iriver H10 6Gb mp3 player

After having craptastic after sales service with my iPod mini, I vowed that Apple would not get any more of my cash, so last Christmas to replace the miserable pile of shit that was the iPod mini, I bought an iriver H10 6Gb
Here is my pico-review.
Sound quality – fantastic – same as the iPod
Menu/UI – not bad – not as responsive as the iPod
Controls – not bad – not as good as the iPod
Music transfer program – brilliant ; heaps better than iTunes
Battery Life – amazingly good, at least 8-9 hours – kills the iPod
FM Radio – pretty ordinary sound – iPod doesn’t have one, but who cares
Quality – not having sent it back after 1 month – better than the iPod
If you’ve been indoctrinated into the “Cult of Apple” then you’re going to hate this because it’s not “cool enough”, and if you’re less technically savvy (hi Mum) then probably the installation/file transfer is a bit more complicated than iTunes (but with less spyware).
One thing that’s a bit annoying is the fiddly cabling for charging and music transfer. It’s a nice setup as you only need 1 set of cables, but the plugs and stuff are just a bit hokey. The iPod “dual-use cables” are a much better idea.
A nice thing about the iriver that isn’t immediately obvious. You can purchase a separate battery for them. So, no stupid Apple tax on your battery life, and from memory it wasn’t expensive (~$70 Australian). This means I can have a spare battery hanging around, and I don’t need that stupid “battery pack” to make it work.
Currently I’d give the iriver an 8/10 all round, and would recommend it to anybody looking for an MP3 player who is marginally more technically savvy than a complete computer-phobe.


One thought on “iriver H10 6Gb mp3 player

  1. You could be comparing apples with oranges here.
    I imagine your Mini wasn’t the 2nd gen Mini, nor is it a Nano. So it’s a little unfair to compare to a current player.
    Also you can’t beat iPod for accessories!
    Check out any old store (say JB HiFi), and count the things that click or slip with the iPod, then count the support for other flavours of MP3 player.

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