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Old 08-22-2009, 12:16 PM
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Although why they're selling this in the UK beats me. We don't get DMB digital TV or DAB+ digital radio.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:58 PM
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Don't know why they are selling it in the UK but here in Australia it works great

We have DAB+ here and in the Sydney area the B30 pulls in 38 stations. The signal is so strong I usually don't need to extend the antenna.

I mainly bought the B30 for the digital radio part and it works better than expected. I keep it in my pocket when riding to work on my motorbike and listen to DAB+ all the way....
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:02 PM
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Don't know why they are selling it in the UK but here in Australia it works great

We have DAB+ here and in the Sydney area the B30 pulls in 38 stations. The signal is so strong I usually don't need to extend the antenna.

I mainly bought the B30 for the digital radio part and it works better than expected. I keep it in my pocket when riding to work on my motorbike and listen to DAB+ all the way....
Do you find just having a touchpad a real hassle? ie no tactile buttons at all.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:22 PM
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That's a rather silly looking player, even more ridiculous than the Samsung Q2. Instead of using a touch field and a vibrating motor feedback there's this tried-and-proven thing called: normal tactile buttons. It's all style over substance on the B30, in my opinion. Interface wankery just for interface wankery's sake is a questionable approach to hardware/UI design.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:27 PM
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The touchpad is not a problem for me as I'm used to the iPhone. It's reasonably usable also not as good as the UI on iPods but as I mostly use the DAB+ part it's good enough for me. The only minor issue is that it is easy to accidentally touch the buttons and you need to remember to use the lock switch.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:54 AM
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Do you find just having a touchpad a real hassle? ie no tactile buttons at all.
No more so than a touch screen. The buttons are suprisingly good and have haptic feedback so the player vibrates when you tap one. They feel a bit like the touch panel on the front of a PS3. Overall I'm really pleased with the B30 thus far and can vouch for the DAB reception where I live in the UK as being good.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:10 PM
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Hey ! New member, long time visitor love the forum !

Apologies in advance for a stupid question. In doing the research i was unable to find information on this.

I am looking at buying an mp3 player and am heading in the direction of the iriver b30. Either this or the cowon s9.

One little thing i am wondering about the b30 is, is it possible to navigate to a part of a track, or recording using the controls like you can do with the touch screen mp3 players
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