Alright, a little post-honeymoon update.
I'd say on paper and when I first got it I'd give it an 8.5/10 for the price I paid for it. Still a good value but I'd walk it back to maybe a 6/10 in practice.
Hitting on a couple of the detractors I've discovered after using it for a while:
- It's very small and light, which is generally an okay thing. However, it's designed to be clipped to your belt or pocket if you're just jamming. I've tried it this way a couple times and if you use too big/heavy a cord, it weighs the thing down to where it wants to fall off or you use a short cord and just moving your body jerks the thing around. If you ha d a happy balance (like a 1ft long George L style cable) then you're probably alright but still inconvenient.
- Unloading onto the computer isn't as much of a pain in the ass as I'd have anticipated but the bigger issue is organizing your files. When I would record on my phone, I'd noodle something then save the audio file with a name so I knew what it was, like "stonerriffdropA.mp3" or whatever. With this, I'll go to unload files from a jam session and I'll have 6 or 7 files and not remember what riffs I played in what order, so I'll have to relisten to them to come up with relevant file names. That dovetails into my last point but first, the other thing I didn't anticipate is that I save all my ideas on the cloud, so this also adds one more step.
- Last thing and imo, biggest issue, is the workflow. I expected it to kinda streamline my workflow with regard to filtering ideas but hasn't had that effect. The main perk was it recording you automatically and clipping files and being able to favorite stuff. Awesome on paper but in practice, I notice I rarely stop long enough for the Backtrack to detect and clip a new track. So of you're going fast and heavy and a great idea jumps out, you have to stop, wait 3 seconds, then play it again and in my experience, even that small amount of time in between is enough to lose exactly what you did, just like if you were noodling and had to stop to get out your phone.
Overall, still not bad for the second hand price but doesn't just snap right into place of your workflow like I was anticipating.