Both me and my best friend purchased the Reddmango Aangora and I feel I was very lucky as mine worked perfectly unlike the one my friend got she had consistant problems with hers playing the same song more then 10 times in a row and turning off for no reason even though the Reddmango Aangora was cheap we did expect better value for our money in her case anyway. The device itself has a built in usb drive which is very easy to use as you just pull off half the case to reveal the usb stick, plug it into the computer and start to transfer music, compared to others which you had to mess around with cables to transfer music, on the front of the mp3 is a large round silver button which is used to skip tracks, pause and play, to turn on and off just hold down the on/off button. It does require batterys which seemed to drain pretty fast but it was really easy to change the batterys you just slide the long tube from the back off and change the AA battery. When you plug in the device it automatically loads the drivers and opens a folder to start to transfer music into I used media player but my friend just transferred directly from her music folders. The sound quality is amazing with this MP3 device and the headphones that come with it are actually quite good, though my friend swapped hers for a better pair. The battery doesn't last long but I only used it to and from work so a single battery would last me about a week or so but I was very happy with it. The price was acceptable at £12.99 from argos at the time, but I do know other people who weren't happy with they're purchase as there were too many problems, but I enjoy simple technology i would recommend it for ages 5 - 10 nowadays as its very simple to use not a good purchase for easily frustrated adults who refuse to take something back to the shops as they are convinced they can fix it themselves (personal reference)
Just after Christmas I decided to treat myself to a new ipod as my current one was a little temperamental and only worked when it felt like it, so when a friend was selling an almost brand new one for just £25 I snapped it up! I was like a child with a new toy playing with it and adding all my music to it when my daughter decided that she was very interested in it - stupidly I let her have a listen and of course she loved it and wanted to play with it over and over again. I was so worried about her breaking it that I thought I would get her an mp3 player. As my daughter is only three I didn't want to spend a great deal of money, and I was advised to try Tesco as they sell reasonably cheap players. Before trying shops, I decided to try Ebay and I found one that looked perfect at a great price. The Reddmango Angora MP3 player is a small black plastic gadget that looks just like a usb stick. In the centre of the player is a large silver button which are the controls and at either side you will find writing which shows the brand name "Reddmango" and "Usb disc/mp3". At the left hand side of the mp3 you will find the small hole for the headphones to be attached. Along the bottom of the mp3 you will find a small red light, and a small silver button which is the on/off button. The cover of the mp3 is removed to reveal the usb stick so you can plug it into the computer, but also to place the battery into the mp3 you need to remove the cover, and on the back you will find a long tube-like cover which also needs to be removed so you can put the battery in. The mp3 player is 1GB, which means it will hold between 200 and 250 songs depending on the length of the songs. Adding songs to the player really couldn't be any more simple. Remove the cover and pop the usb into your computer, this will install the drivers and open a folder in which you can place your songs. I used Itunes to add songs to the mp3 but you can just as easily use a media player. Simply drag the desired songs into the mp3 folder (or you can copy and paste, whichever you find easier), and then the songs will appear on the mp3. There is no synching required with this simple little player as you find with ipods or more expensive players. Now I am not technical in the slightest, but this really couldn't have been any easier, and even my mum could do it and she doesn't know anything about computers or mp3's! It is also extremely easy to use this mp3 player, and this was very important as it is for my three year old daughter to use and I wanted her to be able to use it alone without needing someone's help each time. To switch on the player, you need to press the on button for a couple of seconds and the red light will glow to show you that the player is turned on. The music will then begin, and you can use the large silver button to skip through songs should you so wish to. Of course, as this is such a basic mp3 there is no display showing the songs so you do need to listen to the music to know what is playing. To turn the mp3 off, simply press and hold the on/off button a second time. The sound quality on this mp3 is surprisingly really good! The mp3 comes with the headphones which are the small ones which go in your ear, this isn't ideal for my daughter as her ears are just too small to put them in so I am looking to replace them with the more old fashioned earphones so she can listen better. However, she will simply hold them up to her ear when she is listening to her tunes and the sound quality is just perfect. One downside with the mp3 is that it is battery operated only, and the battery does seem to go quite fast. It does however only take a single AA battery so in that sense it isn't expensive to keep replacing, but I do need to make sure I have replacements available for when they run out. My daughter has been using the mp3 regularly, probably a couple of times a day most days, and since first using it in January I would guess we have changed the battery around seven times, so you can see how it does drain quite quickly. I would have preferred it if there was the ability to charge the mp3 on the computer, but it isn't really a great problem as such. My daughter absolutely loves this, she really adores listening to music and having a good singalong to her Disney tunes that I have put on for her. Though I have found on several occasions that my daughter likes to listen to a couple of bars per song and then skip away happily through them al! I think that is testament to how easy this is to use as she only needed showing once and can use it by herself now and is at ease with the few functions that are on there. She has seen me set off to work with my ipod on so I have had quite a few requests that she can use her mp3 when we are on our way to nursery - just so she can be like mummy! The price of this mp3 was an absolute bargain, just £2.99 off Ebay and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I have seen the same item for sale on Amazon for £14 so I would advise if you are looking to purchase one to definately shop around. I think this is a perfect first mp3 player for a child to use, and at that price it doesn't really matter if it gets broken or stops working. Another good reason for a cheap mp3 like this is so you don't have to risk taking an expensive ipod on holiday with the risk of losing it! I completely recommend this as a budget mp3. Thank you for reading my review!