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April 6, 2009

archos better than cowon? it would seem so

Filed under: gadget,Hardwares,PMP — Sagacious Himself @ 5:23 pm

cowon stagnation?  fr*nch archos to the rescue?

cowon america “support” is abysmal at best.  Inconvenient fine grain functionality questions go unanswered in their support forums and emails get the godaddy run around.  While I have not yet purchased an archos which has much to do with them being Fr*nch Cowon is sitting on their innovation hands.

cowon needs an HD media output option.  SD on my HD hardware is not acceptable.  Deviation from reference design?  Doesn’t seem to happen with cowon ‘engineers’.  Archos has the korean upselling mentality mastered ironically: pay for the hardware and pay to unlock features one at a time with software patches.

My Cowon Q5W GPS adventure was other than delightful.  I need FLAC playback with an intelligently designed GUI that provides useful information and easy control.  I need HD video out.  I am not a fan of proprietary connectors. I want to be able to wirelessly mount my CFS shares to *stream* media.  Bluetooth media broadcast to my car is not asking much.

Stay tuned for adventures in archos land…

January 11, 2008

low cost alternative to cowon Q5W + GPS – MTWO Technologies GPS-288 – FLAC xvid TV-out SDRAM 2gigs

Filed under: category euthanized,CIO,GPS,HardWare,PMP — Sagacious Himself @ 8:00 pm
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MTWO Technologies GPS-288

2.8-inch Multimedia Player with GPS Navigation Function

MTWO Technologies GPS-288


Plays videos and the beloved FLAC… TV-out, secondary to GPS

Key Specifications/Special Features:

  • GPS navigation, music player, video player, photo viewer, FM radio, voice recording, E-book and gaming all-in-one
  • Embedded Linux system (version 2.6.14)
  • Actions ATT2200 processor (MIPS + DSP, 180MHz)
  • Screen: 2.8-inch TFT LCD, QVGA 320 x 240, 260K colors, touch screen
  • Storage: build-in NAND flash, up to 1GB, external SD/MMC card up to 2GB
  • Supports ID3 LRC
  • Equalizer: seven mode, SRS WOW, SRS WOW HD, user mode
  • Recording: FM recording, MIC recording. Format: WAV, ACT
  • Photo viewer: support JPEG, BMP, GIF format
  • Video format: XviD, AMVB, WMV
  • Video out: TV out
  • FM radio and FM recording
  • Support actions DRM
  • Build-in stereo speaker
  • System:
    • CPU: Actions ATT2200 processor (MIPS + DSP, 180MHz)
    • SDRAM: 64MB
    • NAND flash: 64MB (up to 1GB)
    • OS: embedded Linux system (version 2.6.14)
  • Functions:
    • Channels: 20
    • Position: less than 10m
    • Velocity: 0.1m/seconds
    • Time: 0.01 seconds to GPS time
    • TTFF (open sky)
    • Reacquisition: 0.1 seconds, average
    • Hot start: 8 seconds, average
    • Warm start: 29 seconds, average
    • Cold start: 42 seconds, average
    • Antenna: embedded antenna[ ]

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