The right hand side is home to the volume control and a rubber flap hides the USB 2.0 port and the power connector. On the left is where you find the headphone socket, and another connector labelled GPS – which doesn’t seem to be in use – and again behind a rubber flap are the TV out connectors. These work by using 3.5mm audio type connectors in one end and the respective TV connectors on the other. There is an S-Video cable and a composite video cable – which rather oddly shares cabling with a coaxial S/PDIF, so you can connect the i2 to a home cinema amplifier if you so wish.
The power switch is located at the top of the player and pushing this right rather than left locks the keys and the touch screen. Oddly enough the top of the player has a sharp edge which isn’t comfortable to hold, but you wouldn’t normally hold this part of it while watching a movie. Finally a stylus is located at the bottom – this is used to navigate through the many menus in the i2. This is made of aluminium and extends to make it easier to use. It can also be plugged into a hole in the back of the i2 creating a makeshift stand for extended viewing.
The back is where the battery fits – it’s always good to see a removable battery, allowing you to carry a spare if you’re going to be on a long journey. A high performance battery is available as an option and will set you back £49.00. The i2 is equipped with a Lithium-Polymer battery with a claimed battery life of up to seven hours for video and 13 hours for music with the screen switched off. I can’t confirm this definitively, but in use the battery life was down to two bars after about two hours of video and a lot of mucking about with the various applications.