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iRiver Spinn

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and value for money. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability and memory, and there are mixed opinions on the storage and battery.

sound, usability, design, value for money, build quality

performance, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the iRiver Spinn is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for iRiver Spinn

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 5 user reviews of iRiver Spinn from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on Amazon.co.uk.

sound, design, memory, size, storage

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iRiver U30 Spinn 8GB MP3/MP4 PlayeriRiver U30 Spinn 4GB MP3/MP4 Player

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Amazon.com review summary for iRiver Spinn

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of iRiver Spinn from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

sound, usability, design, value for money, portability

performance

71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iriver SPINN 8 GB Video MP3 Player (Silver)iriver SPINN 4 GB Video MP3 Player (Silver)

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Spinn

 

The beautiful, fashion-conscious iRiver Spinn is the upscale lounge down the street from the Slacker G2's likable-but-slightly-sketchy dive bar. What the Slacker offers in happy-hour specials (free drinks music!), the Spinn more than matches in...

Huge, vibrant, and sharp AMOLED screen Beautiful design and solid construction

Navigation is unintuitive at times Mediocre bundled earbuds

The Spinn is an incredibly attractive device whose saucy looks, amazing display, and high-quality audio and video playback are sure to win many admirers. A few usability and navigation issues knock it down a notch, but some of those may disappear once...

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iriver SPINN review

 

We've had iriver's SPINN laying around the Engadget HQ for a little while, and figure we've finally fiddled with the player enough to write down some impressions. If you're looking for the one liner, here it is: we're blown away by the beauty of the...

Beautiful hardware design ; Unique scroll bar ; Great OLED screen

Not as slim as some of the competition ; Lacking software ; High price

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iRiver Spinn (8GB)

 

In the ultracompetitive MP3 player marketplace, Korean DAP manufacturer Iriver can always be counted on for two things: innovative design and feature-packed devices. The Iriver Spinn is no exception with its Spinn System Toggle Wheel, touch-screen...

The Iriver Spinn offers a unique, innovative design with a high-quality build. The touch-sensitive display is bright, responsive, and relatively large. The interface is customizable, and the player is packed with desirable features such as built-in...

The Iriver Spinn is expensive, and yet it lacks some of the advanced features expected in the price range, such as integrated Wi-Fi or an SD card expansion slot. It maxes out at 8GB and using it isn't immediately easy. Despite the seemingly decent...

Until Iriver lowers the price on the Spinn, it will remain a luxury portable media player best suited to an early adopter with a penchant for unique gadgets and a library of lossless music.

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iRiver Spinn

 

Albeit a little late to the game, we have a new challenger to the iPod touch. Iriver's Spinn ($249.99 list for 4GB, $289.99 for 8GB) is a slick-looking portable media player with a large, touch-sensitive display. Despite its good looks, the Spinn...

Interesting design and control layout. Robust file support, including lossless audio. Large, crisp screen, which is great for video and photo viewing. FM and voice recording

Overpriced. Touch screen seems superfluous, and it's easy to overshoot your selection with the cylinder controller. User interface isn't all that attractiveand could be more responsive. Storage tops out at 8GB, and there's no expansion slot

The pricey iriver Spinn suffers from a lack of grace and simplicity typically found in the company's standout players like the excellent Clix.

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iriver Spinn

 

Iriver's pricey but innovative Spinn portable media player sports a cool new user interface and offers stereo Bluetooth for rocking out wirelessly.

Built-in Bluetooth ; Large touchscreen with haptic feedback ; Very good sound with SRS WOW HD ; Supports drag-and-drop in Windows and Mac OS

Spinn wheel can be imprecise ; Bundled software is clunky and Windows-only ; Expensive given limited storage ; FLAC files won't play over Bluetooth

We applaud iriver for trying out new interface designs, but we do wish the Spinn’s dual control methods integrated better with each other for easier one-handed operation. The Spinn's large touchscreen and good A/V quality make it a compelling companion...

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Iriver Spinn (4GB)

 

Despite its elegant exterior, oversize control knob, and OLED touch screen, the Spinn loses traction with a poor user interface, display limitations, and a price that makes the iPod look like a bargain.

Stunning physical design; excellent sound; generous file support; 3.3-inch OLED touch screen; Bluetooth connectivity

Stark, poorly designed user interface; no expansion slot; screen dithers colors in photos, video; touch screen lacks gesture controls; uses proprietary USB cable; only available in 4GB and 8GB capacities; very expensive

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REVIEW – iRiver SPINN 8G

 

I have been playing with iRiver's newest PMP offering, the SPINN for two weeks now, and am finally ready to put some of my meandering thoughts down

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Review: iriver SPINN

 

Out of all the new digital media players shown off by iriver at CES 2008, the SPINN was probably the one that consumers were most excited about. Whether it was the way its first video demo "killed without words" or simply that people were intrigued by...

The SPINN is iriver's best DAP so far this year and a refreshing change from the string of budget players released before it. It's built well, sounds good, and sports a one-of-a-kind design with a beautiful display.

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iriver SPINN Review

 

I have always been on the positive side with iriver products, but 2008 has not been a good year from them. The SPINN is iriver's last saving grace for this year, so as I opened the box I crossed my fingers and hoped to find the old-school product.

Earlier I mentioned that I started to lose faith in iriver due to a recent bout of subpar MP3 and PMP players. The SPINN has renewed that faith and placed iriver back in the game. The SPINN offers something very unique to a very crowded market. The UI...

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iRiver Spinn

 

Though pricey and sometimes confusing to navigate, the Spinn has a gorgeous design and provides excellent playback quality.

Large vibrant, and sharp AMOLED screen, beautiful design and solid construction

Navigation can be unintuitive at times, expensive for its storage capacity

If any player could make fashion-conscious iPod users jump ship, it's this one; it may be the one digital music device that has more aesthetic appeal than an iPod.

Product Specifications

Full touch screen interface with haptic (restive vibration) response and added analog spindle for intuitive and natural feel of control over the device 3.3" AMOLED wide screen display Supports Bluetooth wireless headsets FM radio and FM recoding reservation Voice recording Text viewer USB 2.0, ultra fast data transfer Firmware upgradeable

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Radio / Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio
Sound Effects:SRS WOW HD
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio

Battery

Run Time (Up To):25hour(s)

CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:APE (Monkey's Audio) / ASF / FLAC / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / WMA / APE (Monkeys Audio)

Digital Storage

Capacity:8GB

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in
Height:2in
Width:3.9in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:8GB

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:iRiver
Model:SPINN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:iRiver

Miscellaneous

Color:Magnesium silver

Radio

Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital