Conclusion: The pricey iriver Spinn suffers from a lack of grace and simplicity typically found in the company's standout players like the excellent Clix.
Pros: Interesting design and control layout. Robust file support, including lossless audio. Large, crisp screen, which is great for video and photo viewing. FM and voice recording.
Cons: Overpriced. Touch screen seems superfluous, and it's easy to overshoot your selection with the cylinder controller. User interface isn't all that attractive—and could be more responsive. Storage tops out at 8GB, and there's no expansion slot.
Excerpt: Sexy isn't it? Definitely. As the name implies, the Spinn will be using iriver's new SPINN interface and controls. It's a flash device ranging from 4-16GB's, and has a rich 3.2" AMOLED display (480 x 372), It has Bluetooth 2.0 support, Flash 2.0, DMB tuner, a dictionary, and plays back MP4 video at 30fps
Summary: The SPINN is iriver’s best DAP so far this year and a refreshing change from the string of budget players released before it. It’s built well, sounds good, and sports a one-of-a-kind design with a beautiful display.
Summary: The iRiver Spinn is an incredibly attractive device whose saucy looks, amazing display, and high-quality audio and video playback are sure to win many admirers. A few usability and navigation issues knock it down a notch, but some of those may disappear once the learning curve is complete. If any player could make fashion-conscious iPod users jump ship, it's this one; it may be the one digital music device that has more aesthetic appeal than an iPod.
Conclusion: Earlier I mentioned that I started to lose faith in iriver due to a recent bout of subpar MP3 and PMP players. The SPINN has renewed that faith and placed iriver back in the game. The SPINN offers something very unique to a very crowded market. The UI is fun, the design is solid, and the screen is bleeding edge tech.
Summary: We applaud iriver for trying out new interface designs, but we do wish the Spinn’s dual control methods integrated better with each other for easier one-handed operation. The Spinn’s large touchscreen and good A/V quality make it a compelling companion for travelers and commuters, and built-in Bluetooth is a handy extra for gym rats and joggers.
Pros: Built-in Bluetooth, Large touchscreen with haptic feedback, Very good sound with SRS WOW HD, Supports drag-and-drop in Windows and Mac OS,
Cons: Spinn wheel can be imprecise, Bundled software is clunky and Windows-only, Expensive given limited storage, FLAC files wont play over Bluetooth,
Excerpt: The triumph of style over substance is a common phenomenon. From slick politicians (those memorably described by Ben Elton as “suits full of EDITED all”) to architecturally stupendous footbridges that can't be walked across, form takes an increasingly important role compared to function. It shouldn't really be any surprise that products as modern and covetable as MP3 players should fall foul of this dark inversion.
Pros: Big, bright screen, slim good looks, decent spec and half-decent headphones
Cons: Seems pricey, especially as the sound is no great shakes