Gadgets: May 2004 Archives

Sony's answer to the iPod

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Sony has announced a portable music player to apparently directly compete with Apple's iPod.

Featuring 20GB, USB2, a 320x256 colour LCD and a pretty interesting touchpad-like interface. That grid of black dots is a set of sensors that you interact with by running your thumb around on them. It's hard to tell how bumpy they actually are, but the idea of having a tactile interface is appealing to me. I'm sure there are other cool features, but my Japanese is non-existent. Oh yeah, it apparently also plays music. :)

The 20GB storage plus a colour screen tells me this should easily double as a photo storage reservoir while on vacations. My previous trips have usually meant lugging a laptop around to dump photos to as the digital memory card fills up. Having a small device (like the iPod) that I can upload photos to (like the iPod) and view them on a colour screen (unlike the iPod) seems pretty darn nifty.

I have to admit that 'VGF-AP1' doesn't quite roll off your tongue in the same way that 'iPod' does.

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