Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Functionally better, but worse...

Texas Instruments has entered the portable music player business with its own ipod competitor.

It features:
- 5GB 1" Seagate HDD
- FM tuner
- DSP chip
- Colour LCD screen for viewing JPEG and MPEG-4 files
- USB 2.0
- 15 hour battery life when playing MP3s

All sounds pretty appealing for US$250...

Until you see what it looks like...
http://www.ti.com/portableaudio6

Damn, that is ugly. TI could have hired a design company like Frog Design (http://www.frogdesign.com/) who have proven skills in producing good looking hardware products and added a small amount to the unit price.

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