By Richard Menta 9/29/06
The StormBlue A9+ is an updated version of that company's A9 Bluetooth portable, ready for a holiday season that will plunge us into an iPod/Zune advertising war. The new StormBlue is available in 2GB and 4GB flavors with an SD slot for added expansion. This makes the unit quite a bit more competitive than the 256MB - 2GB range offered on the original A9. Battery life has also been increased from 23 hours of audio time (9 hours video) to 39 hours of audio (11 video).
The A9+ plays MP3, WMA, OGG audio files and a proprietary MPEG-4 format that plays video at an impressive 20 frames per second. You will need to convert your movie files, but an app is provided that handles AVI, WMV, DAT, ASF, and MPEG. A voice recorder, alarm, FM tuner, text and photo file reader round out the options. Cost is $207 for the 2GB and $283 for the 4GB.
StormBlue A9+ Bluetooth
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