Today's DAP Headlines:
So, whaddya report on the day after Apple's ginormous video-capable iPod announcement? Why cool flash players of course! Like the smooth, curvy QoolQee from Hantel, and the sleek m:robe MR-F20 from Olympus, the MR-100's baby cousin. There's also a how-to on making your average, generic flash player not boring; make it translucent! And yes, there are design innovators besides Apple, like this dad who's constructing Pez Mp3 players from his garage.
Two thumbs up to the boys and girls at Hantel for this groovy design. Though feature-wise it's pretty standard fare, the QoolQee i has some of the most unique style we've seen in terms of DAPs. Seemingly a cross between a banana, shaver, and PC joystick, the QoolQee sports an FM tuner, USB 2.0 support, and four funky color combinations. Comes in 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB, in case it actually makes its way over here.
Olympus has had oustanding designs on their previous DAPs (see MR-100/500 models that semi-flopped), and this flash player we've reported on before is no different. It's the m:robe MR-F20, and we've dug up a review with pictures (in Korean, no doubt). Color screen, recording options, sleek m:robe style...we've really gotta bug Olympus to bring these over here.
You've likely seen it before; cell phones, calculators, portable CD players, all being made "cool" by the manufacturers using a see-through case. Hence we have the RCW Thumbstick Solid. It's translucent, and it plays Mp3's. And yes, it's still lacking cool, just like my old clear TI adder.
Where would be today without dozens of Mp3 players wrapped inside kooky cases? Not here, likely. The latest is the Pez Mp3 player, AKA iPod Shuffle killer. It does the screenless thing with simple playback controls and uses USB 2.0 for transfers. File support is Mp3, WMA, and WMA-DRM, but best of all; the guy producing these is a stay-at-home dad working in his basement. Buy a Pez player, and support this man's trek against "the giants of Cupertino, Tokyo, and Seoul" (from his site).
See you next time!