Today's DAP Headlines:
Panasonic isn't terribly popular in the Mp3 game, but they're still working at in nonetheless. The fruit of their labors are the thin and sleek SD-V3x0 and SD-V7x0 (come on guys, we've seen weirder names). They lack built-in memory, making use of an SD slot for music and data. The big eye-catcher in the specs is the battery life; 23 hours for the SD-V3x0, 45 for the SD-V7x0, and around 100 freakin' hours for each using an external battery module! A step in the right direction it seems...
We've reported probably a half-dozen times on iRiver U10 reviews in Korean, but here's a sweet photo review by the head of an iRiver fan site (a few weeks before its actually N.A. release no less). Their conclusion"
In closing, the iRiver U10 is a nice multi-purpose player that supports many functions and performs each function well. Its challenge as always is memory size vs. price and in these times of iPod nano's, iRiver has a lot to overcome. We only hope that 4, 6, or 8 GB versions come available at a more competitive price point.
From Aigo, one of the Chinese kings of rebranding, comes the MF-361, which may take home the title of "Ugliest DAP of the Year." Seriously, it has some sort of armadillo thing going on, and while the concept of three small LCDs seems kind of cool (one shows a clock, one shows battery meter, the last one playback info), they just look bad in practice. Better luck next time fellas.
Finally, something so Ultra, we had to save it for last. Yes, that's the name of the player, and yes, Ultra Products are the dudes that make it. You know there isn't much to go on when they tout "email capabilities" has a feature. Basically, the Ultra includes a bare bones email client on the player itself, so you can send/receive mail from another computer. The thing is, in less than five minutes, you could download and install a better mail client to the drive yourself. Next!
Thanks folks, catch ya next time!