Now Klinsmann’s gallant team is out, it falls to other Germans to do their country proud.
First up is the teutonic Maxfield with the MaxMovie, a none-too-ugly MP3 and MP4 player angling for the sporty amongst us if with a bundled wristband. Before any Germans out there get too excited, we should point out it’s an averagely-specced number: Sandisk’s Sansa e260 out-performs it on virtually every count [Sandisk review here].
On the video front, the 1GB storage should fit in around 120 minutes of vids – just enough for Jack Black’s new Nacho Libre – in MP4 format, including DivX. Music-wise, open source format OGG is also catered for, alongside download store WMA playback, line-in recording and an FM tuner.
Unfortunately, the MaxMovie’s not very good at curbing its bratwurst habit. Where the 4GB iPod Nano is a wafer-thin 6.9mm thick, the MaxMovie is a lardy 16mm fat.
It’s expected on Amazon next week – there’s a product page here already – for a price that we’re currently trying to extract from Maxfield. With a hot iron.
For more specs on the Maxfield, go here.