1. furboll929's Avatar
    Hello everyone,
    I have some questions for those of you who own a Stream 7. My Zune is starting to die and I am looking for a replacement MP3 player. But since the only thing out there that has the specs that I want is an IPod touch which I absolutely do not want. I was considering buying that, but the price for something that I will be using as just an MP3 player doesnt see worth it. While I was shopping for it I came across the HP Stream 7 and I thought that might be exactly what I was looking for:

    • At least 32 gig storage
    • Bluetooth
    • Touch Screen
    • Wireless
    • Windows 8 (added bonus I was looking for)
    • Expandable storage (added bonus I was looking for)


    After reading the reviews I see that it is a mono speaker. Thats not really a big deal since it would be connected via Bluetooth in my car or noise canceling headphones (maybe even Bluetooth now) when Im at the gym. I cant find a retailer that sells it in store so the questions I couldnt really find an answer to are:

    • Is the Stream small enough to fit in my gym shorts pockets? They are deep enough so that I can carry things like my phone and mp3 player without it sticking out.
    • If not, is there an arm band that I could get for it?
    • How does music sound connected via headphones and/or Bluetooth? Stereo quality or is it still low sounding ?
    • What kind of battery life should I expect for using it for music about 5 hours a day total ?


    Thanks
    12-18-2014 10:15 AM
  2. Funky Cricket's Avatar
    It's big. Look at any other 7" tablet, you have to have BIG pockets. It's also hefty for it's size (its a computer for 99 bucks.. you get what you pay for)
    The 32 gig is down to about 18 free space after windows updates. You would need an SD card.

    Battery life is varying right now for some users. I haven't done media consumption on mine yet, just setting it up for my boys xmas, so other will have to comment on that.
    12-18-2014 11:40 AM
  3. furboll929's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. How if i found some type an arm band ? You think that might be too much of a hassle to keep it out of the way ? I would only need it for when I am using the weights. When I am on the cardio machines I usually just sit my player on the control panel of the machine I am using.
    12-18-2014 11:45 AM
  4. rfortson's Avatar
    IMHO, it's too big for a Zune replacement. What phone do you use? Get one with removable storage and you have a phone/computer/mp3 player/GPS/heart rate monitor/fit bit.
    12-18-2014 12:08 PM
  5. furboll929's Avatar
    I currently have a Lumina 925. I actually considered upgrading to a new Windows Phone that is expandable when I'm due. But even that is more money than a HP Stream. Plus the AT&T doesn;t have any new phone I'm interested in.
    12-18-2014 12:14 PM
  6. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I agree with some of the posts above. The Stream 7 is probably too big to replace a Zune. I carry mine around in my pockets though without much of a problem, so if you're set on buying one, portability is one of its key characteristics. It is kind of thick and heavy for its size. Most likely, there is not an armband big enough for it. I've never looked though. The build quality is quite impressive though.
    If I were you, I'd buy a 520, 630, or 635 and use that as my Zune replacement.
    In fact, I'm about to list my Cricket 630 here in the marketplace for $40.00. It's blue and in mint condition. It'll be listed as soon as I get time today.
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    12-18-2014 12:28 PM
  7. furboll929's Avatar
    Wow.Microsoft has the 520 for $30.00. That should be exactly what I need. And the GUI that I am familiar with. Thanks
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    12-18-2014 01:14 PM
  8. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Wow.Microsoft has the 520 for $30.00. That should be exactly what I need. And the GUI that I am familiar with. Thanks
    Excellent. Good choice. :)
    12-18-2014 01:22 PM
  9. furboll929's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestion. Amazon has it for 30.00 and I have a 25 gift card balance thanks to my Bing rewards points. I never even considered a low end Lumina device. Plus I can use it as a back up in case something were to happen to my 925. I'm sorry the word IPod ever crossed my mind.
    k72 likes this.
    12-18-2014 01:57 PM
  10. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestion. Amazon has it for 30.00 and I have a 25 gift card balance thanks to my Bing rewards points. I never even considered a low end Lumina device. Plus I can use it as a back up in case something were to happen to my 925. I'm sorry the word IPod ever crossed my mind.
    Ha ha ha
    I'm glad that you were steered away from the iPod. :)
    I'm going to do the same thing as you. I totally forgot about my Bing points. Thanks for mentioning that.
    12-18-2014 04:13 PM
  11. furboll929's Avatar
    And I can get rid of the Zune software.
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    12-18-2014 04:27 PM
  12. furboll929's Avatar
    So I had to wait one more day so that I could add another $5.00 gift card to my Amazon account. I go to order the phone and the raised the price to 40 dollars today. Oh well Microsoft store still has it for $30.00.
    k72 likes this.
    12-19-2014 09:59 AM
  13. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    So I had to wait one more day so that I could add another $5.00 gift card to my Amazon account. I go to order the phone and the raised the price to 40 dollars today. Oh well Microsoft store still has it for $30.00.
    Yeah. Amazon likes to have quick sales like that. Hopefully, you can get it from the MS store before they raise their price too.
    12-19-2014 10:33 AM
  14. Celandine's Avatar
    Strange question. Can a 520 be used as a media player without a plan? Can you sign into an existing Microsoft account and download games/music and such to it without a phone contract? Using it for everything except an actual phone?
    12-21-2014 10:23 AM
  15. furboll929's Avatar
    I don't see why not. You would just need to be on some type of wireless.Thats how I did it with my HTC surround without a data plan.
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    12-21-2014 11:32 AM
  16. furboll929's Avatar
    Don't know if you huys saw, but it's on sale today for $20.00 on Amazon. Just ordered mine
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    12-21-2014 12:09 PM
  17. Celandine's Avatar
    Don't know if you huys saw, but it's on sale today for $20.00 on Amazon. Just ordered mine
    Saw the Amazon one as its the 'Daily Deal' but went with the unlocked version in the MS store for $30. Might want to use a different sim card in it other than AT&T some day. Thanks for the tip!
    12-21-2014 01:15 PM
  18. josh715m's Avatar
    I agree with some of the posts above. The Stream 7 is probably too big to replace a Zune. I carry mine around in my pockets though without much of a problem, so if you're set on buying one, portability is one of its key characteristics. It is kind of thick and heavy for its size. Most likely, there is not an armband big enough for it. I've never looked though. The build quality is quite impressive though.
    If I were you, I'd buy a 520, 630, or 635 and use that as my Zune replacement.
    In fact, I'm about to list my Cricket 630 here in the marketplace for $40.00. It's blue and in mint condition. It'll be listed as soon as I get time today.
    Any chance to get it unlocked?
    12-21-2014 02:14 PM
  19. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Any chance to get it unlocked?

    Tried, but Cricket refused. It's already been claimed though. Just an fyi, the 520's locked to AT&T are on sale on Amazon for $19. 😊
    josh715m likes this.
    12-21-2014 02:17 PM
  20. k72's Avatar
    So, using it as a media player, could you buy an ATT phone but then just use it with WiFi or do you have to have an ATT account (even with no contract) to do that?
    12-28-2014 04:12 PM
  21. furboll929's Avatar
    Mine's arrived yesterday (12/27) got it all set up. Took forever to copy all the playlist I wanted over, but I guess thats because of the write speed to copy to the sd card I have installed. But to answer your question you can use it as just a media player. I didn't even open the sim card that came with it. I was able to install all the (compatible) apps to the phone. This is very light, but I like the design and the cover it has. Definetly worth the price (free). I love my bing rewards. Decided to finally crack open the windows phone dekstop app and test the syncing against Windows media player. The fact that it adds the podcast folder as a library makes it worth it.
    k72 likes this.
    12-28-2014 05:22 PM

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