iRiver's Lplayer is by far the lightest player on test, bizarrely resembling a miniature television set. With only a sprinkling of buttons running along the sides, you could be fooled into thinking operation comes via the touch-sensitive 2-inch screen
LG makes no secret that it is aiming its DP271 at the budget end of the market. The LG website directs you towards Argos as a point of sale and the price sneaks in just under £100 (inc. VAT).
You can tell the Sony DVP-FX850 is a different proposition to the LG and Philips simply by picking it up.
The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer displays a 640x480 resolution and works with an iPod dock and a range of sliding trays to cradle your iPod or iPhone and lock it into a Universal Dock Connector. The power button is small, fiddly and off to one side, and the earpieces slide out under the bars that go over your ears to rest on, but not in, your ears. A wired remote on the connecting cable gives you basic volume and browsing controls.
Apple doesn't make a specifically prescribed video player, but this hot-of-the-presses new generation of its flagship portable is the closest. The entry-level capacity is now 80Gb, and the top end a seemingly impossible 160Gb
What makes an iPod an iPod? It can't be the interface, because Creative says it designed that (natch). Could it be the clickwheel? Well the new iPod touch doesn't have one of them so it can't be that either, really. So what is it? The answer is a word that begins with 'q' and ends with 'uality'
The digital media landscape hasn't exactly plateaued in the past few years, as was once predicted. If anything, the ever-expanding proliferation of portable devices and media formats has made it rockier than ever before
Windows Movie Maker first saw light of day in 2000 when it was introduced along with Windows Me. Both the mother OS and the application itself were not well received, the former blighted by technical glitches and the latter by a woeful lack of features