Archive for: pmp

3 Years Too Late: iRiver P8 Portable Media Player.

  • July 5, 2011 9:27 am

We haven’t really paid much attention to iRiver ever since they moved away from quality players such as the iHP-1xx and 3xx series to more mainstream, run-of-the-mill fodder many years back. Though truth be told, a company that exclusively manufacturers MP3 players and PMPs doesn’t stand too much of a chance in the smartphone generation. Nonetheless, the South Korean company’s latest P8 PMP is hot — if 3 years too late to market.

The hardware itself makes use of a 5″ 800 x 480 touchscreen that supports HDMI output to larger external monitors. Codec support has always been one of iRiver’s strong suits, and they don’t disappoint with the P8: AVI, APE, FLAC, MP3, OGG, MKV, WAV, WMA, WMV and XviD. Storage can be bumped up beyond the stock 8 GB or 16 GB models thanks to support for microSD cards up to 32 GB in size.

Hardware aside we must say, the OS running atop the P8 is actually very slick. How it works in real-world use outside of a static press image, however, remains to be seen.

We’d be tempted to pick up an P8 for office purposes provided we really did have a GS AMEX and that the P8 was actually shipping outside of Russia (and had arrived 3 years prior…).

Creative Announces M100/M300 PMPs.

  • May 5, 2011 9:27 pm

While the lowly mp3 player doesn’t have quite the same fascinating glimmer of our eye that it once did thanks in no small part to smartphones, there are still some people out there who want their tunes and nothing more. Thankfully the folks at Creative haven’t given up on the MP3/PMP crowd with the announcement their new M100 and M300 PMPs today.

The M300 is the “grand daddy” of these tiny players and comes in capacities of 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB with expandable storage compliments of microSD. An FM Tuner, Bluetooth, 1.45-inch display w/ touch sensitive buttons, and a 20 hour battery life round out these pocketable devices. The lesser M100 is nearly identical — the only lacking feature is bluetooth.

Both the M100 and M300 will ship in June in 4 colors: black, red, white, and yellow. Prices start at $40 and top out at $99.

Despite Rumors, Microsoft Pushes Zune Ahead With New Email App.

  • April 4, 2011 7:46 am

Despite earlier rumors that Microsoft was in the process of discontinuing the Zune HD media player, a new update appears to bring new life to an aging platform. The new update brings one simple yet important feature — email. The “email for Zune HD” app is a free download from the Zune HD Marketplace and supports Gmail, Hotmail, and Exchange accounts (POP3 and IMAP support is said to be iffy).

From our quick jaunt around the web, it appears that this bare bones email app is merely half-baked. The inability to customize server settings, short list of supported email account types, and no contact syncing whatsoever have been voiced. However, the biggest flaw we’ve seen highlighted so far is that the app needs to re-download email every time the app is closed and re-opened. Still, having something is better than nothing wouldn’t you say?

After Unsuccessful Run, Microsoft Discontinuing Zune Media Player.

  • March 14, 2011 8:33 pm

In sea of smartphones each more than capable of managing multiple gigabytes of music, stand alone mp3 players are a dying breed. Even Apple’s might iPod — long the symbol of a truly digital world — has been waning in popularity and sales over the last couple of years. And with a device that is exponentially better (the iPhone and many other current smartphones) it makes sense. So it seems Microsoft is finally realizing the cold hard truth: They never had a chance at cracking Apple’s 3/4 market share of media players. And in the smartphone world of today, no body or mp3 player will.

Earlier this evening, Bloomberg published a report that Microsoft will discontinue Zune hardware development and new releases. Instead, the Zune team will refocus on bringing everything that made the Zune great (the software) to their Windows Phone 7 platform. It is here that Microsoft’s latest fight is currently waging against Apple. For the iPhone and its integrated iPod software are an extremely powerful 1-2 punch. While Windows Phone 7 already makes use of the Zune software, having the full Zune team focus solely on the WP7 platform ensures faster, more innovative updates and added features in the coming months and years (in theory).

So we have to ask old, famous Zune tattoo guy: Was it worth it in the end?

Android-Powered Creative Zen Touch 2 PMP Makes FCC Appearance.

  • December 30, 2010 9:13 am

With smartphones and do-it-all tablets, the traditional PMP has kind of lost its luster. Though cramming Android into said gadgets is helping prolong their lives a tad, turning them into “mini” tablets of sorts. On that note, the Creative Zen Touch 2 that was revealed and released in Europe many weeks back has made an official FCC appearance meaning a U.S. release is drawing closer. For those who need a quick refresher, the Zen Touch 2 features Android 2.1, 3.2-inch resistive (what?!) 480 x 320 display, GPS/WiFi (b,g,n)/Bluetooth 2.1 and a 2-megapixel camera. Other honorable mentions include an accelerometer, built-in speaker and microphone, and microSD card slot adding to the stock 8 GB or 16 GB storage offerings.

Currently, the Zen Touch 2 retails for £149.99 or £159.99 (8 GB/16 GB) in Europe. Translated for American dollars that comes out to roughly $230 and $250 respectively. Being that many higher-end smartphones can be had for the same price or less, we’d like to see Creative chop the price down a tad. Though in defense, a PMP can be likened to an unlocked phone — no subsidy = large up front cost. Check back for release date info and official pricing once it becomes available.

250 GB Android Tablet Unveiled by ARCHOS. #archos

  • December 29, 2010 6:08 pm

Android tablets are set to become the “big thing” in 2011, with scores of manufacturers looking to whittle away at the iPad’s dominance. On that note, consumer electronics company ARCHOS, announced a tablet of their own today. Officially going by the name of “ARCHOS 70″, the 7-inch tablet looks to set the standard for Android tablets moving into 2011. And on paper at least, it looks like as if it will be able to hold its own in the current market. But against the upcoming crop of Android tablets such as the Motorola XOOM and iPad 2, we’re not so sure anyone will remember the ARCHOS’ name at the end of the night:

  • Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
  • Display:: 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT LCD
  • Storage:: 250 GB hard drive
  • Operating System: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Price: $350

At $350, it’s cheaper than stand alone tablets from many other manufacturers. Though if you’re willing to sign over a couple years of your life to the carrier of your choice, you can net yourself a tablet for much cheaper. We’ll be sure to give the ARCHOS 70 a thorough hands-on inspection next week at CES. Check back then.

Press release after the jump…

WordPress for iOS Receives Update.

  • November 4, 2010 9:10 am

Individual app updates aren’t usually something we cover, but seeing as how Gadgetsteria depends on me writing…a lot…and WordPress to cater those words to you, I figured it was appropriate. Specifically, the latest WordPress mobile app to see this update is for iOS. The name of the game is bug fixes and minor improvements. That’s A-OK by me. After a pathetic attempt to write and post an article via WordPress for iOS this weekend, I can only hope this update makes it slightly less infuriating.

However minor, updates are always a welcome event. Hop inside for the full, detailed list of WordPress 2.6.2 for iOS updates…