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Category Archives: Portable Media Players

Second Generation Meizu M6 SE Could Kick Some iPod Posterior

meizu m6 se

By David Ponce

If you have half a brain, when you go out shopping for something, you know you’re better off buying the product that does more stuff, while paying less money. That’s why we’re digging the new Meizu M6se. It’s the second generation MP3 player from these guys, and they’ve managed to slim it down to a scant 7-mm (0.28-inches). That’s 0.5mm (0.02-inches) thicker than its direct competition, the iPod nano… but it has a 2.4-inch QVGA display and FM tuner. And better yet, the rumored 8GB version should retail somewhere around $130. Aside from that, it plays all the usual formats.

Of course this more-for-less logic only works if the product performs as advertised, which we won’t be able to find out until it starts shipping, possibly in August.

[ Read More ] VIA [ Xataka ]

ADS H.264 USB Hardware Encoder Reviewed. Verdict: Celery Owners Will Love This

By Ian Chiu

iPod video & PSP owners with a Celery (Celeron as it’s known to some) or a Pentium 4 feel the pain when they try to rip their DVDs into H.264 (AVC) format. The process is painfully slow and tedious. This little USB dongle called the ADS Instant Video To Go will put the smile back on their faces. In this review at Everything USB, a Celeron 2.2Ghz (a more than 3 years old Intel CPU) took about nearly 4 hours to complete transcoding of a high bitrate 30 min. MPEG-2 VOB into H.264 640×480. When the hardware accelerator of the ADS dongle kicked in, the time required to finish the same task was just 36 mins, close to the original run time. The improvement is nothing short of breathtaking. However, those without a duo core won’t benefit greatly from this as software encoder is beginning to take advantage of multi-threads. Read on to find out everything about this hardware accelerator and whether it’s worth $64.

[ADS Instant Video To Go H.264 USB Encoder review @ Everything USB]

Meet The Diminutive Tomato U7, From MPNavi. Yeah, Tomato

tomato u7

By David Ponce

Not sure why any company would go and name their portable media player “Tomato U7″, but there’s no understanding those wacky Koreans. (Just kidding guys, we love you!) One thing’s for sure, the U7 may be small, but it packs a bunch of features. At 25 grams, and 38x64x14mm, it’s smaller than a typical cellphone, yet manages to fit a 1.8 inch CSTN screen that displays 65k colors. It comes in 512MB, 1GB or 2GB sizes, and plays back a bunch of formats, including of course MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA, ASF, OGG, WMV, AMV, JPEG. Aside from that there’s an FM tuner, voice recorder, equalizer, e-book reader and games. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.

But, it looks like it might be Korea only, and we have no idea how much it costs. We’ll just have to lust for it from afar.

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Blu:Sens G14 Goes Right, Where Zune Went Wrong: Unrestricted WiFi

blu sens g14

By David Ponce

Company Blu:sens, from Spain, is releasing an MP3 player with a lot of promise. It’s called the G14, and its claim to fame is that it’s able to do what Microsoft’s Zune didn’t have the guts to. It features WiFi, and it’s not crippled with DRM. This means, in case you’re not following, that you’ll be able to share songs with your friends, wirelessly, and let them keep them. Not only that, but you’ll be able to share all the songs in your playlist, unlike the Zune, which allows record labels to dictate which songs can be shared in the first place. What’s more, the company claims that the device will be able to interact with more than other versions of itself. You’ll be able to connect it to your network, and load the device without having to plug it in. There’s also Bluetooth, for added connectivity.

The G14 supports DivX natively, as well as MP3, WMA and OGG Vorbis. It comes in 1GB and 2GB formats, has a 2 inch 256K color display and is expected to cost between 180 Euros and 200 Euros, though availability information is a little scant at the moment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmologia ]

iriver S10 MP3 Player Reviewed. Verdict: Sexiest Winner, but No US Availability (Yet)

By Ian Chiu

To better describe the iriver S10, we’d use “small & stylish”. The midget MP3 player from the Korean portable audio maker is easily the sexist in the market (non-American market anyway). Measuring 1.6″ x 1.2″ x 0.33″, the thickness of the player is only half the length of a US quarter. Even compared to any thumbdrives, the S10 is very small. The vibrant OLED with a 180-degree viewing angle dominates the front of the player, and D-Click navigation system comes from the iRiver Clix. Unfortunately, for a flash player, the S10 scores only 7.5 hrs of playback life (4.25 with the display always on), and it still ships with the lame in-house music manager. UMS is still there, fortunately.

Small. Stylish. The two words go hand-in-hand, and such is the case with the iRiver S10, the smallest MP3 player on the market with a screen. Smaller-than-a-car-remote small. Dangling from your non-American neck this small 2GB player will amaze your friends as the 1.15″ OLED display dances to your music and displays your loved ones in vibrant color, all the while filling your ears with SRS-enhanced sound. Did we mention how tiny this thing is?

[iriver S10 MP3 Player Review @ Everything USB]

Cable TV to Your Cellphone

Slingboxby David Edney

3 Group, a wireless company in Europe, announced on Thursday that they will be launching a new service in Britain for Cable TV on mobile phones. Using the Slingbox technology you will be able to watch, record, and view channels on your cell phone. The service simultaneously hooks up to your cable box, and broadcasts it through your internet so you can access it. From there you have access to your DVR to do as you like. Before, you could only use the Slingbox with desktops, laptops and some newer mobile PDA phones, but since phones are becoming more sophisticated and are being produced with faster processor speeds, streaming video is becoming more accessible. The usage will not be unlimited, but pricing was not immediately available. The first two handsets included with the software will be the Nokia N73 and the Sony Ericsson w950i. Now, you have no excuse to miss Desperate Housewives.

VIA [ CNN Technology ]

Rimax Mystic, An MP3 Player With Skype Skills

rimax mystic By David Ponce

It’s not often we get our panties up in a bunch over an MP3 player these days. Let’s face it, aside from memory upgrades and different designs, we’ve just about seen every (useful) feature crammed into them already. Not that we’re hating on the music players, but here at OhGizmo we’re always after something special. And we think we might have found a little nugget in the Rimax Mystic. It’s got all the features a good MP3 player should have, including video on a 65k color, 1.5 inch screen. But it also happens to double as a Skype phone. Simply connect the device to any PC via USB, and the pre-installed Skype software will let you use the Mystic as a VoIP phone. There’s a microphone on the player, and the headphones will act as, well, as the headphones, so you can easily stay in touch on the go.

It comes in sizes of 512MB up to 2GB, and starts at ?56, or about $106 after conversion.

[Rimax Mystic] VIA [Xataka]

Rumor: Zune To Feature Pyramid-Like Marketing Feature

microsoft zune

By David Ponce

Well, it’s a bit of a stretch for a headline, but hear us out. The guys at CrunchGear are hitting the rumor mill with news that the upcoming Microsoft Zune will come with a very interesting ability, one that just may give it an edge over the unmentionable white music monolith (at least if we ignore the crippled WiFi). Here’s how it goes. You already know that with the Zune, you can share your songs with other people. They can keep them for three days, or listen to them three times, after which they auto-destruct. If your friends wants to keep any given song, it’ll cost them, to the tune of a buck. But, the kicker is that, each time they do purchase a song, you’ll get a credit. You can later redeem these credits yourself for songs in the Zune Marketplace. This should give you an incentive to share like mad, in the hopes that your friends will buy. If the scheme works, it should make some mad cheddar for Bill and friends.

But of course, it’s a rumor, and we don’t really know anything around here. So, there you have it.

[Crunchgear Article]

Skardin’s HT-250 Ditches Fixed-Memory, Doesn’t Do Much Otherwise

skardin ht-250By David Ponce

The Skardin HT-250 PMP is another random, token PMP from over the pond, but it’s also one that raises an interesting question. With flash memory card sizes reaching the 4GBs, and prices dropping, is it better to get a player with permanent storage, or one that’s memory card based? The HT-250 eschews permanent storage for SD/MMC, and in doing so opens up some interesting possibilities. Sure, we’re not saying to get this instead of an 80gigger, but if you’re on the fence between, say, a fixed-memory 2gigger and this, then why not? Specs-wise, it could do worse: it comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display, DVB-T receiver, AV out, and support for MPEG1/2, MPEG4, DivX, and XviD files and presumably also music.

Skardin is based in China, Taiwan and the UK, and it’s not clear at this point whether it’ll stay in those markets, or even how much it will cost once released.

[Skardin Website] VIA [Xataka]