Music on the Go: iPod Shuffle or Sansa Clip?

For a long time now, Apple has been taking the larger share of the technology market with its various devices. In the mini audio arena, its iPod shuffle has long been king because of its compact size and its portability. But, the arrival of SanDisk’s Sansa Clip has posed a great challenge to this device. Some Apple users have become new Sansa Clip users while other loyalists continue to swear by the Shuffle. So, let’s take a look at these two competing gadgets and see if the Shuffle really has competition with the Sansa Clip or if Apple users will do well to stick by their gadget.


The Exterior

Apple’s iPod Shuffle is the more compact of the two devices. It can be placed inside your pocket or clipped on the sleeve of your shirt if you use it when you run—it won’t be a bother. Meanwhile, SanDisk’s Sansa Clip is longer and thicker, and it has a screen. If you’re a visual person, you’ll love being able to adjust your playlist on the go through the screen of the device. The Shuffle makes up for this with its Voice Over feature, which speaks the names of songs, artists, and playlists to help you navigate.

In terms of looks, the Shuffle takes the crown because it’s sleek and sexy. Its anodized aluminum construction gives it a coveted look. It also gets the same plus points when it comes to durability. It is very durable and can survive drops and immersion in water. Its build quality is supreme, and it’s almost indestructible.

sansa clipThe Interior

Both the iPod Shuffle and Sansa Clip offers benefits in various aspects here, but it looks like the Clip has a lot more to offer. First, it supports more file formats than the shuffle. It supports FLAC and various other music and audio book file formats. Second, it is compatible with more operating systems, and it simplifies managing your audio files, compared to Shuffle which relies heavily on iTunes when it comes to such things as music transfer. Meanwhile, while the Shuffle is almost limited to iTunes, the Sansa Clip has Zune, Rhapsody, and Napster. When it comes to sound quality, the Sansa Clip also wins. Although the Shuffle sounds good, the Clip has a much more dynamic sound quality.

Memory and Battery

The Sansa Clip takes the cake in this aspect because it has bigger internal memory (up to 8gb compared to the Shuffle’s 2gb). Even better than that, the Clip also comes with a slot for micro SDHC card—it’s expandable to up to 32gb! When it comes to battery life, the Sansa Clip and the Shuffle make a tie because they both have a battery life of up to 15 hours.


Features and Price

The Sansa Clip has several features that you won’t find in a Shuffle. It has an FM radio, a voice recorder, and a workout timer. Meanwhile, the Shuffle has more accessories available in the market, and this is one of the things Apple users find appealing. Price is one thing that causes a stir. The Clip is way cheaper than the Shuffle. And with its more features, no wonder some Apple users are crossing to the other side.

Our Say:

Looking at the overall picture, the Sansa Clip actually excels in many aspects. Sound quality, flexibility in terms of use, visuals—it wins. But, when it comes to looks, size, and durability, the Shuffle has no competition here. The price, though, can make a big difference. If you’re willing to pay more for a longer life and for the Apple comfort that many people have come to love, and if you don’t need the extra features of the Clip, then go for the Shuffle. If, however, you want more function at a less price, the Sansa Clip is the way to go.

If you have decided, you can check out complete iPod Shuffle and Sansa Clip selections at Geekie Store.

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