iriver had one of the coolest looking booth at CES and really was the only manufacturer that showed anything new and compelling. Walking behind the tent like structure you entered an ultra white and extremely well lit display area. It was a ultra modern and I would have expected to see the iriver reps wearing white lab coats. Still they knew their stuff and were quick to answer any questions.
Over the last few years iriver has been more of an enigma in the US by only releasing a handful of their products to the store shelves, keeping many of the really cool and compelling products back in Asian countries. However, iriver PR and two of the reps told me that the US will likely see a lot of what was on display and they will be making more of an effort to sell in the United States.
Below I have a rundown of the various players, a quick and dirty booth tour, and a video demo of the Unit 2.
The spin was locked in a case so I did not get a chance to hold use it. But basically it is a PMP with an “analog toggle” wheel. The screen is a 3.2” 480×272 LCD and will support MGEG 4 and WMV9 at 30FPS. The player will come in 4, 8, and 16GB versions. It sports a built in mic, TV out, FM tuner, optional Bluetooth, and optional DMB & DVB-H. Other supported file types include: MP3, WMA, OGG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TXT, Flash Lite 2.1.
This looks to replace the S10 using the same “D-Click” UI navigation, but the amazing thing to me is this tiny player sports a 2” 320×240 LCD and comes in 2, 4, 8GB capacities. Additionally it has an FM tuner and built in mic. The supported formats are OGG, MP3, WMA, MPEG4/WMV9 SP @ 3 FPS, JPEG, GIF, BMP, and TXT.
Here is their flagship PMP with a gorgeous looking AMOLED touch screen at 4.1” and WQVGA resolution. The player’s features includes: 80/160GB capacities, USB Host, mic, TV out, FM tuner, DMV (optional), and SPINN analog controls. On the video side the iAMOLED will support most of the major formats up to DVD resolution (720×480) at 30FPS- MPEG1/4 (SP/ASP), WMV7/8/9, DivX/XviD, H.264, and M-JPEG.
This was my favorite with its minimalistic touch screen form factor. I really appreciated the material what was used for the housing- it being a “velvet rubber” as seen on the Treo 750. It feels nice in your hands and doesn’t show wear. Shown below is the GUI in action although im not sure if that will be the final product. The screen is a high resolution 800×480, matching the Cowon iAudio A3, with an all touch interface. The P10 supports all the codecs the iAMOLED does and adds a built in speaker. One odd thing is that it is using a 1.3” 33GB HDD.
Another candy bar type flash based player (4/8/16GB) using their D-Click navigation and supports the same codecs and features as the L PLAYER. The screen is a 2.4” QVGA resolution LCD. It also has a built in speaker and micrSD.
Clix2 + DMB – Here is the review of the Clix2.
It’s a fatter version of the Clix+ but adds DMB and microSD slot. The US will not likely see this one since DMB is not broadcasted here.
This is an interesting one since it has the ability to add a GPS cradle and may be converted to a GSM mobile phone with a touch based interface. Here are the specs: 3” 480×272 LCD Touch screen, 4/8GB capacities, miniSD slot, mic, speaker, MP3, WMA, WMV, AVI, 30FPS video, JPG, TXT, Flash Lite 2.02.
The APLAYER is a screenless sliver of metal that would make any Shuffle owner jealous. Comes in 1/2/4/8 GB capacities and will support MP3, WMA, and OGG.
Simple USB stick MP3 palyer. It supports MP3, OGG, and WMA and comes in 1/2/4/8 GB capacities.
MPLAYER SEASON II
Disney branded screenless Mickey Mouse head- 1/2GB, MP3, WMA, ASF.
There is all kinds of communication and wireless going on here. Surprisingly it also has a sim card slot it the back. Ill just let you checkout the video. The rep also said the US will see this one. I’m still skeptical.
Here is a quick and giddy run around the iriver booth. I admit it’s not the best, but enjoy it for what it is.