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.
A simple, few-frills MP3 player that's well-suited to gym bunnies and runners, we wouldn't recommend using the NWZ-B162 as your primary MP3 player, but it makes a solid backup. It's ready to give you a burst of a couple of hours playback after just a few minutes of charging and sound quality is decent at the price.
On-board USB connection
The NWZ-B162 is a no-frills product that delivers decent sound quality at a bargain price. With just 2GB of memory on board, it's unlikely that most people will be buying this as their primary music player, but it's ideal as a back-up for when you don't want to take any risks with a pricier gadget. If you're going for a run or indulging in some poolside tunes then this pint-sized player is a handy gadget to have at your fingertips.
An excellent music player, but mediocre in other areas
If you want an excellent sounding music player with 24/48 support and some extra bells and whistles like Android app support and decent video playback, this might fit the bill. But remember its limitations -- some of which might be fixable with software updates, and some of which might not.
MicroSD card expansion
In terms of £-per-GB-of-storage, the Cowon D3 Plenue is a shade more expensive than the iPod Touch, but you get MicroSD card expansion, a bigger screen, broader file support and you don't have to use iTunes. On the down side, audio content navigation is rather primitive, the UI could be more fluid, there is no camera, no opportunity for adding apps or games and the Archos 43 is cheaper to the tune of £70 in 16GB form.
The P2 was a rather plastic affair but the P3 feels altogether more solid, thanks mainly to its brushed metal casing and glass screen.
A solid rather than spectacular update of an already capable device, the P3 is a fine-sounding music player, but the touch screen UI still needs work.
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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