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ODYS PMP Includes Camera, Because Why Not


By Evan Ackerman

There are about a bajillion semi-decent portable media players out there, and most of them are varying shades of “meh.” The ODYS MP X66-NEO (huh?) is no exception. It has a 2.8″ touchscreen, 8 gigs of memory, an FM tuner, does e-books, and has a microSD slot.

Oh, and it has a 1.3 megapixel camera that does stills and video.

Why? Well, because it can, and because the camera makes it different. Does it make it better? Probably not. And for what it does, I’d say the asking price of $125 is a bit steep, unless you desperately need another crappy little camera to carry around in addition to the crappy little camera you probably already have (and probably almost never use) on your cell phone. Hey, you know what else would make an MP3 player stand out from the crowd? A taser. Just you wait, it’s inevitable.


OhGizmo Review: Clarion MiND


By Evan Ackerman

The Clarion MiND (which I will herein capitalize as normal) is supposed to be a lot of things. It’s supposed to be a GPS, an internet tablet, a media player, and more… All stuffed into one sleek and portable package. It’s a brilliant idea, an idea that a lot of companies have been trying to make happen for a long time. So is this what the Clarion Mind is? A video explains it all, plus my review, after the jump.Continue Reading

[CES 2009] Hands-On With The Samsung YP-Q1 Diamond Media Player – Bigger Than I Thought It Would Be

Samsung YP-Q1 Media Player (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Samsung’s YP-Q1 personal media player comes in 4, 18 or 16GB sizes and boasts such features as a Rhythmizer screensaver that syncs to your music, an audio upscaler that restores higher frequencies lost when your music is converted to MP3 or WMA, playback speed control without pitch shifting and a text to speech converter for listening to text-based files. And I have to say, it’s refreshing to see a company not caught up in the whole “let’s make it as small as we can” mentality.

[ Samsung YP-Q1 ]

[CES 2009] Hands (And Fingerprints) On With The Samsung P3

Samsung P3 (Images property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Samsung announced their P3 touch-screen portable media player at their press conference yesterday, but the only unit they had on hand at the time had a dead battery. Thankfully their booth had a small collection of them on display this morning, and I got to spend a few minutes playing around with it and snapped a couple of photos; though apparently that was a big no-no. Oh well. The P3 comes in 4, 8, 16 and 32GB capacities and features a 16:9, 3-inch WQVGA touch screen with Samsung’s EmoTure touch interface plus haptic feedback. In other words, it vibrates in response to certain button presses.

The die-cast metal housing comes in silver or black matte finishes, and like most touch-screen devices, the screen collects more fingerprints than a CSI. (As is apparent in the photos I took.) It’s also got an FM tuner and a voice recorder, and for some reason it can connect to a mobile phone over bluetooth and be used to answer calls. Not really sure why though. But the feature that Samsung was really pushing at their press conference (and another ‘CES2009 buzzword’) was the P3’s widgets. This includes touch-friendly mini-apps like a calendar, world clocks and games, but the ones they had running at the booth were kind of lame. You see that mini-gingerbread man? When you touch him he breaks up like a shattered cookie, and then resets. Hopefully that’s not as good as it gets, but with no wi-fi, it’s not like you’ll be downloading new ones every day. The UI however was rather nice, if a bit slow, and if you’re looking for an alternative to something like the iPod Touch, you can get your hands on the P3 sometime in the first half of 2009.

NES Emulator & PMP For Under $50

MP4 Handheld NES Emulator 2.4 Inch Screen + AV Out - 2GB (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even if it only gave you a couple of months worth of entertainment before it crapped out, I’d still be tempted to pick up one of these cheap, $46-47 PMPs from Chinavasion for the simple fact that they’ve gone the extra couple of yards to include an NES emulator. On the audio/video side of things it supports MP3, WAV, WMA, 3GP and AVI files which are displayed on a 2.4-inch, 320×240 TFT LCD, or on an external monitor with the included set of AV cables. And I assume the same functionality exists for the built-in NES emulator. There’s also a 1.3 megapixel camera which can be used for capturing stills or 3GP videos, an FM radio, a standard sized headphone jack and a miniSD card slot. (Up to 2GB sizes supported.)

[ MP4 Handheld NES Emulator 2.4 Inch Screen + AV Out – 2GB ] VIA [ PMP Today ]

Shiro SQ-S Solar Media Player

SQ-S Solar Media Player (Images courtesy Shiro Corporation)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Shiro SQ-S media player doesn’t really bring much new to the table when it comes to portable media players. In fact, while it’s got 16GB of storage on board, support for WMA, WAV, M4A, FLAC, APE & OGG audio formats and an FM tuner that allows you to record broadcasts, the 1.8-inch 128×160 LCD display is kind of sucky, and if you want to watch video on it you’ll have to convert it to an SMV file first. Also lame.

But it does manage to distinguish itself from the hundreds of other cheap portable media players on the market thanks to the large solar cell covering the entire back of the device. This allows you to charge the internal battery via the sun if you don’t have access to a USB power source. Unfortunately I have no idea how long it takes to fully recharge the SQ-S using just the solar cell, or if the promised 38 hours of music playback (screen off) requires a constant source of light or not.

[ Shiro SQ-S Solar Media Player ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]

Cowon S9 Curve AMOLED Media Player Supposedly Available This Month

By Evan Ackerman

Thinking about a new PMP? Before you run down to the nearest Apple store and join their legions of mindless hipsters (full disclosure: I am the proud owner of a new iPhone), have a look at the Cowon S9 Curve, which has a whole bunch of impressive features packed snugly underneath an absolutely gorgeous 3.3-inch 480 x 272 16 million color, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Mmmmm, AMOLED… More colors, more brightness, more contrast, better viewing angle, faster response time… It’s where it’s at, yo.

The rest of the player is no slouch, either, with a 500 mHz dual core processor, 8 or 16 gig capacities (with 32 gigs on the way), stereo bluetooth, FM, USB and TV out, and an 8 hour video / 40 hour audio battery. There’s no word on price, but I would expect it to be in the same ballpark as (but perhaps slightly more expensive than) an iPod touch. Competitively in there, anyway. Should be available in the US by the middle of this month, but we’ll see.


Portable iPod Video Enlarger & DVD Player

The Portable iPod Video Enlarger And DVD Player (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Now here’s a portable DVD player that’s a bit more useful. Instead of being restricted to just playing movies that come on a plastic disc, it also gives you access to all the movies, TV shows and music you might have on your iPod. The 8 1/2 inch widescreen LCD display is a lot easier to watch than the rather compact one the iPod features, and it makes it a lot easier for more than one person to enjoy. The iPod slides into the front of the player and is protected by a clear plastic cover, and I assume it can be then controlled using the DVD player’s included remote since the touch wheel is inaccessible.

On a 5 hour charge the battery pack is good for about 3 hours of DVD playback, or about 4 hours of iPod video playback, and it also charges the iPod while in use. Other features include an AV out port for connecting the player to an external display, dual headphone jacks and support for DVDs, VCDs, CDs and MP3 CDs. You can get it from Hammacher Schlemmer for $269.95.

[ The Portable iPod Video Enlarger And DVD Player ] VIA [ Gear Live ]

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Portable DVD Player

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Portable DVD Player (Images courtesy Walmart)
By Andrew Liszewski

Companies like Tonka and Fisher-Price have made a name for themselves when it comes to designing toys that can survive the abuse of a small child. But with today’s kids becoming more and more tech-savvy, it only makes sense that in recent years they’ve expanded to making easy-to-use but hard-to-destroy electronics like digital cameras. Continuing with that trend, Fisher-Price is now selling a ‘Kid-Tough’ portable DVD player that features a rubberized shell and shock & skip-proof technology allowing it to survive multiple drops at the hands of a pre-schooler. The 3.2-inch LCD display isn’t gigantic by any stretch of the imagination, but it gives the player about 2 hours of battery life which should make any kid who’s stuck in a car seat more than happy. But that small screen size also means the DVD player can’t really be shared, so the $149.98 price tag is kind of steep if you have more than one kid to distract.

[ Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Portable DVD Player ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]