Best MP3 players for watching video
Best MP3 players for watching video
The main feature of an MP3 player is to listen to music, but more and more now also allow you to store video files and watch them on the move. When we put MP3 players through our rigorous test program we don’t only test the quality of the sound a player produces but also how easy it is to use and, if it is capable of it, how good it is at playing video.
For more information about our tests read our how we test MP3 players page, but if you’re just interested in which players scored highest check out out Best Buy MP3 players. Otherwise keep reading to find out which are the best models for playing video.
Apple iPod Nano – £129 (16GB)
The new Nano, launched in October 2012, now includes a video player and has a larger 2.5-inch touchscreen display (up from 1.5-inches on the old model).
Available in a range of colours, the Nano is reasonably priced but the smallish display and relatively short battery life mean that series video fans may want to look for a more advanced player.
Find out how it did for playing music in our Apple iPod Nano review.
Apple iPod Touch – £249 (32GB), £329 (64GB)
This updated version of Apple’s flagship MP3 player also launched in October 2012. The new Touch has a larger 4-inch display (increased from 3.5 inches), a more powerful processor, redesigned headphones and the latest version of Apple’s operating system iOS 6 (also available as a free download to owners of the old Touch).
The new, larger touchscreen has the highest resolution on the market (1136×640 pixels). This means that videos and photos look extremely sharp and clear, even in sunlight. And battery life when watching videos is impressive.
Read our Apple iPod Touch review to find out if the sound quality of the player matches its other features.
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 – £170 (8GB), £220 (16GB)
The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 is an advanced MP3 player that’s packed with fantastic features. It’s designed to take on the iPod Touch (though it runs on the rival Android operating system) and like that model can play games, download apps, surf the net over wi-fi and show videos.
It’s very large and heavy for an MP3 player weighing 176 g. But its size means that Samsung has been able to equip it with a large 5-inch touchscreen display. This makes the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 a great choice as a portable video player and picture quality on the 480×800 pixel display is outstanding, even in sunlight.
The video player is easy to use and is compatible with a wide range of formats, so you can just copy them on to the device and start watching them without the need to spend hours converting them on your computer first.
To find out if its any good for listening to music, read our Samsung Galaxy S Wi-fi 5.0 review.
Sony NWZA865 – £170 (16GB)
The Sony NWZ-A865 is a slim and sleek MP3 player that’s easy to slip into your pocket. It may lack some advanced features found on comparable models, such as wi-fi or 3G connectivity, but does have a handy FM radio and its cheaper than the iPod Touch or the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0.
When it comes to watching videos he 2.8-inch screen is a little small for full-length films and has quite a low resolution (240×400). It’s also extremely reflective in sunlight.
See how it did in the rest of our tests by reading our Sony NWZA865 review.
Sony NWZ-E463 – £55 (4GB)
The Sony NWZ-E463 is a small, cheap MP3 player available in a range of bright colours. It’s very light, weighing just 58g, and so is easy to carry around with you. However, this also means that there’s only space for a 2-inch display.
You can view videos on the Sony NWZ-E463, but the small, low resolution screen means that it’s not the best viewing experience. The screen is also reflective in sunlight.
At least the video player is fairly easy to use and it’s compatible with a good range of file formats, though some formats need converting on your computer before they can be read. Battery life when using the video player is very good.
Find out if music playing was also up to scratch in our Sony NWZ-E463 review.
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