“The Portable Media Center — a new, Microsoft-conceived handheld device that presents video and photos as well as music — would be a decent idea if there weren’t such a thing as lampposts. Or street signs. Or trees. Or other cars. All those obstacles explain why no sane person tries to walk, run or drive while watching video, even as millions do partake in those activities with music playing,’ Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post.
“A Portable Media Center’s ability to display photos and play back recorded TV programs, digital video clips and downloaded movies is supposed to set it ahead of mere digital-music players, but there just aren’t that many places where you can make use of it. Everywhere else, a Portable Media Center turns into the world’s heaviest, biggest, costliest MP3 player,’ Pegoraro reports. “It’s just too big to run with or even to stash in a pocket. Every time I took it on my commute, I spotted other passengers listening to their iPods and couldn’t help imagining what they’d think of anybody lugging around such a chunky gadget: ‘loser.'”
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