If you're in the market for an iPod alternative, and you don't mind going with a brand that your friends have never heard of, how about the RAmos T11TE? The 5-inch 800 x 480 PMP may not look all that distinctive from the outside, but its Full HD 1080p output via an HDMI connection certainly singles it out from the rank & file of more mundane MP3 players.
Performing the magic inside is a Telechips TCC8900 processor and standalone DAC, and RAmos have thrown in stereo speakers and a TV output too. File compatibility is, as you might expect, broad: the T11TE will happily chomp through MPG, MPEG, DAT, VOB, MP4, MOV, AVI, DVD, ASF, WMV, MKV, TS, RM and RMVB videos and MP3, WMA, WAV, AC3, OGG and FLAC audio, together with JPEG, BMP and GIF images and certain ebook formats.
You also get a USB 2.0 OTG port and a remote control, along with a voice recording function. Storage is 16GB and there's also a microSD card slot into which you can feasibly slot another 16GB. Not bad for $177.45 and 130 x 84 x 12 mm.
[via PMP Today]