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: 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
Summary: With the iPod Touch showing no sign of losing its spot at the top of PMP Hill, the Seoul men (and women) of iriver have tried a new line of attack. The Spinn is its first touch-screen PMP and sports a nifty operational ‘wheel’ that provides a new and slightly eccentric user experience. Unfortunately, the result of three separate control methods – external buttons, touch screen, and wheel – can be a kafuffle.