Iriver SPINN



Originally formed by 6 ex Samsung employees Korean company Iriver have been cranking out tasty portable media playing devices since 1999, and the SPINN is certainly no exception. Constructed from what looks to be some kind of weapons grade metal alloy, the SPINN is certainly a looker, the question is has it got anything under the hood to match the racy exterior. The simple answer....yes. The designers of this player were said to have taken their inspiration from old analogue radios, which used the combination of a single vertical bar and an analogue scroll wheel to navigate the channel frequency. Not only have Iriver incorporated their own analogue scroll wheel (hence the 'SPINN') but they have also added a razor sharp 3.3 inch (480x272 resolution) AMOLED touch screen display with haptic feedback...




For those not in the know, haptic feedback, means that the screen gives a small rumble or buzzing feedback when you touch it which gives the illusion that the user is touching a real solid hard button. AMOLED stands for 'Active Matrix Light Emitting Diode'. The advantage of having an AMOLED display over a traditional LCD display (used in most portable media devices) is that they do not require a backlight to function. Thus they draw far less power and, when powered from a battery, can operate longer on the same charge. Because there is no need for a backlight, an OLED display can be much thinner than an LCD panel too.


In terms of file format support you get MP3,WMA, OGG, APE, FLAC & ASF for Audio & AVI (MPEG4 SF) & WMV(9 SP) for video. Photos are covered by JPEG. As well as the usual EQ's, sound enhancements (SRS WOW), album art support and ID3 tag browsing and crisp smooth minimalist user interface Iriver have thrown in a few extras too. DAB digital radio will come as standard on the UK version (DMB-T for Korean version) and all versions will support Adobe Flash Lite 2.1, which means you can download flash games on the device and play them using the touchscreen. A nice touch for sure. Unfortunately River have failed to include any expandable storage which would have been nice but you do get the options of 4/8 & 16GB capacities. Said to be releasing in the UK sometime in August, prices have yet to be announced but expect the damage to be significant. Here's a video of the player in action...