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.
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.
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...
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...
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.