Today's DAP headlines:
Dell introduces the Ditty, a very bland-looking flash DAP. Meanwhile, Tiger Telematics throws some "widescreen Gizmondo" pictures and specs into the arena, the JVC DAPpus anonymous (aka "XA-MP101B") receives a spanking by CNet and finally the Frenchies were at it again - they've shot some pictures of Archos' new AV500 and 402cc.
Despite it being... kind of boring, we've rather appreciated Dell's small DAP range ever since said company introduced the first Dell DJ. Apparently, they felt the urgency to introduce a new player to go along with their current DJ and Pocket DJ - and so, the "DJ Ditty" was born. It's nothing more and nothing less than a simple-profile, 512MB flash DAP that comes with FM tuner and a built-in li-polymer battery (estimated playback time per charge: 14 hours). The DJ Ditty retails at $99 which is okay, but far from "spectacularly cheap". It also looks a bit like some Kenwood player, which in turn was a rebranded Creative player. All in all, this once again confirms the close relationship between Dell & Creative. Let's hope that they can come up with more inspiring stuff than this Ditty and the supposed Pink DJ, alongside FM-equiped version of the current DJs.
The Gizmondo has only seen its release in the UK, Tiger Telematics thought it'd be cool to let us all enjoy the wonderfully-warped world of widescreen madness. In other words - they're intending to develop a widescreen version of the Gizmondo. The supposed specifications are wicked as well: a 16:9 format (480x272 pixel) screen, better graphics processor, better digicam, TV output, USB Host, WiFi (WLAN 802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2 and a tri-band GSM transciever. We're not sure if it'll clean up your shed as well but we wouldn't be surprised if it did.
Hurray for boring flash players, part 2: the "DJ Ditty" mentioned above finds its equal in the JVC XA-MP101B. What's in a name, huh? Well, according to Cnet... not much. They slam the device for still using USB1.1 as an interface, among other things (no id3-based track browsing, certain subscription formats not being recognized, legendary dullness). A nice quote to go with their 5.3/10 verdict: "Yawn-the JVC XA-MP101B is about as unexciting as they come".
The friendly French people over at Archos have introduced a small slew full of new devices over the last few weeks. Among the glitter and glamor of these new toys the Gmini-402cc and AV530 can be found. The 402cc adds both camcorder and photo camera functionalities to the Gmini-402's standard array of possibilities (video and audio playback, USB-Host, id3-based and directory-based track browsing et cetera). The guys over at GenerationMP3 checked it out for us, and took a trillion pics of this weird, nifty device. Next to that, a nice collection of visual materials on the AV530 (the successor to the famous AV400 series, offering video recording as well as playback and 300 other cool features) should be able to please the Archos crowds for now.
Ok, that's DAP Delights for today, guys and gals.