Well I'm in the market for an mp3 player (harddrive based) and so far it's come down to the following:
iriver IHP-120 (not available as of 10-9 as far as I can tell)http://www.iriver.com/product/info.asp?p_name=iHP-120
Apple IPOD (40 gig)
As I see it here are some of the pros cons
-better sound quality
-Ogg Vorbis capability
-and many more features
-remote control is top notch from what i can tell (all the features of the unit are available with the remote)
-16 hours of battery life
-16 sec or more startup time (some people have had startup times up to 45 secs)
-not the prettiest thing
-Very nice design and feel to it. I doubt any mp3 player can touch it in this respect.
-simple and very nice user interface
-40gig as opposed to 20 for the iriver
-lacks many features of the iriver
-windows compatability not as clean
-8 hour battery life (usually less) seems to be a major complaint for ipod users.
They both have virtually identical dimensions and weight so that's not an issue. All the features on the iriver are nice but I really don't think I'd use them all. From the in depth reviews I've read the sound quality on the iriver is exceptional in comparison to the ipod. Pricewise I think they'll be comparable...ipod~$500 and the iriver~$400-450
There are dozens of reviews of the ipod online and they all give it glowing reviews. This was the best iriver review I found. It's a comparison between the iriver (10 gig version) and the upcoming phillips but it has a nice in depth breakdown of the iriver.http://www.austinv.com/hdd100_vs_iHP100_reviewol.htm
Anyone have any opinions on this comparison? I can't decide between the two.