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iLuv unveils tablet-style media player for iPod

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, June 8, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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iLuv has introduced a new portable tablet-style media device that allows users to play videos stored on iPod as well as DVDs. The iLuv i1055 features a 7-inch widescreen LCD display, an integrated rear dock for fifth-generation iPods, and a disc drive that supports DVDs, VCDs, audio CDs and MP3 CDs. The $250 device, available in black or white, also has a built-in rechargeable battery, S-video output, and an on-screen interface. The i1055 comes with a remote control, carrying case, and headphones.

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21

An Ipod with InvisibleShield or BestSkinEver will probably be a tight fit, but what about silicone/leather cases?

Posted by Chahk on June 10, 2006 at 9:06 AM (PDT)

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@ MrWizard
I’m confused.  I thought the current generation of iPod with Video only supported external display resolutions of 4:3.  Why would you design a product around the it then with a 16:9 screen?

Even though iPod’s native screen resolution is 4:3, there is nothing preventing you from putting and playing 16:9 videos on it.  On the Ipod’s screen you will see it in the “letterbox” format (black bars on top and bottom) but on this player they will show up nicely.

Of course I use the term “nicely” very loosely, since iTunes-purchased videos and most applications that are designed to convert videos to ipod’s format are in 320x240 resolution, which will look crappy on a larger screen.

Posted by Chahk on June 10, 2006 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

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i dont like hiding my ipod.

Er…what’s more important? The messenger or the message? Is it so much a self-gratifying lovefest that you have to need a constant reminder that you own an iPod? You can’t do without staring at your iPod for even the length of a TV show or movie?

People lose sight of the fact that the iPod is first and foremost a media delivery system. That it looks oh so pretty and to need to be constantly reminded of that ultimately only goes to question why such individuals even bother actually using the iPod in the first place.

Posted by flatline response on June 10, 2006 at 9:53 AM (PDT)

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what im getting at is that its an ipod accessory, so where’s the ipod?

it’s just that feeling that’s missing…or maybe im too attached. =P

Posted by jeremy krolikowski on June 10, 2006 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

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This looked like a good idea at first until I looked at their site and noticed the 2.5 hour battery life.

For home use you can buy the iPod dock and remote control for around $50 for both and get the same functionality.

For travel you could add a $100 portable DVD player with S-Video in and get almost double that battery life using the dock. The angle at which the iPod rests in the dock would make this annoying, though.

320x240 on televisions isn’t too bad, it’s nothing spectacular - the iPod manages to make it look VCD quality.

Posted by js on June 10, 2006 at 3:29 PM (PDT)

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Oh, great…250 bucks to modestly enlarge video podcasts and TV reruns.  If ipods could easily play entire movies it might be a sound investment, but as it is, it does not seem worth it…

Posted by iMozz on June 13, 2006 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

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Very cool to have in the car… my wife takes her video ipod everywhere (work, workout, etc..). When she is in the car on long trips it is very nice to have it for the music she pipes into the car’s stero but now she can also catch up on the vids she has ripped to the iPod. The screen on the iPod is nice for album covers, text and short video in still situations with contant light. In a car, bounce bounce and the sun flashing from trees and bridges - the larger screen is easier on the eyes.

Posted by Gar on June 18, 2006 at 5:29 PM (PDT)

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iwould like to buy i1055 use my cridet card ?

Posted by pac66 on June 21, 2006 at 11:49 PM (PDT)

29

What is the ‘imminent release of a dedicated video ipod’?  And, where can I get information on it?

Thanks,

Sharon

Posted by sharon Reilly on July 6, 2006 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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