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Portable media players

If you want to do more than just listen to music on the move, or prefer watching films and TV to listening to songs, try a portable media player. With bright, clear screens and lots of memory to store videos, portable media players let you take films, TV shows, video clips and more with you.

Portable media players comparison chart for 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Creative Zen X-Fi 16GB
Sony X-Series Walkman
SanDisk Sansa View
Philips Gogear Muse
Cinepal Personal Media Player
Coby TFDVD7052
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
apple itouch has a rating of five  overall samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  overall zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  overall archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of five  overall creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  overall sony x-series walkman has a rating of four  overall sandisk sansa view has a rating of four  overall philips gogear muse has a rating of three  overall cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  overall coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  overall
Video quality
apple itouch has a rating of five  video quality samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  video quality zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  video quality archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of five  video quality creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  video quality sony x-series walkman has a rating of four  video quality sandisk sansa view has a rating of four  video quality philips gogear muse has a rating of four  video quality cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  video quality coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  video quality
Sound quality
apple itouch has a rating of five  sound quality samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  sound quality zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  sound quality archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of five  sound quality creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  sound quality sony x-series walkman has a rating of four  sound quality sandisk sansa view has a rating of three  sound quality philips gogear muse has a rating of three  sound quality cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  sound quality coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  sound quality
Features
apple itouch has a rating of five  features samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  features zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  features archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of five  features creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  features sony x-series walkman has a rating of three  features sandisk sansa view has a rating of four  features philips gogear muse has a rating of four  features cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  features coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  features
Ease of use
apple itouch has a rating of five  ease of use samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  ease of use zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  ease of use archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of five  ease of use creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  ease of use sony x-series walkman has a rating of four  ease of use sandisk sansa view has a rating of three  ease of use philips gogear muse has a rating of three  ease of use cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  ease of use coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  ease of use
Help & support
apple itouch has a rating of five  help & support samsung galaxy player 5 has a rating of four  help & support zune 80 gb digital has a rating of five  help & support archos 604 30 gb portable has a rating of four  help & support creative zen x-fi 16gb has a rating of four  help & support sony x-series walkman has a rating of three  help & support sandisk sansa view has a rating of three  help & support philips gogear muse has a rating of three  help & support cinepal  personal media player has a rating of three  help & support coby tfdvd7052 has a rating of three  help & support
Storage
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Capacity (gigabytes)
32 GB 4 GB 80 GB 30 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Videos
2 videos 5 videos 5 videos 40 videos 4 videos 1 videos 1 videos 32 videos 1 videos 1 videos
Songs
7000 songs 1000 songs 20000 songs 15000 songs 4000 songs 100 songs 8000 songs 1700 songs 10000 songs 240 songs
Photos
10000 images 10000 images 25000 images 300000 images 10000 images 8 images 19000 4000 photos 10000 images 10000 images
Specification
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LCD display (inches)
3.5 1.8 3.2 4.3 2.5 3 2.4 3 8.9 7
Size (inches)
4.4x0.28x2.3 in 1.7 in x 0.4 in x 3.7 in 2.4 in x 0.5 in x 4.3 in 5.1 in x 0.7 in x 3 in 0.5 in x 2.2 in x 3.3 in 0.4 in x 3.9 in x 2.1 in 4.3 x 2 x 0.4 110 x 55 x 8.9 mm 8.6 x 5.25 x .5 in 7.8 in x 1.5 in x 6.5 in
Weight (ounces)
3.6 oz 1.8 oz 4.5 oz 9 oz 2.4 oz 3.5 oz 2.1 oz 3.5 oz 24 oz 1.9 lbs
Features
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Touchscreen
apple itouch  touchscreen samsung galaxy player 5  touchscreen zune 80 gb digital  touchscreen archos 604 30 gb portable  touchscreen creative zen x-fi 16gb  touchscreen sony x-series walkman  touchscreen sandisk sansa view  touchscreen philips gogear muse  touchscreen cinepal  personal media player  touchscreen coby tfdvd7052  touchscreen
Internet browser
apple itouch  internet browser samsung galaxy player 5  internet browser zune 80 gb digital  internet browser archos 604 30 gb portable  internet browser creative zen x-fi 16gb  internet browser sony x-series walkman  internet browser sandisk sansa view  internet browser philips gogear muse  internet browser cinepal  personal media player  internet browser coby tfdvd7052  internet browser
Radio
apple itouch  radio samsung galaxy player 5  radio zune 80 gb digital  radio archos 604 30 gb portable  radio creative zen x-fi 16gb  radio sony x-series walkman  radio sandisk sansa view  radio philips gogear muse  radio cinepal  personal media player  radio coby tfdvd7052  radio
Earphones
apple itouch  earphones samsung galaxy player 5  earphones zune 80 gb digital  earphones archos 604 30 gb portable  earphones creative zen x-fi 16gb  earphones sony x-series walkman  earphones sandisk sansa view  earphones philips gogear muse  earphones cinepal  personal media player  earphones coby tfdvd7052  earphones
Audio formats
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Video formats
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Transfers
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Wi-Fi
apple itouch  wi-fi samsung galaxy player 5  wi-fi zune 80 gb digital  wi-fi archos 604 30 gb portable  wi-fi creative zen x-fi 16gb  wi-fi sony x-series walkman  wi-fi sandisk sansa view  wi-fi philips gogear muse  wi-fi cinepal  personal media player  wi-fi coby tfdvd7052  wi-fi
USB
apple itouch  usb samsung galaxy player 5  usb zune 80 gb digital  usb archos 604 30 gb portable  usb creative zen x-fi 16gb  usb sony x-series walkman  usb sandisk sansa view  usb philips gogear muse  usb cinepal  personal media player  usb coby tfdvd7052  usb
Bluetooth
apple itouch  bluetooth samsung galaxy player 5  bluetooth zune 80 gb digital  bluetooth archos 604 30 gb portable  bluetooth creative zen x-fi 16gb  bluetooth sony x-series walkman  bluetooth sandisk sansa view  bluetooth philips gogear muse  bluetooth cinepal  personal media player  bluetooth coby tfdvd7052  bluetooth
Battery
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Battery life (hours)
40 hours 25 hours 24 hours 16 hours 11.11 hours 33 hours 20 hours 25 hours 6 hours 2.3 hours
Rechargeable battery
apple itouch  rechargeable battery samsung galaxy player 5  rechargeable battery zune 80 gb digital  rechargeable battery archos 604 30 gb portable  rechargeable battery creative zen x-fi 16gb  rechargeable battery sony x-series walkman  rechargeable battery sandisk sansa view  rechargeable battery philips gogear muse  rechargeable battery cinepal  personal media player  rechargeable battery coby tfdvd7052  rechargeable battery
Battery charger
apple itouch  battery charger samsung galaxy player 5  battery charger zune 80 gb digital  battery charger archos 604 30 gb portable  battery charger creative zen x-fi 16gb  battery charger sony x-series walkman  battery charger sandisk sansa view  battery charger philips gogear muse  battery charger cinepal  personal media player  battery charger coby tfdvd7052  battery charger
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 2 months
Help & support
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Telephone support
apple itouch  telephone support samsung galaxy player 5  telephone support zune 80 gb digital  telephone support archos 604 30 gb portable  telephone support creative zen x-fi 16gb  telephone support sony x-series walkman  telephone support sandisk sansa view  telephone support philips gogear muse  telephone support cinepal  personal media player  telephone support coby tfdvd7052  telephone support
Email support
apple itouch  email support samsung galaxy player 5  email support zune 80 gb digital  email support archos 604 30 gb portable  email support creative zen x-fi 16gb  email support sony x-series walkman  email support sandisk sansa view  email support philips gogear muse  email support cinepal  personal media player  email support coby tfdvd7052  email support
User manual
apple itouch  user manual samsung galaxy player 5  user manual zune 80 gb digital  user manual archos 604 30 gb portable  user manual creative zen x-fi 16gb  user manual sony x-series walkman  user manual sandisk sansa view  user manual philips gogear muse  user manual cinepal  personal media player  user manual coby tfdvd7052  user manual

Portable media players explained

Portable media players are similar to MP3 players in size and shape. But they can do a much wider range of things. For instance:

  • Watch stored videos – anything from a feature film or TV show to short video clips you’ve downloaded off the internet.
  • Watch streaming video – some portable media players have wireless networking built in, so you can watch video on sites like YouTube.
  • Play music – just like MP3 players, portable media players allow you to play your music back through headphones.
  • Read books – a growing number of portable media players are able to display electronic books on screen, so you can read them.
  • Look at photos – you may be able to load photos and display them on the screen to show friends and family.
  • Record audio and video – some portable media players have cameras and microphones built in, so you can record audio and video.
  • Play games – many portable media players have games built in. They’re usually fairly simple, but can kill time on a long journey.

The files you watch or listen to will be stored on built-in memory. This is measured in gigabytes (GB) – in particular, video files can use lots of space, so make sure there’s enough room.

Very versatile

With so many functions to choose from, it’s important your portable media player is easy to use. Look for simple controls and a big screen so you can watch video and see menu options clearly.

Most portable media players come with software to load your media files onto the player. You may be able to purchase and download audio and video through this software, or use it to convert your existing files.

Rank
Apple iTouch
Samsung Galaxy Player 5
Zune 80 GB Digital
Archos 604 30 GB Portable
Creative Zen X-Fi 16GB
Sony X-Series Walkman
SanDisk Sansa View
Philips Gogear Muse
Cinepal Personal Media Player
Coby TFDVD7052