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Experience unprecedented sound quality and clarity as you train with the FINIS Neptune 4GB MP3 Player- v2. This music player is waterproof up to 3 meters underwater and features a clear, high-contrast display screen.
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I have used Finis SwimP3"s since generation 1. I loved my first generation product (blue and white). No glitches at all. Songs loaded up very quickly and hassle free. Yes, it had limited capacity, but I was only swimming for an hour at a time, so didn't really need that much space. When those finally died, Finis was on the second generation of the product (yellow and black). This one had firmware issues out of the gate and was not readable by a mac. When I got the new firmware onto the set, these too worked very well. Alas, these too died about three weeks ago. Which brings me to the Neptune System.Pros: (1) Songs loaded up like a charm. Copied over mp3 files from my iTunes library and they played beautifully.(2) Sounds better than the old SwimP3. If you are old enough and remember listening to music on an AM station and then listened to music on an FM station, that is the sound improvement you are looking at when you move from SwimP3s to Neptunes.Cons:(1) Design. The ear pieces have clips that go from bottom up not from top down. Imagine using a clothes pin and pinching from above (SwimP3) vs pinching from below (Neptune). For me this is less sturdy than the top down approach. (2) Design (2). The back of the head unit is bulky. It is a top down clip, but the back of the head unit is quite large especially if you wear a swim cap and wear the cap over your goggles. It's only a centimeter thick, but that extra centimeter makes your cap just that much tighter.(3) Song Display. Do you really need to see the song title and artist displayed while the song is playing? If you are like me, you're swimming when the songs are playing and the unit is behind your head where you can't even read what song is playing. In my case, its even below my swim cap so I really can't see it.(4) Reliability. This is the HUGE con. My Neptune is dead. My Neptune was delivered on 8/1. I didn't start using it until 8/4. It wouldn't play any songs this morning 8/12. In total, it lasted 6 workouts (11 miles). I don't believe it is actually waterproof. I can see a water bubble under the screen. The pool I swim in is only 6 ft deep (max), so I couldn't have exceeded the depth.I am contacting Finis later today to discuss. Will update when that conversation is done.
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This is my second Neptune. 1st one I bought off of ebay and it worked perfect until I spilled nail polish all over it. :-(. Went several months thinking I wouldn't buy another. Now I'm training for a triathlon and the pool workouts are getting boring. I decided to buy another. Still works great (so far) and I found some old cds that I'd saved tons of music on and I'm transferring it to the neptune. Transferring can be tedious but oh well. Great for lap swimmers.
I had the previous version for 4 years. I swim 5000 yards 3 times a week for exercise. This version is an improvement over the previous. Recharges quickly, storage of a lot more tunes. Controls are much easier to manipulate, one charge lasts at least 4 hours. Color is great and the clips on the ear pieces are a much better design. Makes the time pass quickly during swimming workouts. Love it !!!
When I was swimming with out it i sat at the wall a lot. I now have the extra motivation to swim even more. I love music so when I go to the gym I have my iPod in while I'm running, riding, and lifting weights, and now I have music to swim!! It WORKS!!!!
daily lap swim 1-2 hrs in chlorine/salt combo poolsuper improvement from early generations with Neptune's easy to read screen. I have used Neptune for 6 months now.former waterfi user(two years) and still use the last generation finis swimp3(one-year and counting). I use both generations of swimp3, because once i load my music i don't like to change until the weekend.I do this (honest admission coming) because I cannot figure out to load playlists or make them (even with the new Neptune) and that for me is a drawback. I miss the convenience of loading itunes to waterfi's ipod. I know its a platform issue, but geez!But once on, it's effortless (i do like Neptune's control box) and always NO HASSLE with earplugs while flip-turning!!! You can't beat this product for convenience and cool-ness!
I absolutly love my mp3 player, it's the best...it sounds like I'm in surround sound when I'm in the water. I also was able to connect it to my car usb radio and played my songs in my car...double function. real easy to load songs from the internet. 10 thumbs up!!!!
I bought this product because I got board with the same swim routine. I find that music takes your mind off of the workout and lets you relax. PROS: Shipped very fast,does what it claims, easy to operateCONS: Can not load playlists from ITunes. You have to load them individually.
This was a gift for my husband who is an avid swimmer and loves music. We weren't sure how well in would work but after six weeks of use are very happy with the outcome. He uses it everyday while swimming to listen to his favorite tunes!
Overall its a really good product. This is my first waterproof mp3 player so I'm not sure how it stacks up to the rest. Here are the things I like about it:-sound quality is clear and loud...even better underwater!-easy to upload music-charges quickly and lasts for 3-4hours-you don't notice that you're wearing it and it stays in place when doing flip turns-you can easily skip/pause songs and adjust the volume during your workout-can play a playlist or songs from a particular artistDownside (which can be user error):-it doesn't allow you to shuffle music so songs play in the order that they were uploaded
I used the very first of these devices when they went to market. I would not consider anything else as I hate ear buds. The sound conduction works just fine with the speakers placed on the temple rather than then ears themselves, though it is best underwater so if you are one who does the variant of breast stroke where the whole head or one side of it is out of the water, then it may not work for you. I have a very small pool and so do alternate lenghts back stroke or entirely underwater. My one criticism has been durability. I find that the original design of plastic clip on the headphone part lasts a year at most and when one of those breaks the device is useless. Its a little expensive to throw away once a year. This years model appears to have major redesign. The electronics is now in a separate module to the phones and has gained a screen so you can see what you have loaded. In particular the clip appears now to have a metal spring in it which I am hoping might extend its life.
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FINIS is Latin for "The End" or "Finale", and it signifies in the name of this company both the developmental goals that swimmers have and the end that they strive to reach—the finish line. Founded in 1993, FINIS provides highly technical competition suits, training equipment, child water-safety products and high end goggles. Their very popular SwiMP3 water-proof digital media player is revolutionary in its streamlined design, enabling a swimmer to listen to music while practicing laps and other exercises in the pool.