead of the song that is now playing.
They all always default to the local folder first, so if you always play from an inserted card it's annoying, and it would be nice to have the option of listing the card folder first, or automatically if there is nothing in the built-in storage.
It would be nice to be able to copy the card files to the built-in storage with the unit, so you don't have to connect it to a computer to do that.
The Searick appears to only be able to scroll up or down a full screen (6 tracks), and the other two models can only scroll up or down one track. The Searick cannot do Apple-device-like fast multi-screen scrolls or partial screen scrolls. It would be great if it could, but since the Searick is a touch-screen, at least once you have the desired song on the screen, you can go right to it, instead of having to press the up of down buttons some number of times before pressing OK like on the Rofeer or Akamate.
It should be noted that the Searick came with an offer to give me $20 for a 5-star review, but I obviously didn't take them up on that. On one hand, you can factor in that maybe some of the 5-star reviews were bought, or on the other hand you might hope for a free $20 off if you buy the Searick. In any case, I am honestly telling you I like this one the best compared to the other two I've tried.
That's all I got. I hope this is helpful. Please rate this review as helpful, so Amazon will place it higher up.