For those who aren't fans of convergence... or the last 12 months of technological innovation.
Convergence is generally considered a good thing – especially when done well. That said, for those who take pride in the size of their pocket bulge (did that come out wrong?) should find something mildly interesting about this…
Taking more than a few visual queues from the Viewty, LG’s latest PMP brings much of what is there without all that tomfoolery phone-stuff.
As a result the ‘T80’ sports a 3in 400 x 240 native resolution touchscreen, reasonably wide video and audio codec support (including MP3, WMA, Mpeg4 and Ogg), an FM tuner while at 98.5 x 55.5 x 13.1mm the T80 isn’t overly fat and weighs just 81g. Furthermore, it adds the bonus of onboard storage and mobile TV.
This sadly however is where the problems start. Onboard storage is a rather rubbish 4GB (less than most decent multimedia handsets) and the mobile TV comes courtesy of DVB-T so we’re talking FreeView not true DVB-H, which is the official mobile TV standard for Europe.
Even more troubling is the €299 price tag which – considering handsets like the Viewty and N95 come free on most decent monthly contracts – is prohibitive to say the least. In fact, even dedicated high end PMPs like Apple’s iPod touch start at £199 for an 8GB model and – mobile TV aside – wipe the floor with it.
So LG, yes the T80 could have been nice in theory in 2006, but we’re in 2008 now and – quite frankly – the world has moved on…
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