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According to the documentation, the battery and the cigarette lighter adapter are optional extras, but Advanced mp3 Players is bundling both with the Walking Cinema.
There’s a lot to like about the Walking Cinema, and I enjoyed using it while I was travelling, but there is one major issue that would stop me from buying it. One of the best things about DVD movies is the non-linear nature of the format. Unlike a VHS tape, with a DVD you can jump to a specific scene, watch bonus material or read background information about the film makers and actors. Unfortunately, unless you’re using the supplied remote control, you can’t access all the features on the disc. Even though the Walking Cinema is designed as a handheld movie machine, it features no Menu button and no navigation buttons to allow you to select the various features of a disc.
The only way that you can jump to a specific scene or view bonus material is to use the remote control. Now, with a home DVD player this makes sense, but with a player that you are actually holding, the idea of using a remote control seems a bit ridiculous. You either have to hold the player in one hand and the remote in the other, or put the player on a surface and use the remote which ultimately negates the tablet design.
Not being able to control all the features of a disc directly from the player seems like a fundamental flaw to me and unfortunately ruins an otherwise promising product. I can only hope that the next generation of the Walking Cinema will have Menu and navigation controls on the player itself.
In use the Walking Cinema is a very good personal DVD player, and you can enjoy your favourite films anywhere, anytime. The price is also very reasonable at £289, undercutting clamshell players with similar size screens. And for those of you who like to show off your gadgets, you’ll enjoy all the admiring stares from fellow passengers and passers by while you’re enjoying the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Next Base has definitely hit on a good idea with the Walking Cinema, but a little more attention to detail would have made it a much better product. An internal battery would be welcome, but the reasons for an external one are valid to a certain degree. However, the lack of navigation controls on the player itself is a serious shortcoming that can’t be overlooked. If Next Base can address this problem in future models, it could have a real winner on its hands.