This petite, pocket-sized player would suit a Simple Simon who can look beneath the surface for no-frills affordable fun.

Full marks go to the Gmini's compact design and attractive price tag. It might not exactly be 'fancy' but dressed casually in a little black number, and fitted with a 2in greyscale screen, it retains a degree of sophistication.

Not the most sophisticated player around

It's designed for MP3/WMAs and can offer about 17hrs of playback – not bad, we reckon.

As always, there is a downside. The old-skool navigational joystick and greyscale screen are pants – big, baggy, stained Y-fronts, if we're honest. It doesn't sound great, either, thanks to its mermaid-esque splashy top end.

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Sure, it's as cute as a new born baby but it's still bullied by more wisened competition.

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Archos Gmini XS202s review

The old-skool navigational joystick are pants – big, baggy, stained Y-fronts, if we're honest
£170