Today's DAP headlines:
It's portable video making the headlines today, mostly. We kick off with BlueStorm's A9, a nifty-looking (flash-based) PMP, followed by an amazing look at some Korean guy's comic-styled review on the iRiver U10. Offering less pocket-friendliness but all the more storage capacity is Archos' Gmini-402cc, officially confirmed today. Apple's nano supposedly is able to survive some serious dry cleaning punishment and finally, the Creative Zen Vision receives a full cavity search by C|Net.
With all those weird little "iPod Video" rumors going on, we were pleased to find out about this device: the StormBlue A9. Although the A9 isn't available for purchase just yet (it just entered "beta" phase, really), it's quite the hot-looking bugger already. There are enough features to go around too, ranging from a ncie 260k color TFT LCD to line-encoding and, of course, video playback. Plugging in an SD card seems to be an option as well, and if you get tired of listening to the same MP3s over and over again, just switch to FM mode. Eventually, the A9 is supposed to come in capacities ranging from 512MB up to 2GB (via 1GB) - but who knows when that's going to be?
iRiver's U10 falls within the same category as the above-mentioned A9, really: flash-based, slick-looking portable multimedia players. South Koreans are known to love everything that comes in small packages, so there have been a few U10 reviews to read up on already. Minivian's review is a bit different from the usual (huge) Korean standards - it has been composed the "comic-style" way. is believing it... not as much as "understanding it", of course.
The king (or queen, perhaps?) of portable multimedia, Archos from France, is still clinging on to his thrown without the intention of leaving anytime soon. Their latest (confirmed) addition to the already-vast PMP/PVR assortment is the Gmini-402cc - the same thing as the G402, only with a camcorder and photo camera built-inside at the expense of an additional 50 bucks. But at least now you'll be able to record your mom doing the dishes... every single day of your life.
Whatever you do, do not *not* drive over your iPod nano with your car. Also make sure to throw it into the air without the intention of catching it and last but not least: if your nano has been playing in the mud again, use your beloved washing machine to clean it for you. Somehow, it'll actually survive this kind of treatment - plus the whole procedure will give your slender little DAP a nice (and nowadays badly-needed) stonewashed look.
And to conclude things for today, there's C|Net taking a good look at the Creative Zen Vision. They kind of really, really dig it, so it seems:
"The bottom line: The Creative Zen Vision, a dazzling but occasionally frustrating personal media player, handles video and music with aplomb, all for a tantalizingly low price.
Ok, that's enough for today, boys and girls. See y'all tomorrow!