Portable Media

Samsung YP-K5 gets the hands-on treatment

Samsung YP-K5 gets the hands-on treatment

If you've been jonesing to get your hands on Samsung's clever little YP-K5 mp3 player - y'know, the one with the neato slide-down front that reveals the speaker array behind - you might be able to vicariously sate your lusts by reading jezlyn's hands-on report of a very-tightly-locked-down unit at her local Best Buy.  Being an addict of podcasts, jezlyn looks at the YP-K5 with a particular mind to how it might perform as a portable podcast station to drag around her house with her.

Is that a Pentium Chip in your Samsung Q1?

Is that a Pentium Chip in your Samsung Q1?

It’s hard to say when this Pentium based Q1 UMPC will get released since there’s no sign of FCC approval yet. It’s odd the name is still Q1. Are you still skeptical? Check out the images below. A picture is worth a thousand words.

SIRIUS Stiletto Has Bluetooth?

SIRIUS Stiletto Has Bluetooth?

UPDATE 9/6/2006: SIRIUS Stiletto SL100PK1: First Ever Video!

Oh my god, say it’s true! Wired mentioned in passing that the SIRIUS Stiletto "packs Bluetooth!" Just when I thought this sick portable satellite radio couldn’t get any better. I’m preparing pink slips for all of my iPods in anticipation for the new arrival!

Aside from Wi-Fi and a satellite reciever, the slim Stiletto 100 packs Bluetooth, meaning that might let users link to other Stiletto users without draining much power -- unlike the MusicGremlin and (apparently) the Microsoft Zune, which use power-hungry ad-hoc Wi-Fi connections.

So why am I so excited about having Bluetooth as an option on the Stiletto? Music sharing and file transferring to and between laptops and pc, Advance Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows streaming music wirelessly via BT to a compatible headset, and it’s not a power hog unlike WiFi.


Finally, a Sirius IPod Threat [Wired News, via Orbitcast]

Toshiba Gigabeat MEV30K V PMP

Toshiba Gigabeat MEV30K V PMP

The Gigabeat MEV30K V PMP is nearly identical to the 30GB V30T (for the Japanese market, minus the TV tuner.  This model seem to get its features from the popular S series, such as Microsoft’s Portable Media Center software, WMV9, WMV10, PlaysForSure video playback, along with support for WMA, WMA lossless, MP3, WAV, and Windows DRM 9/10 audio files.  There are improvements on the MEV30K over the S model.  First of all, Toshiba increased the display to 3.5-inch, compared to the 2.5-inch on the S.  The company promises an increase of playtime up to 8 hours of video or 25 hours of audio playback on a full charge, unlike the 2.5 and 12-hour playtime for video and audio, respectively, on the S.  Crutchfield and Amazon started taking pre-orders yesterday with a retail price of $400.  General sales won’t start until October time frame.

IFA 2006: Toshiba announce Gigabeat V Series media player [via pocket-lint.co.uk]

GoGear SA9200 Going After the Nano

GoGear SA9200 Going After the Nano

The Nano is one of the sexiest DAP around, hands down. If I had to pick a runner up at gunpoint, I’d pick Philip’s GoGear SA9200. It’s every bit as appealing as the Nano. Aside from its stunning 9cm long, and weighs next to nothing at 48g; it’s packed with features to rival the Nano. The interface displays rich icons, and easy control via Sensory Touchpad SuperScroll for tapping, dragging or swiping a finger on the smooth surface for navigating through menus and to select titles. The buttons glow a soothing blue color that compliments the 1.7-inch color screen, that also display photos. The battery will last upwards of 14-hours of continuous playtime. There’s support for MP3, WMA, and compatible with PlaysForSure.

An optional docking station is also available and will work with the newly upgraded Streamium, WiFi HiFi. When docked, the GoGear will list tracks on the Streamium and stream music through it.

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Commodore’s Little Gravel In Pocket PMP

Commodore’s Little Gravel In Pocket PMP

I’ve seen and heard a number of odd product names, but Gravel In Pocket takes the cake. Lets all say it out loud together “Gravel In Pocket,” erm isn’t that a great name or what? Ok, back to business, Commodore is expected to announce its new personal media player tomorrow at IFA, in Berlin. The company’s new personal media player features a 2.8-inch display, WiFi, and plays WMV, MP3, WAV, Xvid, and DivX files. The standard version comes with 1GB internal flash storage or get the optional 2GB model. It’s also got an SD slot for additional memory storage. Wait, there’s more Commodore goodness, the company will also launch a new site called CommodoreWorld to provide content for the Gravel In Pocket. The new site should go live no later than November.

ComodoreCorp PDF data [via Engadget]

Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W

Creative Introduces the ZEN Vision W

Go where no PMP has gone before with the Vision W’s 4.3” 262K color 480 x 272 LCD Screen. Hardware Zone proclaims it to be the best video display they’ve seen. I know we already wrote about the Zen Vision W (Widescreen), but it’s always good to recap for those not up to speed. Creative will release the Zen Vision W overseas beginning of September 2006, featuring a 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen. The ZVN will support DVD quality resolution at 720x480 when outputting to your TV. The estimated retail price for the 30GB version is $400, while the 60GB version will cost slightly higher at $500. The release date for the US market is still unknown.
Enjoy the video, and click through for the official Creative ZEN Vision W press release.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBP_3OM82LU

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PSM Reports on the PSP 2

PSM Reports on the PSP 2

PlayStation Magazine has apparently come forth with some nifty insider information on Sony's next iteration of its PlayStation Portable, appropriately named (at this stage, at least) the PSP 2. More accurately, this should be referred to as the PSP 2.0, because rather than being a full-fledged successor, Sony is going to opt to update the original PSP's features, specifications, and design in order to make it more appealing. What will they be changing, according to PSM? More after the jump.

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