If you don't want to be bound by the iPod/iTunes ecosystem required by the iPod touch, but still want the benefits of touch-controlled navigation in an MP3 player, we've got four killers for you to consider.
Samsung's YP-P2 enjoys the same form factor as the iPod touch, the same rugged touchscreen and similarly simple operation. It also adds stereo Bluetooth and FM radio, though it suffers weaker file format support than the touch, and has a smaller screen.
The Archos 605 WiFi is one of our favourite portable video players, and far more suited to mobile video than music. It's a true movie-lover's gadget, and packs in full Web browsing. It works as a DVR too and has up to 160GB of internal storage.
Like the 605 WiFi, Cowon's Q5W rocks a massive touch-sensitive screen, but adds incredible audio and video format support, Microsoft Office document compatibility, and integrated TV-out functionality. But unlike the touch, it's not great for music playback on the go.
Finally, a touch alternative that does portable audio arguably better than the touch, with heaps of other features to boot -- the Cowon D2. It's nowhere near as easy to use, or as seamless in terms of menu layout, but it's the audiophile's player of choice, with exceptional sound quality.
The Samsung YP-P2 is a well-designed player and distinctly affordable for what it does. The only problem is that what it does just isn't as impressive as it could be. It sounds great and it's easy to use, but the lack of support for audio and video formats seriously hinders just how attractive an alternative this is to players from Cowon and Apple Read more
Reviewed on 22 August 2007
A terrific media player and a delight to use. The optional plugins should be included as standard, though. That aside, full video support, a fully functioning Web browser and the sharpest screen we've seen makes this an absolute killer gadget and a media hoarder's dream Read more
Reviewed on 3 August 2007
Cowon's Q5W is, without question, one of the most capable media players we've ever seen. Despite minor issues with navigation and a complicated interface, this will be the portable video connoisseur's new best friend. Its unrivaled support for different media types, combined with terrific picture and sound quality, make this an extremely expensive but extremely desirable PMP Read more
Reviewed on 15 January 2008
If you can get on board with the Cowon D2's PDA-like touchscreen interface, the reward is great-sounding audio, a smorgasbord of features and a fantastic battery life Read more
Reviewed on 27 February 2007