"Neat gadget, but a few caveats"3.0 starson by wroblicka
Pros: size, ease of use, versatility
Cons: reception, battery life, earbuds
Summary: Although I'm generally pleased with the features and performance of the Inno, I do have a few cautionary notes for prospective buyers.
The first concerns the XM satellite reception. The CNET review and some other comments have said it's "great," but I have not found that to be the case. In fact, where I live, in a leafy, hilly suburb in northwest New Jersey, it's downright lousy. I'm referring now to outdoor reception by the Inno unit itself without any auxiliary antenna attached. Walking around my neighborhood, I seem to get a signal only about 20% of the time -- it's lost every time I pass under a tree, skirt a building, or face in any direction but south by southwest. I've ordered the Belkin F5X002 headphones with a built-in antenna, which are reported to improve the reception, but I haven't received them yet.
While I'm on the subject of headphones, I don't much care for the earbuds that come with the Inno. Maybe it's just me, but I find the cord too short to let me wear them comfortably with the Inno unit clipped to my belt -- the cord keeps tugging the earbuds loose. Hopefully the Belkin headphones will solve this problem too.
Finally, I naively assumed that the XM service subscription I already had for the radio in my car would apply to the Inno as well. Wishful thinking, unfortunately. An additional subscription at an additional cost is needed for the Inno. Of course this is not a problem with the product, but I'm guessing many satisfied XM car-radio users who now want to "go portable" with the Inno may be under the same impression -- caveat emptor.Updated
I'd like to update my earlier comments. The Belkin F5X002 headphones do indeed improve reception considerably. Not only is outdoor reception just about perfect with the Belkin headphones, but they even provide fair to middling reception indoors.
But now I have two new bones to pick: First, the battery in my unit runs down after only about an hour of operation. I'd be interested to hear what battery-charge duration other Inno owners are experiencing.
And then there's this peculiar, downright authoritarian clause in the Inno's XM service contract that demands that the user listen to at least eight hours of satellite programming a month -- or "you will lose access to your recorded content and live XM programming." Now why the XM company should care how much of their programming I listen to, considering I'm paying for the subscription whether I listen or not, is beyond me. If someone can offer a rationale explanation, I'd love to hear it.