iwish concept blends PSP and iPhone

iwish concept blends PSP and iPhone

Joystiq reader Mat Brady sent in some interesting concept art he put together.

He calls it the iwish because “I wish Sony would get their act together and improve the PSP. So many people are doing such amazing and innovative things these days, and yet the only innovative thing to happen to the PSP since 2005 was that it got a little slimmer.”

Mat then goes on to discuss convergence and the prerequisites for a converged device.

Personally I don’t think we will have a true converged device until we have projected head-up displays (that don’t look like dork glasses) along with virtual input devices – otherwise there is no way to fit a keyboard, a good sized high res touchscreen, and a game controller in a device small enough to carry in a pocket.

(mat’s blog)

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Archos 705 WiFi 160GB reviewed

Archos 705 WiFi 160GB reviewed

Digital Trends has reviewed the $450 Archos 705 WiFi 160GB portable media player.

Here’s what they thought:

“We love the 705′s huge hard drive and WiFi capabilities, but lacking physical control buttons, it should offer a better-feeling and -looking touchscreen, even if it adds cost. The device should also either come with wider support for various formats, and built-in recording (like the Cowon A3) would be nice too – we’d even be willing to pay a bit extra for it.

Out of the box, the 705 isn’t sure what its core feature is: AV quality isn’t great, the browser and DVR features are sold separately, and you have to pay extra for widely-used codecs like AAC and MPEG-2. But load units up with all the extras (including an extra battery or two and some games), and the 705 can be a satisfying companion on long trips.

As far as replacing your laptop is concerned, however, the Archos 705 may boast an entirely different set of flaws than the Cowon Q5W, but neither is quite ready for that responsibility… yet.”

(more at digitaltrends)

Navigon 2100 GPS navigation system reviewed

Navigon 2100 navigation system GPS

Digital Trends has reviewed the $26 Navigon 2100 Max GPS Navigation System.

Here’s what they thought of it:

“The Navigon 2100 Max is a solid, well-performing GPS that’s easy to recommend. At about $260 USD street price (as of April 2008), it proves well worth the investment for features such as the terrific Reality View option. By comparison, the new Garmin nuvi 205W with a similar 4.3-inch screen is due soon for $266 USD and lacks this feature, not to mention spoken turn commands. Since both use NAVTEQ maps, there really isn’t that much difference in terms of day-to-day performance as well. Navigon also has traffic alerts for $99 lifetime versus MSN Direct at $129 lifetime (or $49.95 annually) on the Garmin. However, MSN Direct gives more info such as movie times and stock quotes, so this is pretty much a wash. All told though, the Navigon 2100 Max takes the prize. And, better still, we love the fact it doesn’t nag us…”

(full review at digitaltrends)
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Pink and red Creative ZEN PMPs

creative zen pmp

Creative have brought out two new colored versions of their ZEM portable media player.

The new red and pink versions are otherwise identical to the existing versions with 2.5″ 320 x 240 pixel screen, 4 to 32GB storage capacities and SD expansion slot.

The red version is available at buy.com and the pink is a walmart exclusive.

If you are just looking for the black version there are good deals available directly through Creative’s refurbished store.

(Via slashgear)
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Ainol S100 Portable Media Player

Ainol S100 Portable Media Player

Yes it has a very unfortunate name, so the Ainol S100 will probably be the butt of many rearend-related jokes, however for the price it seems to be a pretty good PMP.

For 599 Yuan ($86) you get a 8GB portable media player, with a 3-inch 400×240 pixel screen, support for many popular video and audio file formats (RM, RMVB, AVI, DAT, ASP, MP4, WMV, 3GP, MPG, FLV, MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC) and a touch sensitive keypad, plus you get a choice of colors: red, blue, purple, black, and silver.

It is just another basic PMP? yes, will it ever make it to the US? probably not, so is this whole post just thinly veiled toilet humor? no comment.

(via pmptoday)
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GPS in-car holder for Archos 605

Archos 605 GPS in car holder

We love the Archos 605 WiFi Portable Media Player and Archos has just made it even better with a cool new accessory that crosses the barrier into GPS navigation system territory.

The Archos 605 GPS in-car holder adds GPS functionality to your 605 with Tele Atlas maps for either Europe, the US and Canada, or China. Functionality includes traffic assistance, route planning, and speed control assistance (in some countries).

The new holder will retails for $129.99 or will be available in a bundle with a 30GB 605 for $399.99.

Why should you consider this instead of a “real” GPS navigation system? because the 605 has a great touchscreen display (4.3″ 800 x 480 pixels), up to 160GB of storage space for movies music and photos, plus you can take it anywhere.

(full press release after the jump)
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Ovideon Portable Media Player

Ovideon Portable Media Player

LiveDigitally got the scoop on the Ovideon Portable Media Player, which is one of the first devices by a US manufacturer to use an OLED screen.

The Ovideon Portable Media Player has a wierd sized screen, 512 by 218 pixels, and boasts a built-in cable TV tuner, audio/video inputs, 1 inch hard drive (presumably 4 or 5gb), video recording, and playback of MP3, AVI, WMA, WMV, DIVx, and JPEG.

The MP3, AVI, WMA, WMV, DIVx, and JPEG weighs just over 5oz and will cost $599.

More at LiveDigitally

iRiver PMC-120

iriver

Got to run out the door now to get to the Digital Life show.

Wanted to finish with some photos of the iRiver PMC-120 20GB portable video player.

The iRiver PMC-120 has a 3.5″ LCD screen and a 20gb hard drive, is 3.3 by 5.6 by 1.2 inches and weighs 0.6 pounds.

Battery life is supposed to be 5hrs for video and 14hrs for audio, and the price is $549.99.

More new to follow later today from both Digital Focus and Digital Life.
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Arlink PMP-400

Arlink PMP 400 portable video DVD player

Another day, another new Portable Media Player.

Today’s offering is the Arlink PMP-400, featuring a wide-screen 5.8″ TFT LCD screen, 20gb hard drive, compactflash slot, and support for WMA, WMV, MPEG-4, and JPG.

It’s not clear if the PMP-400 will be picked up by a distributor and sold in the US.