Today's DAP Headlines:
It's flash-bang Monday, as we bring you news on the Pisa 636 (your typical shuffle clone that comes with a color OLED screen), Cowon's iAudio U3 and AVC's latest additions to the "Signeo" range (SN-T100 & SN-J160). Don't worry, there's room for some good old hard drive-based fun too - the Archos Gmini-500 (4-inch screened PMP) resurfaced once more.
We've encountered shuffle clones a plenty months and months after the initial release of Apple's screenless flash DAP. Whereas some companies at least made an attempt to come up with something similar yet slightly original, others didn't bother hiding their shuffle love all that much. LuxPro is one of those businesses, having released (plans for) some 539 clones already - playfully dubbed "Super Shuffle" at first, which was later altered to something less-obvious like "Super Tangent" and "Top Square". Pisa from China took the liberty of cloning LuxPro's initial clone (confusing, huh) and so the "Pisa 636" was born. Basically the most generic kind of DAP ever, were it not for the slightly-original 65k color OLED screen and the ability to run on a single AA battery. Too bad it can't transform into an aircraft carrier yet - we might have considered buying one if Pisa had included said feature.
Much more promising would have to be Cowon's iAudio U3 - the heavily-improved successor (according to the specifications) to an already very satisfying DAP, the U2 (according to our review). Apparently, some U3s have already found their way to a few lucky Koreans. In South Korea's finest tradition, one of these guys took a bunch of nice little pictures of it all. Let's hope Cowon is able to ship these things our way too, asap.
There's not much we can say about AVC's latest attempt at being boring, other than that they've achieved their goal marvellously. Both the Signeo SN-T100 and SN-J160 come with 256MB whopping MegaBytes of storage capacity and a voice recorder. The SN-J160 even offers line-in encoding and an FM tuner, wow. Wait - it's not 2003 anymore, now is it? Pass, next.
Last but not least, here's the Archos Gmini-500. This thing was brutally pulled offline from the company's website some weeks ago, only to reappear "out of the blue" again yesterday. Any apparent changes, you ask? Not that we know of - it's still an AV500 without video recording functionality, still comes with a nice juicy 4-inch color screen plus USB-Host support... and its suggested retail price has still gone missing.
Ok, those were today's DAP Delights. See you again tomorrow!