It wasn’t until Walletex debuted the ‘Wallet Flash 1.1’ at the arse end of 2005 that we saw true fulfilment of the ‘Credit Card Sized’ tag that had been greeting products for years before then. Now the same company has taken this approach one step further.
The wonderfully literally named ‘Wallet MP3 Player’ is exactly what you’d expect - well, actually no, it isn’t a wallet that plays MP3s so I take that back. Instead it is a credit card format mp3 player that you could theoretically fit in your wallet (though you wouldn’t be able to press the buttons).
Speaking of which, this is an MP3 player stripped down in almost everyway since play/pause, scan/skip backwards and forwards and volume controls are the only controls on the device (I presume there’s a hold button but there was no official mention). Just like Apple’s shuffle there’s no screen either so song selection should be about as hit and miss as trying to detect a Paris Hilton brain cell using an ultra powerful microscope: pointless.
On the plus side Walletex claims the device will be water proof, dust proof and temperature resistant while the double sided USB connector has ‘three-in-one functionality’ meaning it can transfer files to and from your computer, and charge and play audio simultaneously. You’ll need an adaptor though if you want to listen through your favourite headset.
In an obvious nod to the corporate world the Wallet MP3 player has a large double sided branding area for direct printing and Walletex points out it can be customised with ‘any graphics’. All of which leads me to conclude that I’m going to receive a depressing number of these bundled in various press bags over the next 12 months.
Neither a launch date nor pricing have yet been announced but with incremental capacities up to 2GB available I bet I’ll have a tidy collection of 256MBers before too long…
…and yes, we tech journos are a hard, cynical and ungrateful bunch ;)