Digital Cube i-Station i2 - i-Station i2

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The photo album is of more use and can display JPEG, PNG and BMP images, although the low resolution screen is still a limiting factor. The maximum resolution for images is 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, but since the screen’s native resolution is only 320 x 240 this is a moot point. You also get a voice recorder and a scientific calculator thrown in for good measures.


The i2 also supports USB host mode, which means that you can plug in other USB devices to it and transfer the contents across. I succeeded in transferring the contents of my USB memory key without any problems, but trying with a Pentax camera all I got was a transfer error. There is no specific device support list, so this is likely to be a trial and error processor.


Looking at the hardware there are plenty of good features and some not so good. Starting with the size and weight the i2 measures 123 x 76.8 x 21.5mm (WxHxD) and weighs 246g, making it quite pocketable. The front of the player is home to the 260,000 colour 3.5in 320 x 240 pixel display – the same resolution as many new high-end mobile phones. This is really the biggest flaw of the i2, as it could really do with a widescreen display running a far higher resolution.


To the right of the screen is a mono speaker of average quality. Below this is the main navigation interface if you don’t want to use the touch screen. This consists of a four-way joystick that can be depressed to make selections, a button that moves between the various menu options and an enter key. Below the buttons you’ll find an infrared receiver for the remote control, as well the integrated microphone.