Just two weeks ago SanDisk announced its "Clip" MP3 player, which was SanDisk's shot at the iPod Nano purchasing audience, so it comes as no surprise that just five days after Apple announced its latest lineup of players, SanDisk is ready to compete. Today it announced its latest player, the Sansa View.
The Sansa View looks similar to Apple's previous generation of the iPod Nano—tall and skinny, and with navigation controls just below the screen. The View is available in two models: 8GB and 16GB, and is priced dead-on with the latest Nano: $150 or $200 for the 8GB or 16GB models, respectively. The View also one-ups the 3rd generation Nano with its microSD/microSDHC slot, which provides up to 24GB of extra storage.
SanDisk's offering supports H.264, WMV, and MPEG4 video playback at up to 30 frames per second, as well as DivX—if you use Sansa's Media Converter software. Audio formats supported include MP3, WMA, WAV, not to mention the FM radio. In comparison, the Nano supports H.264, mp4, m4v, and MPEG-4 DRM-protected and homemade video.
Where the Nano has a 2" 320×240 screen, the View has a slightly larger 2.4" 320×240 screen. However, the View's screen is advertised as being a "wide-screen." In order for its screen to be "wide," it looks like users would have to hold the View length-wise instead of in its natural vertical state. I hope this is the case, since I can't imagine how bad the video would look scrunched up on a screen that is taller than it is wide.
Finally, the View has a battery life of 35 hours for audio and 7 hours for video. Advertised battery life for the Nano is 24 hours audio and 5 hours for video. The View is only available in black, while the Nano comes in five colors.