So I was excited and worried about this. From the first time I picked it up, I was cautious with it. It didn't have the rugged feel of the other models. The touch screen works wonderfully, but I had to be very careful with it. It seems flimsy, almost weak to the touch.
The menus on the system were really well done and it was easy to navigate. I loved the shear number of features, and the album select was wonderful. It had a pop culture feel to it, and I loved it. The size is good for videos and music, especially for people like me who like to have a mix of things. I also found the LCD useful in the dark, as it doubles as a light.
Overall, I found it to be nice, but flimsy. I loved the features, but i was just so hard to be careful with. If you wanted to shell out the cash for a protective case, go for it, but I suggest just purchasing the extra warranty.