My wife requested a flash-based MP3 player, due to her working out and not wanting to break a harddrive based unit. After interviewing her, I realized a Nano-class device was preferable for her needs. After extensive side-by-side comparison research – feature set, reviews, aesthetics – I chose the Sandisk Sansa e260. It comes in 2, 4, and 6GB configurations, so I chose the middle ground of 4GB for her. The metal case (versus the iPod’s plastic case) just makes more sense. It’s the same footprint although a little bit thicker than a Nano.
Although primarily designed as an audio device, it displays both pictures and video smoothly. In fact, she stated she would probably never use the video features, but after I dragged some of her favorite shows, from the ReplayTV DVR to the converter application, I think she is now hooked. Basically, she now has a hand-held DVR for the car ride on our camping trips, and a music/talk player for her workout needs.