I am not really someone with much knowledge in the field of mp3 player. The clip+ was the first player i specificly chose because it was recomended as a good player for Audiobooks. And that you could tickle a few extra hours battery life with Rockbox out of it was a nice bonus
All i care for in a mp3 player is:
- Battery life
- that its userfriendly for long audiofiles (audiobooks and podcasts)
- that it can take a bit of punishment
- and a good "bang for the buck"-ratio
Everything else is secondary for me.
-Audioquality is not that important for audiobooks
-Playlist are useless for me ( that the player recognises 001 is followed by 002 is enough)
-Any great audio adjustments are not needed
So keep in mind that my impression is through a very narrow point of view
So for the comparism on the surface the A12 is pretty much a slightly updated version of the clip+. Longer Battery life, micro usd-port instead of mini-usb and a pretty redundant on/off switch on the side. I consider it redundant because you dont need two ways to turn such a small device on or off (you can just press the play button in the middle for 3 seconds).
Battery life seems alright so far. clip+ best case 15H A12 best case 35 hours
It gives an equally sturdy impression to the clip+ (for that price range). So again i assume it will survive a bit of rough handling.
As i said in my earlier post its glaring weakness is the Firmware especially for my purposes. Although i dont have the knowledge if the slow fast forwarding is because of the software or a limitation of the chip of the device