Gadget land is full of design trends and fads. Recently we’ve had the fickle switching between white, silver and black, gratuitous celebrity endorsement - Franz Ferdinand, U2, Gwen Stefani - and dogged attempts to make our toys as thin as physically possible.
Well, the new movement – kicked off by the Moto PEBL and its eye-popping adverts - is clearly gadgets that look like stones. We’re not sure we fancy a telly that resembles a Brighton beach pebble, but beautiful MP3 players such as this new 1GB Advanced MP3 Player Pebble certainly rock our world (boom-boom).
The Pebble is the UK outfit’s first own-brand MP3 player, and a tremendous start at that. We’re already smitten with the smooth, shiny design and the eminently portable dimensions – the thing weighs 20g, the same weight as four Stuff biros. It’s actually smaller than Apple’s miniscule iPod Shuffle, too, and manages to squeeze in a tiny OLED display so you can pick songs, much as we love the fact that Life is Random (TM).
Also cool: the headphone and USB 2.0 port are combined in one input, the 12 hour battery can charge via USB, and there’s a voice recorder and FM tuner/recorder.
The only things to take the shine off the Pebble’s gloss are the lack of support for shop-bought DRM-ed WMA tracks and – more importantly – the excessive nails on the Pebble’s hand model. Surely fingernail care is the first thing cadets learn at Hand School?
This fine alternative to the Sony NW-E507 is on sale now for £100 at Advanced MP3 players, although it’s currently out of stock.