Today's DAP headlines:
We've reviewed everyone's favorite (and pretty much the only) cube-shaped DAP, the MobiBlu DAH-1500i. Next to that, there's a photo gallery containing some of Rio Audio's former works-in-progress. In regular news, MSI puts its Mega View 588 on the market and Creative went out shopping for their latest unit, the Creative MuVo Vidz.
Although it has been reviewed by several others before, we thought that adding another (in-depth) article on the MobiBlu DAH-1500i wouldn't hurt anybody. Our verdict:
Nothing really too much to complain about. Sure its not perfect, the buttons are a little bit cheap, the cube shape isn't ideal, and the battery life kinda sucks, but, all in all, I really like this product. Mobiblu truly has a winner on their hands with the DAH-1500i. It is incredibly unique, ridiculously small, and just so damn cool!. This "damn coolness" translates into a whopping 88/100 review score.
A steady flow of revelations has swooped across the planes of DAP land, ever since Rio had officially been declared "down and out". We've gathered the most interesting visual materials and combined them into a photo gallery that's filled with all kinds of former beta equipment.
Dark clouds have gathered over the once sleepy business of Portable Video Players (PMPs, PVRs - whatever you want to call it). Other companies are trying to keep up with the key players - next to Archos' solid new line-up there's the recently announced iStation v43, the Zen Vision by Creative and also this Mega View 588. Taiwan-based MSI has combined a lot of useful features into a reasonably compact package: there's your basic video recording, TV-out, voice recorder, SD card slot and a QVGA color screen. Should come available soon enough (in Europe, that is) at some 439 Euro.
Finally, Creative came up with yet another new flash memory DAP - the Vidz. Strangely enough, we actually recognized this MPEG4/DivX-compatible unit as something called "Sorell SF-3500". Said player, made by a relatively small South-Korean company, seems to have undergone a minor cosmetic update so it could all add up in the end. Is Creative losing it's touch already?
That's it's for today, folks!