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Subject: Re: JBR vs FMR? Which one is better
From: Shawn Watson (shawnw_at_internode.on.net)
The JBFMR is smaller because the four batteries have been removed and
replaced with a lighter and less bulky but fixed! Li-ion, not because of
the radio. If the radio is just a simple chip why didn't they just add
it to the JBR and leave everything else as it is? It seems none of these
MP3 player manufacturers want to refine a good player, instead they
create new models with the features that customers asked for, but the
features that they were happy with before removed (actually, the iPods
seem to be the only ones refining). The JBFMR is not a refinement of the
JBR, or a step forward, it's a step sideways. The Creative Nomad Zen NX
is not a refinement of the Creative Nomad Zen, it's also a step sideways.
Back to the radio thing. The Odyssey 1000 has a built in radio, but it's
bulky. The Zen and the iHP-100 are nice and slim, and they both have a
radio, but it's not built in, it's in the remote, and remotes defeat the
purpose of being nice and slim in the first place. So as I said before,
we do not have the technology it seems to add a radio built-in and not
bulk up a player.
I guess I'm just frustrated that I cannot buy a player the size of the
iPod and have a radio built into it. I would have thought it would not
have been that hard.
Mike Holden wrote:
>Shawn Watson said:
>>Go with the JBR. I'm with you on wanting to be able to swap out the
>>batteries to perhaps extend play time when travelling, stuff like that.
>>The JBFMR is lighter and smaller, but not by much; and let's face it, if
>> you want lighter and smaller go iPodding. I want a radio built in also
>>but it seems that it's impossible to fit a radio in without bulking up
>>the player (all mp3 players with FM tuners suck!) and I want smaller and
>> portable. I think I'll buy a player with an FM tuner when they state
>>that it's a free add on that does not effect the player size - it seems
>>we do not have the technology yet :).
>You say that "the JBFMR is lighter and smaller" than the JBR, and then you
>say that "it's impossible to fit a radio in without bulking up the
>You need to make your mind up which, as these 2 statements dierctly
>contradict each other!
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