LEM- wrote:I always wondered, is there a principal difference between these and the infamous E-series (such as E280)? Other than the form factor that is?
Is there anything this one does better than E280? Or maybe the other way around?
The e200 V2 is essentially a Fuze V1 in e200 clothing, minus some of the Fuze's firmware features (but, it DOES use the same video format as the Fuze, which means that you can use video4fuze for the e200 V2 series -- for the e200 V1, you're pretty much dead in the water for USABLE video UNLESS you Rockbox the player).
The Fuze (native firmware) has more features than the e200 (native firmware) -- stuff like folder browsing option (not as full-featured as Rockbox's file browser, but better than nothing).
The Fuze, versus the e200 (this is based on my evaluation of the several players I have of both versions of both series), has a higher quality LCD -- the size is identical or close to it, as is the resolution, but, the Fuze has better image quality (better color saturation and clarity), and, better angle of view (the e200 is much more sensitive to the image going wonky if you're not looking straight at it, even more of an issue if you have two people looking at it at the same time).
One other consideration is that the Fuze is normally in landscape mode. When you are playing a video in the e200, you have to turn it sideways, which isn't that big a deal, however, when you are NOT playing a video, the Fuze's screen is wider, meaning that it's easier to read stuff in the menus, since things aren't so scrunched up to fit into the narrow vertical screen.
And, the Fuze is smaller and lighter.
Both models use the same connector, meaning that docking adapters and chargers can be used with both players.
The e200 series has a user-replaceable battery, whereas the Fuze's battery is officially "not replaceable" (I haven't read of any wearing out, and I expect that there will be (or already are) replacements available on the aftermarket, just as is the case for the "officially not replaceable" batteries in the various Ipod models).