The BBC takse a look at four different players – Sony’s PSP Slim, Archos 605wifi, Nokia’s N800 and the Apple iPod touch – and assess their strengths and weaknesses in different categories:
• Design: In terms of UI the iPod touch is the standout device – its touch screen interface is a revelation and rewrites the rules for mobile devices. Whether its skimming through hundreds of songs, cover art for albums, contact information or video files, it is a delight to use.
• Audio: As the only ‘dedicated’ music player the iPod should win hands down. And it does.
• Video: If I had to choose one device as the winner for video playback I would plump for the iPod as its contrast and brightness seemed better than on the Archos.
• Web Browsing: Apple has received a lot of press for its use of the touch screen in web browsing. Pages load very quickly indeed and users double tap on an area of a screen to zoom and the page can be moved around with just a finger. It forces a different way of looking at and reading web pages but once mastered it makes browsing very pleasurable.
The Beeb reports, “For the quality of video playback, innovative interface and simplicity of design the iPod touch stands out.”
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]