Some of us don't get out much here at Crave, so we're always appreciative of ways to enjoy life at its fullest as long as it's within a 50-foot radius of the plasma. Take ringtones, for example. We always felt that it was kind of unfair that we couldn't get them on our land line--until we learned of the "Magic Ringtone MP3 Ringer."
Practically everything is customizable in this digital age, and your phone's ringtone is no different. It's a personal statement of individuality with a practical backbone--you flaunt your musical tastes and differentiate your ring from the dozens of other phones sounding off around you. We like MiniTones for Palm OS, a recent addition to the CNET Download.com library, because it's small, free, and straightforward.
Actually, the newly colorful versions of Sansa c250 have been available at BestBuy for a couple of weeks now, but considering their compact design, wealth of features, and ultralow price point ($79.99 for 2GB), I can see the logic behind SanDisk's "dads and grads" push. This flash MP3 player is a good gift idea for anyone deserving of one around this time of year: moms, dads, grads, and birthday boys and girls. Heck, for that price, why not get yourself a secondary MP3 player while you're at it? The Sansa c250 may not offer the … Read more
A new week and a new MP3 player. This time it's Samsung causing our saliva glands to work overtime, with the unofficial announcement of the YP-U3. The U3 is a flash-based MP3 player and is the successor to the YP-U1 and YP-U2.
It comes in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities and supports MP3, WMA and good old OGG-format music files. There's a built-in RDS FM radio (very nice indeed, Samsung), a built-in USB plug (less nice) and it still sports a trippy blue LED on one end (oh dear).
Samsung told us this morning the YP-U3 is … Read more
Sony's NW-S705F Noise Canceling MP3 player is now on sale in the U.S. for about $199 for 2GB version and $169 for 1GB. You may remember when Crave reported on Sony's announcement of this player back in October. The big hullabaloo is that the NW-S705F has active noise-cancellation integrated into the player. Before you get too excited, the active noise-cancellation system will still require you to use Sony's proprietary earbuds. Even though the noise-canceling circuitry is in the player, microphones located on the outside of the earbuds are necessary for the function to work properly. The … Read more
As media players and mobile phones continue their mating dance, it's small wonder that they're looking more and more like each other. A new MP3 player from Venzero, for example, may not make calls but does looks something like a miniature iPhone.
The "Mini" is a smaller update to the U.K. company's "MiniOne" released last year. (Will the next version be called "Mi"?) As the overall size got smaller--it's now about 1.5 inches by 2 inches and only a half-inch thick--its screen actually grew to 1.8 inches … Read more
With all these ultra-violent games everywhere, do you ever pine for the more innocent days of Frogger and Q-bert? OK, maybe not. But if you do have other favorites from an old Sega or Nintendo console, South Korea's Plezo says you can play them on the new PMG-250 handheld and its 2.5-inch color LCD.
This gadget may not have all the bells and whistles of its better-known counterparts, but it will let you pretend to be a real gamer as long as people can't see what you're playing. And it's an MP3 player too, so … Read more
As an update to an earlier Crave posting courtesy of our sister site Crave UK, I wanted to be sure to mention that the Zen Stone will be available in the U.S. as well. In fact, the player--with its extremely competitive $39.99 price tag--is on sale through Creative's Web site right now, with a visit to the shopping cart confirming that it is "In Stock (Available for Shipment)." Only the black is available at this very moment, though, so you'll have to wait about a week or so if you want one of the … Read more
In breaking news, Creative has announced a teeny tiny little screenless MP3 player that looks rather similar to the iPod Shuffle, only slightly larger and considerably glossier. Called the Zen Stone, this 1GB flash player sports a 10-hour battery life, a 0.0mm (0-inch) non-existent screen, support for WMA- and MP3-format music and it comes in six colors.
These specs may not sound immediately stimulating, but wait--this little chap is going to go on sale for 27.99 pounds (about $56). Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a price not even the homeless would balk at--it's half the cost … Read more
In the shotgun wedding between mobile phones and MP3 players, some handsets are trying to seize the upper hand by including larger speakers in their slender frames. The recently discovered "Super Audio Phone" from China, for example, has a speaker that makes it look something like an old-fashioned transistor radio.
Another model from Hong Kong is aiming to go a step further with several small built-in speakers to create 7.1 surround sound, according to Pocket-lint. Regardless of how well (or poorly) they perform, at least we know that they won't look as awkward as some snap-on … Read more