Summary

Our Score

6/10

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Sumvision ICE 1000 Touch Screen Media Player - 8GB - Sumvision ICE 1000

The interface is pretty perfunctory to look at after you get past the blue-against-black icons of home screen too. Again, it can't match the iPod touch or Samsung P2 here, and even the rather ugly graphics of the Sansa View manage to outstrip it for elegance. But the biggest issue of all with the ICE 1000 isn't its slightly unresponsive control method or the basic appearance of its interface; it's that the interface manages to couple basic looks with basic functionality.


That folders-and-files view mentioned earlier is the only view you get of your music, video and photo files. The ICE can't read ID tags at all, so you can't browse by artist, album, track or any other method for that matter either. To get around this very problem, I've always ensured that the music I encode is saved with the track number first in the file name, but when I uploaded albums in folders to this player and browsed to them, I found they were all jumbled up, in no kind of logical order.

Verdict

Despite the flaws, I'd be willing to overlook the fiddly touch screen, the limited frames per second and the pretty ugly-looking UI. That's because, the Sumvision ICE 1000 does a pretty good job of providing advanced features - a 2.8in screen, a very pocketable, light and well-built chassis, FM tuner, and voice recording - at an incredibly low price. But its inability to offer basic functionality such as ID tag browsing or any kind of track ordering undermines my esteem for it severely.

If you desperately want the 2.8in screen, can't stomach carrying around a bulky player such as the iPod touch or YP-P2 and don't mind your tracks being played back in a completely random order, then it's not a bad option. Otherwise, I'd recommend you save a few more pounds and go for a Sansa View instead.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Sound Quality
6/10

Our Score

6/10
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