Print 15 comment(s) - last by CZroe.. on Jun 23 at 9:59 PM

It's an interesting time when battery life trumps storage capacity

Mobiblu has previously come to the market with such novelties as the tiny DAH-1500i “Cube” player which wowed consumers with its small size and relatively affordable pricing. The company is now touting its latest digital audio player (DAP) which in certain conditions is capable of over 170 hours of continuous playback according to an review of the device. The B153 hosts a large feature set, which includes:

  • World's Longest Battery Life Playback Time (over 150 Hours)
  • OLED Display
  • FM Tuner, FM Recording
  • Voice Recording w/Built-In Microphone
  • Line-In Encoding
  • SRS WOW High Definition
  • SRS and TruBass Sound Enhancement
  • USB 2.0
  • Pivot Display (Rotate Display 180 degrees)

And to prove that the 170 hours usage claim wasn’t a fluke, a quick search showed that the folks over at CNET were also able to extract some rather impressive run times out of their review sample. CNET reviewers were able to get just shy of 147 hours out of their 512MB unit. While that’s not quite as high as the 170 hour watermark, it’s within striking distance of the 153 hour claim posted by Mobiblu (and hence it’s B153 namesake). It’s also over three times the run time of its nearest competitor, the Samsung YP-MT6.

The Mobiblu B153 supports MP3, WMA and WMA DRM audio formats so you shouldn’t have a problem carrying your existing music collection along (that’s unless you’re moving from one of those “iPod” music players that I keep hearing about). The device comes in 512MB, 1GB and 2GB varieties and is priced at $89.00, $99.00 and $129.99 USD respectively. The only drawback to the enormous battery life is that fact that it's hard to hold 7 days worth of music with 2GB of storage.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By rrsurfer1 on 6/22/2006 10:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
The review also says that you can only navigate this by folder trees, no sort by artist/albumn/song. I'll pass, though thats rediculous battery life. Hopefully this will drive some more manufacturers (ahem *Apple* ahem) to become more energy efficient.

RE: Navigation
By darkfoon on 6/22/2006 11:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this will drive some more manufacturers (ahem *Apple* ahem) to become more energy efficient.

You know it wont, though. Apple will go on their current path, undeterred. They have a huge share of the market, and plenty of people know the name ipod before they know the name mobiblu, so they wont feel any drive to improve their products.

RE: Navigation
By lamestlamer on 6/23/2006 12:38:50 AM , Rating: 2
When I originally bought mine, the Mobiblu website said it supported m3u playlists, but with the current firmware it does not. It was a little inconvienient to place my mp3's into bulk folders for playlists(or use the 1 built in playlist).

Still, the decently small size, good output quality, and no-maintanence battery power make it a decent player.

RE: Navigation
By iamright on 6/23/2006 1:57:00 AM , Rating: 2
It was a little inconvienient to place my mp3's into bulk folders for playlists(or use the 1 built in playlist).

I think that its a POS. Who on earth wants to manually set up folders for playlists? I had a player back in 2001 that required that kind of setup and it was ok for then but not for 2006! The player is ghetto at best. It's like putting a 200 gallon gas tank in a ford tempo(Mobiblu) and comparing it to a BMW 3 series(Ipod).

RE: Navigation
By lamestlamer on 6/23/2006 2:49:29 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, then what is the Ipod Shuffle? Super ghetto? And as usual, everything in life is somehow related to cars.

I suppose wanting a mobile phone that just makes calls and has substantial battery life is ghetto compared to a phone that is a bulky cameraphone/mp3 player/ portable gaming system/ swiss army knife with crappy battery life.

The B153 fills a niche market for those who:
want more functionality than the shuffle, but don't need that of a standard ipod
want a cheaper alternative to an ipod
want to forget about battery life

RE: Navigation
By iamright on 6/23/2006 12:00:47 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, then what is the Ipod Shuffle? Super ghetto? And as usual, everything in life is somehow related to cars.

The Ipod shuffle doesn't have a 7 day battery life. The point is that some basic navigation and song managment features would be more desirable than a super long battery. The ipod nano is small and reasonable. Who would take an mp3 player out for 7 days away from a usb port? Oh I guess that this one you have would cater to the mountain man who goes to town once a week to charge his DAP market, How silly of me to overlook that.

RE: Navigation
By hechacker1 on 6/23/2006 3:12:26 AM , Rating: 2
you know.. i for one keep all of my mp3's organized by folders for artists/album and all of my mp3 have proper ID3 formatting. It really isn't hard to do as long as you do it initially when adding music to your collection.

this mp3 players sounds pretty good on paper for me, an ipod killer considering the limitation of the ipod that don't work well for me. but yeah, i guess a lot of people just like to through there music into a random directory and depend on the software to tag and organize it.

RE: Navigation
By rrsurfer1 on 6/23/2006 9:20:19 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure you understand correctly. This has nothing to do with tagging. And of course my music is all organized, iTunes automatically puts it into folders.

But when I'm loading songs onto an mp3 player I don't want to have to move them by folder so that they are organized. Also, what if I want to sort by song name? Then they all need to be in the same directory (not to mention the song name must be first in the filename). Artist... then different directories named by artist.

Thats a big pain when I'm used to my iPod's clean "Artists" "Albumns" "Songs" - which actually uses the ID3 tags.

Your keeping the tags right won't do a damn thing to change the 3 generations behind navigation style of this player.

RE: Navigation
By Scabies on 6/23/2006 10:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
I originally organized my music in WMP, which took about three weeks worth of looking up tags by individual file. My collection has a lot of stuff from the first iteration of Napster, and a handful of CDs that were ripped using various programs. A lot came from other friends MP3 players (which rules out the iPod)

iTunes ate my collection alive. I found a Billy Joel album (2 CDs) that was rearranged to read as six separate albums, tracks 1 2 5 7 in one album, 3 6 8 9 10 in another, etc etc. Automatically sorts...
now I get to retag. But true, browsing by various tag values is a must.

RE: Navigation
By rrsurfer1 on 6/23/2006 10:37:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, I've seen some odd behavior sometimes with iTunes and certain tags, especially hand-formed tags. Particularily when the info is slightly different across albumns.

A lot came from other friends MP3 players (which rules out the iPod)

Not sure what you mean by this, but if you mean you can't copy from the iPod, you should try "SharePod" ;)

2 GB should still be plenty
By bobsmith1492 on 6/22/2006 9:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
I normally put together a playlist that I listen through quite a few times anyway, so that would be fine; just play through that group of songs a few times, then when you want to, you can just swap it out.

Nearest competitor?
By lennylim on 6/23/2006 1:53:38 PM , Rating: 2
Panasonic SV-MP010 and SV-MP020 (512MB and 1GB) have 75 hour playtime from a single AA.

By ghuoof on 6/23/2006 6:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't support .ogg so what good is it?

By CZroe on 6/23/2006 9:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
"It's an interesting time when battery life trumps storage capacity"

Uh, yeah right. I can't reacall when a flash-based MP3 player couldn't finish a complete playlist of music encoded at normal bitrates. Perhaps if you loaded one of those SD-card players with 8GB or something (Do 2GB+ SD devices require SDHC?)... ;)

By iamright on 6/22/2006 9:00:37 PM , Rating: 1
so people will realize that they still want an ipod!

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Related Articles
mobiBLU MP3 Player Ups Its Capacity To 2GB
February 13, 2006, 10:51 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki