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Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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As well as the calendar, the Joggler also has a photo browser, music player and video player. These can be used to play back files either from the internal 1GB of memory or via USB storage devices (there's a USB port on the right hand edge of the device). A surprising number of file formats are catered for including MP3, Ogg Vorbis and WMA (non-DRM) for audio, and FLV, WMV, MPEG-4 H.264, Xvid and DivX files for video. It could even play back some 720p HD files we chucked at it.

Photos are quick to load and you can turn on the slideshow mode to have it gently cycle through your pictures like most digital photo frames. The music player is fairly basic, however, as it doesn't show ID3 tags and doesn't let you fast-forward or rewind within tracks. Nevertheless, it does have shuffle and repeat controls and moving between songs is pretty easy thanks to the touchscreen control. Video playback is very smooth, and although initially it's shown in a window with playback controls beneath it, you can tap on the video window to make it go full screen. However, as with audio there's no fast-forward or rewind controls, which is annoying.

There are also news and sports news icons that let you read the top 10 stories pulled from the Sky News website and the weather feature shows the forecast for the next four days complete with cute weather animations. You can also access a zoomable traffic map that shows congestion levels on the UK's A road network using information provided by Trafficmaster.

The other major feature that's been recently added is text messaging. Tap this icon on the screen and it takes you to your messaging inbox. There's a contact book for storing numbers and the onscreen keyboard makes it easy to tap out messages at a reasonable speed. O2 gives 50 free text messages a month when you buy the device and the inbox constantly displays how many free messages you've got left. You can also text from a mobile directly to the Joggler, say if you're running late, and the message pops up on the screen when it's received. It's a shame email isn't currently supported as well, but perhaps this will be added in the future.

The Joggler's other really cool feature is hidden away in the Tools menu. This menu is home to the alarm clock, calculator and memo pad, but more importantly also Connect and Play. Essentially, Connect and Play lets you use the Joggler as a media streamer as from here you can happily access and play files from a network share on your PC. It works brilliantly and means you can listen to your PC's music collection (and even play tunes in the background while using other features like the news reader or calendar app) or simply catch up on those completely legal TV programs you've downloaded.


July 1, 2009, 3:29 pm

My wife is badgering me into getting her one of these. With 4 kids she thinks she'd find it useful to keep track of football training, dance lessons, doctors appointments etc. I'm holding out because of the lack of integration with google calender. I'd find it a lot more useful if I could pick my iPod Touch up in the morning and be able to check my calender to find out who I need to ship where and at what time. I have a tendency to think that buying a netbook for a similar price may offer all these features (albeit without the fancy touchscreen interface) with a lot more besides.


July 1, 2009, 4:09 pm

So what are the hacking capabilities like?

Can you, for example, put your own OS on it?

Would be cool to use as a home automation controller, or even a sat nav device in the car.


July 1, 2009, 7:26 pm

If this is the same thing as the openpeak openframe device - is it possible to install openpeak applications on it? I notice that they have applications that sync with google calendar. Also.. anyone know how easy it is to write apps for the openpeak platform?


July 1, 2009, 8:46 pm

Ah - a bit of googling reveals... http://hackthejoggler.co.uk/


July 1, 2009, 9:03 pm

I'm wondering what would be your advice? i'm looking for something in the livingroom that would function like a calendar and all the other stuff this thing has. But I'm not sure if it would be better to just get a netbook? I would appreciate your advice. (and I won't sue you ;) )

BTW, nice review!




July 1, 2009, 9:11 pm

O yes, I forgot to ask if it is possible to use it in the Netherlands? or would the text messages be cancelled?


February 9, 2010, 6:26 pm

Hi there

Need some advice, I am after something like the Joggler, but am on the Three network, and was hoping to get one under the OPenpeak brand but cannot find anywhere which sells them. Any ideas???



March 31, 2010, 11:36 pm

From April 2nd O2 are slashing the price (for 2 weeks) to £49.. Going to get one or two myself.

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