iPod, Schmipod – Chinese MP4s Are Overtaking Brandname PMPs

Author Dragan Berak 15.11.2007. | 11:34

Are there any reasons to buy the current overpriced MP4s?

I am finding more and more MP4s on the market that are just plain overpriced and under-featured.

Is this a coincidence? Could it be that the current International Corporate Leaders, pleased with their enormous profits and market share, are beginning to rest on their laurels and forgetting that it is the Consumer that is the priority? Aren’t there other options?

For the multitude of fans of PMPs, and now especially for people looking for the newest MP4 players with the latest features, there are options that will not break your bank account. My suggestion? Go around the top sellers and the familiar designs to find out what else is out there.

The greatest source of PMP production is, and will remain, China for the foreseeable future. The biggest names do not make them in their own countries, but rather outsource them there. Due to this, in the past, you could easily and cheaply buy a knockoff product that was similar, but not nearly as high quality, as the other high end MP4 Players that we have all come to know. This doubtful quality, however, is just not the case anymore.

Chinese producers of MP4 players have become more varied, have gotten more featured, and generally have improved to the point that they are of a similar quality to anything else you will find. Why then are the original Chinese PMP designs not selling then? They don’t have the name recognition, and the big companies are just as happy to keep it that way.

Just take a look at these PMPs already for sale and tell me they aren’t as good or better than what you will see from the big names in almost every respect.

 

Solar Powered MP4 Player

http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/solar-powered-mp4-player-2gb-mobile-power-station

[CVEAB-S828-2] – A completely solar powered MP4. The two solar panels will power not only the MP4 player itself, but any other device with 4.5V, 5V, 6.3V, 9V device batteries via the USB OUT. A huge 3.5 inch TFT screen for AVI movies, and some killer apps like a NES, GB, and GBC emulator and a talking E-Book just makes it that much better.

 

Camera + Camcorder MP4 Player

http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/multifunction-camera-camcorder-mp4-player-28-inch-screen/

This is a sexy looking PMP with high quality camcorder, camera, and MP4 player mashed into one sleek exterior. I know that these seems like a ho hum feature (with seemingly all phones and more and more MP4s doing this) but can you say that you can take pictures with your MP4, then use it or other pictures to personalize the GUI interface or the power on/off pictures?

 

HDD MP4 with Digital TV

http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/7-inch-tft-pmp-hdd-memory-dvbt-receiver/

If memory and size matters, then this PMP is king. This is not quite in the pocket PMP category with its 7 inch screen (Is that a PMP in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?), but with the ability to view and record DVB-T and analog TV, along with loud speakers, high resolution and a potential 160GB of memory, this is quite a meaty PMP despite the size.

 

These gadgets are definitely not knockoffs of anything you have seen, and all of them have extras and features that make them very attractive. Best of all, they are going to be priced at least 1/3 to 1/2 the price of branded MP4s (with less features as well) from all the usual companies you know.

Don’t be fooled by a name. You don’t have to buy overpriced products, or cheap copies of them, to find something that you want. Compare, and find out for yourself what it is you really want.

By: The Incomparable GRM

Author Dragan Berak 15.11.2007. | 11:34
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  1. Jeffrey December 6, 21:25

    Nice 🙂
    Next time let the video jump out more.

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