^ Why wouldn't I just use an Android phone though?
I don't see the appeal of this product.
I wanted to get one when it was announced almost half a decade ago. By the time it came out, it didn't compete with the original market, it competed with everything else.
I got a PSP in the meantime, and I grew out of gaming.
I got into higher end audio and my iPod mini was already giving a very clean signal.
It has buttons rather than just a touchscreen, which is nice... but not for the asking price. They're charging 229USD for a 256mb upgrade. A 1GHz processor version is 700USD... and it can't outperform any of the current smartphones even in terms of SQ. I don't understand why they are asking so much money for what is essentially an ARM DS/netbook crossover.
If you can root a Samsung phone and it supports Voodoo Sound you can spend much less for a better audio experience.
There is a lot of fanboism for small niche products that many people justify purchasing. I'm just clearly not their market. It can a do a lot of cool stuff... that I can do on my cheaper iPhone.
Because phones have ****ty DACs and weak amps.
Yeah, sometimes things get delayed. V-MODA M100, anyone?
Yeah, I got a PSP too. I'll never grow out of gaming.
The Pandora has a better DAC than the mini.
The asking price is definitely correct considering that this thing is a FULL computer crammed into a pocket-sized package. It costs about as much as a laptop, because it IS a laptop. With a touch screen. And full gaming controls. And phenomenal sound. And ridiculously good battery life. That fits in your pocket.
It can outperform EVERY smartphone in terms of sound quality.
If Voodoo sound is software it is impossible for the sound quality to be improved. Software can't magically make a DAC not suck, or give an amp more power.
I'm not a fanboy by any means, I don't even own it yet. And you can do thousands of things on this device that's impossible on that locked-down hunk of garbage Apple refers to as iOS.
Edited by takato14 - 11/1/12 at 5:48pm