Stylish design, DAB+ support, Good lossless format support
The iRiver S100 is a slim, stylish and well-made media player that's technically future-proofed thanks to its inclusion of DAB support. However, a very patchy interface and real-world DAB performance that's miles away from what you'd get with a home set costing half the price it's not the cutting-edge radio solution we've been hoping for. Not enough has improved since 2005.
I am now on my second model of this brand of player. It's great to use, but by no means is it durable. My first one lasted roughly a month before the play/pause button broke, and the second one had the same problem a few days ago after a little over six months of use. Shame, because when it's working, this really is a fine player.
The video is fine. AVI works perfectly, MPG video is sometimes a little laggy and don't bother with mp4. The microSD slot (with an 8GB limit) is fantastic.
Screen is absolutely fantastic
As a video player and web surfing tablet, the Archos 5 is the cream of the crop. The screen is absolutely fantastic, and large enough to really enjoy a movie and read web pages without constant zooming. Yet the player is small (albeit heavy) and slim. There's plenty of storage, ranging from 60- 250 gigs to hold a large video and music library.
The Theater+'s on-screen interface is attractive; however, the text and some of the icons are a bit small.
Seagate's media player performs admirably, but its lack of HDMI makes it less than ideal for serious home-theater buffs. Seagate's media player performs admirably, but its lack of HDMI makes it less than ideal for serious home-theater buffs.
Disappointing audio DAC
When Western Digital introduced its smart WD TV HD Media Player earlier this year, which is designed to mate portable hard drives with big-screen TVs, we knew it was only a matter of time before rival disk manufacturer Seagate would come up with something similar. Second-to-market products are often better than the ones that create a new niche, so expectations were suitably high around the office.
As one of the most comprehensive media players launched in India yet, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is a satisfying product for its niche. The array of connectivity options and multimedia file-format support hold it in good stead. As one of the most comprehensive media players launched in India yet, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is a satisfying product for its niche. The array of connectivity options and multimedia file-format support hold it in good stead.
A2DP stereo Bluetooth tech, a voice recorder, a Flash player and the ability to record FM radio off air
Should you buy an S9 instead of an iPod Touch? If you want to play AVI, Flac or Ogg files then clearly the answer's yes. If you want to browse the web and play H.264 videos then no, the Touch is what you need. Still, despite the slightly smaller screen and lower resolution, the S9 is the better video player and it pumps out audio of an equally high quality.
exceptionally good audio and video playback quality
With a beautiful curved design, the S9 is a complete portable media player with exceptionally good audio and video playback quality. With a beautiful curved design, the S9 is a complete portable media player with exceptionally good audio and video playback quality.
MicroSD card expansion slot for memory
What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes for granted: those freedoms are denied, unless you are happy to hunt out new apps, something the average customer won't want to do.
A vast - hard drive and is very competent
The Archos 7 is an expensive box of tricks, no doubt about it, but on the other hand it comes with a huge - or in the case of the 320GB model a vast - hard drive and is very competent. Worth the extra over the 5? On balance, yes - assuming that absolutely portability is not an issue.
Very reasonable price
The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you can't buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much better and can access better apps, although the Archos 7 does bring a larger screen.
People who want a low-priced Android tablet now may be happy with the purchase.
Handles a variety of video formats well
At $450 to $550 list, this isn't a cheap device. But it's unique thanks to the 7" display, excellent video format support and powerful CPU. Throw in the DVR station and you're spending $100 more, but it adds valuable functionality in the guise of high quality TV recording and playback to a TV (even large TVs).
Brilliant picture quality
The Archos 7 portable media player is an impressive performer and, in particular, an absolutely killer device for watching movies on the go. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay extra if you want to use all the features it can offer, which is annoying in a device that's so costly to begin with.
The brushed metal casing looks and feels robust while exterior controls are limited to a power on/off button and an LCD/TV switch, everything else being controlled through the touchscreen.
Very capable but also very big and very heavy - and with way too many 'extra cost' features for our taste.
the O2 proved capable of playing files of a much higher resolution than its screen's native size - the best we managed was a 24f/s 720p AVI file.
A touchscreen flash-storage version of the excellent A3 is a great idea, but it's let down a little by the screen resolution and lack of support for ID3 audio tags.
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