Music on the Move
MP3 players have come of age in time for Christmas! Flash MP3 players—small and with no moving parts (unlike hard disk MP3 players) make it perfect for anyone on the move. No more hearing music skip while you’re skipping or lugging bulky Discmans on a jog. What should you look for in a flash MP3 player? You might be looking for audio quality, large disk space, or a device that supports a range of file types. Perhaps you need a player with plenty of functions, or want one that has a great-looking design. Being a portable device, it is important to consider battery life and the type of power source. Whatever your needs are, you are likely to find one to suit you. Besides having a portable music player, many players include some bells and whistles like a radio receiver, voice recording, file storage, large colour screen, etc. Don’t forget to take a look at what is included in the box—are there goodquality headphones (most likely not—but remember, you are not buying headphones), belt clip or neck strap included? Here are a few picks available on the local market at major electronics stores:
Apple iPod Nano (4GB, 2GB)
The sleek and stylish smaller sibling of the other iPods, this one sets the standard for portable players. Plug into iTunes or the iTunes Music Store for an enormous selection of music and listen to them through exceptional audio quality. The large colour screen is a big plus. However, users complain the device is delicate and scratches show up fast. It lacks other functionalities, but it’s definitely the thing to have, though you might feel you’re paying more for the brand.
Samsung YEPP YP-T7Z (1GB, 512MB)
A feature-packed player with a punch! It has a brilliant color screen that enables photo and text viewing, SRS and TruBass effects, FM radio, voice/line-in recording and more. Forget about using those included earphones. It looks delicate, but some users say it is not. It runs on an internal, rechargeable battery.
MobiBlu DAH-1500i (1GB, 512MB)
This toffee-sized player is definitely eye candy. Quite a bargain for those looking for a tiny but feature-packed device. The little cube includes an FM radio, SRS Wow surround-sound effect, backlight display, microphone, removable flash drive and unfortunately, unspectacular battery life (USB charging only) and a non-standard USB cable (don’t lose it!). If you love things little, this one’s for you; but with equally tiny buttons, forget it if you have large fingers.
Powerman CS-MC312F (1Gb, 256MB, 128MB)
An all-rounded, reasonably priced option with plenty of extras including FM radio, removable flash disk, voice recording and more. The player is a bit larger than some peole would like, and the LCD display is small, but the option of being able to choose the backlight colour adds to the cuteness factor. The 2-in-1 headphones and necklace included looks cool, but leaves much to be desired in terms of audio quality. Runs on alkaline AAA batteries, but will work with rechargeable AAA batteries as well.