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.
Summary: Until Iriver lowers the price on the Spinn, it will remain a luxury portable media player best suited to an early adopter with a penchant for unique gadgets and a library of lossless music.
Pros: The Iriver Spinn offers a unique, innovative design with a high-quality build. The touch-sensitive display is bright, responsive, and relatively large. The interface is customizable, and the player is packed with desirable features such as built-in Bluetooth, photo and video playback, voice recording, and an FM tuner. A large variety of audio codecs are supported, and there are plentiful sound enhancement options.
Cons: The Iriver Spinn is expensive, and yet it lacks some of the advanced features expected in the price range, such as integrated Wi-Fi or an SD card expansion slot. It maxes out at 8GB and using it isn't immediately easy. Despite the seemingly decent video support, conversion is necessary in most cases.
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.
Excerpt: The iRiver Spinn has both a touch screen and a dial control. The case is reminiscent of a door hinge, with the dial forming half of the bulge on the right-hand side. This is used to scroll through menus, and you can click it to select items. It also allows you to rewind or fast-forward quickly to a specific place in a song or video.