Originally posted by Rejk
one feature that would be incredible would be the ability to have a small cable with a female regular USB A plug on it, and then be able to plug the other end into the neuros 3, and if you put a pen drive into the cable you could transfer things off of it.
That would have to be a separate socket on the Neuros with more hardware. A USB device has to be either a host or client (generally the PC is the host and all else are clients). To transfer files between 2 clients (ie camera and Neuros) you need an adapter with electronics in it that will appear to be a host to both sides and will somehow determine what files get copied where.
THere are such things on the market, and the capability could be built into a player. In the absence of keyboard or mouse, I think they typically just copy all files on device A into a predetermined folder (ie "moved files") on device B, and maybe delete the files from A.
I really like the ability of having the removable harddrive, personally i'd really perfer them keeping that feature.
as for pins, there are TONS of ways to protect them very easily.
The backpack concept along with the 2.5 inch HD are the 2 big reasons the Neuros is in the brick class instead of the Ipod/Iriver size class. If they are trying to address size, they would not want to skip that shrink opportunity.
Aside from protecting pins from debris etc, I think the connector they have now is not really suitable for frequent connect/disconnect. Isn't it an IDE connector which on a laptop would typically be reconnected zero or once in the lifetime of the unit? Given the history, I would not want to give a determined user any extra method of breaking the player.
Hopefully there is some feedback between service calls on current models and design for the III so they can address hotspots.
My guess is the "top 3" list of hardware problems would be power and headphone jacks (detached solder tab) and backpack connector (non connecting pins)