Conclusion: If you're a dedicated Slacker listener, the G2 is an excellent way to take your songs with you. If the company can iron out a few ease-of-use issues, this player could be part of a digital music model that gives Apple a run for its money.
Pros: Smaller, slicker, and less buggy than the original Slacker Portable player. Refreshes music automatically via Wi-Fi. Easy to create custom stations online. Player displays album art and artist bios. Also stores and plays your own AAC, MP3, and WMA files.
Cons: Software hits some snags. Wireless connections can be spotty. No photo or video support.
Summary: The Slacker G2 is the ultimate lazy person's MP3 player. Paired with the excellent--and free--Slacker music service, it makes new music discovery and enjoyment a nearly effortless process, but control freaks and audiophiles need not apply.
Pros: The Slacker G2 Personal Radio Player works with Slacker's excellent free music service, and it offers built-in Wi-Fi for grabbing new music on-the-go. It features a compact and sturdy design with a large, bright LCD that displays true full-screen album art.
Cons: The Slacker G2 does not offer extra features such as photo and video support, the controls are not completely intuitive, the volume buttons are not very responsive, sound quality is unexceptional, and battery life is unimpressive.
Conclusion: As an MP3 player, the G2 is a rather unremarkable piece of hardware, but when coupled with Slacker’s valuable online radio service, it truly offers a unique solution for owners who don’t want to be bothered by constantly refreshing their music manually. Slacker has largely fixed the problems of its earlier player, but a laggy interface with a slow, clunky input device remains an issue.
Excerpt: Slacker announced a new version of its portable radio today, and we’re happy to say the Slacker G2 kicks just as much ass as the original product we reviewed last April. Here’s Slacker in a nutshell (for those who don’t want to re-read our previous review): The service component of Slacker is much like Pandora or Last.FM in that you can listen to music on the Internet for free (along with an occasional advertisement) while the Slacker A.I.
Pros: Fabulous audio quality, great recommendations, free music.
Cons: You can't choose which songs you'll hear unless you pay for the Premium service.
Summary: The Slacker service is free in its most basic version, but to get access to the best features, you'll have to subscribe to their premium radio service. Once you subscribe to premium radio, you'll be able to skip tracks as many times as you want (this is limited to 6 times per hour/per channel on the basic player). The premium version also removes the commercials and adds the ability to request an unlimited amount of songs to your custom radio stations.
Summary: Inevitably, comparisons will be drawn between the Slacker Portable G2 and the current king of the digital music player space, Apple's iPod, but one must carefully consider what the Slacker is designed to do before passing judgement. It is, exclusively, a music player--you can't add photos, videos, or apps to the device.