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video/audio player for studying on the move

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by derkit, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

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    I've been sat here in front of the PC or laptop at work listening and watching some training videos about XP Pro (70-270) - and got me thinking about how much time I spend on the tube each day, about 55 minutes door-to-door each way and thought that there must be a useful way to use this time studying.

    So.... I don't have a mobile that plays video etc., and surprisingly enough I don't yet have an MP3 player, but both/one may change on the back of the advice given here...... so I'll blame you when the missus moans about spending money!

    My requirements/thoughts:
    MP3 player that I can use to play converted video/avi's etc. from training videos, either from youtube or elsewhere (train signal, cbt nuggets, whatever work has really!). Whilst some of the videos aren't designed to be used this way (ie audio only), at least it is a start for a more productive 2-hour-daily journey.
    *or*
    A player that allows me to watch the videos whilst being bustled around the tubes. IPhone size screen is preferable, as I currently use a Fujitsu P7120 laptop whilst at work and its a little too big for what I want to use it for [​IMG]

    So any thoughts/recommendations/realisations that I need to hear?

    cheers
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Sony PSP or Netbook.

    Netbook be more useful in general, new ones coming out with dual core Atom and Ion processors look good.
     
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  3. jk2447

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    Couple of fellas in work are keen on these
     
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  4. Theprof

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    I would recommend the iPod touch... the 8gb versions these days are lower priced.
     
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    Almost exactly what I would have recommended. These look good too.
     
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  6. Nelix
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    I would have said Archos too
     
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  7. danielno8

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    I use an iPod touch for this very thing.
     
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  8. derkit

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    Thanks for the thoughts so far guys - I saw the Ipod touch, £180 (I think thats what I read) for 8gb is fair, about the right size that I'm thinking of.

    As for the netbook and archos - I'm not one for flashing around, and both of those and a bit too flashy for on the tube (especially as I need to change trains etc.) - also with my P7120, whilst its marginally bigger/heavier, it effectively does the same as what is being suggested - I'm hesitant on spending money on something that I have already got. That said, the Archos does look pretty funky to muck around with! :D

    PSP - never thought of that one, will have a look at ease of making the vids compatiable.
     
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  9. derkit

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    Having another look at this - I still think the Archos are a bit big for my needs - but they do look like some nice pieces of kit.

    I think its between the cowonglow, ipod touch and psp - seems like psp2000 can be got for £85, and I think that is what my sway me.
     
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  10. jk2447

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    Do a little research on battery life of these devices mate and factor that into your decision
     
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  11. derkit

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    Absolutely, just had a look and my hopes were dashed with PSPs for upwards of £120 - only £19 under an 8gb Ipod touch, so PSP is definitely on the back burner.

    One thing I cannot get over, is how much these things cost especially the Apple products - my girlfriend has been chatting about Iphone for a few weeks now - £370 pay as you go, or £700+ on contract - (rhetorical question coming up) - do people really pay this absurd amount of money for a phone?! :ohmy :eek: :blink
     
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  12. Sparky
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    Naaa, get them free through work. :biggrin
     
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  13. derkit

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    ok! ok! Stop bragging you :biggrin 8)
     
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  14. danielno8

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    Your girlfriend is talking rubbish. Those prices are wrong, and if you think about it, why would it ever be more expensive for the contract version than PAYG?
     
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  15. wagnerk
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    From £342 from Tesco's or from Free from O2, Vodafone & Orange for a 24 month contract (£35pm).

    Same here :) The deal we got actually worked out cheaper than getting Blackberries.

    -Ken
     
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    Unfortunately she isn't
    Ken corrected me though, PAYG is £342 from tesco. But contract 24 * £35 = £840, so yes it is more expensive.

    I suppose the argument is whether you would spend £500 in calls over the 2 years - yeah, I don't think so!
     
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  17. wagnerk
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    The good thing with Tesco's PAYG is that they having been offering the Tripling your credit for a while now :)

    -Ken
     
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    24 * £35 = £840
    - £342
    /24 = £20 / mo

    Yes but you have your usage included in the later. PAYG data is expensive (not as expensive as it used to be),

    now there are deals for £15+ /mo PAYG for unlimited data from o2 , however, the offer is only for a limited time I believe and is only for non-commercial purposes. So i guess it depends on how much talk time you use per month and which company.
     
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  19. derkit

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    'tis very true - unfortunately, I don't think either of us would use enough of the minutes etc to make a contract worthwhile. Also 2 years - its a long time - who knows what will happen in that time!
     
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  20. derkit

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    hmmm, I think I'll end up with the ipod touch like daniel and theprof mentioned - does seem to fit my requirments the best.
     
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