by Designfabulous on Tuesday, January 06 (2009) 09:00PM by Design Fabulous comments: 25 hits: 121485
The Cowon S9 was first revealed at IFA 2008 and ever since then, has received an immense amount of attention. The specs of the S9 were just breathtaking. A 3.3â€ AMOLED display, dual core CPU, and PMP grade codec support. It also had something Cowon devices lacked before: style. After the long wait and two delays, the S9 was finally released on December. In Korea, it was completely sold out in less than 3 hours, clearly showing the anticipation for this DAP. Cowon calls this the â€œUltimate MP3â€ so they are quite confident. Weâ€™ll see if the S9 lives up to its name.
Yeah, my friend had the S9 and he really loved it, especially the custom GUIs people would cook up.
I noticed that Cowon recently released a D20 and an X9. They both look rather tempting. Availability looks spotty at the moment though :L
My favorite DAP probably would have been the Zune30, if it was slightly more customizable. The RIO players had great auto-playlisting & searching support.
Similarly, the Haier Ibiza (despite its other shortcomings) has a brilliant filter feature and related features during playback.
It, however, can't make a shuffle list to save its digital life so it gets on my nerves using it as my car player.
Yeah, people still seem to love convergence devices. I'm still of the mind that I'd rather have devices that are designed for a specific task, and execute that task properly. The biggest pet peeve I have is crappy tools, and convergence devices by definition, are crappy tools. By attempting to do everything, they do no single task well.
@Saijin: The J3 is one of the best DAPs I've had. The GUI is way better than the S9. The hardware is pretty similar. I still have a special place in my heart for the iRiver Clix, though. Loved the interface on that so much...
The problem we have today is that hardly anyone actually uses a DAP and they don't want to carry more than one device. I probably carry my mp3 player more than my phone, but I realize most people are not like me
That sounds like a decent size for a music library. How are you finding the Cowon? They seem to be one of the few manufactures left that makes anything halfway decent. I'm not interested in Yet Another Android Slate (YAAS) like the Archos line have devolved into.
But Sarah, the iProducts are the bestest things ever! Their batteries last like, totally way longer than like, other players do!