Next month MobiBLU, the ones who brought us the cube, will be selling the DAH-1800 a flash MP3 player with a nice 260k color OLED screen. The details are not clear, but it will have photo and text viewing capabilities which will come in 512MB and 1GB sizes. We will probably never see this stateside or by the time it gets here it will be out of date. Plus, they will not risk cannibalizing the sales of their already popular DAH-1500.
The MobiBLU 1500 Series was just recently released in the United State and is being sold at Wal-Mart in several different colors and two different sizes- 512MB and 1GB. It sells for $100 and $130 respectively, so it priced right inline with the iPod Shuffle. However the 1500i is leaps and bounds ahead of the Shuffle with a bright OLED screen and tons of other features such as FM radio, FM recording, voice recording, EQ, and SRS WOW. The player supports MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM.
Please note that this is a review of the MobiBLU DAH-1500i, which is exclusively sold in the United States. If you are living in Europe and Asia you will want to read the MobiBLU DAH-1500 review (without the “i”), as there are some differences between the two.
There is some confusion out there about the different models in the DAH-1500 series. Here is the information directly from MobiBLU. Each model is sold in different parts of the world and has a different set of features or lack of.
DAH-1500: sold in Europe and Asia and has the following features: Support for MP3 and WMA, FM radio, USB 1.1, and 120mA Li-ion Batter with a rated 15 hours max battery time.
DAH-1500i: sold in the United States and has the following features: Support for MP3 and WMA, DRM, Voice Recording, FM radio, FM Recording, Playlists, SRS WOW Surround Sound, USB 2.0, and 180mA Li-ion Batter with a rated 10 hours max battery time.
DAH-1500s: sold in Canada and has the following features: Support for MP3 and WMA, USB 1.1, and 120mA Li-ion Batter with a rated 15 hours max battery time. No Radio.
We just did a review on this last week and the verdict was that it is a very nice player. It was disappointing to our US readers that it wasn’t available in the states, until now.
Walmart is now selling the MobiBLU DAH-1500 in six different colors and two different sizes: 512MB and 1GB. It is also price right inline with the iPod Shuffle, $99.72 and $129.72 respectively. New to this version is DRM support, but it only mentions that that it works with Walmart downloads. Read the MobiBLU DAH-1500 review and pick one up.
Update: Please note that this review is for the DAH-1500. This is the Europe and Asia version of this player. If you are in the United States you should read the MobiBLU DAH-1500i review. There are quite a few upgrades on the US exclusive 1500i, such as DRM, faster USB 2.0 transfer, playlists, SRS WOW, and voice recording.
I was intrigued by the claim of the MobiBLU DAH-1500 of being the “smallest MP3 player”, so I picked one up just to see how small it was. Plus I needed something for the gym and I felt my Samsung YP-T6 wasn’t small enough.
The player comes in a tiny cubic package measuring 24 x 24 x 24 millimeters and weighs 18 grams or just under one square inch and about 0.64 ounces. (…or four sugar cubes and five eights, for the stoners) The player has an FM radio and supports MP3 and WMA files. The MobiBLU DAH-1500 comes with a USB connection cable, headphone necklace, program CD, user guide, and protective case. The storage sizes available for the device are 512MB and 1GB.