“Silver, gold, green, pink, and blue are the new white. If you’re looking at the new Apple iPod Minis, that is. The company that put the zap in the digital-music zeitgeist wowed us even more, by adding a colorful little buddy to the best-selling portable digital player line on the market. iPods are so popular that some companies actually make money selling white, Apple-style headphones to roving rockers who don’t actually own an iPod,” writes Jeremy A. Kaplan for PC Magazine.
“The right digital music player has to fit your lifestyle, whether it’s your workout buddy, a travel companion, or your portable music library. The differences were obvious in our testing: We can help you choose between one of the smaller, hard drive players or the lightweight, flash memory players. Our tests showed that all of the players were competent sonically; the earphones made bigger differences in sound quality. We’ve reviewed 13 portable digital music players, with an ear toward audio fidelity and an eye toward style,” Kaplan writes.
So what does PC Magazine end up recommending? PC Mag’s Editors’ Choice and highest-rated player (the only one to score 4.5 out of 5 stars) is Apple’s iPod mini.
The Apple iPod is the standard by which all other personal audio players are judged, from the packaging to the cables to the feel of the controls. The iPod Mini’s screen, though smaller than that of the original iPod, still makes you wonder why other manufacturers can’t produce displays this readable.
Pros: Excellent ergonomics, large storage for small player.
Cons: Won’t play WMA, no FM or voice record.
The Apple iPod was not reviewed. Full article here.