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"Odd" is more than adequate at describing the new odd-i P10 media player, with built-in camera and USB Host capabilities. There are a couple of product updates from German-based Frontier Labs. Hey, how about a user-review of the Archos XS202, the pumped up version of the XS200 that ups its predecessor in every way. Also, Creative lives up to its name, with a first-to-market online music video store.
It might have an odd design, but that doesn't mean we don't like the odd-i P10. While physically huge for a portable media player, the 20 GB hard drive, USB Host, 2 MP digicam w/ zoom and flash, and video support with a max resolution of 720 x 480 @ 30 FPS might make it worth the bulk. The wired and wireless remotes and removable battery also add to the drool, but we're not ruling this one out as "vaporware" just yet.
Frontier Labs has released a couple of updated products, the NexLite (based on the Nex3 design) and the NexBlack (based on the Nex1A design). The NexLite follows its name, and from the Nex3 it loses FM radio, recording, and USB 2.0 (just 1.1 now). On the other hand, the NexBlack is improved over its predecessor, adding codec support (WMA-DRM and Ogg) and better battery life, though the voice recording feature seems to have disappeared. And yeah, it's black now.
The Gmini XS200 from Archos was well-received for being a cheap, simple to use MP3 player offering lots of bang for buck. Now they've done one better (or is it two better?) with the XS202, as evidenced by our user review. Notable improvements are WMA-DRM support, a better backlight, and a big battery boost (17 hours playback compared to 10 with the 200). Nice.
We'll close things out today with news of Creative's Soundbuzz Online Music Video Store. Designed with their new Zen Vision in mind, the video store will carry downloads from labels like Sony, BMG and EMI. Official price per video download is unknown as of now, and this thing might stay in Asia. iTunes Video Store precursor anyone?