I was the proud owner of an Olympus m:robe 100 for just under two weeks. And while it was fun, I’ve returned the unit and gone to an iPod instead.
Why the change? Well, while the stylings of the m:robe 100 were fantastic, there really wasn’t any support to be had – even from Olympus. I had more problems than I could count in such a short period of time (anything from their software not reporting the correct size, or the volume being extremely low, to losing all the songs (causing a unit replacement), to songs not transferring on the replacement unit that were on the first unit. Not to mention that the m-trip software should be taken to a quiet corner and put down. Sadly, m-trip is the only way to transfer songs to the device.
Why an iPod? Well, I got a fantastic deal from a friend (thanks Dan) who recently upgraded from a 4th gen. 20Gb to a new 60Gb Photo. I know there are more compatible devices out there, but since the release of ml_ipod (a winamp plugin to control the iPod that is feature rich), I’ve been thinking about the Apple lineup more and more.
So while the m:robe 100 (not 500) was an awesome looking device, it still needs to be taken through another revision cycle before I would consider going back.
So long m:robe – I’ll miss your wicked red on black display. But methinks I won’t miss you for long.
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