OONO MINI DAB(2GB)£190
COMPREHENSIVELY FAILING TO
mixold with new or sweat quality of any kind, this looks like the portable radioyour granddad used to take to the footie.About the best thing you can say about this is that it’s lightweight. It alsofeels incredibly cheap, however, andhas performance to match. Radioreception is the worst of this trio, theearbuds are uncomfortable, and sounddelivery lacks body, rhythm, andvolume. In summary then: a dreadfulDAB player. Oono? Ooh, no.
SUCCESSFULLY COMBINING OLD
with new is not easy – just ask PaulMcCartney – but iRiver manages it by adding an extendable, transistor radio-style aerial to this PMP.Radio reception is excellent andsound quality is rich. The bundledsoftware swiftly converts video, andthe 2.4-inch screen is textbook. Eventhe clicker interface works well, and if you’re in China in 2008, you can usethe DMB TV feature to watch the latest blood-test results from the Olympics.
COWON IAUDIOD2 (2GB)£120
THE ONLY TOUCHSCREEN
DAB here,this feels rock solid and practically sweats quality. The design maximisesavailable space, meaning a 2.5-inchscreen on a three-inch wide machine.A cinch to navigate, images looksharp, and music ﬁles leap along withthe vim of an eager beagle. DAB and FMreception both prove solid and battery life – 10 hours video and 52 hours music – gives the player Spanish Fly-esqueendurance. Finally, there’s a mainscharger – no USB-only skimping here.
Frankenstein-esque hybrids of MP3 player and DAB radio. Bolts through neck strictly optional
A touchscreen-toting, rock-solid,DAB-tastic radio/MP3 hybrid fromCowon. How dothey do it?
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