We've managed to get hands on with Apple's new iPod Nano - the flash-memory based replacement for the iPod mini - and Moto's iTunes compatible phone. Here's what we reckon:
No great leap forwards here: the long-awaited video iPod is now even longer-awaited. But in the meantime, Apple has pulled off another design coup with the Nano - if Bang & Olufssen made camcorders, this is what the remote control would look like.
It's smaller than an iPod mini, and credit-card thin, yet boasts a colour screen and clickwheel - and it's available in the UK and US this weekend at £180 (or $250) for the 4GB version. That's enough space for 1000 songs, but stored on flash memory chips rather than hard-disk. Solid-state flash chips are more expensive than hard drives, but also smaller and less battery hungry - the Nano's quoted battery life is 14 hours, despite its emaciated appearance.
iPods can't get much thinner - the headphone jack is almost as thick as the player - but they can get more capacious. Our biggest gripe would be the price - impressive for such a large flash memory player, but poor when compared to hard-drive players available at a similar price with five times the capacity.
But that said, it's not going to stop a lot of people wanting one. We're first in the queue... stay tuned for a full review.
We're a little disappointed by Motorola's ROKR - for a start, it's nowhere near as cool looking as the V3, or the iPod. And then there's the fact that it only pulls tunes from your computer rather than downloading them over-the-air. It's really nothing more than a phone with built-in iPod Shuffle functionality - and is therefore a direct rival to Sony Ericsson's W800i Walkman phone. And our first impressions are that the W800i offers more, in a cooler package - albeit one not compatible with the world-beating iTunes Music Store.
Time will tell... with no network partners announced in the UK, it could be a while before we see the ROKR. In the meantime, Motorola's boss seemed very excited about the next generation of the iPod phone.