When it comes to features in portable digitial devices, iriver runs circles around Apple. iriver even have the audacity to market some of their new products using a picture of an attractive lady eating an apple – yummy 😀
My first portable digital media player was an iriver iFP-700T, that I bought in august 2003. Already strong on features that Apple don’t want to add, like radio, record from radio, line-in and microphone MP3 encoding and, for 2003, a whopping 512K of Flash memory – I loved the device.
Unfortunately the mechanical quality of the iriver iFP-700T falls way behind any of the iPods I’ve owned. The play button on my iFP 700T broke after less than a year of – admitted – heavy use. I’ve opened the device, and even though the button it self reads quality, it is supported by a fragile micro-switch that is glued to the main print – I can repair it – but I haven’t had the patience.
If iriver has worked out the mechanical glitches, they are currently, IMHO, the only real competition to Apple.
It’s not that I need another portable media player – I have four – but if you’re feeling too much like the rest of the world, and refuses to flash an iPod, check out the iriver devices and swim up-stream. Maybe I should get one some N11 bling-bling – just to make a statement.